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.
Happy New Year!!!! I'm still doing good. i did have a tiny set back, I developed 2 zits on either side of my neck. Not large, but noticiable. They have now faded away. It was suprising since I've hadn't had any on my neck in about a year. Anyways, I contribute that to the week off I had eating all sorts of unhealthy foods. I indulged on the things I avoid all year. (soda, chocolate, cake, candy, fried food. etc.) I said I wouldn't fee guitly, but my inner voice says I should have done it. but o well, gotta move on and hit the gym. I'm trying to figure out why I alwasy feel fatigued.......even when I've been eathing healthy this past 7 years. ???? I must have some underlying condition I'm not aware of...... Anyways, the 1 week christmas vacation was a blast. I did absolutly nothing productive. By the way I don't feel guitly because I'm always on the go, not stop activities from one thing to the next all year long. So I deserved to indulge in lazyiness and sleeping in late. Well I also indulged in other good feeling things, the reason I'm writing now. I haven't gotten my period and I feel a little different than normal. I've had heartburn since last night and all day today. I feel a little nauseated. Saturday, I took a pregnancy test, but it turned up negative. I bought anohter one today cuase I just dont feel right. Another child would be wonderful, but hubby would be thrilled, but I'm a little worried since I am on meds......I even wonder of this is what is causing my small break out....change in hormones??????? I've had tender breasts for more than a week........what to think. As I'm writing this I feel like throwing up..........!!!!!! I was intimate on Friday, took preg test saturday night.....I know too soon, but Then intimate on Sunday......I feel worse.....wondering if I should take test or not. According to my calander, I've missed my period........i just hope its just delayed. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!
yesterday I saw the derm. He said my face looked better. We are going to stay on 150mgs and keep using the atralin gel. I have another appotment next month. I still am using the baby powder. I am going to use it as spot treatment or every ohter day on my jawline. The powder dried out my neck a bit, but nothing major. That's why I'm not going to use it everynight. I'm ok with my face. I'm got two tiny zits, but that's it. I hope the atralin fades away the scars
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.
I'm happy to say that I don't have any pimples. I'm acne-free at the moment. Last week I did have a small break out. But I healed rather quickly now. My skin texture, pigmentation, and scars aren't that great though, but I'm not complaining. I have high hopes that they will eventually improve with the atralin gel. I really can't say enought abut this gel! It has worked great so far! The combination of being dairy free, using spiro, and atralin have given me great results! And I'm still drinking a lot of water. I do want to note that I was not very good about drinking water for about a week, especially during the 4th of July weekend. I either drank tea or juice. I did notice the my back (flanks) on both the left and right sides were hurting. Tuesday, July 5th I used the bathroom and noticed the toilet paper had pinkish urine. I was suprised. I did have very slight discomfort and a headache so I figured that is I had signs/symptoms of a UTI. The next day I had diarhea. I went to the doctor after work. I still had a headache, had very slight stinging when I peed, plus I wasn't feeling very well overall. The test came back negative for UTI, but the doctor still presribed an antibiotic for a possible UTI because I had all the signs and symtoms. I think it's all very unusuall. I really didn't want to take an antibiotic, but oh well. I'm feeling better. I just hope it's not something else or that I'm pregnant especially while taking spiro.
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow I can't belived a year has passed since I've been on this regimen. I can't say enough about the spiro and the atralin gel. They are both amazing!!!!!!! I'm so so so so happy with my complexion. I have minimum break outs right about a week before my period and they usally heal within 2 days. Just the other day I was washing my face in the shower and I was just so greatful to God that as I ran my hand accross my face all I felt was smoothness. Unlike a year ago, were the water itself was painful as it ran accross my face. Well yesterday I got my period. That's anohter thing, I seem to be getting a regular cycle. I no longer have spotting like I initially did w/ spiro. Now that everthing is going so smoothly, I'm very happy with my appearance. I feel comfortable with myself, I think too comfortable since I being lazy and not excerising like I did a year ago. I just can't get off this wagon! I feel so tired. i have such a lousey habit of sleeping late, which is an excuse and I don't get up for my 5:30a.m. TBC class.!!! uhu.....I'm lacking the motivation, I got to clean up my act. My thighs and butt have actually developed cellulite!!!!!!!!!! I feel so gross. But I can't blame anyone but myself. My diet has actually been terrible, eathing high fat foods. The only good thing about my diet is that I still avoid all dairy products. Well I'm hoping today is the start of a new day for me. I actually had a salad for lunch. Which right now I'm beinging to feel hungry again. It's not that I'm actually fat, I just need to tone my body. Hard work is coming up ahead. My hubby could care less i think...whether i'm in prime shape or like I am now, he still thinks I'm sexy......he doen'st notice what I notice and thinks I'm crazy and overexagerating. Seeing cellulite indentations int he mirror is not overaggerating. Well this is my update and how feel today.........almost forgot to mention, my hubby wants to have anohter baby, but I'm just too freaked out. Well see what happens......
