Wow, I have been feeling poorly. I have been battling a cold, but on weds I had osme crazy stomach virus or something. I'll spare the details, but it was unpleasant. Fast track to today- I still feel crummy. Now hubby has the cold. Luckily, our little one has been spared from the wrath of the devil, however, his attitude as of late has me reconsidering the possibility.
Big news? Bigger than anything that has to do with my face? I start working on thursday. Awesomeness. Though the not-so-awesome part is that little one will have to spend a whole day without his mum. Archgh! It is heart-wrenching. My days have been filled with him, and now they will be filled with data entry and accounting Im a bit worried, but I think im also excited. Excited for the paycheck, that is, not for dropping my son into the arms of someone who Ive known for many many years.... which you would think that would make one more comfortable. The downside to that, is that over those many many years, there haven't been many mature experiences. Or legal, for that matter. But it will be okay. They have a girl who is about 5 months older than my wee one, and he loves it. Hubby states, for my reassurance, "Well, they have kept theirs alive for this long...."
He is such a wonderful hubby.
Now, back to my face, because I know that's what you are allllll waiting for!
Its wonderful. Still not clear, but what is happening are just small things. Im all bumpy though. Dormant things. Just waiting to creep up. And not necessarily ALL bumpy.... just my under-chin-neck area, which has been the issue prone area. Atleast there isnt anything big going on though. Id say my skin has improved by 85% since I started this blog. I hope its the spiro working. I hope I hope. Now, it hasnt done anything to get rid of my man-stache, or my hair falling out..... but maybe in due time.
Things are good. My skin is pretty pleasant. Still not exactly clear, but I definitely can't complain. Im getting over that nasty cold, as well. Not to get too into detail, but every time I hack some alien fece looking hunk, I feel ten times better.
Im not taking any doxy, and haven't taken the prednisone in abour a week I think. The only things im taking are the spiro, and doing to duac- mostly just at night, but sometimes in the morning. It has stopped making my face look totally wrecked.... like there was a baboon but hiding under my skin..... and it actually makes and looks my skin look....dare I say it? A little "dewy". I typically hate...and I mean ruthelessly hate topical gunk. It just makes my skin red, and dry, and flat out irritated. I even hate to use lotion.... aveeno even drives my skin crazy. Duac is alright. I'd give it a positive review if I was into doing reviews. Although, I guess this is kind of a review. So, there you go, Duac.
I told myself this blog was going to be strictly about my skin related irritations, and it's evolved into more than that, I apologize. Im going to start using acne.org as my social networking and blogging hot-spot.
Yeah. And im also going to sign in using my facebook account, 'cause I want everyone to know Im always on an acne website.
Please. I erase the history before my man comes home from work. The last thing I need is for my other to be aware.....
"Are you still having skin problems hon? I told you, you should try that pro-activ stuff on tv."
If only she knew the slew of drugs i've taken to remedy the issue. I can't say im all that interested in pro-activ. Sorry Jessica Simpson. I don't buy it.
Were about to start our apartment search for operation Move Out in March. I'll refer to it from now on as MOM. Heh heh. Im so swift. I hate this place. Not really even the place. Our landlord had "issues" with the electric company again for the second time last week. Who doesn't pay the tenant's electrical bill when they pay it along with rent? Seriously?
In addition, id like to say HEY DAN! Where in the hell is the spell check button? I can use subscript or superscript, notify people there is a spoiler, twitter-fy, and whatever the Special BBBCode is, but I can't spell-check? W-T-H.
I feel crummy today. It seems as though there has been some virus that jumped on my bandwagon. My sinuses feel like i've been snorting salt and nails.
Ive got the turkey in the sink though. Herb roasted turkey, garlic and rosemary mashed potatoes..... so far thats the only thing on the list for tomorrow. I havent gotten very far.
Skin? Woot woot! Thank you steroids, 'cause you make my skin look wonderful! Nothing really going on there.
Ill return with more interesting and amusing entried as soon as I feel.... interesting and amusing.
