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Like Moonlight

Member Since 17 May 2013
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#3397488 100Mg Spironolactone A Day

Posted by Like Moonlight on 27 November 2013 - 09:12 PM

Hi! I am also on that dosage of spiro and have been for 11 months now. Be patient with it, most women see the results they expect around the 6 month mark. Since you are seeing good results now, it's just a matter of time for you. I started to really be happy it's my complexion once I added in witch hazel and acne.orgs AHA. Makes your complexion glow, brings back that youthful look to your skin.

#3396686 In Need Of Wisdom And Advice For My Scarring (With Pics)

Posted by Like Moonlight on 23 November 2013 - 09:43 PM

I've taken a good luck at your photos and the good news is it doesn't look like you have scarring issues. It looks like you have active acne and Hyperpigmentaion issues. I'm not sure what you have tried to control your acne. A few suggestions are to try the regimen here from acne.org. If you cannot afford to order the regimen Dan offers a list of store brand products that you can purchase and get similar results as the regimen. I will link that at the end of the email. Im not sure if you have been to see a dermatologist or anything either, your post didn't give any treatments that you have tried and failed. I'm sorry if I am listing off things you have already tried. A dermatologist will be ale to prescribe you oral antibiotics that can clear you up generally pretty quickly. They will normally prescribe a topical as well. There are many of those you can try as well as many oral antibiotics. If your acne is hormonal you can try saw palmetto which is offered over the counter, results are not fast with that treatment though. Accutane is another path you can take, if you have tried a lot of these prescriptions medications and they have not kept you clear accutane is a choice. Make sure you speak with a doctor about your depression though because accutane can make depression issues worse.

The good news is acne can be treated, you just have to be patient with it. You seem like a nice guy and you have a beautiful girlfriend that loves you. I'm sure you have family and friends that love you as well. For those of us that suffer with acne, we tend to have this skewed outlook that everyone and their mothers are starting at us. 9 times out of 10 no one is really looking at us. It's all just our insecurities. I have been in your shoes and had acne just like yours, but mine scarred quite a bit. So your lucky there. I suffered from acne for 6 years and just recently got a handle on my acne. I did a accutane course and now I am continuing to treat my acne hormonally to maintain a clear complexion. It can happen and you just need to be presistant. This will not be the rest of your life. Considering to harm yourself over acne is something you really need to rethink, its not worth it. You are cared about and you can take care of this issue.

I really recommend you speak with a perfessional about this and your emotional issues as well. Talking to people on this site can be very helpful aswell. You realize that you and a million other people are suffering with this issue, you are not alone. We all cope with it and if you need a shoulder to lean on you have found the right place.

I just really want to you know that there are soo soo many treatments out there for you to try. Chemical peels are a good choice for removing Hyperpigmentaion, but chemical peels arente usual the go to treatment for active acne. In some cases it can irritate the acne and make it worse. Hang in there and please go speak with a professional as soon as possible. Don't give up :D

#3395783 Do "matte" Moisturizers Work? Has Anyone Tried Them?

Posted by Like Moonlight on 19 November 2013 - 01:50 PM

I think they work as well. It depends on your personal oil level though. If you have a high oil production level matte moisturizers might not work as well for you. It all really depends on the brand and your oil production level. You are just going to have to give it a shot to see if they work well or not.

#3395505 Retin A No Peel?

Posted by Like Moonlight on 18 November 2013 - 09:09 AM

It's normal for the peeling to come and go. If you moisturize your skin you should be able to manage that though. Results should happen in 3 months. A week like the above poster mentioned is way to early to see results from acne treatments. Retin a turns over skin cells and speeds skin cells turn over. That takes time. About 3 months is when you can expects to really see improvements if they are going to happen. By that time Inital breakouts will be out of the way. I don't want you to expect results in a week because it's likey that your skin will go through a purging stage well before clearing. Hopefully you are one of the lucky few that avoid that.

actually you should see atleast a difference in a week it shouldnt take months for you to notice a difference otherwise youre just wasting your time imo
because every product i use , i see results in a week to realize its working

My opinion your giving really incorrect information. A week for a medication to show results, even more so a topical is rare. You may be one of the lucky few that happens with. After speaking with dermatoglogist and being on acne related medications for 6 years. I have been on some form of a topical treatment all those years. Retin a in particular for 4 years. Results are expected within 3 months. if you look into the topical boards which I do since I am part of the moderation team here. You will see results are not common within a week. Some people retin a takes 3 months to show results. Purging happens within a week to a month, only after that period does the clearing start. I'm not going to argue with you about retin a. I just wanted to inform leading force not to expect results in a weeks time. Otherwise he or she is in for quite the disappointment. That's all.

