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#3486801 Adult Acne Problem. Help!

Posted by WishClean on Yesterday, 07:10 AM


Hi I would like to ask a question? I am 28 y/o. I pick on my skin a lot and all the time creating welts and bad irritation, I only do it around my neck and chin, jawline area. I recently went to the dermatologist to consult her over my dramatic hair loss over the past year and she suggested I take aldactone, she sent me for blood test and performed a scalp biopsy on me. She said I must return upon receiving the results to determine how I should be treated for my issues. I have been reading a lot about aldactone and I am not sure it is the right thing for me. Although I have mentioned I have acne around my chin, jawline and neck this is exacerbated and made worse by my constant picking habit. (I pretty much create welts out of nothing) my  hairloss might be the result of dramatic weight loss over the past year (about 14 kilos) I have just been reading about spirolactone and its side effects and would not like to experience them unnecessarily. Is there any blood test that can determine accurately whether this drug is the absolutely necessary course of treatment? Are there any alternatives to it. I just want to make sure that it is absolutely what I need before I start it  as the last thing I want at my age is to have irregular periods and all the other side effects. Please help!!!


Check out the Hormonal acne forum for suggestions. Severe hairloss could be a sign that your body is lacking nutrients, especially since you lost 14 kilos. First of all, you need to nourish your body to regain lost nutrients.
Your acne might not even be hormonal, it could be the result of poor nutrition (like the hairloss), so I suggest a healthy diet above everything.

#3486732 Success Story: I Stopped My Acne By Changing Everything!

Posted by WishClean on 04 July 2015 - 03:08 PM

Congrats on your success! I don't recommend taking DIM and zinc long term, especially since zinc can deplete your body of copper and cause other imbalances. DIM might also cause other hormonal imbalances if taken at full dosage long term (over 6 months approx.). so be careful.

#3486163 Replacement For Acnescript

Posted by WishClean on 29 June 2015 - 09:57 AM

Hey guys,

I started using the supplement Acnescript in 2010 after reading about it on these boards. It has been a near miracle cure for me, so I was pretty devastated to get an email from them yesterday saying the company is closing. When I went to their website they were sold out of the remaining product. :(

Has anyone found a good substitute product for Acnescript? For those unfamiliar with it, 2 capsules contain 500 mg of B5, 2 mg of B6, 3 mg of zinc, mangosteen extract, curcumin, and green tea. I'm considering buying the ingredients separately, but before I do so I thought I'd see if anyone has a recommendation for another similar product.

Thanks very much for any ideas, advice, or other input.

The ingredients are not exactly the same, but herpanacine is pretty good. You could always take the ingredients separately as you suggested, just make sure you are getting enough copper in your diet because zinc can cause copper deficiency long term.

#3486150 Double Notifications

Posted by WishClean on 29 June 2015 - 07:30 AM


Whenever I have a new private message (and sometimes for other notifications), I get duplicate notifications about it. I already get too many notifications as it is, is there a way to fix this glitch so that I'm only notified once per update? :)

#3486149 Product Review Issue

Posted by WishClean on 29 June 2015 - 07:28 AM

Similar issue when using chrome. No problems posting reviews when using firefox. :/

#3485490 Spiro Ruined My Face

Posted by WishClean on 23 June 2015 - 02:34 PM

ok so my skin is just thin and mushy, where as before spiro it was thick taught firm, strong. Now it is so sensitive too that I can't put anything on it at all. My derm assures me that this is JUST dehydration and will go back in time, she said give it a month or two. I've been off spiro for 2 weeks and there is 0 improvement, I've been chugging water non stop. The thing that scares me is that maybe this isn't dehydration, maybe it is skin thinning from the fact that spiro is a steroid. Oral steroids cause skin thinning and it not reversible. I'm very worried and upset. Thoughts on this anyone?

My derm told me that my skin could be like a hose and when you take the water out of the hose it's mushy and weak, if you fill the hose up with water it's firm thick and strong. In the analogy it makes perfect sense but I'm always a pessimist and nothing like this has EVER happened to me before. I can deal with acne much more than I can deal with this. Acne is not a stranger to me anymore and is a normal thing. I feel like it's just a waiting game with this situation.. Waiting for my face to go back to normal , hoping , praying, but not even sure if it's going to happen

Yes, actually since it's a steroid, steroids can cause skin thinning. I remember I used to use a topical antibacterial steroid cream (which of course the doc "forgot" to mention it was a steroid), and when I finally read the leaflet it said not to use long term because it can cause skin thinning. This was a topical, though, but perhaps oral steroids have a similar impact. In any case, you quit taking it so you are on your way towards improvement. 

Naturally, derms/ docs will never take responsibility for negative side effects. I was given an anesthesia overdose for a surgery, and when I had side effects from it, doctors did not take responsibility for it and instead told me the side effects must be from something else. You are doing what you can at the moment, and you need to give it time for it to completely leave your system and for your skin to bounce back. It won't happen overnight unfortunately :/ 

#3484763 Friend List Issue...

Posted by WishClean on 17 June 2015 - 10:25 AM

yes, exactly. Why is that? The full list should be available because I can never remember who I have on my friends' list.

#3484673 Spiro Ruined My Face

Posted by WishClean on 16 June 2015 - 03:19 PM

There is a lot of hype, especially if you consider short term effects. Even greengables, who was on spiro for a rather long time finally got off it and her acne returned, and on top of it it caused her other health issues. Short term, anything can work fine...but long term effects are only seen later on. Even as a blood pressure medication, spiro is not a long term solution.

