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I have been on 50mg spiro for three weeks now. My face is so broken out. I thought I was getting less oily, but now I'm not so sure. My hair is less oily for sure, but my face, I can't really tell anymore. The breakouts I am having are huge, disgusting whiteheads. Really sucks. All over my face except my forehead. It has gotten a little better in the past few days, but I look like a mess. I am going to the doctor this week to see if I can increase my dosage to 100mg, since that seems to be what most people are on. I am definitely not giving up because i know it takes a while to see results, but I wonder if I would be better on a higher dosage. The breakouts I am getting aren't cystic at least, so that's one good thing. I would just like to see the best results in the quickest amount of time, though. 100mg seems like a normal dose. I'll see what my dr. says.
Forgot to add, my face has been quite itchy in the past 10 days or so. I do notice the breakouts tend to go away quicker than normal, but there are so many, it doesn't really matter. The itchiness is really annoying.
So I finished my first month (and a couple days)! I went to the dermatologist on Thursday and I will getting my second prescription today.
This week has been a little crazy because I got sick with a cold or something (I've been sick for a week now and I don't see it ending soon). I don't always get sick, but when I do, I get SICK (insert Dos Equis meme). Basically, my nose and lips got really dry, though I think that's mostly because of being sick.
My skin has been getting dryer though. I seemed to notice it only a couple days ago. Mostly my arms, particularly my right arm on my hands and near my elbow.
My skin wasn't all that bad this past week until maybe three days ago. Now I have some spots on my cheeks and one on either side of my jaw sort of near by chin. Trying hard to stay positive. I keep telling myself it's only been a month and I still have four more to go and, from what I have read, people don't notice significant differences until around the beginning of the third month.
I forgot to mention on my last blog, I used pore strips on my nose, forehead, and chin a week and a half ago. I know people taking the medication don't really need to use other products, but I read some people trying it without anything going wrong and I wanted to try. They worked pretty dang well, but it did hurt my nose a little bit when I carefully peeled it off (though it usually does, so maybe it's nothing). Soooo I can't exactly recommend doing this, but it did get stuff. Just be extremely careful and don't force anything if you do.
Nothing else I can think of to report. If I forgot something, I'll add it to the comment section.
Hope everyone has a great weekend! I won't 'cause I'll be studying!
PS - I'm going to try to have cool entry pictures from now on. This week: Kingdom Hearts because it was and still is one of the best video games in the history of mankind. (I do not own the pictures except for the one on the left.)
I now have eczema! I have patches on my upper arms. I have never ever had this in my life. I never had any kind of dry skin ever!!! This stuff is so annoying!! I ordered jojoba oil from this site and it came today so I'm gonna see if it helps. Also my mom said try hydrocortisone cream so I started doing that too yesterday. My whole body seems to be getting super itchy, mostly around the back of my legs, my upper arms and now my scalp.
Anyone else have these issues?
On a good note my face looks good today! The big red pimples I had are almost gone, just one left and some little things and hyper pigmentation. Let's hope it keeps going like this on my face!!
I've decided to start this blog after almost 1.5 years of deliberating over whether to start accutane for my mild but extremely persistent acne (not had a clear face over the last 3.5 years). At 33 years old, it has really affected my confidence and I I have decided that enough is enough and I want clear skin!
I had acne as a teenager which cleared up through taking a bcp. After 15 years of being on birth control I decided to give my body a break. So at the age of 30 I came off it. Within 3 months my skin had become crazily oily and I started breaking out on my cheeks (where I have never had acne before), then I started getting cysts (i think) on my jaw line and forehead. My skin just looked and felt all clogged up. Being half chinese, I continually had dark marks on my face from old acne making my face look worse. I went to my doctors (I live in London, England) and was put on Lymecycline. This helped get rid of the cysts and some of the excess oil (my hair also got really dry). After 10 months I came off it but my skin was still far from what my skin used to be like pre coming off bcp. I then tried Retin A with some mild success. I still had terrible skin texture, with lots of extremely stubborn closed comodones. They just never went away! I went to a private derm who recommended accutane. But I chickened out due to the side effects. i then tried skin peels. They helped but was only a temporary measure and costly. So 1.5 years later and fed up with consistently having to worry about my skin I have decided to bit the bullet and start my accutane journey!
