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  1. Anyone know how I can fully read this article on cortisone atrophy and saline injections? people keep posting the link to it, but i can only read the little abstract, i cant actually read the full article.
  2. NO, definitely not possible. I go to the best derm in my area (Washington DC) and I know I'm getting quality stuff. Most people just don't understand that obviously a cyst can be treated with a cortisone shot, but when multiple cysts connect into one huge cyst, then it requires multiple shots. If this has never happened to you then you would not understand i can tell you all from personal experience, if you have multiple little cysts/pimples, then DONT FREAK OUT! they will go away eventuall
  3. actually to me that does look hormonal. you guys would be surprised at the different forms that hormonal acne can take. For me I admit i do not have A LOT of acne but the cysts i do have are so deep and severe. I had one cyst i have been dealing with for 5 months now and I have gotten shot twice with cortisone and it is still big and inflamed. And in my case, i definitely think all signs point to hormonal acne. I am going to try yaz in a month as a last resort before accutane. It seems like yaz
  4. Thanks for the replies, but Im a bit hesitant to start accutane when I know its a hormonal issue that can be solved without accutane. Not to mention i would probably relapse after the accutane. Im also hesitant to go back on spiro. Has anyone with cystic acne caused by PCOS tried Yaz and had success?!
  5. Im 20 years old and I have had severe acne cysts on my face for about a year now. One year ago I literally did not even get pimples, but when I turned 19 it all changed. I have tried EVERYTHING there is to try (various topicals, 3 oral antibiotics, loestrin, retin a, clindamycin). Nothing works on my acne because my cysts are so deep and they never go away on their own. I also tried spironolactone but only for a month so i dont know if it would have worked or not but it did give me a major break
  6. if the saline injections work, are they a permanent fix to the indentation? or will it wear off just like fillers?
  7. Its been about 3 weeks so far. Everything is going well in terms of side effects. My acne doesnt really look any different, but atleast I havent had an initial breakout. I have noticed that my hair and face gets less oily. I really want to up my dosage because im still taking 50 mgs a day and i think i need to go higher. My derm appointment in aug 6 so i will ask about upping the dosage then. I had a consultation with my gyno today and it turns out that i have to get my dermoid cyst on my left o
  8. I already got a cortisone injection and its still an inflamed lump
  9. Its been about 2 weeks since starting spiro. I am taking 50mg (25mgs twice a day). So far I haven't had any initial breakout or anything. I think its working, but I definitely need to wait it out longer. Haven't been bothered by any side effects (except maybe my boobs got a little bigger). The one thing I am disappointed in is that it hasn't really worked to shrink this one monster cyst on my left cheek that I have had for over 2 months now....Maybe I just need to give it more time, but I have a
  10. Antibiotics never worked for my hormonal acne. I was on Doxycycline, then Minocycline, and I saw zero results.
  11. Hey everyone- So its officially day 11 of spiro. Just yesterday I switched over to 50 mgs instead of 25 mgs and I didn't notice any bad side effects. I'm feeling pretty hopeful about spiro. I haven't had any bad breakouts yet (which isn't completely weird for me because I only get like one huge cyst a month anyway). I also got my MRI back for my ovarian cyst, and it turns out its a 4 centimeter DERMOID ovarian cyst (yes, the kind of cyst that contains hair, skin, nails, teeth, eyes, swea
  12. yayyy thanks, that gives me hope! i definitely think randomly breaking out in cysts at 19 has a lot to do with hormones because we are past the age of puberty and what else could it be? i have a lot of hope that spiro will work for me because i think i have a lot of symptoms of a hormonal imbalance (acne, irregular/heavy periods, awful cramps, hair, etc.) Im currently on day 8 of 25 mgs and so far so good, but probably way to early to tell anyway. I dont even care if spiro doesnt stop the pimple
  13. So its day 5 of spiro. So far nothing has really changed. I have started on 25 mg. My derm wants me to start slow so that my body can adjust to the pills. His directions were to take 25 mg for the first 10 days, then alternate 25 mg on even days and 50 mg on odd days for the next 10 days, then 50 mgs per day for the next 10 days. Hopefully going this slow will decrease chances of having an initial breakout. I should add I'm also using topical erythromycin and topical sulfacetamide solution (both
  14. Hey everyone- I wanted to document my experience with spironolactone, but first I want to give a little background info about myself. I have had perfectly clear skin my entire life, until I turned 19, and started breaking out in cysts on my cheeks. I'm 20 now, so its been about a year of this hell. I don't usually have a lot of cysts and one time, but the cysts I do get don't go away and they are huge! My derm thinks it could be related to an ovarian cyst that was found on my left ovary that