So I've been lurking around here for the longest time and finally thought it would be a good idea to start a log and share my personal journey...ahem...fight...(wish it wasn't with acne...)
So a little backstory, had acne for as long as I can remember. In fact, I remember having it in 8th grade. I'm 21 now, going on 22 and I've just about had it. There has to be SOMETHING that works and sticks! Anyhow, thankfully my acne has never been severe. But it's mild, persistent, pesky and just downright annoying. I don't want to look in the mirror and convince my self (ehh, it's not that bad) NO. Why can't it just be GONE? Moving on, I've tried a lot of things, some things worked, some things didn't, some thing refuse to work now: Accutane, Proactiv, Dermadoctor, clinique acne solutions, blah blah blah. Accutane was great but it was not sustainable. I never took it properly to begin with (missed doses, skipped doses etc.) but...even if it did work I'm not willing to put my body through that toll again.
This last October, things got particularly bad and with new insurance and no doctor it was a frustrating time. Finally went to see a derm. She put me on monodox and prescribed me a bunch of topicals (which i'm mehh about) the monodox did help and it took care of the flare up i had. it was new kind of acne i never had before like around my face? jawline, around the mouth, and def by my eyes/ears if that makes any sense...I was doing some research on spiro and figured hey, if i've had acne for THIS long and i'm a girl...it has to be hormonal. Never tried bcp pills. So i asked for spiro.
End of december my derm started me on 25 mg. for the most part i was ok and did not experience weird side effects, although, sorry for the TMI...that time of month just felt funny...just different? not heavier or lighter, just different. maybe it was just in my head though I also tossed all my clinique stuff since october(wasn't helping honestly, it did before but now it just does not work) and washed my makeup off with cerave foaming cleanser and got my derm to prescribe me a face wash my friend suggested and has BEAUTIFUL SKIN. I got it under a diff brand and it's called ZENCIA. Basically, sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur. I LOVE THIS WASH. i def think it was helping but now my insurance is acting funny and with the new year my deductible is insanely high and they're asking $70 bucks for a bottle. IT SUCKS! i was also applying aczone at night religously and i couldn't really tell if it was helping or not, lol so prob gonna forget that too.
Also, I ran out of spiro for the last ten days and just got my prescription filled. I honestly do think it was helping. my derm was surprised when she saw me a month later and confirmed it was helping. she upped my dose to 50 mg so i'll be taking another 25 mg pill before bed. i got a new face wash called bpo creamy wash (benzoyl peroxide) it's only 4%. i've always been extremely sensitive to benzoyl peroxide and i'm hoping this will be a good alternative to my ZENCIA :'(
so break down:
50 mg spiro (25mgx2)
bpo creamy wash
cerave face wash (to remove make up)
neutrogena combo skin moisturizer (only one i could find that i like and doesn't have pore clogging ingredients!)
sorry for the lengthy post, but feel free to intro yourself and if you have any insight, please share i will def keep ya'll posted!