Hi, well I did not make it through my period unscathed. I got 5 new spots. They were not too bad-- but it did ruin my stretch of clear skin. During this time I did miss one dose. This is leathal when on spiro. Really cannot be sure if it is the missed dose or my period that brought on these new spots.
Despite this set back-- the bottom line is -- my skin is much better than it has ever been. The side effects are fading-- with exception of the motivation factor-- It still feels like I am missing a certain pep in my step-- my drive is noticably reduced. This is a bummer. Also, my skin is very dry so I am wrinkling... fast! Wish I could just have beautiful supple skin naturally...yet this is not my lot in life; so I will work with what I have got.
Well, I have to say that despite the SE (which are getting better over time) Spiro has really worked to clear my skin. It is amazing I started my cycle today and I should have some breakout-- but, nothing. Skin is completely clear of bumps!!! It is almost unbelievable. I do still have small blackheads throughout my T zone. I just read about Mandelic acid as a potential treatment for that. Will keep you posted. I have been using BP and AHA and Apricot oil (I do not have any Jojoba oil on hand but plan to get some). BP I use am and pm. AHA only when I am not wearing make-up. And Apricot oil at bed time. I use it liberally. It may seem counter intuitve to use oil for acne prone skin -- but do not fear-- the oil actually helps to clear the skin. I also have been using apple cider vinegar twice per week to help fade the red/brown spots. And with all of this my skin is clear. Top this with the fact that I took a new job and am under increased amount of stress while in the "learning curve". It is truly amazing that my skin is clear. Today I went out and jumped on the trampoline with my daughter without any make-up! That is a big deal! Hope this continues. Take care all. FYI: I have really started to be more gentle with my skin as well. I have reduced my picking to just extracting the occasional black head. This has also been a factor in my healing as well.
Hi, day 26 here.
Skin is clear with exception of one small surface blemish on the side of my nose.
Now (that I have read this website) I know to leave it alone and let it take care of itself.
SPiro SE of exhaustion, cloudy thinking, sluggishness persist. I have drank lots of Extra water. This helps, but does not take the SE away. I have been keeping my skin well hydrated. I use apricot oil. Another great oil like Jojoba. So Far so good....
Hi, day 25 is here.
Still no new blemishes. IBO is healing. My skin is dry normally so I use apricot oil to aide in the healing process. I also read about 10% AHA on this wed site, so am planning on using this to reduce the post acne hyperpigmentation. That is sure to be as big as a battle as the acne for me. I tanned A LOT in HS and College to treat my skin-- a quick fix with terrible long term effects-- major skin damage in the form of unsitely melasma. Reading on hyperpig treatments through this web site I found that apple cider vinergar also works as an over the counter treatment. I have tried this and my skin seems ok with it. No BO from it at all. The smell is strong -- so I can only do it when I am staying at home with no obligations to meet.
The Spiro is making me very very very tired. Last night I fell asleep at 7pm after getting a regular 8 hour sleep the night before. This tiredness concerns me. It is somewhat debilitating. Lips are very dry. I keep chap stick with me all the time. I drank approx 90 ounces of water yesterday and still felt dehydrated. This medication takes some work.
Skin seems pretty good though.... is it worth it? Hmmmmm.
Hi day 24 here.
No new spots today. Last two breakouts healing (slowly). Spiro SE of fatigue, sluggishness, excessive thirst, and as I forgot to mention decreased appetite. Have read just about this entire web site and will also be treating my skin much more gently than I have been in the past- Before it was always me against my skin. I will take a new approach....
First, a little history.
I am a 35 y.o. F. Acne began at age 12. So I have 23 years of acne torture under my belt. I have always noticed a hormonal pattern to my acne-- with almost clear times shot down with the pre period and during period acne. I also see a flare up at ovulation sometimes. I have tried Tetracycline, bactroban, low dose progesterone BCP, topical progesterone creams, Murad, Proacitve, Probiotics (by mouth and topical), mud masks, fasts, cleases, steaming, cold laser therapy, AHA's, retin-A, sulfur lotions, silver solutions, removed dairy and fish and fruit and sugar combinations from my diet after food intolerance testing at the naturopath, along with all the supplements you could think of. And no surprise to all of you...None of it has worked.
I found Spiro therapy on the web site of some very expensive Dermatologist in NY- Went to see my family Dr (whom I know personally) and he was willing to give it a shot. In the process I have found this web site and have really appreciated all of your posts. So far, I estimate Spiro to be the ticket for about 3/4 of us.
I will take you on my journey with Spiro. Hopefully if we come together we can gain hope, wisdom, and encouragement.
I started Spiro on Feb 15 th 2010.
Side Effects for me have been not so fun, but I am hoping my body adjusts and I notice less SE over time.
Almost extreme fatigue, depressed mood, lack of motivation, frequent urination, increased thirst, dry lips, some nausea, decreased libido. The sluggish lazy feeling is the worst SE for me. I have lots to do- and usually get so much done-- My will to conquer the mountains of my life has definitely waned (this is temporaty I hope!)
Also- I am experiencing what I have to describe as an initial flare-up. Starting around week one
I broke out. Which to me sucks, but really is no big deal-- we always break out right! Go with the flow. At least this breakout has a light at the end of the tunnel. This 1st breakout had'n't even healed when I got my second one around week 2.5-3. This time I broke out in strange new places; like I got one in the bag of my eye-- who breaks out there!?! What a glowing combination of wrinkles and acne I have to present to the world. What is going on. My self-esteem struggles to stay afloat...
Despite all of this; it is my thinking that this change may be positive... why you ask? Well b/c it is a "change". It is not the some old predictible miserable pattern. Maybe things are on the shift.
(Though- that eye lesion (I call it) was very very embarrasing. I was signing a contract for a mini promotion at work and had to fight to stay focused on the conversation with my boss and co- workers. I always worry about what they think of my icky skin- I feel like they think it is somehow my fault -- that if I would just wash may face more or try "Proactive" (HA!) that my skin would be normal like theirs. Well it is not my fault I have tried everything people.... Boy we sure have to be strong to face the world with our problem skin. It is making us stronger)
Today is day 23. Skin is healing from breakouts 1 and 2. Some new white heads on cheeks and the usual black heads on chin and nose. Skin is no better yet, but the night is still young.
FYI : around the time of my first IBO I missed a dose of spiro (then 25mg twice daily). This may have contributed to my breakout- I now plan to take it on time at 10am and 10pm. Also, I now take 50mg twice per day. It seems to me that the dose must be a least 100 mg daily to get initial control. Once my skin is better (see I am very hopeful) my plan is to decrease the dose back down to 50 mg per day. We'll see.
Hang in there all. And Keep your head up, acne does not define you! You (your inner light) define you.