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A plan is laid out...

Lidiaw81

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Hello All!! My name is Lidia. I am a long-time acne sufferer. I was browsing previous dusciussions and blogs when I decided to share my hopefully positive expereince in getting rid of my acne.

I'm turning 30 in 6 months, and one day it hit me. I don't want to be 30 and STILL have growing tomato-like things on my face anymore! My husband recently got home from a deployment, so we had to wait a while while switching insurance companies ( He is Nationa Guard and therefore is only eligiable for TRS). While he was deployed for a year, I saw a regular doctor on base for my acne woes. She originally gave my tetracycline and retin-a. I had a bad expereince with the 1st and stopped taking the Retin-A due to discoloration in my skin. I then switched PCM/PCPS. The new one gave me Panoxyl, an SFC(?) soap free lotion, and bezoyl peroxide at a low dose. The Panoxyl gave me lovely results. I am a latina, so my skin is on the Eva Longoria color side. She stressed about me NOT using peels and such in fear of messing with my skin. Apparently, those type of treatments work best on fair skin people. So! For about 5 months, I had no kind of break out of the cyst postules (sic?) anymore! I was on Loestrin Fe the whole time. About 6 months ago, I got off the pill due to a blood clot. And my cysts came back with a vengence!! It's been rough! I get about 3-4 a week. And when they fade, they leave red blotches for a LONG time. I hated going out. I envied women who didn't wear foundation religiously. And I woke up one day and said, "Enough". So, i went to a private Dermatologist who was covered by my insurance (off base). Right off the bat, she was so nice and understanding! Not that my previous PCP/PCM wasn't, she was just a little more "rushed" than my derm. Anyways! She perscribed me Epidou gel and Spironolactone. The Spiro is 50mg once at night. She warned me it could make me a little drowsy, which is does occassionally. I was given these on the 6th of this month. I rushed to my local Commisary to get them filled and found that they don't fill ( my local one anyways) the Epidou. So, they filled the Spiro for free with a minor change in the dosage ( 25mg- 2 pills at night). I got the Epidou filled at a local Target with minor hassel. I gave em the written script and was told at first my insurance didn't cover it. I was well aware that it did and was debating with the lady about it untill a military wife/pharmasist stepped in and said it was covered. I paid my co-pay of 9.00 for it instead of the 200.00 the other lady told me! So...always be sure of what your insuance covers!!! :think:

It's been a week since I've been taking both. About 3 days into the Spiro, I noticed a HUGE change in my oil production!!! My face isn't nearly as greasy as it was before! I also have only had one "cherry tomato" pop up!! And that was the day of my period and is now fading. I also had little tiny non-head forming zits on my forehead and arms. They have almost disappeared! I have been using the Epidou every other day. I plan to use it every day. I do get a slight burning sensation when I apply moisturizer with it. My derm said to gradually build up to maybe 2 times a day. I have a check-up with my derm in July. And I'm hoping this will be my last fight with my gross, embarrasing cherry tomatoes! I am soooo excited about this and wanted to share it with you guys!!! Feel free to ask me anything and share your experiences!! I will try and keep you posted on a weekly basis! :wall:

Till next week,

Lidia ;)

Morning:

- wash & clean face with Panoxyl

-apply light amount of Epidou

-apply moisturizer ( switch from Philosophy's Hope-in-a-Jar and Boscia's oil-free, depending on how my skin feels)

-apply MAC Studio Fix foundation in NC40 or NC42, and matching powder here and there

Night:

-wash face with SFC Soap-free lotion

-apply Oil of Olay night cream

-Take 2 Spiro pills



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Hi Lidia. Thank you very much for sharing. this is my first time sharing anything on this site. You have inspired me. I am a 35yr old fair skinned woman. I too have battled with acne since I was 15. I have tried every prescription and OTC medicine out there. I was on ortho tri cyclene and still broke out. I quit taking the bcp because it was giving me melasma. I was on accutane twice but it eventually would come back. I hated the side effects of accutane, especially night vision loss and thinning hair! I went through a series of chemical peels and laser acne treatment, but it only helped for a short while and is WAY to expensive to do continuously! I finally decided it was time to give spiro a try. I too am sick of having to wear make up constantly. I started on 50mg, 1 pill twice a day. Do you think taking them both at night is better? I'm only on day 2 right now. I also use atralin at night and glycolic acid products in the morning. I am fighting blemishes, melasma, and fine lines! I dont want to go back on the pill and chance getting more melasma, so i'm hoping I don't start having menstral irregularities. Keep us updated!

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Hi Lidia. Thank you very much for sharing. this is my first time sharing anything on this site. You have inspired me. I am a 35yr old fair skinned woman. I too have battled with acne since I was 15. I have tried every prescription and OTC medicine out there. I was on ortho tri cyclene and still broke out. I quit taking the bcp because it was giving me melasma. I was on accutane twice but it eventually would come back. I hated the side effects of accutane, especially night vision loss and thinning hair! I went through a series of chemical peels and laser acne treatment, but it only helped for a short while and is WAY to expensive to do continuously! I finally decided it was time to give spiro a try. I too am sick of having to wear make up constantly. I started on 50mg, 1 pill twice a day. Do you think taking them both at night is better? I'm only on day 2 right now. I also use atralin at night and glycolic acid products in the morning. I am fighting blemishes, melasma, and fine lines! I dont want to go back on the pill and chance getting more melasma, so i'm hoping I don't start having menstral irregularities. Keep us updated!
Hey Amanda! Thanks for reading my blog! I LOVE hearing older women take charge of their acne and saying "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!'!!!I have been taking my 50mg at night due to my Derm's advice. She warned me they could make me a little drowsy. Do they do it for you? I am not sure if taking em either 2 seperate times int he day or all at once gives different results. I was on the pill for a while as well. And although it did help, it didn't get rid of em! I have just noticed very few, ever-so-slighty there fine lines!! Ahhh!!! So i totally understand your pain with all the products! LOL! I will say that my period came about 3 days early this month! I am also hoping it doens't mess up my period dates as well! It's been almost 2 weeks now and I can already see improvements in my skin everywhere! I also noticed a dramatic change in my oil production. My Derm also mentioned that the Spiro can hep with hair loss as well!!! So excited for the 3 month mark when I go back! I do pee ALOT now!!! And I've been mindful of drinking more water than suualy since these pills have a tendency to dehydrate you. But I haven't had any new cycsts, just one teeny little actual zit near my lip but that's it!!! I stopped using my Epidou nightly due to peeling and burning. I think it might have been two things. 1-I wasn't waiting 20 minutes after washing my face before aplpying it, and 2- I was using it every night. My skin is still peeling here and there so I'm taking a couple day's break from it. I have only been using it for a 2 weeks as well, and I can noticed a slight change in my scars and red marks! And those fine lines, they're disappearing! YAY! So, I'll go back to using the Epidou in the am every other day. I am going to use my night restoratives lotion at night. Well, must get back to my cleaning!!! I hope you see positive results soon! Hang in there! I'll keep you posted and you keep me posted as well!! Toodles!-L :-

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