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#121 kirks

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Posted 14 March 2015 - 10:37 AM

Hey all. So basically it has almost been one year since starting this. My skin is sh!t. It is back to as bad as it was this time last year. Pot marks all over my face--mainly the left side. Lip area/chin area and my neck are disgusting. Blackheads still on my nose. I see a derm on Monday. I don't know what I am going to do. A year later and back to where I started. All I can do is just cry. This is worse than ever. I don't know what to do. I hate this. I hate myself--I literally cannot look in a mirror and people in the eye. I don't go out anymore. Nothing has worked.

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 09:00 AM

hey kirks. sorry to hear things are not going well for you. are you getting acne or cystic acne right now? also i think you should go see an esthetician and get a skincare regimen planned out for you. those people are so knowledgeable about the skin and can help figure out what type you have and how to treat it. i used to get facials and extractions back in the day too when i broke out and that worked really well and left no scars or anything and you could look into getting regular peels as well. they will clear you up. peels work so well for active acne especially glcyoclic acid and tca peels but my one friend used to get those jessner peels a lot and they helped her skin a ton too. the spiro is good but even my derm told me not to expect total clearance with just that alone. sometimes people need a few things to get their skin in good shape. dont give up though. just go see an esthetician and see what they can do for you. hugs!


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Posted 18 March 2015 - 11:06 AM

Hey Traci--thank you for sticking with me through all my ups and downs. I saw a new derm on Monday, and I think that helped. My manufacturer of Spiro switched to qualitiest about a month and a half ago (when things were getting bad)...and she and I were wondering if that is the cause. I started back on amneal on Tuesday, so I will see how this goes. Also, healthyalmonds brought this to my attention: http://www.acne.org/...sed-my-pimples/

 

...I am wondering if this has something to do with my jawline cysts and neck pimples/cysts?? As well as the pimples along my chin and cheeks. Trying to take it day by day and still trying to go out and do things. Just really hoping this all gets better. 



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Posted 19 March 2015 - 07:37 AM

hey kirks! how are you today? just wanted to say you dont have to thank me for anything i am always here to listen and try to help you as much as i can. yeah it wouldnt surprise me at all if them switching the manufacturer on you made your hormones go a bit haywire again. i take the qualitest version and my pharmacy tried to give me the amneal version a few different times but i made sure to tell them i will only take the qualitest version and that with my hormonal acne i cant take that chance of anything being different at all. so they have a note in my file there now and i always make sure i check my pills when i get them because i am just so paranoid. i think in a way its almost like starting over because they all use different fillers. check out this acne.org posting from a while ago and you can see they use different ingredients.

 

http://www.acne.org/...works-the-best/

 

take care of yourself and keep your chin up girl. it will get better ;)


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 01:44 PM

My face is looking worse than ever. 
 
It is so red--everywhere!! The ears and my left neck are the worst. There is a colony of tiny pimples with a couple of cysts closer to the jawline. My forehead has these tiny pimples that aren't large, but they cannot be covered up with makeup, they almost look purpleish sometimes. My blackheads seem more prominent on my nose. My temple/cheek area is very red on the left side. My forehead is so shiny and sick with oil, I can join OPEC. My chin is horrible with redmarks and whiteheads (a couple pop up every morning) and now the area below my nose is breaking out with pimples!!! I've never broken out right below my nose!??! This is awful. It honestly seems as if nothing I have tried works, and I am becoming so discouraged. I just want clear skin. Nothing is making things better, and things have gotten worse. I want to bury my head in sand right now. This is about what my face looked like a year ago next month. I don't know why nothing has improved. I am crying. This is misery.
 
Tracy, I know you have mentioned going to an esthetician before, but that is something I cannot afford :/  

 

I wash with olay daily sensitive wipes every morning and evening then with witch hazel toner. Spiro 50mg, once in the morning, once in the afternoon. I'm prescribed epiduo, but it is so harsh on my skin, that I only use for spot treatment (which doesn't work with the neck because my skin is so sensitive--same with forehead, and it does nothing to help my blackheads), fincea for my redmarks, and I can't tell if that is working because I have so many. I use aveeno daily moisturizer as well, sometimes aquaphor at night. My skin is so sensitive, and my derm knows all this, but she has been so unhelpful because things should not be the same as they were a year before. That is a year of my life that has been quite sh!t because of my skin. And it continues still....


