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Sept 28

Okay so I got my period. Noticed on the 23rd. Started on the 24th. I still have it, but is tappering down. I actually didn't feel like writing today, but I needed to add that I'm breaking out since yesterday. I got two very tiny pimples, no big deal. But today, I have one slightly bigger one, under the skin. Not big, but I just haven't had one in qute a while and also another little whitehead pimple. I just home these go away. The only thing that I've done differently these past few days is eat peanut butter and jelly on 1 slice of wheat bread..............I ate two of those this week, I was just craving for something different. I suspect it was the peanut butter...........geeeeeezz!!!!! I should know better!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

09/28/2011

 

Sept 20

Well, I still haven't gotten my period. I'm also still taking spiro 100mgs each day. I haven't been spotting either this past week. So I just hope this is a sign that my cycle becoming "normal". I looked at my calendar and I have reached the 8th month mark. Things are going extremely well!!! I don't get acne under my jawline anymore. I can just remember, it was terrible. Even washing my face was painful. Now I love running my hands over my baby smooth face.... I noticed I haven't been drinking enough water, plus I'm such in a lazy mood lately. I haven't excerised in about a month. Gotta get back on the wagon!!

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

09/20/2011

 

Sept 14

I haven't posted since I've been doing real well. I haven't gotten my period yet, but I suspect it will be soon since I have two white heads currently. I'm so tempted to pop. I hate when I can actually feel the whitehead throbing/itchy. I also have sore breasts so that's another sign. This week I haven't had any spotting lately so that's good. I did notice some discharge, but I think it's because I'm probably ovulating (fertile).

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

09/14/2011

 

Off Spiro, Atralin

Hello everyone, Not going to lie. But it's not good to be back this time around. It's been a awhile since my last update. To tell you the truth, everything was going GREAT! I have been extremely happy with the spiro and the atralin gel. They have done their job, no complaints here. I also had no side effects....that I'm aware of.... Anyway the reason I'm back is that I became pregnant end of Feb or beginning of March. I missed my March period and started to feel pregnancy symptoms. I did a preg. test and it turned out positive. I was nervous and excited. Nervouse becasue I was still taking spiro..I've been on spiro now for about 2 years. Once I new I stopped all medications. Unfortunately, 2 days prior to my first OBYN appt. I started to bleed. I was told that it spotting/bleeding was normal. But if I kept bleeding I should call back. So I did and was able to see the doct the next day. The night prior I had the worst PMS cramps ever. I feard I was loosing the baby, which sadly was confirmed at my appt. the next day. It has been a very rough past week for me and my family. non ending Emotional roller coaster. I started bleeding on 4-22-23 and know only have brown spotting. I feel very sad, but comforted that I now have 2 children. One here on earth and an angel in heaven. I was 9 weeks preg. and since I didn't know the gender, I named my baby Jesus Maria, which watches over us daily. Jesus Maria is with Jesus now. I have completely stopped the spiro since 4-10-13, that when I had the postivie prego test. I don't know the reason for my miscarriage, but maybe the spiro had something to do with it, anyway I'll never know. Ever since I stopped with the spiro, my acne has been returning slowly. I have no cysts, just little bumps under the skin. Also, I've been having alot of leg pain. I don't know if that is because of the miscarriage or stopping the spiro. My legs feel so tired and heavy be the end of the day. We want to have another baby, so I'm definatley stopping the spiro for now. As soon as i recouperate from my miscarrage, hubby and I will be trying. I was adviced to continue taking my prenatal vitimins and we are trying to be as healthy as can be. Wish me luck. I pray that I dont' break out too bad............ Bless my little Angel Jesus Maria, please forgive me if I had any fault in loosing you. I loved you since I first conceived you and will love you forever.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

04/29/2013

 

Nov. 14

Hello! Well I'm still doing great! But lately I haven't been drinking enough water. it's funny though, when I do drink water, I feel more thirsty!!! That's weired huh....im probably dehydrated. Anyways, I also had drying on the corners of my mouth which I think had to do with putting atralin to close to that area. I haven't had any spotting, but I suspect my period is coming soon since my breasts are a little sensative. I was intimate on Nov. 12. I also forgot to take spiro on Saturday and Sunday morning, so I ended up taking it last night. I've been feelin so exhausted lately. I've been experinceing tension on the left side of my neck. I guess I have to go see the rhumatologist again, I'm out of meds.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