I am 5ft 7 and 58kg. I started on 20mg a day for the first 3 weeks to ease myself into the medication. Then in the 4th week increased this to 40mg a day. I have to say I am really happy so far with so its going. I had a mild headache the first day and then when I increased to 40mg a mild headache on the second day, but apart from that no headaches. Very slightly dryer lips. Very slight upper back pain a couple times in the last week but that's it. Amazingly my skin texture has improved alot. Alot of the closed comodones have reduced in size or gone completely. I had a few on my forehead and cheeks all grouped together that had been there for about a year and they have all but gone! A couple of the closed comodones around my chin have become inflamed pimples, but apart from that I have not really had an initial breakout.
I am taking zinc, fish oil and B12. I exercise regularly (about 3-4 times a week). So far so good! I feel more confident about my skin already and am excited to see how it continues to improve (hopefully!).
I believe I am in my sixth week of using The Regimen. My progress is kind of up and down at the moment. Don't get me wrong, there are some massive changes. Like more than I've ever seen. But my blackheads seem to want to stick around for a while. Most of them have gone away but I still deal with some on and around the sides of my nose and on my forehead. I do believe I'm going to start applying BP in the morning now along with at night. Well, at least I will once I get another shipment of moisturizer and cleanser. (I have the kit that's made to last for 1-2 months and I've found that it actually held out longer than that since I did start using the products for a couple weeks. Stopped. Started again for like 1-2 more weeks. Stopped. Then started again and am still continuing.) But sadly my cleanser and moisturizer are starting to dwindle down to nothing. And I'm kind of not trying to make my face any worse by doubling the dryness especially when my moisturizer is almost gone. Like it'll be a snow storm of crusty flakes falling off my face when I accidentally touch it if I try that. (Beautiful visual, huh?) But anyways I'm still pretty happy with how things are going. Plus I also realized that since I am not using the BP every night that could be (and probably is) the factor that is causing my blackhead extermination to take forever. I'm very happy about not breaking out in a while. I think since I started I've only had 2 or 3 new pimples pop up and nothing else. I also noticed that I don't break out around "girl time" which is freaking amazing. Like that was my usual problem and now it's completely gone. Oh my, I can't believe I'm able to say this stuff. I've been waiting forever to finally be confident and not always want to hide my face from people and it's unbelievable. Let me just tell you, if you have not started using The Regimen and might just be reading this to check stuff out and see if this actually works. JUST DO IT. My goodness, I was where you might possibly be at right now and I'm so glad I did. Even though my face isn't completely clear and everything, I feel amazing and you should too.
Wow. People weren't joking when they said it would be hard at first. My face is a mess and I have more pimples then I've had in my entire life. Friends have even commented on it. This is very very hard.
Otherwise everythings good, no side effects.
Hello all. I have just began taking Accutane (yesterday actually) and have found this site very helpful for advice and preparing myself for what is to come. A little bit about myself:
23 years old
acne began around 18 years old
type of acne: moderate (and quite persistent) with occasional deep cysts
have tried just about every antibiotic, cream, and wash available
The plan is to update here throughout the treatment. For the time being, any past or present Accutane users have any tips or things they wish they would have known to start out the treatment?
It seems this week and last week, I have been a day off on my posting. I did take my pictures yesterday but didn't post on the blog. I have been using less retin a only focusing on my forehead/nose and upper cheek area. Once all spread in, I then swipe gently over my chin area. I don't feel it has made anything better. I am also having my wonderful TOM and it isn't helping either. Here are my pictures on 9 week mark.
has anybody else tried ordering spiro online? i am in The UK and would love to try it but GP doesnt want to prescribe it.i begged and begged. Has anybody tried orderin online and had good results??
I would love to have your help.I am getting desperate.
Update! My skin has been a lot worse this week, so no pics, because they fill me with despair I'm not sure why, maybe stress, maybe impatience, but I definitely haven't managed to keep to my no-touching rule, and it has had a massive impact on the appearance of my spots. It's also had a massive impact on my confidence, and I've been more upset about my skin this week than ever before - it's been a real struggle to just make myself get out of the house every day to go to work, and I even worked from home one day because I was so upset about it (one of the few benefits of being a freelance translator!). I have also cried at two different people about it, felt really stupid for crying over something that sounds so trivial (but totally is not, AT ALL), and been in such a crappy mood that I basically couldn't concentrate on my job at all.
Aside from the usual daily outbreaks of 3+ shiny new itchy lump beasts on my cheek/jaw area, the most depressing event of the week was definitely the MONSTER LIP PIMPLE that appeared at the weekend. It was on my actual lip, as in the bit that joins my inner mouth to my outer face, where lipstick would go if I didn't have a monster lip pimple - I didn't even know you could get spots there! My least favourite things about this spot - it hurt to smile, it felt like I constantly had a bit of food stuck on my lip, it went a weird dark blue colour, it did not react well to spicy pasta sauce. My most favourite things about the spot - none, it made me want to put a bag on my head. Do not recommend.