Before I go, I have to update a little further, I realize. I went and did my blood work, waiting on results. My derm called me in a script that will suffice with taking 2-50 mg spiro a day, though im waiting to see if my insurance will cover it. If not, im thinking of going to costco and just not using insurance.
My gyn appt was actually on the 15th. I had been waiting for that damn confirmation call. I rescheduled for the 8th of december.
Speaking of insurance, hubby just got his yearly insurance stuff, and they have an option to put 'same or opposite sex domestic partner". It sounds pretty broad to me, but I certainly consider myself his domestic partner. Thats a relief. An expensive relief.
Oi, I say. I rarely drink, cause when I do, I wake up feeling like a 73 year old arthritis sufferer. I can't imagine a 73 year old arthritis sufferer running around with a one year old. When I try, I just laugh.... so, it isn't usually a great idea to consume any beer, liquor, or even cooking wine. Red wine vinegar. Grape juice. Just keep it all away.
That said, what's up with this whole not being able to take pain relievers while on spiro? Sounds like a bad joke to me. Something comparable to the "Urine Therapy" section on this site.
I haven't considered rubbing my babys' diaper on my face.
Okay...the thought MAY have crossed my mind momentarily, but that was it. It took about 18 seconds before I thought.....well..... I don't know what I thought, but it wasn't positive.
"Yes - the reason you cannot take any NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) whilst taking spiro or Yasmin/Yaz is because the spiro is a potasium-sparing diuretic which means that they do not encourage your body to secrete potassium in your urine (so it stays in your system). NSAIDs in combination with spiro and/or Yasmin/Yaz can cause hyperkalemia. This is when there are high levels of potassium in the blood which can cause an irregular heartbeat which is potentially very dangerous. This means that ibruprofen, aspirin and naproxen should not be taken. Paracetamol based painkillers are fine."
Paracetamol based is basically tylenol. That of which we have zero. So, naturally, im still considering taking an ibuprofen 400. Im so daring sometimes. I sure feel inflamed.
BUT! Guess where I DO NOT feel inflamed? My face. Thats right. My face is un-inflamed. I have one active spot that I got supremely pissed off at lastnight. Its not as big as it was lastnight (Touche` all you non-poppers!).
Thats all for now. Im going to get stuff myself, take some drugs, and drown in the potential affects of hyperkalemia.
So, i'm not going to lie- on Friday I started taking 4mg of predinisone twice a day, even though I know its probably not the best idea. Im sure my liver is screaming at me and writhing in pain from the synthetic drugs im pumping into it, but guess what? My face has calmed down a ton. You know its been bad when you wake up and think,
"The man who has seen me push another human being from my vagina is going to see me without makeup for part of today!"
Excuse the vulgaraity, but it's the one thing that I can add to make you understand teh extremeness.
Now, by no means is my face *clear*. There have still been a few little things pop up here and there, but they have been like a bad one night stand, in a good way. Not in the good way that it happened, but more the 'wake up in the morning and you think, "Man, im glad I didnt give him my phone number..... or tell him my name." way.
Not that I've ever had to think that.
So, I think after today i'm going to quit taking the pred. I somehow got about 5 days ahead of myself on this blog, and it would have made today day 21, and thats just not true. It did however give me some extra hope, because I've read that on average, after one month women start seeing an improvment, and that I was getting past the common IB point for a lot of women on here.... but it would seem that if I were average, NOW would be the time. NOW and all this week. We will see. Maybe it hit me early. Or maybe there isn't really an IB, and it was just the fact that i've been so stressed over everything.
As for the stress? I am feeling much better. Im still feeling pretty lazy from the additional 50 mg in the am, but I dont feel like tossing my baby out the window, or stabbing hubby in the eye with the turkey baster because he put extra salt on my homemade-perfect meal.
I have an OB appt coming up on the 26th.....I think. Thats when i going to discuss the addition of Yaz, which initially was to help with the breakouts, but now since the spiro, its like...well.....I'll spare the gory details.
