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the uphill battle

Member Since 23 Apr 2010
Offline Last Active Aug 13 2014 11:50 PM

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In Topic: How To Suggest Spiro To Derm?

17 June 2013 - 10:03 PM

I totally understand your concerns. My first derm did not give a crap about me. Eventually (before I tried Spiro I might add) he told me there was nothing left he could do for me. I got a new derm and asked about Spiro on my own and I'm so glad I did! I started out on 50mg twice a day and eventually went up to 100mg twice a day and I've remained on that dose for 4 years now. I didn't see any changes on 50mg twice a day, but that doesn't mean you won't. My body/skin sucks. Anyways, it definitely changed my skin for the better. It consistently got better after I started taking it, but I remember a breakout at about the 5 month mark, but then it just continued to improve. I probably saw full results after 8 months or so. My skin was much less oily and I have not gotten even one cyst in 4 years. Before, I got them often and I will have scars forever as a result. However, I want to add that it was not a miracle drug to the extent that it made my skin perfect. It did make my skin break out less and the breakouts I do get are more manageable. Hope that helps!

In Topic: Get Vbeam Laser!

17 June 2013 - 06:50 PM

Wow, thanks for sharing your success! Any other improvements that you noticed? I have redness from little tiny veins that I HATE. I might look into vbeam. Thanks!

In Topic: How To Suggest Spiro To Derm?

17 June 2013 - 06:47 PM

I think your plan is a good one! Let me them know that you've tried all the antibiotics and topicals and that you're resistant to them now/they were ineffective and you've heard of a lot of people having success with Spiro. That's what I told mine! I said I read about it online, I didn't care about the side effects and that I was desperate, lol. You can also provide a case as to why you think your acne is hormonal and would benefit from Spiro. You shouldn't have to give a big elaborate speech unless your derm is a jerk. They're there to help you with your skin woes. Good luck!

In Topic: Will Cerave Moisturizer Help Fade Red/dark Marks

17 June 2013 - 06:39 PM

I agree. I've had much better luck with glycolic acid and lactic acid.

In Topic: Spironolactone Prescription- Help Please...

17 June 2013 - 06:38 PM

I second that. I would go to a different derm if they're not willing to give you what you need. I actually got my first Spiro prescription from my gyno... and then when I relocated, I got a derm and asked if they would continue prescribing me Spiro. She agreed without hesitation and said they regularly prescribe it to females struggling with hormonal acne in her practice. I definitely think it's worth giving a try! I haven't gotten a cyst in 4 years since I've been on it and my body acne completely vanished and never returned.