Anyway, I have carried on slapping the old epiduo on my stupid spotty face, and I guess it's still doing its job, and I just wish it would do it faster, as in immediately. It stings more on areas where I've squeezed a spot (totally not a surprise, and almost comforting to know it's waging some kind of acidic war on the grossest parts of my face), but mostly it's still not burning like it did in Weeks 1 and 2. So that's good. It also does clear up spots quicker than they would go on their own, so even when I've got a big red horrible squeezed up mess on my jaw, it will decrease the redness and lumpiness within a couple of days. I still have hope that it will clear me up properly eventually - I just have to work on not checking, picking and prodding at my face so much. It's so hard not to become obsessed with checking up on the progress my skin is making, sometimes multiple times during the day, but honestly this week has been so depressing that I feel like if I have to cover my mirror or whatever, that's not too drastic a step. As soon as I stop obsessing and checking, I'll stop picking - then it will get better much quicker anyway.
Last weekend I went to hang out with some friends I hadn't seen in a long time, and I was SO nervous about my skin. It was never this bad when we were at uni together, and I didn't want them to see how bad my acne is and assume I'm not doing well, or that I'm unhealthy, or just gross or whatever (I'm sure this whole irrational insecurity thing is familiar to most people with similar skin). I tried putting on makeup before I left the house, but it looked so cakey and weirdly coloured over the acne that I just washed it off. (I am no expert at doing makeup, and refuse to go out and spend tons of money trying to find products that will work for my skin right now - so other people may have more success with concealing their acne than I do, as I give up very easily). I realised was more anxious about the effect the makeup would have on my acne than it was worth, so I decided to just do my eye makeup and go bare-faced. It was really, really scary! But after a few minutes with my friends I kind of forgot about it, and had a really fun night. When we all went to bed, I put on my epiduo (majorly tipsy, but still did it - dedication) and went to bed feeling way less worried about my skin than I would have with a full face of makeup all night. So I guess I would recommend going bare-faced if you can handle it, and if your friends are cool enough to not really give a crap if your face is lumpy or flakey or lobster-coloured, or indeed all of the above.
Having said that, I'm supposed to be going for a weekend to stay at my friend's place tomorrow, and I've been dreading it all week because of my skin. We're apparently going clubbing, and usually I would love getting ready with my girlfriends, trying on loads of clothes, doing our makeup together and stuff, but at the moment I just feel so ugly that I'm not looking forward to it at all. That sounds ridiculous now I'm writing it down, but it's just so disheartening to have to be the "cool personality" girl all the time - is it so wrong to just want to be the hot one for a change?! I don't want to be the only one in my group of friends looking crap in the photo, or looking a total state all night and not realising it... plus I'm not sure how to fit in my epiduo if we're going out til late, possibly two nights in a row. I think the bravest option would be to put it on before we go out in the evening, so that I know I haven't missed an application, and then just do my eye makeup and hope I don't go too red - but I'm not sure how I'll feel about that option come tomorrow. I'm pretty sure the only makeup I can manage to look non-cakey is a little bit of concealer, so I could always go for that, but over epiduo?? Pale blobs of concealer on a glowing red background - maybe I should just embrace the red???
Anyway, these are the kind of neurotic ravings you can look forward to if you're considering combining your epiduo routine with any kind of social life. Right now I think it would be so cool to be a super rich person with zero responsibilities so I could just take a couple of months out of my schedule and go on some kind of spa break with my tube of epiduo - free to be as flaky-lumpy-lobster as I want, hanging out on the beach with a parasol and a good quality non-comedogenic SPF. I guess I'll update after the weekend and just try to have fun with my friends (and avoid being in any photos - especially with flash, good lord no). Hope you guys are feeling ok about your skin at the moment - but if you're down about it, you're not alone
Oh.. my.. god.
I have FINALLY found something that produces consistent results...
I bought their acne treatment (that comes with a full size soap bar and samples of their moisturizers - all AMAZING) and am speechless. It has BP in it, so I was wary but after seeing their guarantee and plentiful reviews I felt great purchasing it.
I'm wondering if anyone here has ever tried their stuff?? It was free 2-day shipping and all of their ingredients are pure and non-acnegenic.
My skin is SUPER sensitive so I really didn't think this was gonna do all that much but make my face a bright red mess. I was wrong, this is amazing and I will continue to use it FOREVER. The price is great and you get SO much product. It's supposed to last 3 months. Truly amazing. I would become a spokesperson for them any day haha.