Very minor improvement from yesterday. That duac really looked like it did a number on my skin. Very red. Ill keep on truckin' though, cause thats what the holy proffessional advised me to do. Back to being completely drained during the day because of having to take the spiro in the morning as well. Bummer that its right before Thanksgiving too. So much for that huge turkey dinner, cause im going to be on my butt. How hard is it to get a change in antibiotic? Ridiculously. For some reason they would rather give me more of some other pill.
But, hey,, there was minor improvement from yesterday.
Just got back from my derm appt. The exact opposite of what i wanted to happen, happened. I was the basic run-of-the-mill acne patient.
He suggested I go on doxycycline and use clindamycin.
Oh...wait..... IM ALREADY USING THAT CRAP!.
Sorry. Had to vent a moment. I mean, dont they read all that stuff you write down at the beginning? Or read teh stuff that the nurse typed into the computer? Come on now. He asked how long I had been on the doxy, and I told him about 6 weeks, and told him about my previous use with it. Im supposed to keep taking it for 3 more months, before we try mino, then accutane. Im supposed to bump up my spiro to 2.day which puts me at 100 mg. That totally sucks though because of how drained I was When I was taking it in the morning. And how am I supposed to keep taking 2/day when my script is for 1/day? No new script, but he did kindly send me home with doubt and a few samples of duac.... mind you they expire in 9 days.
What the hell. Im pretty upset over the experience. I may make a new appt with another doc there. I wondered why I was able to get in so quickly.... lol.
Okay, maybe the guy is right, but id love to feel like an ass about this post in the near future. Thats fine. I just don't think I will. And even if I do, atleast i'll have clear skin
The only good thing that happened during those 8 minutes, was he said, "You insurance will cover accutane, provided you fail to improve with the antibiotics." Which is awesome..... Ive neever wanted to go on accutane, but I would consider it now. Only, I know my skin will improve with antibiotics that im not resistant to. Unless...... it didnt improve..... and I was *taking* the antibiotics.
Gosh, that's immature of me. Sorry.
My only worry is that im supposed to reapply for health insurance in January, i think. Well... thats always a real hassle. Anything with the state is a real hassle. My fiancee makes too much (yeah, they think its toomuch....), and even if we aren't married, we are living together, and that means his income is apparently my income. So thats a speed bump to get over.
Anyways- Pill count?
2 spiro 50 mg/ day
2 doxy 100 mg/day
duac in am & pm
*seriously? all these buttons at the top, and no spell-check?*
So, its bad. I really don't think my face has looked quite so trrible. Im sure a lot of it is just marks fromt he old, but the new is also an issue. Quite a mess this morning.
And also, it may just be distress from the state of my complexion, but I have had an incredibly short temper. Im considering it a possibility that it is a side effect of the spiro, messing with hormones? I get so angry I just want to throw things and cry. There could be many factors including issues with my one year old.... but i've never had such a temper, and it's not great for my child. I've had to work very hard the past three months to get him to gain weight, having to watch his high protein diet, measuring food, etc. While his 12 month check up was excellent, we have been having trouble with him not wanting to eat now. I feel as though all the hard work we have been putting in the past few months is going down the drain.
We are also having finance problems, like many Americans now. I have started to make our own baby food and such, but since I haven't dont it in so long, its difficult to go to the grocery store and be able to fidure out all that I need to keep baby fed. We have begun to go to the local food bank weekly, however they dont exactly fill the grocery list. We have had financial issue in the past, and I haven't been nearly this stressed over it. Having so much stress added on top of that just because of a bad complexion sounds ridiculous, but you guys know how it is.
Derm appt. tomorrow. I am soooo glad. I have been reading more on Bactrim, and am more hopeful. Tomorrow I will be shooting for a bactrim prescription for 3 months, a Yaz prescription (I have had some success with that before)..... and some talk about spiro. Im hoping the bactrim will get me through the initial phases of spiro and yaz. I really wish doxy still worked for me. I had such immediate and wonderful results.