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Posted 23 March 2015 - 07:17 AM

yeah i really think that the switching of the manufacturer of spiro was like starting over and then switching back is like starting once again. you are going to have to give your skin a few months to adjust but for now i would get back on antibiotics for a bit to help with the bad breakout you are going through right now. 
sorry you cant afford going to an esthetician but if you ever get some cash check groupon or living social they always have deals. i think the last facial with extractions i had was about $60. those sites might offer them for about half price. also you can buy peels at ulta and sephora that are great for your skin. i am a huge glycolic acid fan it really helps keep those pores clear but if you cant afford that you can get the AHA from this site and try that out. its not super expensive or anything and i think it will really work for you. i have sensitive skin as well so when i use AHA these days (i've had laser lately) i have to use it like every other day but even a few times a week would probably help you out. i would skip the aquaphor that is a known pore clogger. 

yeah its tough for you with the derm because you have tried so many things so really what is left ya know? i do believe this is all due to the switching of spiro brands so get the antibiotic for a bit, switch up your skincare routine and try to not stress so much. i know the stress part is hard but for myself working out really helps with the anxiety and that general feeling of doom. what else do you like to do in your spare time? try to throw yourself into something that takes your mind off your skin a bit and whatever you do dont carry a mirror around with you in your purse.

stay strong and you can message me anytime. hugs! 


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Posted 23 March 2015 - 03:58 PM

Hi Kirks..

 

Sorry to hear you're not doing well.  You're not the only one, my skin is crap too.  I'm feeling just like you..sad and discouraged.  You would think after the time we have put in, we would see some kind of improvement.  Its terrifying me that spiro isn't going to work..I have no more options. 

 

I wish I had some encouraging words..I'm sorry I don't.  Just know you are not alone and if you ever need to talk, I'm here...:)



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Posted 24 March 2015 - 06:37 PM

Hey Tracy,

 

I really don't want to go back on antibiotics. I have been on them so often, I do not want my body building up a resistance to them. I started using an apricot scrub every few days with salicylic acid, which I hope helps. I'll have to look for some of those deals! I think it could be helpful for my blackhead problem on my nose. I don't think it could do much for the cystic jawline/neck stuff though. But I could definitely do that for $60, so thank you for that advice!! There isn't a sephora near me, but there is an Ulta. What should I ask for for the blackhead problem and oily skin, a certain peel? 

 

It is difficult for me to concentrate on much other than my skin. I hate not feeing balanced and my body being out-of-whack. It drives me nuts. I'm coming off of an injury too, so I hope to start working out soon. Shadylee, I feel you--I do have hope that things will get better! It just sucks how much patience it is gonna take. Be aware of your Spiro manufacturer. I definitely think that plays a role. I am here for you as well!! 



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 09:04 AM

i know what you mean about the resistance but i do think when times are hard and the skin is a mess a short course can really help. the scrub with salicylic acid should help a bit too. heck yeah i see so many deals on groupon and living social daily its great news! just make sure to do your research first so you pick a good place. you are very welcome for the advice and yeah you can ask the people there at ulta they should be able to help you. i did look on their site and noticed they dont offer too many peels but sephora does and you can order online.
http://www.sephora.c...sp?keyword=peel
yeah i know how you feel its like your skin consumes your life which is just so awful and after a while it just really wears you out. oh no i sure hope you heal up fast from your injury too! geesh you got a lot going on at once. please keep me updated on things and take care of yourself.

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 09:58 PM

A frustrated update in that there has been no improvement. I think there are even more of these neck pimples and a few small cysts collecting along my neck and upper jawline/ear area as well :/ ugh 



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Posted 29 March 2015 - 10:50 AM

Looking back at old photos and how my face looks now, my acne looks exactly the same (which is bad, so very bad). But what is so weird, is that each spot is in the same identical place. The cystic marks I'm dealing with on my left neck and jawline, along with the tiny pimples. The same spot that appears over and over again on my chin. The cheek/temple area on my let side. The ear/jawline area on my right (not as severe as left). The tiny forehead bumps. Nose blackheads. 

 

I have no idea why history is literally repeating itself on my face. I cannot think of anything that has changed other than that qualitiest manufacturer, but I do not know why things are still getting worse?? I am a healthy person,  I wash my pillowsheets regularly and everything. UGH. What is going on?!?!



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Posted 30 March 2015 - 01:09 PM

Alright, saw a new derm. It is official, I seriously think all dermatologists must go through some sort of training on how to be the rudest doctors. They are all horrible!! Ugh, I am so frustrated. I didn't get shots from her because she kept on talking about the huge risk of scarring while her hand was shaking!!! Uhh, keep that needle far from me. Then she told me I needed accutane. No, so quick to jump to that! It didn't work for me, and it will not work for these hormonal issues. 