Here is my new regimen:
*Natural soap, acne treatment, natural soap with washcloth, and rinse
*Pat dry and apply either Cetaphil lotion or their sample daytime lotion
*Simple Brand makeup remover wipe, natural soap, and rinse
*Pat dry and apply either Cetaphil lotion or their sample midnight lotion then a dime size amount of Dan's AHA+
Noticeable difference in my skin tone and clarity. So glad I fell upon such a great company and product line.
It also must help that I've been using better makeup (Alima Pure). Also pure ingredients and easier to wash off at the end of the day. Not a whole lot of coverage but if I need more I use my CoverGirl Outlast 3-in-1 foundation. I know, bad!!
x x Stephanie
Hi guys, acne is a little less inflamed today; otherwise, still looks pretty much the same as it did yesterday. One major difference is that its no where near as sore. Realized I went through the majority of the day without any irritation which was a nice surprise. Also, the soothing effect was noticeable within the first couple of minutes after putting it on last night.
Has anyone... ANYONE been breaking out after 8 months of Accutane? That just seems crazy to me. I currently have... six... I would say... inflamed red spots on my face, which is super weird because last week there was NOTHING. I do not get it. And I'm so tired of obsessing over it. But, I literally don't know how to stop until the acne stops. I refuse to be that 1/1,000,000 statistic where Accutane does not work for that individual. I'll go on Accutane for three courses if that's what it takes. And the thing is... I would be totally, TOTALLY fine if I just had small break-outs every now and then. Every two weeks you have a few. THAT'S FINE. I would understand and be like "You know what, I forgive you, body, I forgive you for these pimples." But, right now. I can't forgive my body. Because I don't know what to do. I am on the most powerful acne drug available... and my face is not how it should be.
Any motivation or encouragement would be GREAT. Also, I'd love to hear from someone who has gone through two courses of Accutane. Because I think that's what I will need.
So I've been on spironolactone for about a month and a half now and just started doxycycline today. I have been experiencing a pretty bad initial breakout from the spironolactone so I'm hoping the doxycycline helps calm it down a little bit.
If anybody has taken either of these let me know how it's worked!
Ok, so here's my current state (pics below) showing a painful breakout on my neck. Three of the pimples are significantly infected and painful to the touch. Drives me nuts when my whiskers rub or poke them.
First thing I did was simply wash my face in preparation for the cream. As recommended, I then applied a liberal amount of the cream to my neck area. I plan on doing so again before going to bed. Note, I'm not using any other products, medications or drugs during this trial.
I'll update this blog if and when I see any results.
So I went to the dermatologist yesterday, and the doctor told me I had bacterial acne. So she prescribed me a oral medication called Minocycline that I have to take twice a day. Then she told me to use an over the counter face wash called Cetaphil that I wash my face with twice a day. And also (lol) I have to put an ointment on called Adapalene. To get used to the ointment because it can be drying I have to do it every 3 days for 2 weeks than every 2 days for 2 weeks and than go to every day once a day. She made an appointment for me in 2 months and if it doesn't look any better she will decide if I need to try something stronger. I cant wait to see the results!
Hey guys just wanted to let you know my next step of research for skin!
My acne has improved tremendously. I think Its because of taking yaz! I still will get 1 or 2 pimples on my cheeks every other week, which is not a big deal. My only struggle is the scars right now!
So, I decided to go see an esthetican and try some microdermabrasion!
I will let you know how that goes!
***Also, I am 100% possitive that smoking causes acne problems. I really want to quit, but everytime I try I get a massive breakout. I am just scared of the breakout and have been putting it off. Ughhhhh whyyyy me. I wish I had never started smoking. SO STUPID OF ME.
Any tips on quitting without the horrible break out??
My guess would be probiotics, vitamins, and water, and maybe some excercise!
I am using minocyline Aswell as a facial cleanser containing zinc(zinc pca). Will
The zinc on my facial cleanser interact with the minocyline or is that only when a zinc supplement is eaten?
Just had my appointment with the doctor. He did not increase my dosage. Is this normal to not increase the dosage after the first month? I am staying on 70 mg a day. I had a blowup about a week and a half ago. I had about four or five big large pimples on my face that were very painful. They have gone down now and my face is about back where it was when I originally started Accutane. The doctor said my face should get better from here I should not see any more pimples come on my face at this point. The symptoms have been about the same, dry hair dry skin and I had my first bloody nose ever on the medicine today. My allergy medicine also dries out my nose so that could be part of the reason I have a bloody nose today. If I do not put Aquaphor on my lips at least twice an hour my lips literally peel off in one chunk. It's really gross!!
