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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

 

Feb 9

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......

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

02/09/2012

 

Jan 3 2012

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!!

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

01/03/2012

 

Jan 11 2012

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.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

01/11/2012

 

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. 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 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 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

 

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

 

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

 

Aug 24

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!!!

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

08/24/2011

 

April 12

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.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

04/11/2011

 

Feb 18

....no welcome! Oh well. Anyway, I'm just here wanting to start my own log so I can check my progress with they occational set-backs I can expect from my crazy face!!!! Well I've been on Spironolactone for about a month (28 days to be exact). I have had no improvemnts whatsoever. In fact, i thenk my acne is worse. I've been so angry this whole month. I went to see the dermatolgist due to acne I was getting under my chin/neck area, which I never got before, now it's more aggrivated. I blame it on the Atralin gel. This week I applied it and the following day I had new friends on my face!!! This week I was looking into the Hibiclens. I used it last night. I washed my face with ivory body wash. (like I always do) and applied the Hibiclens afterwards, put it on with my fingers in a circular motion. Rinsed and let my face air dry. I went to bed. Next morining, my face looked slightly different better - slightly. Anyways, I decided to put more on this morning as a toner. So I got a cotton ball an applied it on my face. I have had no discomfort with it at all. I'm going to keep using it for a week to see what happens. I'm really afraid of the Atralin gel...

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

03/24/2011

 

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

 

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

 

Aug 5

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!!

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

08/05/2011

 

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

 

Aug 18

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.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

08/18/2011

 

April 28

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.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

04/28/2011

 

Aug 29

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.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

08/30/2011

 

July 26

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.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

07/26/2011

 

April 26

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.

Espinilla12

Espinilla12

04/26/2011

 

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

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

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