Decided to finally share my journey today as I have been obsessively reading forums, reviews and blogs for the past few months as I began my battle to clear my hormonal acne.
Back story- Started breaking out at 16, hormone related and never went to a derm. Tried to clear it with Birth Control, during college the stress, bad eating, alcohol and no sleep didn't help at all. Tough years as I was an extremely social person before acne took over my day to day thoughts. It's so heart breaking how many years we waste hiding in the dark, not wanting to go outside and avoiding situations. So many things I avoided because of my fear to be seen for my imperfections. It feels so shallow, but I know that with all of your support I am not alone and that so many other people fight this daily and don't talk about it. I tried many things and they did work, B5 overloaded cleared me up save for the odd cyst here and there. I took Yaz and that helped but made me a walking b(^&$#. I pretty much had it under control until a horrible hormonal change and outburst at 25. Cysts allover my chin, painful and growing. I heal pretty quickly and do get rid of the bump whenevevr I could, but would be stuck with an ugly red mark. I decided to go to the derm and all she gave me was clindamyacin. It took a while but eventually calmed things down as I worked on diet, removing dairy etc. I would have several days w no new friends, and small pimples but manageble. Something I could deal with.
Now at 31/32 - I started bodybuilding in Jan of 2013 and was on a strict diet, supplements, vitamins, etc until August. As soon as I stopped heavy bodybuilding my hormones decided to have a rager and return to my chin and jawline. I would say mild to moderate, but what does that really mean? To me it was heartbreaking once again to deal with this. I wasn't getting my period, had way too much testosterone from all of the whey proteins, supplements, muscle building. October/November were rough last year, it was consistent, every day I would have a few inflammed pimples pop up on my neck, jaw, chin, hairline (I do have light blond facial hair, most likely a sign of PCOS). thanks to all of the research I have done, countless hours online and hear at this forum taking all of your advice, I decided to go back to the derm and purchase an at home light treatment in conjuction.
This is where my treatment journey begins:
-Completely removed gluten, dairy, sugar, caffeine and most meat from my diet
-Stopped using toothpaste with flouride and SLS
-Stopped using any shampoo with SLS or Parabens
- I don't wear any makeup, I will only lightly cover a spot with Neutrogena clearing found as a spot concealer
-Added Saw Palmetto, Nettle, B6, Zinc, Vit C. Vit E. Guggul, Vit a and D3
Dec 23rd- Started using blue light therapy and red light therapy at home
Wash face, treat- apply 10-12 min blue light followed by 5-7 min red
Dec 30th- Started spironolactone
The first week of light therapy I felt my skin become a bit softer, still breaking out neck, chin, smaller though and seemed to clear or heal up.
The first week of Spiro, still breaking out every few days, oily still, peeing a lot, light headed for sure. Breakouts seem to be less angy, less inflammed, but still happening.
3 weeks of light therapy
2 weeks of Spiro
Had my first inflammed cyst like friend show up on my chin last night right before I went out w friends, other than that only one other active red on side of chin that I messed with and made it worse. By the time I got home the cyst came to a head, so the turnaround from inflammed to flat is so much faster than before. I do have small bumps, not red that keep my skin from being completely smooth and that look to be clogged pores that will be purging the stuff that has been stuck underneath. One or two will come to a head not inflammed every few days, so at least it's not all at once. I;ve had a few come up on my forehead that are clearning of clogged pores from the past.
The anxiety that acne can cause is something I can NOT wait to be a part of my past. I am truly hoping that these combined therapies continue to work to calm things done, move out the old stuff and work on completely clearing me up. That is my goal, that is my hope and I truly believe I will do this. I would love to hear about your story, your experience with Spiro or light therapy!
Peave and Love