I was doing great except for yesterday. I had a juicy white head right on my chin. I was so tempted to pop it. I used cover up but it didn't do it's job. I need to buy a darker shade, but make up is so expensive!!!!! I think there are two possiblities for my zit. I ate a chicken sandwich with almonds in it and had choclate chex mix this week. I just threw the bag away. And I'm staying clear away from any sort of nut!!!!!, including my husband!! LOL!!!!..... Period: Got it: Aug. 8 Ended: Aug 14 Total: 6 days.
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.
I have not written in a while. Just making note that I got my period today. I'm spotting. Gotta wait and see if it's a "normal" period. My emotions yesterday were off the wall. I went from happy to totally angry witin 5 seconds. I hate myself after I "blow up"- and it's over the stupidest things. I guess i't partly because of my PMS. But still I should have no excuse. My acne is a lot better. I did break out a little these past 3 days, again because of my period. My face continues to be oily. I'm also really happy with the atrailn gel. My face has gotten used to it and it's not bothersome. Although I do notice it's get's red easily. The only wish I have is sor my scars to fad away. Hopefully with the continuted us of the retin this will come in time. My hubby says he doesn't notice any scars!....but he's wrong I do have them, he just doesn't notice them cause he loves me the way I am. I guess I'm more hard on myself and need to let things go. My hubby and I made love 2x this weekend. Ever since he works night (we only sleep together on weekends), being intimate w/ each other has become more passionate. I really enjoy this alot. I desire him as much as he desire's me....it's all good. I want to keep track so I know, in case I become pregnant. We don't use contraceptives at all so there's always that high chance. I'm actually afraid of getting pregnant...i guess I'm tramatized from my 1st. If I do get pregnant I prefer to have a boy.,,,...i know I'm being selfish.
I'm finishing up another bottle of spiro. My skin is doing really good. I can't believe how fast my pimples clear up and some never even come to head. I currently have three pimples which I suspect I'm getting my period pretty soon. My breasts have been sore since Sunday. Yesterd night they were more sensative, this morning the same too. One odd thing I did experience was that sunday night I developed a stomach ache, once I turned over on my tummy, it went away. Yesterday I experienced some heartburn. This morning I'm also having slight heartburn. I'm always worried about getting pregnant when I get symptoms like these......uhhhhhhhhh. And I really don't want to get a pregnancy test......i'll just wait it out to see if I get my period within the next few days!!!!!
Well, I'm not pregnant. I got my period January 4th. I was so werid, all the symptoms I was having were just not normal. The oddest ones were the heartburn and nausea. I have also been breaking out all of a sudden, not drastically, but it's like one day I have 4 small pimples, and by the next day or so they are gone. Right now I have one on my chin. It's under the skin, little bumpy and tender to touch. Let's see what happens. I love that I have no wrinkles!!! I've been using atralin for about 1 year now. The lower jaw line is sometimes a little dry, but the Cerave has done wonders. I've also been using Cerave for 1 year. I have so much faith in it, i don't think I'll ever switch. The only drawback is that it has no fragrance, which I love in lotions. Anyway to solve that I only use Cerave on my face/neck. I have an extra lotion w/ fragrance for the body!!!, problem solved!!!! My hubby really want us to have another baby. He's very subtle about letting me know. I'm not sure how I exactly feel about it. It's like if I get pregnant, then that would be a blessing. If I don't get pregnant, than that's a blessing too because I love to spend every moment with my son, the love of my life.
Ok earlier this week I took a photo and posted on a thread here. At that time I thought my skin was getting better. I didn't have any active pimples. TODAY i got 3 zits under my chin. Plus I feel like more will come out by tomorrow. Why do I have this set back. I don't want to do it, but I have to start cutting back on the things I eat and do an elimination diet. I will start by cutting out cheese. At least I can prove to my dad that soda doesn't cause acne. I havne' had a single drop for 3 months....so why am I breaking out. He always said to me don't drink coke, you're gonna get espinillas (pimples)!!!!!! WRONG! I'm just upset that I have not improved. I honestly can say I've only had one "clear day" (no actives) this week. Apart from pimples I have to now deal with the red marks that do't want to go away. I am still using the atralin gel every night. I don't know what else to do. I'm getting desperate that the spiro is not working as I had hoped. This is just so time consuming. I fear one day I'm just gonnas say the heck with it and just not do anything.
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.
