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travellinggal1170

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In Topic: Saw The Derm Today And (Long Post)

09 November 2013 - 09:17 PM

If you're serious about the rosacea, there are two main rosacea forums you can look into.

 

The Rosacea Forum

The Rosacea Support Community

 

The first one is UK-based, so if you're in Canada you may find more helpful info on that one, at least for products and doctors and such. Your health care systems seem similar.

 

I'm disappointed that they put hydrocortisone in your compound. 

 

Hydrocortisone is to rosacea what strong antibiotics are to acne.

 

It may help in the short-term, but almost always has really bad long term effects. 

Thanks for the link to the rosacea group. It seems very informative.

I've heard about hydrocortisone and of course it concerns me.

I've spoken to a doctor and a pharmacist about this and they said it's a 'baby' amount and for short term, it shouldn't be a problem.

I'm aware of the long term effects and I'll be speaking to my gp about this as well.


In Topic: Saw The Derm Today And (Long Post)

09 November 2013 - 03:58 PM

I took Oracea before spironolactone, and it may have reduced the erythema (redness) a little bit, but it didn't help with the acne / papules / pustules component.

 

The whole point of Oracea is that 40mg is just below antimicrobial activity (50mg+). So it is an antibiotic at such a low dose that it just slightly reduces inflammation without killing bacteria. I know a lot of people who take it for rosacea, but typically it is people with just the redness, not papulopustular rosacea. 

 

I did the whole rosacea gamut, avoiding triggers, using calming botanicals on my skin, using Oracea and Metrogel, and it didn't really get me anywhere. My redness would only subside a tiny bit, and the acne didn't go away either.

 

I've kind of given up on the constant facial redness, since I've had multiple laser treatments that didn't improve it by much either. But I do use Mirvaso (which is a new cream that constricts the facial blood vessels) in the morning so I have a normal skin tone for at least part of the day. 

 

I hope this all works out for you, but he doesn't sound very informed about the hormonal component to skin AT ALL. 

 

I agree with Green Gables, perimenopausal women go through hormonal changes that can lead to/aggravate acne and your derm didn't give a s... about it. He could lower your dosage to see how you respond and then decide what is best for you. I hope your gp will be more helpful. My experience with doctors is that they never give you what you need. They always seem to prescribe things too weak or too heavy for my condition and they never listen to what my opinion is - which is not random cause i am a health professional as well. Anyway being less stressed has many benefits and you should definitely try it, no doubt it will help with acne as well.

 

Yeah, I know, that's what I thought. He didn't seem to pay much attention to the hormones and my age. Yeesh, you'd think these specialists would clue into this sort of thing. I've had to be my own doctor in all of this and it has been a tiring process and I'm grateful that the spiro has cleared up my acne.

Thanks Green Gables for your input on the Oracea.  I'll talk to my gp to get his take.

 

I picked up the compound this morning and the ingredients are:

 

azelaic acid (15%)
erythromycin base powder (3%)
hydrocortisone powder (1%)
unibase (no % for quantity)

 

Apparently the azelaic acid is supposed to help with redness and according to drug.com, it has a good rate of success. I'm supposed to use this compound twice a day, applying a thin layer. The pharmacist said to spot test it first to make sure my skin doesn't get irritated. As for continual use, I would need to see the derm again and he did say that ideally, I should go down to one application a day. He gave me one refill for the compound and the Oracea so I don't think he wants me to do this long-term.  I think the derm's whole point is to avoid rosacea triggers in order to prevent breakouts. Nice theory and I hope it works in practical reality.

 

I'll talk to my gp before filling out the Oracea rx and discuss going back on spiro if I need to but at a lower dose. At least the derm was okay with this option and I think it's because he was pleased with my blood test results. (all okay)

 

Fingers crossed this works for me. And yes, I do think stress is a factor for me. As mentioned in my original post, my skin cleared up quite a bit when I was on holidays last year as I was relaxed and didn't think about work or every day life. Something to consider for my overall health anyways.

Wish me luck!

 

He did say to take spiro if this doesn't work
 


In Topic: Spiro Users Experienced Heartburn?

01 November 2013 - 10:49 AM

Sorry, I didn't mean to ignore you.

Thanks for your feedback and glad it's not just me.

Thanks for the link about peppermint and heartburn. Not surprising since spiro has a minty taste to it.

 

cheers!