It's normal for the peeling to come and go. If you moisturize your skin you should be able to manage that though. Results should happen in 3 months. A week like the above poster mentioned is way to early to see results from acne treatments. Retin a turns over skin cells and speeds skin cells turn over. That takes time. About 3 months is when you can expects to really see improvements if they are going to happen. By that time Inital breakouts will be out of the way. I don't want you to expect results in a week because it's likey that your skin will go through a purging stage well before clearing. Hopefully you are one of the lucky few that avoid that.

I have been getting BIG whiteheads. Like you stated, it is purging out so at least that's a good sign. Thanks for the help :D

Sounds to me you are on the right track. The purging is normal unfortunately. Hopefully the purging stage doesn't last long. Good luck to you. Keep up the use and you should see good results. :)

#3395393 Questions About Reducing Androgens & Spiro

Posted by Like Moonlight on 17 November 2013 - 04:59 PM

Hi guys!
I'm looking for some advice on Spironolactone.
I have been off of the Mirena IUD (which was giving me severe cystic acne after 3 years of having it in) for about 4 months now and am on my fourth pack of Beyaz birth control.
I am finally seeing a drastic change in my skin. No more cysts at all! It's great. However, I am not 100% clear. I'm thinking about taking Spironolactone, but I have some questions about it first. If this is all super redundant, and you've seen a post where all my questions have been asked before, please tell me! I'll remove my post and refer to those posts.
1. Spironolactone is an anti-androgen/slight pro-estrogen (right?). Have the people that are taking it noticed any significant weight gain? Are you "softer" than you were before? I'm asking because I'll be going to basic training in February and I need to be able to maintain my muscle gains and not increase in body fat. My Beyaz has already caused me to hold onto more arm, breast and belly fat and I'm nervous that if I go on MORE androgen blockers, I'll have a harder time getting results from my workouts.
2. Does it affect your mood?
3. This one's gonna sound really dumb. I'm sorry in advance.... what should I ask my doctor? How do I convince him/her to give me Spiro?
Thanks for any advice! I'd love to be 100% clear! :D I have a good feeling about Spiro as I now know that my acne is almost entirely because of my hormonal imbalances.

Hey! I have been taking spiro now for 10 months and I love it. I have not noticed any weight increase from taking spiro at all. I'm not softer of anything like that. My mood is not affected by the medication either. Honestly the only side effect I had from spiro was more frequent urinating. It only lasted a couple of weeks though, I don't feel like I'm taking medication at all. No side effects which is more than I can say for bc pills and accutane and whatnot.

I personally get my spiro from my obgyn. My dermatologist isn't a huge believer in hormonal acne. Or atleast she never believed my acne was hormonal. Boy was she wrong. Anyway I asked my obgyn and just layed out what medications I took in the past. Said I wanted to try treating my acne hormonally and see if it works, since everything else has failed. She agreed that was a smart choice, and since spiro is a safe medication she had no objections to prescribing it. All she needed to check out first was my potassium level first. If you cleared up a bit once you changed over to the bc pill, that would tell me that your acne is indeed hormonally related. Which would only make sense to try spiro. I would approach it like that and tell her or him you are not happy with your acne and you noticed a big change once you started bc pills. Tell them you have a friend or something and spiro was a success for her and you would like to give it a shot since you can correlate your ance with your hormones. If for some reason your derm will not prescribe it try your obgyn or you can see an endocronigist, they also prescribe it. Some GP will actually prescribe it too. So you have a few choices of doctors to try anyways. Also a lot of doctors don't even realize that spiro is used for acne. So it maybe good to be prepared and maybe bring a study or something along those lines to show its success! That's what I would do!

#3395056 Roaccutane And The Regimen - Do You Take Both?

Posted by Like Moonlight on 15 November 2013 - 11:07 PM

No. You should not use BP with accutane. The accutane is enough, you will cause more damage to your skin if you add any acne medication or topicals to that.