11/14/2011

 

Nov 30

Okay so it's been almost 3 weeks since I last posted. I'm still doing good. I broke out a little on the left cheek, but it healed rapidly. I'm not so worried about breakout anymore as they are so minor. To be honest, I've be slacking a little with applying the atralin gel. I guess because I'm not worring so much I just get lazy and forget to apply it. i saw a recent pic and my face looks so smooth and young, I just can't believe it. I get a little depressed when I look in the mirror and see the scars. I'd just wish that they would go away faster, uhhhhhhhhhhh. Yeah Yeah I know, I need to use the atralin. Yesterday I saw a young man and noticed he had indented scars on the side of his face. But I noticed them for about a second and got lost noticiing how handsome he really was as a whole. The scars just added a little something more applealing, plus his musical talent and good looks made his scars disappear. I wish I could look at myself that way. Is it because I haven't learne to accept me for who I am because in'm still waiting for my scars to disappear physically. Why do I have to notice every detail flaw that I have? Why am I so hard on myself. Do I need to fall in love with who I am. Am I superficial? Why am I always looking for perfection when I know it doesnt' exist. Not just in my apppearance, but with everthing. Dont get me wrong, I'm happy with my results. i thank God that I live worry free of acne. But I always fee that I could be better...."only if" One thing I know for sure is that if it' wern't for acne, I'd probably be an arrogant person self centered person.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

11/30/2011

 

Nov 2

I experienced spotting all last week. It stopped on Sunday!!! *spiro to blame* I've been under a lot of stress lately and feel so tired all the time. I developed a cold sore last week, now it's healed. I also got two pimples the day before and are now healing......yes!!!! They actually fade away how awsome is that!! My 1st year anniversary on spiro and atralin is just around the corner. Can beleive how long I endured this condition. Acne sucks! I've come to accpet what acne left behind. I'll never have perfect skin, the good thing is that I'm happy with the results. I can live with a few acne scars.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

11/02/2011

 

May 9

Well had a great weekend...Mothers DAy!...didn't have to worry about my face. I got one little zit, but it's gone. I got a dozen roses and a balloon. I told my husband not to stress over buying me a gift, it would jus tbe easier for us to go together and for me to pick something out. I was happy, he was happy and our son was happy. It was a great day. Changing subjects, my face is doing really good, the red marks seem to be fading. I don't want to get my hopes up too high, cause things could change. But my face has been doing really good this past week. I only have one concern in regards to my period. As of yesterday, I still had it. Thats nine days!!! This morinng I still had a little bit, but as of 3:00 it stopped. I don't know if I"m imaginin this, but my breast seem a bit fuller. At least they are not sore anymore. Like I said, I take a break from my vitamin/fish oil/colon health supplements on the weekends.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

05/09/2011

 

May 4

Good morning to me!! Well last night I washed my face, dried it with tissue paper and also let it air dry. I didn't apply the Cerave lotion. After 30 minutes I applied the Atralin gel....that's it. I usually put Cerave before the atralin. I wanted to see how my skin reacted. I woke up and my face was fine. I took a shower this morning. Everytime I take a shower, my skin produces more oil. Although I put the tret. gel last night, I also put it on this morning. This time I did use the Cerave lotion before the gel. Of course I will try to avoid the sun. I slowly going to try using the Cerave lotion w/ sunblock. I used it one this weekend, but my face looks so oily....but a least I didn't break out. Anyways, right now my face looks actually really good. I have no active pimples. I seems my red spots under my jawline are fading. I don't want to get my hopes up too high, since it might just be be imagininng things. How know, tomorrow I'll look in the mirror and my skin texture will look different. Ok so yesterday I used two pads. Today, I still had my period. I've noticed that it is has a much thinner consistency, not so think. It is still light comparted to my "normal" period. During the 2nd/3rd day, my period was heavy, I could feel it come down everytime I stood up. Note: yesterday I felt two pimples coming out, but miracuosly, they seem to dying out this morning. Overall, I think my skin looks really great right now. I hope this continues.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

05/04/2011

 

May 3

Wow,....I think I'm getting my normal period back. I actually used a pad, which used up completely. I was kinda getting used to the light periods. LOL. Anyways, I think this is an actual period and not just spotting. My skin is still oily. I still apply the tret. gel at night and I'm faithfully taking 150mg of spiro. I find it odd, but I guess time will tell. If not then I guess I'm gonna have to up my dose to 200mgs. My breast are now a little tender ,not so much as last week or yesteray even.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