Travellinggal1170, I also responded to your post but I guess you didn't notice since you only thanked GreenGables for her reply. Anyways, dozens of websites note peppermint as a heartburn trigger, as I said:
http://www.m.webmd.c...n-foods?page=3.
But it's just a guess since there is no way to predict exactly how individuals will react to a given medication.


 

Spironolactone slows the growth of fibrous tissue.
 
It won't be noticeable in someone with a perfectly healthy stomach.
 
If you already have ulcers (perhaps small ones you didn't know about), it can magnify the ulcers because fibrous tissue is how the body heals ulcers. 
 
So in summary, it won't cause ulcers or heartburn, but if you already have them, it can make them more noticeable. 
 
I alway stake spironolactone with food. I've noticed most of the women who have digestion / heartburn problems with spiro take it on an empty stomach or with small snacks. I take it with a full meal. 

Thanks Green Gables for your input. Always helpful.
I'm not aware of having any ulcers but perhaps I might have small ones. 
I take spiro with food (an actual meal) and it could have been that I didn't have enough to eat when I started getting heartburn. I'll definitely keep that in mind. Thanks!

In Topic: Spiro Users Experienced Heartburn?

30 October 2013 - 01:11 AM

Spironolactone slows the growth of fibrous tissue.

 

It won't be noticeable in someone with a perfectly healthy stomach.

 

If you already have ulcers (perhaps small ones you didn't know about), it can magnify the ulcers because fibrous tissue is how the body heals ulcers. 

 

So in summary, it won't cause ulcers or heartburn, but if you already have them, it can make them more noticeable. 

 

I alway stake spironolactone with food. I've noticed most of the women who have digestion / heartburn problems with spiro take it on an empty stomach or with small snacks. I take it with a full meal. 

Thanks Green Gables for your input. Always helpful.

I'm not aware of having any ulcers but perhaps I might have small ones. 

I take spiro with food (an actual meal) and it could have been that I didn't have enough to eat when I started getting heartburn. I'll definitely keep that in mind. Thanks!


In Topic: Spironolactone (Aldactone)

13 October 2013 - 04:54 PM

 

 


 


Has anyone else experienced flaky, dry skin patches on your face when using sprionolactone. It's not really that bad....but when I apply my make up it looks so noticeable! Wondering if this is from the sprionolactone or my cleanser.

What I've noticed is that spiro has made me less oily but not noticeably dry.eusa_clap.gif Are you using a cleanser meant for acne or any of the Rx acne creams?  If so, it's probably the culprit for the dryness. Switch to a gentler cleanser and a good moisturizer and hopefully that will help the dryness. (I love CeraVe but it varies with each person)

I'm just using the Benev Crystal cleanser. It's not suppose to be drying! It's not medicated or anything! But I think that's what is causing the dryness! No topicals yet. I'm waiting for the acne to clear like Green Gables did. What cleanser do sprionolactone users use?


 


Has anyone else experienced flaky, dry skin patches on your face when using sprionolactone. It's not really that bad....but when I apply my make up it looks so noticeable! Wondering if this is from the sprionolactone or my cleanser.

What I've noticed is that spiro has made me less oily but not noticeably dry.eusa_clap.gif Are you using a cleanser meant for acne or any of the Rx acne creams?  If so, it's probably the culprit for the dryness. Switch to a gentler cleanser and a good moisturizer and hopefully that will help the dryness. (I love CeraVe but it varies with each person)

I'm just using the Benev Crystal cleanser. It's not suppose to be drying! It's not medicated or anything! But I think that's what is causing the dryness! No topicals yet. I'm waiting for the acne to clear like Green Gables did. What cleanser do sprionolactone users use?

Oh! Just saw that you recommended the Cerave one. I'm going to try that!
 
Yes, I use the CeraVe hydrating cleanser and lotion and I love it. It's gentle and doesn't dry out my skin. I've tried Cetaphil and that made me break out. Go figure.  I would avoid any heavy creams until your skin improves. I tried the CeraVe moisture cream and that gave me cystic acne! 
Also, I avoid using any toners while my acne was healing. Less is more here.
I took a look at the Benev Crystal cleanser and apparently the 2nd ingredient is ammonium lauryl sulfate which can be very drying. Hope the CeraVe works for you.

I'm going to try the Cerave hydrating cleanser. I suspected that the ALS in the benev cleanser was causing the dryness. So frustrating!! Why can't my skin just be NORMAL?!

 

I hope it works for you. Your skin is reacting to an ingredient and sometimes it takes trial and error to figure out what works best.  In my experience, a simple and gentle regime really helped.