#3394266 Mirena Iud

Posted by Like Moonlight on 12 November 2013 - 09:55 AM

I've moved your topic to the hormonal acne thread. You will get more help in this thread. *Moderator Team*

#3391100 Spiro For 2Nd Time

Posted by Like Moonlight on 28 October 2013 - 12:02 PM

I understand what yor saying, but your body changes and you have to be patient. You could start to see results anyday now. You maybe one of the lucky ones who gets results quickly. Just don't worry about it to much, I'd start to get concerned when you are past the time period it is starts working for most people. Hopefully you can use an antibiotic short term while the spiro gets the chance to work for you.

#3391096 Hair Removal And Accutane?

Posted by Like Moonlight on 28 October 2013 - 11:43 AM

Plucking or threading is what you should do. You don't want to use chemicals to lighten or remove hair since your skin is likely to have a bad reaction. Your skin has the potential to rip off if you wax. I've seen photos... Stay far away from wax for atleast 3 months after accutane. So you either grow those puppies out or thread or pluck. Not much of a differnce between the threading and plucking though.

#3390753 First Day Of Accutane

Posted by Like Moonlight on 26 October 2013 - 10:55 AM

Good luck to you with your accutane course. Remember to drink water, lots and lots of water. S good rule of thu,b is your urine color actually. If you have color to your urine you aren't drinking enough. If you urine is clear then you are drinking enough. Water helped with everything while I was on my course, Also with the side effects, you will notice tht they come and go your while course. Side effects pop up with doseage increases, dosage decreases and just for the hell of it. The best you can do is look though other peoples logs and see how they combatted the side effects. They aren't something you can avoid, just something you can manage,

Some tips I have for side effects, these are all things I couldn't have lived without.
For lips - Bag Balm is the best
For joints - fish oil
Dry eyes - fish oil and gel based eye drops work good not the liquid kind
Headaches - water
Rashes - neosporin cream not the ointment use this on your face
Rashes on body - Eucerin cream
Face wash - CeraVe foaming face wash
Face cream - CeraVe cream in the tub

#3389943 Can I Get Rid Of "hormonal" Acne With Out A Derm?

Posted by Like Moonlight on 21 October 2013 - 09:11 PM

Spiro sounds like it is going to be your best bet. I get mine prescribed from my OBGYN actually. A lot of women on the site do as well. Dermatologist can proscribe this as well as endocronigists. I have all the above as doctors I see on a regular basis. My obgyn was more than happy to prescribe it. I went to her first because my dermatologist is never open to the idea that my acne was hormonal.

Turns out it was because I am clear and have been thanks to that medication. There is an over the counter medication you can take called saw palmetto which has similar effects as spiro. Not as effective though and results take a long time to see. Spiro isn't a quick results pill either but if you have hormonal acne, spiro is the best thing that will happen for your skin.

#3384766 Tetracycline For Ten Days

Posted by Like Moonlight on 25 September 2013 - 08:21 AM

I'm not convinced 10 day antibiotic is going to clear your acne. Most people are on antibiotics long term. 3 months or more. Do you see a dermatologist? Or we're these prescribed by your GP?

#3384764 Accutane Effect

Posted by Like Moonlight on 25 September 2013 - 08:06 AM

What you are experiencing is called "tane burn" it is very common. It will subside quickly after you complete your course.

#3383552 Roaccutane Advice Please

Posted by Like Moonlight on 18 September 2013 - 10:55 PM

I suggest asking your dermatologist to keep you on the antibiotic for the first couple months of your accutane course, that way you won't have an IB. Lots of people on the boards are on antibiocs durning their first month or two of their course. If your worried I suggest asking about that.  If not that ask if you can do a predisone course if you do break out

#3377602 Do People Notice Acne Scars?

Posted by Like Moonlight on 24 August 2013 - 01:30 PM

I think most people on this site notice other people with acne or scars. I think some of us feel so alone with our acne and we seek out seeing other people with acne so we don't feel like we are the only adults with acne. At least I know I used to observe everyones skin! I looked at other peoples skin and compared mine to theirs. It used to make me feel better to see others with acne. I would look at others with acne and see how the behaved too. To see if I was the only one who let acne bring down my self confidence. Things like that. I never judged people with acne or people without acne or anything like that though.


If someone looks at your acne or your scars and that effects their opinion about who you are as a person, they aren't someone you would want in your life anyways. You are a great person regardless of scarring. Anyones who opinion of you sways because of that are just not worth your time. So don't worry about it. :)