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.
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.
Ok the big red bump on my chin is going down, its healing. I was so templted to pop that thing, but didn't. My skin is kinda clear. I have on pimple on the side of my temple. Yesterday I washed my face, and it started to bleed. Shoot, I was hoping not to break the skin. I hope it doesn't cause a scar. I have 4 small ones on the other side temple (close to my hairline), which thank God are hidden under my hair. The right side under my chin. I have been developing another red bump. So I'm kinda ok with what I got. because they are not per say "active" like white heads, which look just terrible. Anyways I feel a lot better about my face. I hope in time the red marks fade away.
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.
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.
Well, I'm on my final day of my period. The spiro has affected my cycle most definately...for better or worse...I don't know what long term effects it will have but I'm happy right now to have a clear skin today. Like I said before I did have a small breakout due to my monthly friend. Tomorrow I have an appoitment with my dermatologist. I cant' beleive two months have passed. Hopefully, seeing that I've had positive results I won't need to see him as often. I'm learning to accpet my scars, especially the new ones I have under my chin from the horrible breakout I had in January. I can still remember being in the shower not being able to wash my face because they were so painful. I'm so grateful to God that I'm clear. This morning washed my face it felt very smooth, to bumps at all. I should post a picture huh. I'll try to do it later today.
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).
As of yesterday I still had by period. This morning, I didn't notice anything. Well see throughout the day. This spiro really is affecting my cycle. Hopefully it will go back to a somewhat regular cycle. Just want to note that since I've been on this medication, I have not had tender breasts - no pain whatsoever. So I have no clue when my period is coming. Okay as a wrote before, I'm avoiding all dairy products since last Friday. Stupid me.....yesterday I was savoring a mexican jello dessert and was almost done with it, when I stopped and thought, Oh shoot I hope this isn't made from milk!!!! I quickly looked at the label and YEP for sure it had MILK as an ingrediant. I was a disappointed that I had not read the label. I was so consumed with just eating the deliciuos darn jello. Well there goes another thing I enjoy eating. My skin has been doing great these past two days. I've been applying constarch every night, and a little during the day. Anyways, I thought I bet I'm going to get a zit tomorrow now that I suspect that dairy products break me out. I woke up this morning and saw 2 pimples!!!!!!!! I knew it!!! I had a suspicion. I'm just glad they aren't big at all. I might be closer to my cure......I'm just not 100% sure. But from yesterday's experience it looks like dairy products are absolutely a trigger.
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.
I went to see the dermatologist yesterday. He was very pleased to see the results. I'm acne free at this time. He did say to continue using the Atralin gel, which will help with my scarring. I just have to be very patient. On a side note, I still have my period...still spotting. Always keeping track hopefully one day I'll have a somewhat normal cycle. I'm also continuing my no dairy or soda diet. Status: Acne Free
I had some spotting yesterday. My is clear at the moment. I just wanna add that I'm so happy when I'm in the shower I can run my hand accross my face and not feel any bumps, it's completely smooth. I'm still working on my scars/texture......but man is this a slow process! I haven't gotten any comments about my skin. I guess people just don't notice me with or without acne....which is fine by me. I only need to be happy with who I am and how I look. I don't need to please anyone else but me. I'm happy with life.....know I just have to work on getting my house organized!!! LOL geez I'm so busy, it's crazy sometimes!!!
Good morning to ME!! Well that zit on my chin came to a head and is now gone down. There is now a red mark, not too bad though. I just noticed 2 tiny zits along my jawline. I took a shower yesterday morning and my skin was oily all day. I was my face last night, applied the atralin and let it dry. I later put baby poweder on. This for me helps absorb the oil. So far my skin is not breaking out with the baby powder. Another things is that my breasts have be very sore (nipples) all week, including today. This is the first time in 3 months that my breast are sore. I hope it's a sign that my cycle on its way to being somewhat regular. I'm still curious as to why my skin is still oily. I really don't want to up my spiro dose to 200mgs. I also thought the spiro is suppose to reduce hair growth - which I haven't noticed either on legs or arms.
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.
Okay, yesterday I had two tiny pimples, and today they are almost entirely gone. My face looks pretty good, absolutely NO ACTIVES. i jsut have the red pigmentation, but that hopefully will fade with time. The baby powder is working. It has not caused be to break out. I'm going to cointue using it every night. During the day I only apply a thin layer, so it's not noticable. I'm even tempted to but a lot, but I sure will get funny faces walking around looking like a ghost. O by the way, I'm doing pretty good on the no dairy diet. I've discovered cococnut milk, and it's pretty good. Great altrenative to mik.
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.
I wasn't able to add a picture to my blog. I have photo I took yesterday on the my topic section "What do you think of my face" in case you're interested in seeing my 6 month results on spiro and atralin gel.
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!!
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.
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.
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
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.
Well, I had some on and off spotting from Aug 24th to Aug 29. It's really weird. Today I had no spotting. I did get one teeny tiny pimple on my chin...but nothing to worry about. Tomorrow I will be in a photo shoot of musicians. It's going to be awsome. I had to go buy something fancy to wear....all black "concert attire" of course. I also bought a necklace, braclet and earing set. Overall, I spent more than I should, but this is once in a life time occasion and I really want to look my best. I'm just so thankful to God that I don't have to worry about my acne.....for the first time I can just concentrate on my hair and what I'm gonna wear!!! LOL. I jsut pray my face doen't give a me a surprise tomorrow.....but all should be good.
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.
I have avoided using sun block for fear of breaking out. Since I excercise in the morning outdoors during the summer, I started to use it because I know the atralin gel makes my face more sensative to the sun. Knowing that I would be taking a shower afterwards and the sunblock would wash off gave me a sense of relief. So basically i gradually added this to my regimen. Yesterday was the first time I used it all day....I'm so happy it didn't break me out at all!!!!!!! The only drawback is the cost, at $13 for 13oz it is expensive for me. I use CeraVe facial moisturizing lotion with 30 SPF in case anyone is interesed.