So I made an appointment with a dermatologist today! A friend recommended Dermatology Associated of Oak Ridge so I called today and have a consultation on the 30th. Even though my gyno prescribed Spiro to me, I think a professional will be able to look at my skin and give me some more advise. I'm super excited and hoping that I like the PA I'm seeing. Fingers crossed!
Hello everyone! I'm on day 98 of Spiro, today makes exactly 14 weeks. I got super discouraged on Saturday because my skin looked terrible. My left cheek was so red and irritated that it was all I thought about all day. So I've been trying to drink lots and lots of water and be extra gentle when I wash my face. Yesterday morning I used my Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and last night I used the Dove Sensitive Bar Soap and used my Clarisonic. After that, I used the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask that I just got from Sephora. It's a peel off mask, but a lot of the reviews said when they peeled it off, it really irritated their skin. So after I left it on for 30 minutes, I used a warm wash cloth and held it to my face for about 15 seconds, then I just used warm water and splashed it on my face until it was all off, then I turned the water to cool and splashed my face a couple more times. I obviously can't tell a huge difference after one use, but my face does feel SO soft and clean. I'm going to do my best this week to keep my hands off my face and stop touching/picking all the time! That's definitely one of my biggest problems. I'm also going to try to stop thinking about my skin so much and keep thinking positively. I have to remember there are so many more important things to worry about than my skin. We all have something we're battling and this just happens to be mine. I'm also going to post a couple pictures of my skin for the first time; one from Saturday and one from today. As hard as it is for me to post these, I know there are other people going through this and I just want us to stop being embarrassed and ashamed of ourselves. Even though many of us can't see past our skin, for this one thing that's not so great, there are 1,000 other things that are great about you. Keep your head up everyone!
I work night shift so I woke up about 3 pm today. I rolled out of bed and went to the bathroom and to my surprise, there were no new pimples on my face. Which is SO rare! The left side of my cheek, that was covered completely in acne for the last 3 weeks, has healed up so much. November 10th will be three full months that I've been on Spiro. I'm trying not to be too hopeful, because I'm afraid my skin is just calming down and going to freak out again in a week or so. But I cannot help how excited I am. Waking up and not wanting to even look at myself in the mirror has been my life for the past 3 or 4 months, so waking up and being excited this morning was a huge thing. I've also been taking Femmenessence Macaharmony for about 3 weeks now, which is a natural hormone balancer. I seen a Youtube video and the girl was saying it helped her hormonal acne significantly. I'm hoping it's helping mine too! Although, my 5 year old niece tonight said "Why do you have all those bumps on your face?" And even though she's 5 and she doesn't know any better, it's hard to hear that. I know people notice my skin when they talk to me, but it's so hard to have it pointed out. Oh well! I washed my face with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser tonight and then used Ole Henriksen's Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask. I'll be happy when I use all of the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser because I like their Daily Cleanser so much more. I picked up 3 Ole Henriksen products from TJ Maxx a few weeks back and I love the Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask and I also love the Walnut Complexion Scrub. I also bought the Invigorating Night Treatment, but since my skin has been so broke out, I haven't used it. Anyways, hopefully tomorrow I'll wake up and have no new pimples again!
So here's my story. I'm 22 years old and have been battling acne for about 4 years now. I had perfect skin up until my junior year of high school. It was nothing serious, but enough for me to tell my mom I wanted to get on birth control to see if it would help clear it up. (That was honestly just an excuse to get on BC then because I was in my first serious relationship.) So my gyno prescribed me the pill (I can't remember the name) and within a month or two I was a nightmare! I was emotional 24/7 and I would go from crying to being screaming mad in a matter of seconds. So we went back to my gyno and he prescribed me a different pill, it was a low-hormone one but I don't know the name of it either. So I took that BC for about a year until my boyfriend and I broke up, then I just stopped taking for about 6 months until I got into another relationship, then I started taking it again. I took it for another year or so and stopped taking it after that relationship ended. Now we're in mid 2012 and looking back, I should have realized the connection between my acne and going on and off birth control. This time when I got off of it, my face got worse. Cystic pimples on my cheeks and jawline, clogged pores, white and blackheads. I tried not to pay attention to it, thinking it would just eventually go away but January of 2013 came along and I met a new boy. The more we hung out, the more I noticed how bad my skin had gotten. I was extremely embarrassed to be around him without makeup. In March of '13 while he was away at bootcamp, I went to a dermatologist and was prescribed an antibiotic, a month prescription if I remember correctly, and given a topical cream. After a month, my skin was a little better. Enough that I noticed a difference. I had also started taking BC at some point at the beginning of '13 but it lasted probably 6 months or so because I HATED it. It made me super emotional and hateful all the time. So I stopped taking it around the middle/end of '13. My face just kept getting worse. At the beginning of 2014 I bought a Clarisonic and used it religiously for about 3 months. I saw such a huge change it was like a miracle. In May of 2014 my skin was almost perfect. I was still breaking out some but nothing like before. Up until the middle of 2015, I didn't pay much attention to my acne. Then in July, I noticed my face acting up again. More big, red, irritated, cystic pimples, way more often. On September of 10th of this year, I went back to my gyno so he could help me decide what to do. If he thought BC would fix my skin, I would put up with my mood swings. I was so desperate. He recommended we try Spironolactone before trying BC again. He told me all about Spiro and that in a lot of cases, after many months and lots of patience, the medicine helped clear up hormonal acne. I started two 50mg tablets twice a day. Two in the morning and two at night. Today is November 5 and I have not noticed a difference in my skin. Maybe less oily, but my acne is still just as bad. I'm starting to lose patience and faith. In the last 4 months, since my acne started acting up again, my confidence has disappeared. I can't look people in the eyes when I speak to them, because I can tell they're looking at my skin. I've been with my boyfriend for almost 3 years now, and I hate when he wants to introduce me to his friends at work because I'm ashamed and embarrassed. I started this blog to share my journey and battle with acne. For support and advise from people who are battling this same awful thing. I'm sorry this is so long, I just wanted to tell my story so far. It's long from over, but I'm just taking it day by day.