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  2. Hi, how is your regime been working for you? I am about to start Spiro. We’re you prescribed Finacea for rosacea? I have rosacea as well. I also have hormonal acne. I’m aware that there is a hormonal aspect to both rosacea and the kind of acne you are describing. 

    Hope you are feeling better! I definitely relate to wanting to hide in your room. You are not in this alone!!!

    Sending lots of love and healing energy your way

  3. I see this was posted in September. I hope your condition has improved!!!! I know it took me months to see improvement. What has basically CURED my perioral dermatitis was VIOLET EXTRACT. From a herb pharm. Also, only use products on your face with no SLS. Unfortunately, cetaphil has SLS. So do many toothpastes. I use Tom’s!!! Also try to get your hands on Elidel cream if you can. This calms flare ups fast but again, a couple weeks (after 3) of Violet Extract use has really done the trick for me.

    Congrats on your pregnancy! I know there is a hormonal aspect to PD. I developed PD, rosacea, and worsened hormonal acne all at the same time. Awful. I’m now about to start Spironolactone to hopefully finally get my hormones under control.

    BEST OF LUCK TO YOU! :)

  4. Hi everyone! I really hope I get at least one reply! lol :) I have been browsing this site for a while and reading up about many treatments I have tried to treat my hormonal acne! Unforuntaely, I also suffer from rosacea and perioral dermatitis (though these are pretty much under control now THANK GOODNESS). Anyway, my new derm just gave me Spiro. I am to take 100 mg a day (50 mg in the morning. 50 mg in the evening.)

    MY QUESTIONS:
    * Has anyone here started Spiro on 100 mg?? What should expect? 

    * How long to get 100% clear? Will I get worse before better? 

    * My acne is now considered mild thanks to VELTIN (used it for a month and a half now) and I just had an extraction facial 5 days ago so my skin doesn’t look awful now. Just hyperpigmentation. However, my acne flares always right before my period....
    IS IT WORTH IT TO TAKE SPIRO NOW FOR MILD BUT PERSISTANT CYSTIC ACNE? Or should I just wait a little longer on Veltin (Retin-A day antibiotic combo).

    Thank you so much!!!
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    A little background on me (skip if you’re not too interested):

    I had VERY mild acne (here and there I’d get 1 quick healing Whitehead pimple throughout college. Usually before my period). After college, that’s kinda when the crap hit the fan. I started getting cysts on my jawline. I went to the derm for my first time ever then. She gave me Epiduo and Tazorac (made my skin PEEL off and turns BRIGHT red...I used the directed amount. I’m just very fair and sensitive). When she saw how I reacted to the topicals, she just prescribe 100 mg doxycycline. I WAS RID OF ACNE IN A WEEK!!! I had no more cysts for about a year or so. Then they came back but pretty mild. One quick healing cyst right before my period. I thought “I can handle that.” So I just bought full coverage foundation and learned how to cover that one cyst really well. Well, over time one cyst became two...and then three...and they were taking longer to go away. So I went back to the same derm. Again, antibiotics. Now, THIS was my biggest mistake. :’( My face BLEW UP. Full face of acne. I was on antibiotics for 3 months. My acne was not getting better. I was prescribed epiduo again. Again, my face burned. Hyperpigmentation was awful. I am very fair. I also developed rosacea and perioral dermatitis at this point. Maybe caused by he stress of the whole ordeal. Maybe hormones. Idk. I was a mess.  Did I mention this all happened RIGHT when I first started dating my boyfriend? I felt so ashamed of my face but he has been so supportive and has loved me through it (I’m tearing up right now thinking about it. I’m so blessed to have had him through this). :’) Anyway, I’ve discontinued everything. Including that derm!!! And I eventually got better...but it took nearly a year to be where I am now. I currently alternate Metrocream and Veltin in the evenings. I use Onexton in the mornings. Violet extract for perioral dermatitis. And maybe, SPIRO will control my monthly breakouts that still remain after all this drama. After all, fixing my hormonal acne was  all that I was trying to do all along. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR READING! <3

    If if I do start Spiro, I plan on making a log to help others!