And because I like to back up claims, here are some other users who say spiro made their face look old (this is just from acne.org...there are more on the Web from other sites). Everyone reacts differently, and there are some other women who make the same complains as glb, so it's not just a random reaction. These are just the complaints about aging from a quick search on acne.org. Other complaints are more frequent, such as weight gain, which you can also look up.

hearts: "For me the negatives outweighed the positives when I was on spiro. After about the year mark I gained 20lbs (I went from 110lbs to 130/135lbs) without changing anything in my lifestyle and I couldn't lose it, my long thick hair started to shed like crazy, it gave me severe constipation, decreased my libido, and my skin started to look old and lost it's suppleness no matter how much I moisturized. I just didn't feel good on it after a while." [good news is that, according to hearts, sagging skin can be reversed once off spiro] --> Source: http://www.acne.org/...cture-included/

Thread by cyndotcom: Aging faster & voice deepening: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/97177-spironolactone-aging-faster-voice-deepening/  & Spironolactone ages your skin?: http://www.acne.org/...ages-your-skin/

Also see complaints on the Reviews section on acne.org, as well as other sites. Aging/sagging skin is a complaint that comes up repeatedly. Also, I noticed that some positive reviews on acne.org pop up on other sites like drugs.com and makeupalley. Who would write exactly the same review on various sites?

To everyone reading this: take the side effects noted on the leaflet, as well as anecdotal reviews, seriously and don't buy into the hype because everyone reacts differently to medications. They are, afterall, medications....and most of which NOT EVEN DESIGNED FOR ACNE! Keep this in mind, especially as you get older.

#3484561 Spiro...my Last Hope

Posted by WishClean on 15 June 2015 - 10:19 AM

yes, advise people to shave their heads and wear wigs. Of course, that's the reasonable thing to do, not figure out WHY hair is falling out. WTF, just WTF.

#3484559 Supportive And Inspiring Videos And Stories

Posted by WishClean on 15 June 2015 - 10:07 AM

Thanks for sharing. I hope people watch the videos, especially of the girls with vitiligo and lupus, and realize that acne is the least of our problems. It puts things into perspective.

#3484551 Friend List Issue...

Posted by WishClean on 15 June 2015 - 09:36 AM

I just noticed that my friends list is shorter than the number of people I have added/ have added me as a friend. I keep seeing the same number of friends' photos regardless of how many people add me. How can I see the full list?

#3483201 How To Edit Topic Titles?

Posted by WishClean on 03 June 2015 - 01:02 PM

I totally agree, members should have the ability to edit their topics' titles as well as the content! Never understood why only the Mods could make these changes.

WishClean, I've edited the title! :)

great, thank you!

Editing titles ourselves could also help with finding old threads...I have some old threads that are no longer relevant, and it would be good to edit the title for those.

#3483197 How To Edit Topic Titles?

Posted by WishClean on 03 June 2015 - 12:50 PM

I mispelled a word in a new topic I started here http://www.acne.org/...odermabrasionm/
Could someone delete the "m" at the end? It would be great if we could edit titles ourselves after a topic gets posted, especially if the topic gets updated/ resolved (I know there's a button for that, but still), if photos get added, etc.

#3483192 Your Suggestions For Acne.org Improvements

Posted by WishClean on 03 June 2015 - 12:33 PM

Yes, that's what I meant too...a tracker or log. I use the Ladytimer app to track my cycle (including breakouts), and it has a list of things to check off to make it easy, and a day-by-day calendar to track progress.

Also, Dan, if you have some downtime (ha!), I'm waiting for you to develop a natural product line... along the lines of the Image Ormedics line but more affordable :)

Hi -
Ok, thinking big - what about a breakout tracker? Something people could log into as part of their profile (that they could make public if they like) that functions in the same way as what people use in the their logs to track their progress. It could very easily be in the form of a survey they might fill out daily (theoretically) or with whatever consistency they decide that then populates to a table or a figure they can see from their profile. They could fill out the number of new/ active/ healing pimples, quality of skin rating on a number scale or maybe a sliding scale (oily <-> dry, red <-> blanch, etc. Then, this survey could populate the numbers to a graph or a figure of some kind, that provides a way to track improvements/worsening over time. 

 Again - maybe it can default to private and people can opt-in to ame public. It would be extremely useful for people trying/testing out new treatments AND VERY useful (in the case of people who make it public) for people who want to try out those new treatments but want to see how others are doing first.

Like I said, thinking big - but it would also make kind of a neat app. 


#3483031 Your Suggestions For Acne.org Improvements

Posted by WishClean on 02 June 2015 - 04:32 AM

Hi Dan,

How are the "trending" products in the product & treatment reviews section calculated? It's not clear.

For the acne myths section, you know I have some issues. Although the Diet & Acne "myth" has been updated with more information, I think it needs to have more sections/ factors included. Since you acknowledge in the myths section that (most) dermatologists are not expects when it comes to acne, it goes to say that noone knows everything about acne, hence we do not know enough about the diet-acne diet-stress etc connections. What is great about the Diet forum is that it allows users to test new theories that will never be funded by pharmaceutical companies (except when supplements begin to become regulated by the pharmaceutical industry, as it is happening in the EU/ UK). It would be great if you could add some research on the acne-histamines connection, as that is linked to chronic inflammation. A low histamine diet seems to be catching on on the forum and I truly believe it can help people who are frustrated with diet and topicals. I'm sure you are receptive to new solutions, so please give it a look.

And yes, an acne.org app would be great...with perhaps a daily calendar feature to keep track of acne flare ups & improvement.

Thank you for reading.