Any thoughts as to why my doctor did not increase my dosage? Will I still see improvement on the same dosage for the next month? I really want to do this the right way the first time so that I do not have to repeat the Accutane like I have heard many people have had too.
I am an open book so if anybody has any questions about something that I did not address please do not hesitate to send me a private message or even just comment on this blog here so that other people may benefit from my answers.
Okay, maybe I was overreacting yesterday. This is what acne does to me- it stresses me out! But I'm a lot happier today. My face cleared up real nice, but it was super dry this morning so I loaded on a crap load of lotion. But it's not real dry now. I decided to wear makeup today, because I felt so naked without it yesterday. But I'm kind of sort of happy with how I look right now. ❤
this is the start of my second month in the journey guys.
im so sad because my face, arms and neck got sunburn yesterday. because we had to shoot our school project under the heat of the sun
btw, heres my routine and the products that i use.
ponds facial wash (face & neck)
benzac Ac 5%(neck)
clean & clear oil free moisturiser (neck)
ponds facial wash (face & neck)
malunggay alcohol free toner
benzac ac 5% (neck and some on my face)
clean & clear oil free moisturizer
am i using too much? let me know just leave ur comments below.
talk to u later. bye!
This will be my final blog post for a long while, my final canvas in which to convey every last detail of my struggle with people whom may or may not understand. Acne has brought me to my knees and has destroyed me in a way i think i will never be able to overcome as long as i still walk this Earth. What many people don't realise with this disease, as i like to call it, is that along with the physical scrutiny that Acne puts you under; it destroys your inner most self, you become weakened by it all. I have had severe acne for 2 years now, and the acne that once was, now subsides deep in my skin, creating very noticeable red scars, all over my face. I have been in a formidable struggle with depression ever since this occurred. I am now half the person i once was before any of this ever began. I have given up so much because of my constant daily struggle; job opportunities, close friendships, close family bonds, my social life but most importantly, i have given up myself. For people who have struggled with severe acne for as long as i have will understand how hard it is to wake up every day, look in the mirror and be completely overcome with embarrassment and that feeling of anguish knowing that you don't look any different, your face is still messed up, and you know the most painful part? There is literally nothing you can do anymore, you have no fight left in you. I have tried everything there is apart from Accutane, but i don't want to talk about drugs and medication right now because we all know they are just false hopes, as once they do their work and you stop taking them, you get overcome by it all once again, this time 100x worse than before. No, this isn't about how many things i have tried, or how many pills and drugs i have taken to try ever so desperately to rid me from this pain, this is about my mental state, and how acne has destroyed my life, basically. I stay awake till 5am, 6am sometimes, at times just staring into complete darkness, a feeling of not wanting to wake up in the morning at the fact that my life will still be the same, i will still look the same and that's just the way things will remain. And for the people reading this right now, please don't comment with fake optimism; telling me that things will always get better, that things will change because it won't make a slight bit of difference to me whatsoever. If you feel the same way as i do, then please by all means, comment your struggles, and we can struggle together! I don't want no philosophical bullshit put my way either, so please refrain from doing so. This is just my life at the current moment, in one whole paragraph. Maybe once day i can come back onto this site and tell you about how my life has changed and how i can finally live like a normal person, instead of a nocturnal recluse who is slowly wasting away. Thanks for taking your time to read this, and god forbid for this to ever happen to anyone else. Acne will break you, and when things are uncontrollable, you become your most vulnerable, and that's when it tears you apart the most.
Well almost all of me active acne is gone now. I'm super depressed though, anyway. I thought I should be happy but I'm not. The scars are going to take a long time to go away. I know they aren't deep but I have such fair skin that every red/pink mark shows. It'll take weeks, if not months for the scars to completely fade. When I wear makeup, my skin looks flawless since there aren't anymore bumps. When I get out of the shower though, my face is completely red and blotchy. I wish the scars would just fade already. I haven't been picking at my skin so it seems like it shouldn't take so long for the scars to fade. I don't understand why they stick around for so long. I just want them to go away so I can say that I have fully recovered from having 2 years of persistent acne. When this ends, I want to forget it ever happened. I don't want the people I know to remember me by what I look like now. In a few months, I want perfect skin that others will be jealous of, the kind of skin that people wonder if I've ever had a zit in my life.
Right now my self esteem is really low and I am really down in the dumps. Maybe I've beaten the acne, but with the scars still there, it might as well still be there.