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Everything posted by ERock66

  1. beyaz really cleared up my friends acne. it can't hurt in general to go on a birth control pill. if you get the right one, it clears up your face
  2. Awesome-congrats. How long were you taking spiro with birth control until it cleared 100%?
  3. hi! congrats! don't you think you should just tell your doctor to up the dose? be careful managing your own meds! get your potassium levels checked just in case....after 2 months, my doctor and i upped my dosage from 25 mg twice a day to 50 mg twice a day. i'm seeing improvement for sure. take care and be careful!
  4. Hey-I just want ya'll to know my periods are normal on SPIRO. Then again, I'm taking 25 mg twice a day. It's hard to say the status of my acne as it is still present. But it is definitely less swollen and seems to be in a healing state. The vitamin E really helps.
  5. thanks GIRL! i really APPRECIATE it. i'll call my doctor before i refill my next prescription to UP the dose. i'm going to do two full months on 25 mg twice a day. i know acne sucks but i want to take things slowly
  6. I am a 33 year old female with mild-moderate hormonal acne. Acne problem areas are small clusters on both jawlines by chin, as well as bout 2-4 cysts a month in the chin area. I also have small clusters on my laugh line area above my mouth and mild acne on my cheeks. No acne on my forehead, temples, or nose. My acne is very stubborn and does not completely go away and gets worse around my cycle. I've noticed after coming off birth control (in June 2010) that my acne has gotten progressively wors
  7. JEN! Thanks for posting your status and your routine. I really really appreciate it. What does your doctor say for you now? Will you taper off of Spiro? I'll definitely UP my dosage starting next refill. I have another 20 or so days on 50 a day, so I'll use it up until then. Are you on any birth control? What kind/how long? Thanks again & to asar and 1betterlife---girls it sucks. I feel really really down too lately. I'm pissed about my skin. I came home, washed my face, and j
  8. alright, so it's been a full month on SPIRO. honestly, my skin is not better. tonight it's bad and itchy and so annoying. i've been on birth control for two full weeks. i'm going to go another month of 25 mg twice a day on spiro and if i'm still in the same place in a month, i'll ask my doctor to up the dosage. acne really affects your overall mood....it's getting me down!
  9. hi! i've been on spiro one full month now and orthocept, a birth control for 2 weeks. i'm not really seeing improvement. at first, i did and now i'm not. lets keep each other posted on our progress!! good luck!!
  10. how'd it go for you? i just started orthocept
  11. hey asar, can i ask you what you meant by 'then after 3 weeks, i was on 100. and then i saw some changes in my period.' are you saying that you were on 50 a day and then after only 3 weeks u switched to 100? and what kind of changes? i'm in my 4th week of 50 mg a day and i'm still breaking out just as bad. there was a few days where i was seeing a change but now i would say that my skin still sucks. i'm pretty sure my doctor wants me to stay on 50 a day for another month
  12. cool! congrats on improvement! hang in there!! anyone having really itchy skin on spiro? never had it before...i'll just try to drink even more water. my skin might be dehydrated.
  13. So, I got my period like normal. It wasn't late or anything. Who knows if SPIRO will take effect next month and make me irregular. but it was normal and on time this month. I've been on SPIRO for 16 days and am noticing improvement. BUT, my skin normally shows improvement when my period arrives and thereafter for a week. So, i'm still being patient..just lettiing you know what i'm going through. I started Birth Control today when my period came. SOOO, I'm planning to stick to SPIRO 25 mg twi
  14. Hey I'd like to update you on my Spiro treatment. I've been taking Spiro since 12/22/2010 and today is 1/5/2011. My endocrinologist called and told me that YEs, my dhea levels were slightly high. Possibly my acne is caused by this. She says SPiro will balance me out as well as birth control. It hasn't been long, but I've noticed improvement. The left side of my face is clearing up faster than the right side. The right side is clearing but SLOW progress daily. Some new pimples have develope
  15. VITAMIN E VITAMIN E pure from the capsule. oh my gosh don't use anything else
  16. betterlife! i was just thinking that my endocrinologist wanted me to have my hormones tested on a certain day in my menstrual cycle for the most efficient way to tell. so they say to get your androgen/hormone levels tested within the 4 days after you start bleeding. i was thinking that maybe this was why your levels were different with different doctors.
  17. thank you for your information! i have cystic pimples and other kinds of pimples. some form pus on the outside within a few days and some stay cysts for days to weeks. right now, my skin is going down. this is normally the week i begin to break out due to my period coming in 4 days-ish, but my skin is going DOWN. nothing is perfect yet, so i'm waiting. i also have had a cystic pimple on my chest and surrounding smaller pimples on and off for my life. i get light acne on my back and is quic
  18. thanks for posting!! i will try yogurt. also, i'm STARTING birth control in a few days. this will be my second time starting it. i'm alson Spironolactone now for hormones. however, i did minocycline and yaz for 6 months and while it cleared most of my acne, i stopped cold turkey one time and my acne came back bad. so, this time around i'll take your advice and cut my bcp and wean off of it. please keep posting updates and come back in a few months, 2. thanks! what are the herbs you're u
  19. i'm glad you're seen an endo for this! you're doing all the right things. and like my situation, i don't think i need to see a dermo for a long time because my endo will be able to monitor my acne, hormone levels, and prescribe me spiro. we'll see how that works out down the line. but in the mean time, that's why it's nice i can go to ONE DOCTOR for all of it. thanks asar, yeah 5 weeks? what results r u seeing? vitamin e ladies for any dark or red spots really helps. buy the bottle of oral pi
  20. yeah i think i included in my first post my endocrinologist tested my hormones i guess what is included in that is androgen and testosterone levels. i'm not sure but she is calling me back after the 1st of the year with results. IF my hormones are normal (which i don't think they will be........) she wants to keep me on Spiro anyway and continue to treat my acne as hormonal for a little while. Also, i'm on 25 mg twice a day. most people on here seem to have started on higher doses but the tre
  21. alright, cool. me too a little but like i said, i am drinking a lot of water. okay i'll check back in a few days to see if you've posted anything new! i'll be started birth control within the week and will continue to post. i love acne.org. ' good luck to you girl, hang in there. we're rockstars!
  22. Alright, I'm going to reply to you here as well. Of course I go through this. I hate acne. I know this is a generalization but all the other females in my life have beautiful skin!!! (not true but it feels that way sometimes) I'm about to exercise. Also, I'm just putting full faith in my medicene. Trying to go about my routine now as if my acne is OUT of my hands and as long as i follow my oral (spiro!) and topical routine with drinking lots of water, i'm dong the best i can! That's all we ca
  23. YES! Let's do it. I'm on a christmas break, away from school and work. So I've just been lounging at home all day keeping Oxy Spot Treatment on Pimples and switching off with direct Vitamin E oil from capsules. The Vitamin E really helps pimples that have reached that point where the pus is out, but they're just lingering. They really go down on my face after applying the Vitamin E. As for the spot treatment, i THINK it's helping. Active pimples have stayed active for like 3 days. Hate this.
  24. Hey Acne Teammates-- Hope you're doing well. Sorry that you have to read this because it probably means you have acne. I have acne, too and it SUCKS!!!!! I'm a 21/female. I've had mild to bad acne on and off since I was 14. My brother had it bad too and went on Acutane. I didn't want to try that nor have any dermatologists recommended that yet. From about age 14-16 I tried over the counter topical treatments. They worked, but it just kept coming back. From 16-18 I tried minocycline and it he