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About fragilesong

  • Birthday 09/29/1987

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  1. If it were just for acne, I wouldn't be on it, but since I have an autoimmune disease that makes me have boils and awful cysts, the doxycycline helps. I wish I weren't on it so long-term, but I haven't had any side effects from it.
  2. I quit the Retin-A because of my lupus - it was way too harsh. It's been about a year since I quit, and my skin is in great shape.
  3. This is just an update - I have been clear for about a year, but I wanted to make an 18mo update as well. Still on the doxycycline and spironolactone, but these are for hidradenitis supparativa and PCOS respectively, not so much for acne. I have been off Retin-A for over a year. I have had a few small breakouts lately, but this is because of sunblock and sun irritation, not really acne. I get a small bump every once in awhile, but not often. I currently have one blackhead and no active p
  4. As a reminder, here's where I was one year ago: And... here I am today: These are with NO filter, NO editing whatsoever, just my face as of today, November 7, 2013. I have been on the Spironolactone and Doxycycline for a year now, except for the brief 2mos I was on minocycline instead due to the antibiotic shortage going on. I'm finding that I have to use much less foundation and I only use concealer now under my eyes. My acne scars have diminished a great deal. REGIMEN
  5. So... It's been eight months since I started Retin-A Micro, Doxycycline, and Spironolactone... My skin looks AMAZING! The arrow in the photo is pointing to the one (!!) active pimple (now almost healed) I've had in the past two months. TWO MONTHS! This is insane! The rest of the marks are scars from previous acne battles. I take Spironolactone 50mg twice a day still, and switched in April to Minocycline due to the nationwide Doxycyline shortage making prescriptions crazy expe
  6. I can't believe it's been over two months! My skin is still pretty dry, but I have only four (!!) "new"/active pimples, and they're all healing quite nicely (circled in red). The rest of what you're seeing is scarring from prior acne -- yeah, it's pretty bad. I can't say what exactly is causing the healing, since I'm taking all the above as part of my lupus treatments (minus the Retin-A Micro). I'm just glad I don't have many active breakouts! I'm noticing I'm breaking out a bit more o
  7. I'm so happy for you! It sounds like your regimen is really working for you. Congrats on hitting 2mos on the meds )
  8. The side effects are subsiding, but the Doxycycline has given me a pretty nasty yeast infection. My Derm called in a Diflucan on Thursday and I took it, but my vag is still on fire =/ My blackheads are much easier to remove! However, my lips are drying out and I'm using lots of lip balm, and now I have a blackhead on my lower lip line and a whitehead on my upper. I'm still looking for a foundation that won't show all the flaking, and will cover all the purging going on.
  9. I also like my skin to show through, so I've been using TM with concealer. The Retin-A I'm on makes my skin look really flaky, and even a little makeup just amplifies that.
  10. Good luck! Just keep in mind that using BHA will lower the effectiveness of the Retin-A. If it were Retin-A cream, it would be fine to use it in the morning, but since RAM releases tretinoin throughout the entire day, the BHA will affect it.
  11. *bump* I'm on Doxycycline, Spironolactone and Retin-A Micro (day 9). I'm breaking out awfully, and I can't imagine how bad it would be if I weren't taking an antibiotic... BP, AHA/BHA, etc break down the effectiveness of Retin-A, so you'd be moving way backward if you did that.
  12. Sigh. I guess I'm at the "purging" state right now. I have several new, large pimples, all around the size of a pencil eraser. I also have blackheads surfacing (probably due to the thinning of my epidermis because of the Retin-A), making my skin surface really rough and bumpy. They're coming out pretty easily, though. My dryness is the worst around my nose, chin, and cheeks. I've started using Bio-Oil on those areas before my morning moisturizer to help get rid of flakes. The side