05/03/2011

 

May 23

Had a great weekend!!!!! (I would like to write all about it, buty this is a journal just about my face) I had my appoitmente on May 19. Sometimes it's a waste of time and money for such a short visit. Anyways......the good thing is now my next appt. is withing 2 months. My skin is doing a lot better. I still get the occational zit. Right now I have no active pimples, just scarring and red marks...hopefully fading. I'm still using the atralin gel every night or day if I know I'm going to be out of the sun mostly. I have to start putting on my sunblock...I'm just afraid I'm going to break out. Any way, the doc changed my dosage from 150 to 100 since I've been getting my period so often. This one is more like spotting. But it's still annoying. I would like to include the days I've been intimate w/ hubby (May 20) since we don't use any contraceptives (cause of our religion) and I''m afraid of getting pregnant while on the spiro.....just keeping track.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

05/23/2011

 

May 2-afternoon

Okay so I went to lunch. All they serve is basically pizza. But I was good, since I'm staying away from dairy. So anways I ate some Rice and chicken soup. After eating I wondering if the soup had any cream or milk??? I hope not. But I hope I don't get any zits from eating it. If I do, then I know I can't eat that anymore. jeeeez, I wish I had time to make my own healthy meals. If I did have time, I wouln't know wear to start! LOL I'm trying though

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

05/02/2011

 

May 2

Okay I got a whitehead on my neck this weekend which is now healing. Also another small whitehead on right jawline, also healing. I've noticed that my zits are healing a lot faster. I took a break from the Atralin gel for 1 day. My skin today is reall really good. Just a mini whitehead on the right jawline...no big deal. So today my skin is excellent in my opinion....just have to wait for my redmarks and scars to heal. I'm taking fish oil and a multivitamin every week day. I leave my supplements at work...tha'ts the only way I can remember to take them LOL. So on weekends I take a break from my regimen. On April 23rd my breast were really tender, it lasted all week. On Satruday, April 30th I got my period. Very very light though, breasts still tender. I was also intimiate with my husband. I'm not using BC so I'm always worried about getting pregnant. But anyways, Sunday it was rather light as well. Today, OMG it think my period is getting back to how I knew it to be. There water in the toilet was actually light red. So I'm not just spotting, it's actually a period. Oddly, my breasts are still tender today. I'll see how the day goes. According to my calendar, I noticed extremely light period on april 3 and had it until approx. apri 17.--only used a pantiliner on those days. So I'm still not on a regular cycle because I got it again on April 30. So I'm gonna keep track of it each day. I've been reading up on Zinc, L-Ly, and Cod liver fish oil. I'm not sure if I should take them or not. Maybe I'll hold off until I research them a little more.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

05/02/2011

 

May 19

Ok so yesterday I noticed very slight tint of pinkish blood, almost nothing....I'm like "Oh no, I hope I don't get my period again". Well last night it was a little more and this morining it's like a brown discharge...I guess it's spotting again. I'm a little tired of getting my period so often. I'm feeling a little bit overwhelmed and I don't know why. Oh and yesterday I got a slight pain in my right side....it wasn't painful, but annoying. I wonder if it it has to do with my ovaries or something...gosh I hope not. I don't even want to think about my face today. I'm just so tired of this whole thing....about worrying whether or not I'm going to break out, and if I do how long it's gonna heal, the scarring..... Maybe one of these days I can go a day without looking at the mirror....or become to occupied to even have time to do so. I have something to do this weekend, but I'm contemplating if I should go or not....I'm just not in the mood.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

05/19/2011

 

May 16

New week! I'm actually really sleepy. I'm almost falling asleep. I went to my TBC class today. It was ok. I did a lot of running and jump roping. So at least I'm getting back on track. I didn't have too much trouble getting up at 5a.m. My body, especially legs are realy sore. My face: Well I only have one small pimple near my temple (under my hair line). Jeez if I close my eyes, I will sleep!!! My ok, with my face. I say ok, because I still have to deal with the red scars. Plus, on one of my cheek ...there is a red mark.!!!!!!! I just hope it doesn't scar. I NEVER touched it, nor popped it. I'm still taking my med and using retin a daily...I kinda at time take a break from it on weekends. I have a pimple under the skin on my chin......but it seemed to go down since yesterday.....which I'm happy about. The one on the corner of my is gone down too. I think I might have applied the ret gel too close to my mouth... I have a red corner. I just wish I didn't have any scars.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

