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#21 SendMeAngels

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 10:28 PM

Middle Month 4:

 

I have some crummy news. Since being off of Spironolactone, my period is still irregular. I tend to have 35+ cycles. My endrocrinologist suggested that my irregular periods were due to the spironolactone, and did not indicate PCOS. However, since my periods are still irregular even off the drug, it seems to me that I do in fact have PCOS. To ad insult to injury, I started my period the night before last, and I've had 4 inflamed pimples pop up. For this reason, I decided to begin taking Spironolactone again, since is helps prevent cyclical acne. And since it seems as though I DO have PCOS, Spironolactone is an appropriate treatment.

 

I feel discouraged and frustrated. Because I am still getting acne around my menstrual cycle, and also because I appear to have a hormone disorder. I realize that in some ways I am fortunate because I'm not overweight or hairy, and I don't have any issues with diabetes. It's just irregular periods and acne. But I still resent the fact that there is something wrong with my body. My gynocologist told me that I would have a hard time getting pregnant, but that's not an issue because I don't want children.

 

This whole ordeal makes me wonder if Accutane is going to work for me. I wonder if people with PCOS have success on Accutane. I still have two months to go on the medication, so I'm hoping for a miracle.

 

I would love to get some encouragement. Anything will do.



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 09:58 PM

Hello!

I have horribly hormonal acne as well. I have never been diagnosed with PCOS, but I have similar acne to people who suffer from this, and suspect it is all similar hormones and such involved.

I got clear ten years ago on Accutane and stayed clear. For ten years! I thought I was magically cured! I was taking Diane the whole time, and when I stopped doing that - bam! Acne again!

It is super frustrating to have hormonal acne which is so resistant to normal treatments. BUT - on the plus side - there are so many people in the world taking supplements and meds to help with their chronic health issues - the fact that I found something that provides long term, controllable remission for me is pretty amazing. I am just finishing a second course now, and back on the pill. So far so good. Hoping for ten more lovely years. Or more.

 

So - I'm not sure if I'm being helpful or depressing - but I have hormonal acne, and although Accutane was not the end for me, with the assistance of hormone therapy I am doing awesome. The Accutane will get you clear, if you need to stay on the spiro after that to stay that way, then go for it. This is a pretty similar plan to what I have done in the past with great success.

Hang in there!



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 05:42 PM

Hello!

I have horribly hormonal acne as well. I have never been diagnosed with PCOS, but I have similar acne to people who suffer from this, and suspect it is all similar hormones and such involved.

I got clear ten years ago on Accutane and stayed clear. For ten years! I thought I was magically cured! I was taking Diane the whole time, and when I stopped doing that - bam! Acne again!

It is super frustrating to have hormonal acne which is so resistant to normal treatments. BUT - on the plus side - there are so many people in the world taking supplements and meds to help with their chronic health issues - the fact that I found something that provides long term, controllable remission for me is pretty amazing. I am just finishing a second course now, and back on the pill. So far so good. Hoping for ten more lovely years. Or more.

 

So - I'm not sure if I'm being helpful or depressing - but I have hormonal acne, and although Accutane was not the end for me, with the assistance of hormone therapy I am doing awesome. The Accutane will get you clear, if you need to stay on the spiro after that to stay that way, then go for it. This is a pretty similar plan to what I have done in the past with great success.

Hang in there!

Thank you for your response! It's appreciated!

 

Update:

 

I've been getting quite a few new pimples since starting spironolactone again. None of them are particularly large, but are annoying nonetheless. I'm not sure why my face suddenly starting getting pimply again. It had been clear for months. Right up until my period started a week or so ago. So I'm a little bit perturbed. I have about a month and a half left on Accutane, and I really hope that my skin starts clearing up again. For good. If Accutane doesn't work, I'll have run out of options. And I can't even stand the thought of being 27 years old with no end to acne in sight. Enough is enough. I can't say for sure that I have PCOS, but there is something amiss. No one really knows what it is, and so far, my doctors haven't considered it anything serious enough to warrant an intervention. I feel a little bit defeated right now. And to add insult to injury, my lips are itchy and raw. They are also inflamed and have a red ring around them. My doctor said it was due to the Accutane. So I've been putting Cortisone 10 on them, hoping it will do some good. Lousy past couple of weeks.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:10 PM

Week: Something or Other

 

My breakout was from the Spironolactone. It lasted for about a week and then stopped. It was similar to the first time I broke out on Spironolactone, though it was very mild, and the pimples went away after about 24 hours. So for the past few weeks I've been clear. Not a single pimple or comedone. I have a month and five days left of Accutane, and I'm still so glad I was given this prescription. My lips are still dry, but have healed quite a bit since I last posted. I've been using Blistex a few times a day, and that's what has given me the most relief. 



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 09:27 PM

Last 8 Days:

 

My trip on Tane is nearly over. I have exactly 8 days left of my treatment. I'm terrified! I've been clear for a while now. All of my post inflammatory hyperpigmntation is gone, and I haven't gotten a pimple in...I don't even know how long. Even right before and during my period, I am acne free. I couldn't be happier. My skin looks fantastic, and I love being able to go out of the house without makeup. And even beneath the bright sunlight, my skin looks wonderful. I even had a stranger complement me on my skin. I can put anything on my face without worrying about breaking out. I love it. I never in a million years thought that I would be acne free. I was beginning to believe that I would have acne forever.

 

The side effects on Accutane have been minimal. My lips are still dry, but it's easy enough to fix with some Blistex and Carmex. Now, this isn't the most attractive photo, but I'm not wearing makeup, and I'm in the car (on of the places where my skin looked the worst).

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 12:05 PM

Your skin looks great, Yay for you!! Got to keep telling myself theres light at the end of the tunnel!






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