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#3480796 Blackheads And Bumps On Chin?

Posted by tracy521 on 12 May 2015 - 12:00 PM

i would try a toner with either aha or bha that should help clear those out. 

#3480641 Normal Hormones Level, Will Birth Control Help?

Posted by tracy521 on 11 May 2015 - 12:38 PM

I would ask your derm for spironolactone. That will probably be the only thing that helps you. I wouldn't bother with birth control pills at all. You will be safer on spiro than bcp anyway and it will probably work better for you.

#3479240 Just Another Day Of Emotional Defeat

Posted by tracy521 on 28 April 2015 - 08:21 AM

just reading your story is how i felt a few years ago when my acne and scarring were at their worst. i know how hard it is to get up day after day and try to go on when you feel so down and so bad about yourself its like you cant see a way out of this mess but i can guarantee you that it will get better and that your face wont always look this way. it feels so permanent now but once you can get clear there are treatments out there that will help your skin look a lot better i can promise you that. so what are you doing for your skin right now? what is your current regimen? 
sending you lots of hugs and prayers today. 

#3478735 What Is The Best Scar Solution For My Scar?

Posted by tracy521 on 23 April 2015 - 08:32 AM

its definitely looking a lot better! the healing time sucks but i think you will be really glad you did this. i think in a few more months those scars will be fairly non-existent.

#3477867 What Is The Best Scar Solution For My Scar?

Posted by tracy521 on 14 April 2015 - 09:14 AM

looking good! i bet it looks even better now :)

#3476638 What Is The Best Scar Solution For My Scar?

Posted by tracy521 on 01 April 2015 - 01:36 PM

Just wanted to say that I hope the healing keeps going well for you and I wish you much success! I cant wait to see your updated pics when you get the stiches out. Will you have to get anything else done on these areas in the future or does the plastic surgeon think that the new scars will blend in well with your face? I am asking because I have 3 raised bumps in a row on my chin that have not responded to any sort of treatment and I am thinking about having them excised. I would rather have a thin line scar than 3 raised bumps on my chin it just looks so odd!

#3476637 Comments Welcome On Skin Texture Please Following Fraxel, Co2 And Ipl

Posted by tracy521 on 01 April 2015 - 01:30 PM

Wow your skin is fantastic. I would give anything to have your skin! It looks so flawless to me. I don't think you need to do a thing! Seriously you look amazing!

#3475867 Spironolactone Journey

Posted by tracy521 on 25 March 2015 - 09:04 AM

i know what you mean about the resistance but i do think when times are hard and the skin is a mess a short course can really help. the scrub with salicylic acid should help a bit too. heck yeah i see so many deals on groupon and living social daily its great news! just make sure to do your research first so you pick a good place. you are very welcome for the advice and yeah you can ask the people there at ulta they should be able to help you. i did look on their site and noticed they dont offer too many peels but sephora does and you can order online.
yeah i know how you feel its like your skin consumes your life which is just so awful and after a while it just really wears you out. oh no i sure hope you heal up fast from your injury too! geesh you got a lot going on at once. please keep me updated on things and take care of yourself.

#3475621 Spironolactone Journey

Posted by tracy521 on 23 March 2015 - 07:17 AM

yeah i really think that the switching of the manufacturer of spiro was like starting over and then switching back is like starting once again. you are going to have to give your skin a few months to adjust but for now i would get back on antibiotics for a bit to help with the bad breakout you are going through right now. 
sorry you cant afford going to an esthetician but if you ever get some cash check groupon or living social they always have deals. i think the last facial with extractions i had was about $60. those sites might offer them for about half price. also you can buy peels at ulta and sephora that are great for your skin. i am a huge glycolic acid fan it really helps keep those pores clear but if you cant afford that you can get the AHA from this site and try that out. its not super expensive or anything and i think it will really work for you. i have sensitive skin as well so when i use AHA these days (i've had laser lately) i have to use it like every other day but even a few times a week would probably help you out. i would skip the aquaphor that is a known pore clogger. 

yeah its tough for you with the derm because you have tried so many things so really what is left ya know? i do believe this is all due to the switching of spiro brands so get the antibiotic for a bit, switch up your skincare routine and try to not stress so much. i know the stress part is hard but for myself working out really helps with the anxiety and that general feeling of doom. what else do you like to do in your spare time? try to throw yourself into something that takes your mind off your skin a bit and whatever you do dont carry a mirror around with you in your purse.

stay strong and you can message me anytime. hugs! 

#3473860 Will Spironolactone Heal Existing Cysts?