The highlight of this week......getting kicked in the face!!!! I was at my excercise class and we were doing the wheel barrel, so as I was about to grab my partners legs, she decided to kick one up and hit me directly under the chin. It was painful!!! I was ticked off becasue it also scrapped my face. So now im dealing with this....just when my face was all clear....geez what luck huh!! It Well I got 2 pimples yesterday. I still got them...they seem to be clearing up fast. I also had spotting today....ahhhhh what's new.
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.
Okay I've been under a bit of stress lately, but I did expect it. Between the months of Jan-April, it know my life gets a little hectic. But I think I managed pretty well. So my face is doing good. I'm still avoiding SODA and DAIRY. About 2 days ago my husband bought some tortas, but unfortuanly they had sourcream. I was so so so hungry, plus it was so late and I didn't have anything in the kitchen - only snacks. Anyways, it went ahead and ate it. I'm just glad wasn't a lot. I told my hubby "watch I bet tomorrow I will get zits."......well I woke up and tada...I had two tiny zits on my cheek. I'm slowly but surely figuring out what foods I can and cannot eat. Today for luch I accidently had a little bit of shredded cheese, so lets see what happens.
I refilled my prescription of spiro yesterday. I'm still at 100mgs. a day. I continue to have oily skin athough my acne breakouts our to a minimum. This week I broke out a da by my chin. I suspect it's either fromt he swedish meatballs I had earlier this week, which I just found out they contain sour cream/milk!!!!!!! Or I'm getting my period pretty soon. There is one other thing I did this week that might possible affected my skin. I went swimming twice this week. I would if the chorinle is causing my breakout. I don't feel it overdried my skin. In fact it's just a tad more oily. I also got a about 4 pimples on my back, which I haven't had in a long time. Uhhhhhhh..learn as you go!!
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.!!!!!!
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.
Ok remember yesterday, I ate some cheese, well today i have zit on my chin, right dab in the center. I've been reading about holistic cures. I'm think this will be my definate route. I really don't want to be on the spiro long term. So, I have to research what other foods to avoid besides dairy. I've been looking at gluten, but I honestly don't know what that is, just that I should avoid breads. Overall my underchin acne is getting better. But I still have red marks. I'm also kind of curious on tumeric. O I almost forgot, Friday, Sat, Sunday---I forgot to take my probiotic colon health supplement. I think I used the bathroom once, but I cant honestly remember since I have been so busy. But anywasy this morning I used the bathroom and felt constipated. I had a bowl movment and saw blood. It was from the hemroid. I'm thinking I need to take somthing or eat prunes to help me out a bit when going to the bathroom.
Ok so this weekend I stopped all dairy products. Gosh I'm really gonna miss cheese!! And my milk and ceral at night. Oh well, I guess if I want clear skin I have to do this. Besides I have stopped drinking soda. I was a really Coke/Cherry Coke/....OMG Dr. Pepper!!!! drinker. But I have not had a drop for about 3 months now. I only drink water, sometimes juice, or when I'm really craving soda. I have a lemonade diluted with water. Okay so since las week I've stopped eating dairly. I decided to buy coconut milk. It's okay, taste is good, but it is expensive. I also went shopping for make up. I can't believe I spend so much on 3 things. Anyways I bought the maybaline compressed powder, 24 hour stay liquid foundation, and mineral powder....all from maybaline. I only spot treat. I don't like make up, but since my breakout was causing me stress, it was a must this weekend. I also just started experiementing with baby powder with cornstarch for my acne I have applied it at night and honestly my skin is looking a lot better. Today my face is "CALM". And my zits are dry. Thank god. The atralin gel i don't think is working, it causing my face to produce more oil. I'm still going to use it, but I'm going to add the baby powder each night. or use it when I need it. I just hope it doesn't cause any more acne. Crossing my fingers and praying to God.
I defininatly got my period this week. I got it on Sunday night/ Monday morning. The flow is constant so it's not spotting. I'm not sure when my last period was, if forgot to write it down. I'm going to have to look back on this blog to see if I even wrote the date down. Anyways, yesterday I developed some pimples. I have 3 on my forhead...they seem to be under the skin. Not too big, which is a good thing. I do have another one coming out on the lift side of my lower lip. The one I'm down about is the whitehead I got on my right chin area near my beautymark. I've noticed that if I don't drink water my back sides start to hurt a little. I wonder if I'm breaking out because of my lowered dosage or just my period and the whole hormones fluctuating. I really don't want to up my dose cause of all the spotting I experienced. Hopefully this spiro is continuing to work and my breakout recovery is minimal. The day before I got my period, I really had an emotional break down. I was very angry about I don't even now what. Talk about PMS