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tracy521 last won the day on December 5 2019

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  1. i would look into getting a new derm. that seems odd to me. i have been on it for over 7 years and my derm never mentioned once about me going off of it. i take 100mg a day. i get blood work once a year to be safe but my derm never pushes it.
  2. i take 100mg and it works very very well and has done so for over 7 years. i would definitely up your dose to 100mg. i don't think it works that well on any dose less. some people even have to go up to 150mg. good luck with everything.
  3. i always wonder this too. for me i plan to stay on it until after i hit menopause (i am 42 right now) at least. this dec will be 7 years that i have been taking it.
  4. i hope it kicks in soon for you. i do not take bcp i stopped taking it years ago because it was only making my acne worse and i got a phlebitis in my arm so that was the end of that. i personally think that bcp caused all of my acne and screwed up my hormones forever because i never had acne in my life until i started birth control. what i did though 2 months after starting spiro was get on the keflex and it cleared me up in 5 days. i've never had an antibiotic work so well and i've been on the
  5. start with the 50mg and see if it helps and if not then go up to 100mg. it will take time to do it's thing so if the skin is really freaking out i would get on keflex or some type of antibiotic for a while to calm things down. i always have the best luck with keflex that stuff really works. so glad you got the spiro i pray it works soon for you.
  6. yeah definitely ask your derm. my derm was the one that suggested it to me years ago and i still get it from her. ugh i remember the feeling of having bad skin its the absolute worst.
  7. That's crazy about the leg cramps. I don't get those as long as I eat a banana everyday and take a good multi vitamin. I would talk to your doc and see what foods and vitamins can help with the leg cramps while on spiro and go from there. Totally agree about Accutane its just not worth putting your body though all of that. Maybe start with a low dose of spiro and see if it helps before you would increase to a higher dose. Also I know for me being on birth control made my skin so much worse. I th
  8. i would get back on the spiro and get regular bloodwork and monitor your blood pressure (you can buy one of those kits at the local drug store) weekly and go from there. i've been on spiro for 6 1/2 years and have low blood pressure normally and it hasn't made it any lower or anything. i never thought about going off it well at least until i hit menopause or something.
  9. I absolutely adore the Lancome Bienfiat SPF 50. It is oil free and absorbs very quickly. I used the Elta MD before this and love this one so much more. It's a bit more expensive but totally worth it.
  10. yes it did. it's been about 6 years and 6 months that i have been taking spiro. best decision i ever made. i was already breaking out really badly and going for weekly kenalog injections so when my derm suggested it to me again (she mentioned it about 2 years before that) i decided to try it. i kept breaking for about another 2 months then begged the derm for keflex since i had a few friends that took it and had good luck with their acne so i got that and took it for a while then slowly we
  11. i started at 25mg, 50mg, 75mg and 100mg when i first went on it years ago and found that each time i upped the dosage it would totally throw off my cycle so i would get 2 periods a month. for me the worst breakouts i would get is before my period so that made it much worse then if i would have just jumped in and taken the 100mg a day instead. once i started on keflex then my acne cleared up and over time i was able to wean off the keflex and stay totally clear on the spiro. its been almost 6 1/2
  12. i love micellar water its very gentle and works great at removing makeup. i use this then wash my face with my regular cleanser to be sure its really clean and none of the product is left on my skin.
  13. have you thought about spiro at all? for me birth control really screwed up my hormones and gave me lots of acne no matter what kind i was taking. the only way i cleared up was getting off the bcp and taking spiro. if your acne is hormonal and you take accutane it will just come back. i would talk to your derm and see what he/she thinks and go from there. maybe think about getting your hormones tested too.
  14. I would get a series of IPLS' for the hyper pigmentation. It works fast and there really isn't any downtime. The zapped areas will get more red after the procedure and then after a few hours they will be back to their normal red color and then after a week you should see that they are lighter in color. I would think 3-4 IPL's would totally take care of that. I always used to get hyper pigmentation when I broke out as well and it was so damn annoying because for me my red marks never go away unle
  15. yeah this is very frustrating! i loved the qualitest and mylan versions the best but those are the ones that taste like peppermint. i wonder how much it is for the aldactone out of pocket. i'm thinking of just switching to the brand name to avoid this mess in the future.