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Update- Still Clear After 1 Year!

SO, it's been a year and a half since I started my regimen (Bactrim 800-160 once daily, 25mg Spironolactone, CeraVe facewash, 6months Acanya topical), about 15 months since I started seeing DRASTIC improvement, and one year that I have been totally clear. I have to say, I NEVER imagined this could be possible for my skin. If you've read my previous blogs, you'd know I suffered from severe cystic acne along with cosmetic acne and extremely oily as well as sensitive skin. After 3 months on my regi




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100% Clarity

Just a quick udate since my struggle with seborrheic dermatitis had me down. I am glad the say that my skin is (and has been for the past few weeks) 100% clear of blemishes and visible seb derm. I had to back down my Bactrim dosage to 3 days on and 4 days off every week, and in addition to using Cortaid and Lotrimin as needed, I have successfully been able to get my skin clear of the red itchy patches and keep them away for weeks at a time. As long as I am taking any antibiotic at all, I know I

Maintaining Clarity But Diagnosed With Seborrheic Dermatitis

Well, I haven't had a blemish in probably 4-5 months now (YAY!) and thats the main thing keeping me positive the past month or so. I was diagnosed last week with Seborrheic Dermatitis, which is basically a buildup of yeast/bacteria on my face and neck which my body is having an immune response to, causing redness, irritation, dry skin, and hive-like raised areas. It all started about 6 weeks ago, I started noticing dry skin around my eyes, jawline and in the 'parenthesis' area around my mouth. I

New Year, New Me

SO, its been probably 2 months without a single blemish. Not. one. I'm over the moon. I feel like I'm finally seeing myself for the first time. Since I was 11 years old, I've avoided mirrors. I'd do my makeup in the morning (which was at least an hour long process, even when I wasn't leaving the house- I'd still wear a full face of makeup) and then try my best NOT to look at myself the rest of the day. Seeing myself in the mirror honestly depressed me, and a glimpse of myself was enough to bring




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Worlds Of Change

So lately I've been feeling like a different person since my skin's been gradually clearing and improving in texture/appearance. I feel like I'm actually myself- not hiding behind caked makeup, turtlenecks, long hair and bangs. A few weeks ago, I started work as the makeup and set artist for my local highschool's musical theatre program. In the dressing rooms there are only bright fluorescent lights- a nightmare for anyone with skin problems. Not to mention, when doing people's makeup, most of t




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Maintaining Clarity!

Well, so far so good! I've been on my current regimen of 25mg Spiro, 800-160 Bactrim, Cerave facewash and Acanya (topical) for over a month now, and the results are looking pretty good! I'm staying between 85-95% clear on my face, neck & chest- which is amazing for me! Especially considering my average, untreated skin was usually only around 25% clear on a good day, 5-10% when I was having a breakout. The awful sporadic cystic acne on my chest has all but vanished since I started the Bactri




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Increasing Bactrim Dosage

Well- its been a full week since I started the 1/2 of a. 800-160mg dosage of bactrim, and so far I've had no side effects to speak of and no rash in sight! Which, usually after being on an antibiotic for a week I start seeing the little prickly rashbumps popping up on my chest and neck, so its a good sign to me that there's no sign of a rash any time soon. Doubled my dose as of this morning (which means I'm still only taking half the dose my derm prescribed) and we'll see how this goes for the n

Adding Bactrim To Spiro And Topicals

Forgot to mention that my new derm also wrote me a prescription for a high dosage of Bactrim. From what I've read, it can seriously work wonders for most people's skin as long as they keep taking it and don't form a resistance. And can deal with any side effects, which with Bactrim it seems there are quite a few. I hesitated to take it at first, wanting to see how the topicals do on their own before adding something else. Anyways, its been a week since I started on the topicals, and I am seeing

Spiro Improvement + New Derm And Topicals

First off- I'm quite excited to say that I really do think the Spiro is showing some good results in my skin after 6 weeks, even though I've only been taking 25mg for the past 5 weeks. I'm happy to say that I had virtually NO breakout before, during, or after my monthly cycle last week!!!! For me, thats pretty significant. Previous to the Spiro, I'd start breaking out in really bad cysts the week before, the week of AND the week AFTER my cycle. It was REALLY depressing because 3 weeks out of eve

Spiro 1 Month

Its finally here! One whole month on Spironolactone. And you know what? I /think? I'm seeing the beginnings of some good results. Can't be sure, especially since I'm only on 25mg currently (going back up to 50mg in the next few weeks), but my skin seems to be doing noticeably better progressively in the past two weeks. Considering I've been having virtually non-stop cystic nodules, surface acne, tons of non-inflamed comedones (bumps that look like pimples but aren't red and have no visible head)

Approaching Week 1

Well, approaching week 1 on the Spironolactone. So far, no adverse reactions. Had a persistent headache the first few days, but discovered the headache was due to low blood pressure and they go away pretty easily without medication. I really can't wait to start seeing results in the next few months, really been frustrated with my skin lately. Which is nothing new Well, I'll update when I'm at the one month mark, until then

Day 2

Well, its day 2 on Spiro, and thankfully no immediate adverse reactions. I'm on 25 milligrams 2x/day, 50m total for the first 10 days, then its up to 100. I know I won't be seeing any effects for a good while, but I at least feel like I'm doing something. The thought of being free & clear by mid-November is pretty much what gets me through the day. Going through a breakout right now, but even though it sucks, I'm not as depressed about it because its only a matter of time until I don't have

August 15 2011

Well, today hopefully begins a new chapter in my journey to overcoming acne. I made a visit to my dermatologist and was prescribed Spiro for the oil/hormonal acne and cysts. I've heard a lot of good things about Spiro, so I was very excited to hear him suggest it. I don't know that its going to be a cure for me, but any level of sustained improvement will make it worth it for me. Even if it doesn't, then thats just one more thing to cross off my list and not waste my time with. I really have ho

My Acne Struggle

Well, I guess this is a good time to give a backstory on my struggle with acne. Quite literally, I was born with it. I had infant acne, and was having full-blown break-outs and cysts by 5th grade. Kids that age shouldn't have to worry about wearing make-up, or how to fix your hair to best hide the cystic acne on your neck. I remember at 10 years old having a terrible cyst under my eye and having to tell my classmates that it was a spider bite to prevent humiliation. Anyways, needless to say, acn




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