My name is Lisa and I'm 47 years old. I have been suffering from acne for over 30 years. I was able to deal with it pretty well through the years bc I wld have weeks of clear skin, then get a breakout. I would get over the breakout and my skin wld heal well. That all changed about 5 years ago. That's when I started to develop cystic acne, I never had a cyst till my early 40s.
I was dealing "ok" even with the cysts. I would get 1 or 2 tops at a time, I would go get cortisone shots and I wld be clear for awhile. It was a tiring process, but I was able to deal with it mostly, although I did have some very low points. The beginning of this year I was actually doing great, I had like 3 months of clear skin. I foolishly thought I was finally out of the woods, what a joke!
The last 3 months have been HELL...I now can get upto 4 to 5 cysts at a time, and I breakout with something new everyday. Not always cysts, but there is always a new bump of some kind. I never had such chronic acne in my life. I cry just about everyday and I am filled with such unbelievable anxiety. It really has made me a shell of who I was.
I've had my hormones checked throughout the years, and they always have come back in normal ranges. A little over a month ago asked the derm to get bloodwork again. When I got the results I went to an endo. The endo said in all her years she has never seen a level so high in a woman. She wanted to retest bc she was thinking it cld be a mistake with the lab. I was also taking DIM but had stopped it a cpl of weeks before I saw the endo. She asked me to wait a cpl of weeks before retesting bc she wanted the DIM out of my system.
With that said, got retested and my hormones came back in normal ranges. I was kind of bummed out actually, I thought for sure it has to be hormones..I also have facial hair which totally sucks. I talked her into giving a scrip for spiro anyways, bc I have read your hormones can be at normal levels but still have sensitivity to androgens. She prescribed me 25mg twice a day.
During all this was going to derm to get cortisone shots, I talked to him abt spiro too. He really wldnt give me straight answer if he thought it was a good idea or not, which was annoying. He said it does do wonders for women that do have hormonal acne, but my levels are normal. I actually have another appointment with him on Thursday to get more shots and he wants to discuss with me the side effects of spiro.
I was waiting to see him to start taking spiro, just to make sure I was making right decision. It seems whatever medications I take I always get all the bad side effects. I am absolutely terrified of hair loss, that is my biggest fear. I still get regular periods and they are like clockwork, so i'm scared its going to mess with that too.
Yesterday I had a great day..everything was healing and I was actually feeling normal, I thought it was going to be the first day in long time where nothing was going to grow, I was feeling ok about waiting till Thursday before I took my first pill. Fast forward to late last night..went to scratch an itch on my face..and tadaaa...2 new spots..UGHHHH
So this morning took my first pill, lol. I think first week i'm going to just do 25mg a day just to see how my body reacts to it.
Sorry so longwinded, just wanted to get it all out...its all so frustrating!