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Very Red From Aha

23 April 2015 - 05:31 AM

Yesterday I started to use Dan's bp and aha.


Last night I applied the aha.  I've been using acanya on my face which has 2.5% bp in it so I thought it would be fine.


Omg I woke up this morning and my face is super super red, like a bad sunburn.  I also have a weird mark on my right cheek.  Its so upsetting bc my right cheek is the only place I never got acne, it's always perfectly clear.


Needless to say I'm freaking out.  I just need assurance that I didn't F my skin up permanently.  Also need advice on how to deal with this bizarre redness.


Thank You!

Spiro...my Last Hope

08 September 2014 - 08:06 AM

Hi All,


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!