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3 months- I’m still waiting for results

weid(wo)man

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I figured I’d write an update since it’s been almost a month since I created this blog. I’ve been on Spiro since October 31, 2017. I am currently taking 100 mg at night before bed. I started the dosage out very low and have gradually increased but I have not seen much improvement in my skin. I would not call my acne severe... BUT it is very very persistent; all kinds of zits and pretty much all over my face to some degree. Being 32 years old I would assume my acne is hormonal but I do not get a ton of cyst-like acne on my chin and jaw line; which is where everyone says hormonal acne manifests itself.  I seem to get a lot of under the skin zits and white heads on my forehead. I have had 2 enormous cysts on my forehead (one in the summer of 2016 and one last November 2017) that I had to have cortisone injections, but it’s not common for me to get those kind. I do get very deep black heads down by my chin that never come to a head and just sit there for weeks no matter what I do. They’re not super visible but they are darker and in the right lighting I can see a bump. I currently have like 3 right 4 right now on each side that have been there since December. It is so frustrating! I just don’t know what to do to get rid of them because squeezing at them never gets it out and then all I end up doing is damaging my skin and causing scabs me even more hyperpigmentation. It makes no sense to me why the Spiro isn’t seeming to make a difference for me yet. I am trying so hard to stay positive but it is so emotionally devastating when I wake up everyday or every other day with new zits. I know so many women who have reviewed Spiro on this site say it takes MONTHS to see results. I keep telling myself that I need to give it at least 6 months. I am seeing a new dermatologist at the end of March. I am hopeful she can look at my skin and advise me of whether we need to bump up my dosage or if I need to consider Accutane. (I really do not want to have to take accutane) My regular practitioner is the one who is prescribing my Spiro and since she is not a specialist in skin, her advice was wanting me to make an appointment with a dermatologist. My heart aches having to walk this road. I just want to feel normal and know that my body is in balance. I am a mommy to 4 boys and I’m sick of this disease controlling my life and stealing the joy I should be having in this stage of our life. I have considered cutting out sugar to see if that works and could help but I honestly don’t eat unhealthy in general. I do not eat/drink dairy and I eat a ton of fresh fruits and veggies. We do not eat meat from grocery stores either. We are a family who hunts and we mainly eat wild venison for red meat. I just don’t know what to do anymore. If anyone is even reading this blog and you have any advice please comment. I feel alone in this battle. I no longer want to allow acne to define who I am. I want to be confident in myself and just have healing from this skin condition. 



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Hun, my number one piece of advice is keep on keeping on.  No matter the medication, it is ultimately a matter of trial and error and loads of patience.  I'm coming to you as a 34 year old with persistent acne since age 15 and someone who has done accutane three times.  I am currently on 2.5 years of spiro at 150 mg and it is not cutting it anymore.  It took me over a year to begin to see some consistency too.  I just started with a naturopath who is willing to treat me in conjunction with spiro for a bit so hopefully i can begin to see some improvement and hopefully begin to ween off.  You are not alone in this struggle....trust me.

In terms of diet, you could also try reducing or eliminating gluten and adding in fish as well.    Also, check to see that you are going to the bathroom regularly as a back up can be bad for overall health and skin.  If you ever want to talk, feel free to send a message to my inbox.


Hugs from NJ

 

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Hi leelowe1, thank you SO much for replying to me!! I can’t say how much it means. I agree that I need to give the Spiro more time. I have a few questions for you if that’s okay.... did you seen gradual improvement in your skin while for that first year? Or did it just clear up one day? Also did you feel like you could see a difference when you increase or dosage or did you start out on 150 initially...? What was your experience like on Accutane? Sorry I have so many questions. I don’t know many people in my life with acne so I don’t have anyone to talk to. And every time I comment on someone’s post on here or review no one gets back to me. Thank you so much again. I hope your new natural doctor can help you as well. I wonder why the Spiro isn’t enough for you any longer.... did it make your skin clear for the most part? And you’re right, even tho it feels like it, we’re not alone in this fight. Blessings!!

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