Its a little depressing that I want to be off as many prescriptions as I can, yet im planning to just add more. The bactrim is a short term plan though, and being that antibiotics are so bad for you, maybe thats what im s hooting for.
Skin looks much better than yesterday. No new breakouts. The two under my chin have subsided a great deal, along with the one on the left jawline. Nothing new, which is a huge bonus!
After looking around on the site yesterday, I decided to do a baking soda mask. I was fearful..... but desperate. I pooured some into my measuring cup, poured in some water. I used significantly more water that what I should have, which made all the baking soda sink to the bottom, so I just scooped that up and slathered it on in a thin layer. I lightly rubbed for a few seconds, and let it dry.
Yeah, it stung a little on the open blemishes, but that subsided after a few minutes. I didnt see any immediate results, but today is nice.
I still haven't started the doxycycline again, and im glad. I called my doc and got my referral info. My appt is on thursday morning, and im quite excited about that. Im wondering if maybe ill get the spiro bumped up? Or just what he will say about it in general, since it was my suggestion. Im wondering if he will be able to put me on an oral birth control as well. I have mirena, but that doesn't help anything with acne. I actually originally got it because I was on a progestin-only since I was nursing, and wanted to eradicate alll medications to see if that would help my skin.
I love he spiro because its so easy to take compared to doxy. No diet restrictions (you have to watch out for potassium, which the highest factors in my diet were bananas and potatoes..... no big deal), no nausea.... nothing. Also, I think my hair has started to stay ina bit. Not 100% sure if its the zinc or spiro.... but im confident something is working. Now if something could get rid of my crazy mustache and beard im growing.....lol. Maybe I should get checked for PCOS?
Current pill intake?
50 mg spiro, 50 mg chelated zinc, and a biotin supplement, all after dinner.
Well, my face looks like crap.
I quit taking the doxycyline... on saturday I think? Maybe ill start taking it again. Im supposed to be getting my referral to the derm today at the latest, so I may call my doc.
I have started taking 50 mg chelated zinc before bed along with my spiro. Doxycyline makes it so difficult to take anything else... youre not supposed to take minerals and such and such within 2 hours of the doxy....or drink milk, or anything with calcium in it.... its such a hassle.
I have this picture in my head that im going to get to the derm, and she is going to put me on a mino or tetra, and im going to clear up in a week like I did with the first round of doxy years ago, and be on it for a month, then the spiro is going to start working, and everything is going to be happy
Yeah... I also pictured my son sleeping in past 6 am this morning too......
Tally today? Its bad around my mouth (I swear its not what it looks like.....). I dont really feel like counting, but lets just say its rough. My forehead is actually clear, which is an improvement. Just back to my jawline and neck as usual. on the right, a bad spot where 2 came up, 2 on the right under chin, 2 on neck under chin, and various little spots on left.
I feel like karate chopping someone.
So things are looking well. That crazy mess I had come up the day after starting is clearing up. I hate the dry skin phase my skin goes through after a bad breakout. It always looks terrible when I put makeup on....flaky and......dry.
I had a crazy guy pop up on my forhead, but he should be pretty much gone by the end of the day. I also think I might have a small cyst coming around on my neck under my chin, but i'll deal. I hardly ever breakout on my forhead, usually just jawline and under..... wonder what thats from....
I found a solution to my drowsiness from the spiro. I was taking it in the morning to avoid having to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, but i've realized that it doesn't really make me pee that much more. Now, I take it before bed, and I have been feeling much better during the day. Haven't gotten another headache, so I can say now that im not having any side effects from it.
My skin is looking pretty good. It sucks that I can't really tell what it's from- maybe the doxy finally started working? Is the spiro starting to work? Or is this just one of those random good moments, and nothing is actually working?
Im going to get some zinc today, after reading a whole lot about it. It certainly can't hurt, especially since it's cold/flu season.
Skin looks pretty good I think. Certainly not amazing.... I think all of the cysts are going away, and had a few super tiny things pop up over the weekend, but nothing bad.
