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About madeupdreams

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  1. I've been on spiro for a little over a year and my skin is like 95% clear but it took FOREVER to get here (and it's frustrating still not being 100% clear but I'll take what I can get). Definitely be patient and stick with it though! It's obviously working for you if it's reducing your oil production and the amount of inflammation you get. Those were the first things I noticed on it as well, and it makes the breakouts a bit more manageable. Hopefully your acne isn't as ridiculously stubborn as m
  2. I understand what you're going through all too well. I've had acne since I was 12 and I'm 29 now...it definitely gets harder and harder to deal with the older I get. I've never been on accutane (I hadn't ever been to a dermatologist until a couple years ago and I wanted accutane to be my last resort) but I have been on doxycycline and it kept me 100% clear for about a year. The bad news is that I developed a resistance to it and my acne came raging back. Now I'm on spirinolactone and have seen a
  3. Don't get me wrong, my skin has made a HUGE improvement since I went on Spiro. It's way less oily and my breakouts are much milder than they were before. It's just hard having these stretches of crystal clear skin and finally starting to feel happy and confident, only to get knocked down by another breakout that comes out of nowhere. I really shouldn't complain too much though, my results on this medication have still been pretty great. I'm glad to hear it's been helping you as well!
  4. thats really frustrating. Did you eat anything odd or have a lot of caffeine/ alcohol? Nope I've honestly never noticed a direct correlation between my diet and my breakouts though. I know a lot of people on here are adamant about there being a connection but I can't say that's ever been the case with me. I keep a healthy diet regardless because I think it's important in general but my acne doesn't seem to take notice one way or the other, heh.
  5. Feeling pretty discouraged. I thought I had finally landed at the right dosage of spirinolactone (125 mg) to keep my skin clear, but the past couple of days I've starting breaking out like crazy again. I'm just at a loss. I don't understand how I can still be experiencing so much inconsistency with the state of my acne when everything else (diet, skin care routine, medication etc.) is always the same.
  6. I've done this exact same thing. I started seeing a therapist specifically because of the anxiety and depression I was facing over my acne, but there were days where I would cancel because I didn't have the mental or emotional strength to leave my house. I knew those were the days I needed therapy the most but the hurdles I had to jump to actually get there were too daunting . Don't be too hard on yourself. Having the confidence to not care about your acne or keep it from letting you live your
  7. I saw my dermatologist a couple days ago and she thought my skin looked a lot better, and I hadn't had a breakout in a few days so I got really excited and happy thinking that I had finally turned a corner and was on my way to clear skin...and of course I got hit with a new breakout today. 5 new zits, just like that. Sigh. I don't know why I even get my hopes up anymore. I guess my skin is still doing better overall but consistently clear skin seems so completely out of reach for me. I'm just so
  8. I completely understand how you feel. I've struggled with acne for 17 years now, and I can't even count the number of days I've spent secluding myself and missing out on life. I have had brief periods of clear skin before, which makes my situation even more frustrating. I almost wish I hadn't ever had a break from having acne, so that maybe I wouldn't know what I was missing and I would be more willing to just accept my bad skin. As it stands right now...I honestly don't know how to feel okay ab
  9. Well I think he looks like a goddamn cartoon character, but okay.
  10. The only thing funny about this is that a person as ridiculous looking as Donald Trump had the gall to make fun of someone else's looks.
  11. I'm in the same boat as you today....just completely fed up, frustrated, hopeless, etc. I'm sorry you're going through this, but you're not alone! *hugs*
  12. I also feel like my acne is in a manageable state and am grateful for that. It sucks having near-constant breakouts, but compared to the breakouts I used to experience before starting any treatment, it's nothing. I hope that consistently clear skin is around the corner for both of us! Go team spiro
  13. I'm so over my shitty skin. I hate it more intensely than I have ever hated anything in my life. I just want to look normal. I've suffered with acne long enough, why won't it just go the fuck away?
  14. Aw, I'm so sorry I can definitely relate to how you feel, 110%. Acne has turned me into a complete anxious wreck. I'm afraid to make any plans, whether short-term or long-term, because I never know how bad my skin is going to be. Like you said though, it's possible that by the time your acne goes away you will have missed out on so many opportunities that could have brought you happiness and security. As much as I want to hide from the world and give up on life on a regular basis, that one thou
  15. I was on doxy for a little over a year, and my skin was COMPLETELY clear until right around the one year anniversary, and then the breakouts came right back. I can't say for sure whether the same will happen to you but it's definitely a possibility. Antibiotics are not meant to be a longterm solution for acne. I'm grateful for that year of clear skin, but man is it devastating to have a face full of acne again. Luckily for you, you're only 16 and your acne might go away as you get older. I'm one