 

What I'm deciding to do--I have a prescription for keflex, so I have begun taking that. I am going to get my derm (one that I actually think can be helpful) to prescribe me birth control because I heard that signicantly helps these hormonal issues. What are the best ones out here for hormonal acne (jaw/neck/cheek)?

 

I am also going to ask her for an endocrinologist referral. I know my body so well, and I know something is not right. Acne like this just does not come out of nowhere. Along with other issues (increased perspiration, hair growth, etc.) I just feel like my body is out-of-whack. I want someone who specfically specializes in these things to help figure out just what is going on because I am beyond frustrated and discouraged. I want my skin to be clear. I am a healthy person, so it has to be something on the inside. Please, I just want clear skin!!



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Posted 31 March 2015 - 07:38 AM

Woke up crying.

 

Next month will be a year on spiro. My skin is worse than ever. 

 

What if my acne never goes away? I know people say it is genetics. My parents and siblings never had any. The only relative in my family that ever had acne was my mom's sister (deceased aunt). Spiro hasn't worked. I am scared of birth control because what if that doesn't help either?

 

Nothing has helped. My skin is all red and potmarked, cysts (painful and sometimes bleeding ones) and pimples all along my jawline and neck. Forehead, nose=blackheads, temples cysts and pimples. Chin red marks. Now my cheeks are developing cysts. Make-up does not cover this up.

 

This is hell. Almost a year later and things are worse than ever, and I am without hope and not knowing what to do. 


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Posted 03 April 2015 - 09:18 PM

quick update: 

 

worse than ever.

 

Four CONSECUTIVE cysts forming a line on my right chin. Now my forehead is breaking out in pimples, with a cyst forming along my left eyebrow. Cysts all over my neck and jawline on the left side (counted at least nine)...cheek/temple area is red and marked. Blackheads are even more noticeable on my nose. Still have a pimple above my mouth/below my nose and then another one right above my nose in between my eyes. 

 

So basically literally a mark on every part of my face and neck. This is worse than I have ever been. Progressively have gotten worse, just don't know what to do.


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Posted 05 April 2015 - 08:22 PM

I was looking back at photos from March 10 up until now that I have taken of my skin. It is now a complete cystic breakout. I don't know what triggered this and why/how it started, and why it has not gotten better. Frustrated. 

 

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You can see the cysts that decided to spontaneously brew forth onto my chin and are continuing to make it a home. The neck/jawline is severely worse than it was last month and it is painful and just ugly. Getting shots is not an option as my insurance is sh!t with copay, and my next appointment is at the end of April. Epiduo irritates these areas as my skin is super sensitive (and it can be itchy), and I don't think it would do much for these things anyways. 

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 11:05 AM

Hey Kirks,

Kind of crazy but Ive been following your log over this year and I am sorry you are still struggling. I know its tough as Ive been dealing with dreaded acne also. Honestly give the spiro up if a year in and your varied manufacturers and doses I think its just not working. I know I suggested to you a while back to get on birth control (the one that worked for you) and I think this is your best bet. And if your not opposed to Accutane just do it honest. I know personally what living with acne does to a human and for me its worth it. Good luck to you and Ill keep following sending you lots of love! 



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Posted 09 April 2015 - 03:26 PM

Hey Krissy, thanks for message! Idk about accutane. I don't think I could go through that again, way too many side effects. I'm waiting to see on spiro and just a healthier lifestyle. I don't think accutane will work on any hormonal stuff anyways. I see a gyno next week, so hopefully I can get some info on her with possibly doing BCP or see if an upped dosage is what I need.



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Posted 17 April 2015 - 08:14 PM

Hello I've been reading your entries and I do sympathize with you. I'm 33 yrs old and have had acne since I was 14. I have used almost every acne prescribed out there. Now I will say this I took spiro 4 years ago and it did clear my skin along with differin gel. However, it gave me 5 o'clock shadow on my upper lip. Minocycline did work but it gave me migraines. Doxycycline was like taking sugar pills. Now my acne really came to head when I was 24 yrs old. My face was COVERED with bumps. To top it off I accidentally scratched my face and left a scar on my cheek. I went back to my derm and she told me it's time for desperate measures. She prescribed me a low dosage of accutane. I was aware of the side effects luckily I only had very chapped lips. I must say that medication was godsent!!! My skin has never been that clear! So I know you said you don't want to take it but just keep in mind.....


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