Posted by tracy521 on 06 March 2015 - 03:46 PM

yeah for sure i wish i had never took birth control ever in my life. i dont know why it took me so long to make the connection though - ugh! you can quit now if you want since you are on antiobiotics it should catch most of the acne that would pop up from that. keflex is a generic name for cephalexin which is an antibiotic thats been around for a long time. http://www.drugs.com/cephalexin.html - there are many generic forms of it out there. 

if you have had no acne since doxy then its probably already kicked in. every antibiotic i took in the past has never cleared my existing acne like keflex did. its crazy how it worked for me. well thats good the derm drained your cysts. my cysts were the type that were never able to be drained but thats good you didnt need the shots. you wont have to worry about atrophy at least. i bet your skin is looking pretty good now then. 

i really dont think accutane will do anything for your hormonal acne. my derm used to always tell me that accutane would shut down all the acne i had on my skin and clear me up while i was on it but that once i got off of it that it would just come back so that is why i was always hesitant to even go down that road. i do agree the diane is a temporary fix and since spiro works so well i dont see why you would need or want to be on the pill as well. i would wait at least 6-9 months before attempting to go on accutane and since you are clear now i wouldnt even bother with it.

#3473630 Will Spironolactone Heal Existing Cysts?

Posted by tracy521 on 04 March 2015 - 02:06 PM

Your welcome! Oh yeah I used to get tons of cortisone shots. If you get one just make sure its diluted so you dont get an indent. They suck but at the time it was the only way to get rid of my cysts. I only had 1 cyst back in June of 2013 but besides that my face has been super clear. It was clear as soon as I started the keflex and then when I got off of it. Every so often I get a tiny bump but it goes away pretty darn quickly. I do use witch hazel toner in the morning and evening and then every other night I use my AHA toner to keep my pores clear. What I have found now is that if I do get a clogged pore it doesnt turn into anything like it used to before there is no inflammation in my skin at all. Before I went on Spiro I tried everything over the last 16 years to try and clear my skin. I spent thousands from over the counter stuff and then tried pretty much every prescription product as well as I tried gluten free, dairy free, carb free, alcohol & sugar free as well as I even avoided caffeine. I also got chemical peels, ipls, laser, microdermabrasion and was on 7 different antibiotics. The list goes on and on and on -ha! So anyway whenever I started keflex I just stopped doing all the stupid diet stuff and just went back to how I ate before and have had no issues. I can eat junk food, drink alcohol, caffeine etc. This pill has been a miracle for me and just made me realize that my acne was hormonal all along which is why I believe the pill screwed up my hormones for good. Nobody else in my family has ever had acne let alone cystic acne so it definitely wasn't a genetic thing. One more thing too when I get stressed out now I dont break out either like I used to before spiro 

Good idea about the probiotic with the keflex especially since you are taking a high dose of it. I never took one with keflex I did with other antibiotics and was lucky it didnt mess up my system at all. I'm always so amazed I never had a  yeast infection or anything. Yeah IBS I hear is hard to deal with so hopefully the meds dont trigger anything. If you ever want to talk more you can message me on this site. I am always here for you. I made it a point to always try and help out other people once I got clear because there were times I felt so alone and like nobody understood me so I dont want anybody else to feel that way. Take care

#3473610 Will Spironolactone Heal Existing Cysts?

Posted by tracy521 on 04 March 2015 - 08:27 AM

hello! yeah it sounds like we had the same experience with Keflex. i am still on 100mg of spiro and have been on it since dec 2012. i started at 25mg and then after a week or so went up to 50mg then 75mg then 100mg. i took Keflex 500mg twice per day for about 10 months or so. i'm sure i could have weaned myself off of it way before then but i really wanted to be sure that the spiro was working so a few months before i was done i went down to 1 pill a day for a while then 1 pill every other day and then 1 pill every 3-4 days.

that is great that you are having such great success with Keflex and i would go with what your derm says and stay on the Keflex for a good while and then slowly wean off of it. i think after a bit though i would probably ask the derm about going down to a lower dose though just to be safe. so they have it in a shot version? yeah i never had any side effects with it either thank goodness i think its a real miracle worker. there is a girl i met on this site that told me about how well Keflex worked for her so i have her to thank for telling me about it. it was really my last resort before Accutane.

well keep me updated on things and i wish you continued success with spiro and the Keflex.

#3473538 Will Spironolactone Heal Existing Cysts?

Posted by tracy521 on 03 March 2015 - 03:35 PM

It was crazy they just totally went away like 5 days later I woke up and they were gone it was the best thing like in the world. The nodules I had for a few months went away as well.  I was at the lowest point in my entire life and that stuff was like a miracle. I never had any antibiotics work that fast ever. Yeah if Doxy isn't working then try Keflex but I think it takes Doxy a few weeks to kick in so give it time. Keflex is stronger so sometimes they are hesitant to offer it up right away. I had to beg my derm for it because I was just about to start Accutane but thank goodness I didn't have to go that route.

#3471848 Benzol Prioxide As Spot Treatment?

Posted by tracy521 on 16 February 2015 - 02:03 PM

yes you can. it works very well!

#3471536 Acne Friendly Foundations?

Posted by tracy521 on 13 February 2015 - 03:38 PM

i like dermablend it wont break you out and the coverage is fantastic.