Hello fellow acne sufferers!
I let acne consume my life, and I finally found something that is making it go away. I've tried the Regimen, the natural route, supplements, Paula's Choice CLEAR line, and so much more besides accutane. This was pretty much my last hope.
Anyway, I started taking Beyaz about 6 months ago (I have 3 more pills in my 6 month pack). I decided to switch from my Mirena IUD (which was causing me severe cystic acne) to this new birth control. I was seeing a great improvement, but was still breaking out around my period. I decided to try Spironolactone to see if it would get me even clearer. Well, dangit, I wish I had done this sooner...because I'm getting the results that I've wanted for so long. Now, I'm not *perfectly* clear. I'd probably have to eat no sugar and no dairy to get that way-- I'm assuming. But, I just don't feel like doing that. haha. I like food. I'm a runner, so I exercise daily. I still get a stray zit here and there every month or so, but that's nothing compared to the daily struggle of waking up with 3-6 more spots on my face that weren't there the night before.
It now takes me 2 minutes to cover my red marks with BB cream and then throw on some mascara...compared to the 45-60 minutes it used to take me to do my full face of makeup including foundation, concealer, powder, and blush. THEN I'd have to do my mascara. I feel more free than I've ever felt.
My gallery photos show my progress. I do still have red marks and my face is actually naturally pink in some spots (which I don't mind...so it's not a big deal to me.)
Before (not even my worst...and you can't see the microcysts ALL along my jawline or the cysts that are developing on my neck.):
After: I'm still working on those red marks. They're slowly fading. Also, sorry about the lighting. It's not the greatest and actually makes the red marks look worse, not better. And that little blob of clay mask is on a tiny zit that never came to fruition. Wee!
Another thing that has also helped me is lessening my compulsive picking. I'm not completely where I'd like to be with it, but I'm no longer spending hours a week ripping at my face.
Edited by heitea, 03 January 2014 - 10:32 AM.