Side affects so far? Well.... Im tired. I haven't REALLY cleaned the house like I usually do, and dinner has been really lame the past few nights. I can usually stay up and read my book for a while in bed after everyone dozes off, but as soon as my head hits that pillow now.... *BAM*. I don't ever even remember waking up to get our son....lol, which isnt necessarily a bad thing. Yesterday I had a pretty wicked headache for 5 hours, which is unusual. I very rarely get them. I do, however, attribute it to not drinking enough water. Other than that, things have been pretty normal. Im hoping my docs office calls me soon with my dermatologist ref. Im interested to see what they have to say. I did some research lastnight on other oral antibiotics that are used for acne, since I had such an amazing result with doxy the first time. I may discuss that with them. I really dont like have to take 3 pills a day (1 spiro, 2 doxy), and also using a topical antibiotic (clinda), just to get decent skin. I like that spiro is also supposed to help with hair loss, and hair growth, which im suffering from both since the birth of my son.... but if its not going tohave an effect on my acne as well, then Id rather not take it. Or the doxy.
We will see I suppose. Maybe a mino or tetra is in my future? Ill have to read the reviews on here and do some more research.
I took my second dose this morning.
Heh heh- no, nothing mgical happened overnight. I did wake up twice and thought I had the sahara in my mouth.... has to do something with the spiro. I was also up at 5 am, bright eyed and bushy-tailed as well, which isn't terrible, but kind of useless.
Still have small cyst under chin, with the addition of one lower on my neck, 2 small zits popping up on the right side near my hairline, something festering on my left side at my jawline, and something else festering on my neck on the left side.
This morning I took my first 50 mg dose of spiro, and my usual 100 mg doxy, and some clindamyacin.. Currently, I have a small cyst under my chin. Actually...thats it... but there is always more to come.
I took the spiro after eating, with no upset stomach so far. Next week ill pick up the retin-a, no matter how afraid I am to actually use it. I have heard only rough stories about hwne people first start using it, and im in no mood for more roughness when it comes to my skin. I have a lot of marks, which as you know, makes my skin look a lot worse than it really is. I have also determined that im going to quit touching. No picking, popping or squeezing. Thats proably the hardest part. I always think, "I can get that before it starts to look real bad...."
Sometimes it works. A lot of the time it doesn't. So no more.
So. Here I am. Im 26, and have bee suffering with acne for...... who really knows how long. I know I got a few of those boogers when I was under 18, but I don't think it really got bad until after then. I certainly remember being able to wake up after a night of partying (I started that too early...) and not having to worry about anything other than how bad my mascara was smudged, and how I was going to get rid of the hangover before I got home to see my parents.
I don't think my acne has ever really been HORRIBLE, but it's just always there. No- im lying.... every so often I get lucky and my skin wont break out for a week or so.... but its not that often. When I first got pregnant, almost 2 years ago, my skin looked pretty good, but that didnt last long either. Also, when I was taking doxycycline for the first time, it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. That lasted for about a year, and then my insurance stopped, along with my job.
Well, I got insurance quickly when I got pregnant, and now that im not nursing anymore, I was thrilled at the prospects of getting back on doxy. I hurried and made an appt on the last day I decided I would be nursing. I got my prescription, rushed to the pharmacy, and waited the 45 minutes it took to fill it.
I got home, and had a twinkle in my eye. "Finally," I thought, "I won't have to wake up and rush to put makeup on before my boyfriend of three years sees me."
I took my first 100 mg/2x day dose. Then my second. 3rd, 4th and so on. Ive been on it for about a month, and zero results. Maybe im too quick to jump the gun, but last time I saw results in about a week, if that.
Anyways, im still taking it, along with using 1% clindmyacin, a strict face wash schedule, and this morning was my first dose of spiro. I dont have oily skin, and dont have acne problems anywhere else. My doc also prescribed retin-a, but I have yet to start using that (though I need to from all the dark spots).
Here is my story.