05/16/2011

 

may 13

Just like I said before....this acne is never ending. Although it's not severe, I'm disappointed that I still get acne. Again today I got another small pimple on the bottome of my chin. It has a small whitehead. The other ones I had earlier this week are starting to go down...so I'm happy about that. So why am I still breaking out!!!!! Today I went back to my Total Body Cardivascular workout. I think I was absent for about 3 months. It's good to get back to excercising. My confidence level always seems to go up for some reason. I actually don't want to loose anymore weight...I just want to have good muscle tone. Maybe I can go toe the summer bootcamp that the trainer was talking about. It starts next saturday. I might as well go to catch up on all the days I missed. I hope my acne improves now that I'm back to working out. As of today, I have absolutely no period....yesterday I swear I saw a small tint of pinkish blood. I'm just glad I didn't have to deal witht he whole period thing today as I was working out. Overall my mood is very good....staying positive. My mom prays for me daily so my face clears up.....I think I should do that more often tooooooo.!!!!!!

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

05/13/2011

 

May 11

I think my period is gone. Yesterday I got a sudden setback. I actually thought I was getting it again because of the color. Yesterday I mentioned I had two zits, well today I have developed 3 more. Two unde my chin. One under my eye.....how weird is that. It's small, but I have never ever gotton one there. I'm so messed up. Overally I guess I feel ok about my face. I was so happy these past few days without any breakouts whatsoeve. I though I was in the healing mode. Hopfully these zits heal fast. I haven't been eating dairy so I don't know the reason of the small breakout. I really don't want to cut out anything more from my diet. As it is I'm loosing too much weight. Maybe the breakout was due to me ending my period...hormonal change AGAIN. Im too lazy to keep a food log....I'm not good at remembering things, and life is buzy...so I'm putting that idea to the side for now. I'm having a good day.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

05/11/2011

 

May 10 Mexican Mothers Day

Today is Mothers Day in Mexico. I'm having a good morning. I have 2 zits. One on the left hand corner of mouth....its small, but still noticeable. The other also on the left side of cheek. It's hasn't come to head....I'm suspecting it won't and it will just fade away. I fell my pimples heal a lot faster than before. Anyways, I still have my period....very slight spotting...so light that I was intimiate with my hubby last night. I'm happy and I love him. Its seems were always so busy to be toghether, sometimes we forget to appreciate each other. O I forgot to mention, that he took my truck today to get it fixed. Plus he took my key to my locker at work, so I won't be able to take my vitamin, fish oil and colon cleanse today!!!!!!!!! uhhhhh. We'll see what happens. 4:00p.m.Okay so I went to Black Wolf Run for lunch....had a $16 plate...tilapia. It was so deleicious all the different flavors. It also had nut squash and hash potatoes cut into squares. My goodness it's the best dish I've ever eaten in terms of the diffent flavors. I savored every bit. Anyways, I got back and used the bathroom...all morining I was clear.....but this afternoon I was spotting again!!!!!!....browinish light red.....uuhhhhuuhhhhhh. !!! Plus the zit on the corner of my mouth has come to head. I have to think what I'm eating to cause this small breakout.!!!! I might even stop eating white rice....OMG but it's one of my favorite things. By the way, I took a shower this morining....and my face has been oily all day. I put the atralin gel this morining. Jsut as long as I'm out of the sun I think I'll be ok. I work all day inside anyway.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

05/10/2011

 

Mardh 31

Ok, so my underchin outbreak is going down. But the redmarks are still there. I have one white pimple right on top of a red mark. I also have two two tiny tiny white pimples. I have not popped a zit in 2 months. So thats a good thing. Okay so yesterday I I went out and bought Phillips Colon Health wich contains fiber and probiotics. I feel my acne is internal, something is going on and I dont' know. I just know that I do have constipation and trouble with bowel movements. Plus I have hemrroids, so this could be a sign that I just wasn't paying any attention to. I guess my diet pretty much sucks because I eat out a lot. I DO EAT HEATHLY THOUGH. Since I'm on a diet, I stay away from fattening foods..anything that is fried or greasy. I don't each MCdonalds, or Burgerking, or Wendys. I mainly eat a buffets. So I get a change to pick and choose. I also stay away from sweets most of the time. And I'm staying away from soda. Anyways I took the Colon Health thingy last night, this moriing my stomach was making funny noises. I felt I had heartburn. At around 11a.m. I went #2. It smelled and looked a bit different. I just hope at least something is happening to better my digestive track or clean my colon. I again took some at lunch. I see what happens.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

