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Progress?

So, my skin has gotten a little better. Only a few cysts, smoother skin--just generally looking a bit healthier. I have not been following my diet very strictly (whoops......final exams). I've also decided to tweak it slightly so that I don't become a miserable hermit. Eliminating certain food groups to reduce inflammation is one thing......but the stress that the diet was causing was nixing any good effects from it as far as acne goes. So, I'm focusing on no dairy and no sugar, and then

Emsy

Emsy

05/20/14

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05/20/14

 

Starting A New Treatment

Saw my new dermatologist yesterday--she's pretty cool. Very direct. We're trying 3 new things: 1. Cutting more foods out of my diet. (Noooooooooooo!!!!). Now I am not eating anything with gluten, dairy, or soy, plus no high glycemic index foods, plus no using most common cooking oils. Here's to gnawing on lettuce and my own tears. 2. I'm getting more blood testing done, with someone new to interpret the results. Apparently I may have........well, a lot of things I can't prono

Emsy

Emsy

05/09/14

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05/11/14

 

New Derm Tomorrow.....

Well, I'm seeing my new 'holistic/integrative' dermatologist tomorrow. Wish me luck. My skin is........not bad, to be honest. Still producing cysts. *insert swear words here* But considerably less cysts, and therefore there is less pain and slightly less embarrassment. Very, very few small pimples. Looooooots of hyperpigmentation in a variety of shades (bright red all the way to dark brown--hooray). Although in general my skin is doing better, I'm still frustrated. I want the cysti

Emsy

Emsy

05/08/14

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05/08/14

 

Just A Quick Post.

I haven't taken Spironolactone for 5 days now. With my DHEA levels continuing to climb and the progressive worsening of my skin, it's not worth it. My doctor told me it's my call on whether to quit or not, and I'm quitting. I don't think this is the answer. Plus, I won't miss the side effects of exhaustion, dry skin/thirst, and eye lashes falling out (not sure why that happened). Right now, my skin actually isn't bad. Lots of hyper-pigmentation, but only a couple really small 'regular' pi

Emsy

Emsy

04/26/14

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04/26/14

 

Day 88

So, funny story. Back in January, I got my hormones tested for the first time. My DHEA (which deals with androgen, which deals with hormonal acne, yada yada) was higher than it's supposed to be. It was in the 300s range. So I started taking Spironolactone. Now, 3 months later, I got my DHEA tested again. My DHEA is now at 529. Instead of lowering my DHEA, Spironolactone has made it significantly higher. I don't even know what the f*ck to do anymore. No wonder I'

Emsy

Emsy

04/18/14

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04/22/14

 

Day 86?

I think I may have miscounted by a day or so somewhere over the last 3 months, but you get the idea. Still having painful, nodule-like hormonal breakouts on the lower half of my face. Still waiting for my hormonal results to come in. Still having horrible self-esteem and a constantly hurting face. My dermatologist says that he's 90% sure he's taking me off Spironolactone, so this blog may be ending very soon. Sorry to disappoint, y'all, but we're really not getting anywhere.

Emsy

Emsy

04/17/14

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04/17/14

 

Day 78

Looking at pictures of my skin at the start of Spironolactone was......disappointing, to say the least. I've carefully chronicled my acne progress (or lack thereof) through pictures since the very first week of being on Spiro, and my skin is even worse now in every regard. Still dealing with cysts. Even more tiny breakouts. Even worse skin tone/quality. Even more redness and hyper-pigmentation. I am super not impressed. Currently, two things are happening: a) I am experiencing

Emsy

Emsy

04/08/14

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04/08/14

 

Day 68

Trying not to be too mopey........I guess there is some progress? I dunno. I feel like not a lot has changed since day 1 of Spironolactone. My skin gets better, then way worse, then better again, then it's red, not red, producing cysts, not producing cysts, breaking out in tiny pimples, perfectly smooth, oily, dry.......without any rhyme or reason. It's so frustrating. My break-outs seem to have no correlation what-so-ever to what I'm doing as treatment. Skin is pretty smooth today, but st

Emsy

Emsy

03/27/14

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03/28/14

 

Day 63

Nevermind. Despite absolutely no changes in diet, regimen, or medications, it's back to cystic acne. Two on my forehead and a ton on my lower cheeks and jawline. I don't even want to count how many. And it isn't even close to *ahem*.....that time of the month. I feel like crying over my skin. It's so painful and embarrassing and I am so sick of this sh*t. Every time I get even the teensiest bit hopeful, it's back to square one. I don't even want to leave my house. Summary:

Emsy

Emsy

03/23/14

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03/27/14

 

Day 61

Doing pretty well!!! A couple cysts and a few minor pimples, but not bad. I'm feeling a LOT more hopeful. My diet still isn't perfect, but I'm getting better and better. Plus, I think this 75 mg of Spiro is really helping. Clear skin, here I come. I'd be over the moon if I could have cyst-free skin by this summer. Summary: 75 mg Spironolactone Clearasil Face Wash Cetaphil SPF 30 Oil Control Moisturizer

Emsy

Emsy

03/20/14

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03/20/14

 

