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tracy521

Member Since 18 Oct 2005
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In Topic: Struggling With Cystic Acne

Today, 08:52 AM

yeah birth control is tricky it works for some and for other it can make their acne worse. how long have you been on it? if you just started i would give it time to kick in and see how that goes and then if not you can always try spiro. birth control always gave me awful acne but spiro works for me thank god. also Keflex is stronger than Doxy so that might get you cleared up a lot faster as well.


In Topic: Struggling With Cystic Acne

23 January 2015 - 10:56 AM

that is a tough decision. accutane works very well for many people but also can have some bad side effects. the 2 women i know personally that have taken it have had their acne come back. the 2 men i know that have taken it never had their acne come back. i would say your acne is hormonal but your chin area looks clear. have you had your hormones checked just to be sure? talk to your doc about the hormonal thing and then for now i would try keflex to clear that up and then you can decide what you want to do after that. i take spironolactone which blocks the androgen receptors in the body and it works very well for me but my acne was mostly in the lower part of my face. do you break out all month long or just around your period? 


In Topic: Erratic And Unpredictable Hormonal Acne

23 January 2015 - 08:17 AM

i would add spiro to you regimen and that should help you out a lot. or you can stop the pill and only take spiro. also does your doc know you are taking insotol? maybe its interfering with the pill. i would mention this all to your derm and see what they suggest. 


In Topic: Advice Please

23 January 2015 - 08:11 AM

your skin looks great! i dont think you need to do anything. i dont even see any scarring in that pic. you are very pretty!


In Topic: Excision?

22 January 2015 - 09:31 PM

i have a mixture of indented and raised scarring but am really only worried about the raised scarring so i had a full face erbium laser done and then i had 2 -co2's done on the raised scars on my chin and one fraxel restore and they did nothing at all for the raised scars. the lady i see is going to use both the 1927 and 1550 fraxel on my raised scars this time with a much higher setting but we shall see. its hard for me to be optimistic at this point. i really had my heart set on dermabrasion i believe its the only thing that will really smooth out my chin area but i just cant take the risk stopping spiro and getting more scarring at this point. 


Did anyone ever reco cortisone or steroid injections? Always thought that was the preferred method for hypertrophic scarring.

All the docs i have seen claim the scars are not raised enough for cortisone. Ugh! Its hard to explain but its more like a wavy line of bumpy scarring near the middle part of my chin. Thig is i have no idea what caused it either. I just want some improvement on it.