03/31/2011

 

March 9

Man, don't know if there is antying related to what I'm experience right know with either the spiro or atralin (put close to eye), i doubt it though. Anyways I'm having blurry vision in my right eye. I wear glasses and this morning, the focus is slightly off. Eithe rthat or I need new glasses, but is from yesterday to today, can it happen like that?? I don't want to see the eye doctor, maybe I'll wait.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

03/24/2011

 

March 7

Oh guess what I got my period on March 4th. That's a 22 day cycle. Yikes!!!! My cycles are 35-40 days. New side effect. Pluse I diddn't even get a warning. My most common symptom before my period are tender breasts. But nothing. I wonder how long it will last. By the way, the cotton mouth feeling is gone. I dont think it was the spiro. I think it was the atralin gel which I probably appliced too close to my lips. Patienece, patience patience. I gotta work on that. It's been 2 weeks since they uped my dose to 150mg.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

03/24/2011

 

March 28th

I had such a terrible weekend. I'm starting to think that besides maybe having hormonal acne, I have stress acne. I just had a terrible outbreak under my chin again. I just cant explain why why why... I'm so down and feel so OLD and tired. This spiro is not working as fast as I want it to. Nobody seems to care or see my acne. It's just me - because I'm the only one that cares.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

03/28/2011

 

March 24

I'm so ticked off at my face. I'm breaking out again!!!!!!!!!!! under my chin!!!! It's terrible. I'ts just so exhausting having to worry about my face day after day. I mean I'm so sick of water. To be honest. I wasn't much of a water drinker and my face was ok. I just hate the fact that I'm putting so much effort and my body doesn't want to work with me. I would assume that at the end my period I'm have less acne, put's it's the opposite. I woke up today suprise there they were!!! What the heck!!! I'm so bumbed out!! I saw the derm yesterday. Nothing new, kept me at same dosage, same regimen. He did say that my diet had nothing to do with acne. That there was no correlation, no evidence. The only concrete evidence was dairy. But I haven't been eating that. I guess I now have to watch what I eat. It's like being on a diet, which I hate. I can't lose weight, I'll look anorexic. Im at 120 and 5'3. When I was at 115, people thought I was sick or something. I guess I'll start writing a journal to see what aggrivates my face. I just don't understand, I haven't change my eating habits anyway. Gosh I'm so lazy, I honestly don't look foward to it.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

03/24/2011

 

March 2

Notes to self...... I went to my 2nd appointment on Feb 21. Doctor upped my dosage to 150mg (Spiro) and insisted I use the atralin gel every night. My hubby who went w/ me that day will make sure I follow my regimine. So far so good. It's been a week now and my skin is looking a lot better. Although I did get a big "bump like" pimple on my chin - the ones that hurt. I hope it doesn't develope and just goes down this week. I have experenieced one side effect, but I don't know if it's the atralin gel or the spiro. Or a combination of both. Anyways the cornors of my mouth are getting slightly red, and dry. I aslo have a slight numbing sensation on lips. I'm going to try not to put the atralin gel so close to my mouth this week...maybe that's it. I'll see what happens. I dont' think it's the spiro, becasue I do't feel thirsty per say.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

03/24/2011

 

March 17

I'm' trying to post everday. I want to see if there is a pattern of how my face changes. Ok so yesterday and today, I would classify my face as being extremely oily. I mean extreme shine. I have 3-5 tiny white zits on my face. They are tiny. I would normally pop these, but after seeing the results of scarring, I have stopped completely. I can't beleive I use to do this - I caused more damagae. I consider myself as having slight scarring, I still don't like it!!! Anyways, my emotional state is good. I'm feeling optimistic. OMG!!!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I just got back from the bathroom. I looked in the mirror and noticed something near my ear. I thought the zit I had there was going down-dying out. I just touched it and it feels like a medium sized lump!!! I'm so fed up with this crap. The scarring, the red pigmintation, all this is just crap!!!!! God please give me strenght to bear through this stage of my life. What do you want me to learn from all this!!?????? Please make them go away. I am doing what I can to get rid of this, but only you can give me this mircle that I need.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

03/24/2011

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