Day 55

I have to admit, I am very pleased. 11 days on my diet and 5 days on 75 mg Spiro. My skin is still 'purging' so there are a lot of little pimples--almost rash like. But as far as cysts and pain? My skin is doing surprisingly well. It feels smooth and there is no tossing and turning at night, trying to find a way of sleeping that doesn't put pressure on certain spots on my face. I do wish I had less hyper-pigmentation though. Luckily, my actual scarring is minimal.....but the hyper-pigment

Emsy

Emsy

03/15/14

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03/15/14

 

Day 54

Do I dare say it? I think my skin is looking better. Lots of small pimples and lots of healing cysts, but only one new cyst. Let's hope this progress continues. I've been on my diet for......10 days now? I think? And I've only messed up twice. Which isn't a huge deal--I'm allowed to have occasional 'cheat' meals. Let's hope I just keep getting better and better at this no gluten, no refined sugar, no diary thing though. And eventually no high carb foods as well. Thankfully, 75 mg o

Emsy

Emsy

03/13/14

 

Day 51

Absolutely no change. Not one bit. Looking back on pictures of my skin before Spironolactone literally made me cry today.....I think my skin was actually better looking then. I had tried 75 mg for one day then chickened out and went back to 50 mg, but I think for my last month or so here, I'm gonna permanently go up to 75. If this hasn't changed at 3 months, I quit. I can't put up with this anymore. My face hurts so very, very badly. I'm also doing dietary stuff and taking special

Emsy

Emsy

03/11/14

 

Day 47 And A Change In The Game

So I've been putting off writing about this for the past 2-3 days just cause I've been kinda upset over it and exhausted by midterms. I have just been diagnosed with a genetic disorder. I have a compound heterozygous MTHFR mutation for methylation. Basically, my genes are screwed up. On the one hand, this can account for every single health problem I have ever had in my entire life. Literally. On the other hand, I will have to take a lot of supplements everyday for the rest

Emsy

Emsy

03/06/14

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03/07/14

 

Day 46

I have 13 active cysts and really nothing left to say.

Emsy

Emsy

03/06/14

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03/06/14

 

Day 42 :'(

Today, I have 12 active cysts on my face. I would not be nearly as upset if my face hadn't seemed to be getting better at the beginning of Spironolactone. There was some time in there where my skin was looking damn good. It was smooth and so close to being cyst free......and I had so much more confidence. Initial breakout was expected. Random one-and-a-half-month-into-treatment breakout I did not see coming. *sigh* Gonna go put some ice on my jawline and hope for a maj

Emsy

Emsy

03/02/14

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03/02/14

 

Day 40

I'm gonna be really honest......I'm disappointed. With 8 cysts on my face right now, my patience is starting to wear thin, especially since 3 of the cysts developed within the last 2 days. I'm not expecting a miracle and a totally cyst clear face, but I was hoping that by this point, my body would have at least stopped producing NEW cysts. Uggghhhhh. Nothing like waking up with new painful, tender knots under your skin. I've started using Tazorac as spot treatment......(I did menti

Emsy

Emsy

02/28/14

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03/01/14

 

Day 33

Skin is looking better!!! It's SO smooth......I have to resist the urge to constantly touch it. Old cysts are healing, and I'm not seeing any new ones. It's still painful, but at least the production rate for cysts seems to have slowed down. My scarring seems to be doing better too.......perhaps from lots of moisturizing? I'm not sure. I do have one question though, for anyone reading this......does every under-the-skin lump have to turn into a cyst? For example, my right cheek has

Emsy

Emsy

02/21/14

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02/24/14

 

Ugh--Day 30

My skin is NOT looking good today.......blegh. I woke up to 4 news cysts on my face. FOUR. Ick. I don't know where these came from--they're right by my hairline and above my eyebrow, which is VERY unusual for me. I normally have a cyst on the upper half of my face maybe once every couple of months. My face is looking red and inflamed......I am not in good spirits about this whole treatment today. *sigh* I called my dermatologist though and he is going to get back to me tomorrow.......I'm w

Emsy

Emsy

02/18/14

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02/19/14

 

First (Real) Entry 2/14/14

So, more about Spiro and Doxy. FYI: this post is a bit messy, I promise I'm not usually this confusing. I'll post pictures later, but basically, I have cystic acne on the bottom half of my face--mostly concentrated on my lower cheeks, but also some on my jaw line and chin. My nose and forehead are actually quite nice looking. So I went to an endocrinologist and got my hormones tested. Everything is good except my DHEA, which is way high (darn adrenal gland, malfunctioning).

Emsy

Emsy

02/15/14

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02/28/14

 

Introduction

So, a little preface to this blog. Looking back at pictures from 5th grade, I had a couple pimples when I was nine. NINE. Yikes. From there, things only got worse. I had light acne in 6th grade and it got moderate in 7th grade. I went to a dermatologist for the first time when I was 11 years old. I have tried a TON of different treatments. I've been on Tretinoin, Differin, and Tazorac at all strengths. I was also on Clindamycin and some other daytime topical I can't remember the na

Emsy

Emsy

02/15/14

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