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Everything posted by Angelinna

  1. I'm sorry but healthy eating and detoxing won't solve your problem, it can actually create problems like stomach issues. Natural supplements and herbs are not regulated and can be actually contaminated with other plants that are poisonous or toxic. I would give azelaic acid a try if you have rosacea (redness, pimples...). To destroy acne you have to unclog your pores and keep them unclogged and kill the bacteria. I would suggest starting a prescription retinoid like Tazorac, I think it's the bes
  2. It's not the pillow case, it's not your gut health, it's not your diet. I used to think diet played a huge role, especially dairy, and now don't believe that. I've gone back to eating dairy and I don't break out anymore, though I only eat organic dairy without any synthetic growth hormones, so I think that makes a difference. What you have is a hormonal issue. I would recommend Spironolactone if you were female, it changed my life and wish I had taken it sooner. But anyways, I would suggest that
  3. If your dermatologist doesn't offer Spiro, ask for it. I don't know how it is in your country, but when I lived in Europe, doctors were reluctant to prescribe Spiro for acne. In the US, everyone prescribes it, including primary care doctors. I'm so happy with it and don't have any terrible side effects. I used to have really painful period cramps and now have much less painful cramps and don't even need pain meds. I'm only on a low dose of 50 mg. I also tried every natural and homeopathic remedy
  4. My triggers are dairy, iodine (salt, seaweed...), peanuts, and vitamin B12 supplements. Maybe look into that. I wouldn't give up on Spiro just yet, it can take up to a year to see results. I know that it really sucks to have cystic acne, but you have to be really patient with Spiro or any other acne medication out there. Personally I think Accutane should be the last resort. Topically, I recommend trying both lactic acid and mandelic acid for cystic acne.
  5. This pill messes with your hormones, so of course you're going to have a lot of ups and downs for a few months. Personally I don't know why you need to be on such a high dose, unless you have PCOS. I started on 25 mg and increased to 50 mg and have been been on it for almost a year. Best decision I ever made and even think it has helped with making my scarring less noticeable. It sucks at the beginning, but once you get through the purging, you'll be very happy.
  6. Yes, it's cystic. I would go on Spiro and/or a BCP like Yaz, Ocella or Yasmin, those are the best for improving acne. I would recommend a gentle chemical peel, but not glycolic acid, it's too irritating. I would go with salicylic, mandelic, and/or lactic acids. Due to personal experience I would stay away from Retin-A. The only retinoid I would recommend is Tazorac. I would do all 3 of these things to get the best, quickest results.
  7. Have you tried azelaic acid? The only reason I stopped using it is because of the side effects like mild itching and burning, which goes away with time. It works by reducing excess sebum production. If it wasn't for Spiro, I would still be using it. I would also try its derivative called Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate (PAD) which doesn't have the side effects but works at a much lower concentration. Also, I don't know if it's safe to use topical Spiro for men but maybe find out if you can get a t
  8. It's hard to tell from the photo if it's hormonal, but it looks really mild. Your skin looks a little oily. I would try gentle chemical peels like salicylic acid, mandelic acid, and lactic acid. Also to reduce sebum production I would try azelaic acid or its derivative called Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate (PAD), which doesn't have side effects like itching and burning.
  9. Azelaic acid or it's derivative: Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate (PAD), which works better with no side effects like itching and burning. I actually just added that to my skincare regimen because it regulates sebum production and brightens the skin (it's a tyrosinase inhibitor). Unfortunately, nothing is as good as Spiro.
  10. This is not normal! I had the same reaction to Retin A and now have scars. I really regret ever putting that stuff on my face and it was only for a month. I would stop using Retin A and only use tazorac. For some reason, I only had mild purging with tazorac and it never made me scar. It's stronger and works better at preventing acne and it will help you recover as fast as possible. Also to exfoliate even more I would get a salicylic and mandelic acid peel, maybe lactic acid too which is great fo
  11. Spiro takes a while to start working, many months, so you shouldn't be getting side effects like these right away. I would see a doctor because these symptoms are not normal. I'm also taking 50 mg for many months now and I've never had any menstrual issues and my hair is thick and strong, I actually have less hair falling out than I previously had.
  12. I agree, I've tried several brands and each one gave different side effects. The first 2 tries, I gave up because the side effects were so bad, one of which was Aldactone. I thought brand name was the best but I was wrong. I'm not saying it's bad for everyone, but for me personally it was because I have a sensitive stomach and it caused stomach pains. I'm now happily using a generic from Canada called teva-spironolactone. The only side effects I have are peeling/dry lips and puffy eyes (only whe
  13. You have to give Spiro time to work. After a few minor bumps in the road like the purging at the beginning, I'm really happy I stuck with Spiro. I've been on it for ~8 months at a low dose of 50 mg and it's working great. I'm not 100% acne-free, I still break out a little on my chin but overall my face is now not oily, no clogged pores, and my pores have tightened up and gotten smaller. I'm pretty sure I would be at 100% clear if I upped the dosage, but I just don't want to risk any side effects
  14. I've tried different retinoids and I always purge initially, whether switching to a new one or using the same one again. The only time I didn't was with differin because it took a really long time for it to start working and I didn't get a purge until ~5 months in. I would stick with tazorac, I personally think it's the best as far as the least likely to cause a cystic breakout or scarring. It will work in 3 months, but if you're still breaking after that then it's hormonal.
  15. Yes, purging is normal. It probably should have happened sooner, but you skipped a week so who knows if that had something to do with it. Stick with it and it should get better, but for some people it can take much longer (>6 months) to see results. Think about your diet and see if there's anything that might have worsened it. I know for me it's sushi (seaweed is high in iodine), dairy, sugar or anything high glycemic.
  16. I agree with Tracy, hormonal acne is cystic in nature and more prone to scarring. I actually heard about Spiro years ago from a derm, he said that I would "pee like a horse" (not true, at least not for me), but at the time I wasn't convinced I had hormonal acne and didn't really want to go on a serious medication. I thought that I would be able to treat my acne with just retinoids/topicals because I was previously successful, but unfortunately for hormonal acne it's not enough. I saw
  17. Yes, take Spiro with a big meal that includes protein, carbs, and fat. I haven't had any nausea or change in appetite. Due to so many different formulations of Spiro, different brands may cause different side effects. I've tried 2 other brands before and they each gave me different side effects, one gave me horrible headaches and the other gave a horrible stomach pain. My current one doesn't give me any bad side effects except for dry skin.
  18. You look great! I'm also really happy with Spiro. Are you still on 50 mg? What dosage were you on and what was the brand? I agree that Spiro can mess with your GI system. I've tried several brands and one gave me the worst stomach pain. Because I have GERD I have to be careful with meds since some can exacerbate it. Fortunately, the Spiro that I'm on now gives me no GI side effects like nausea, heartburn, or any pain. I feel like it's very gentle on my stomach. After reading what you said, I
  19. Sorry to hear that. I'm been on Spiro for 4 months now at a low dose of 50 mg and have not experienced any excessive hair shedding. I believe that your derm is right, Spiro should not cause hair loss, but actually the opposite effect. It is prescribed to women with hair loss due to an overproduction of male hormones. I think you need to see a doctor, a general one and then possibly get a referral to a specialist who specializes in female hair loss, to find out what's causing it because it can be
  20. When I lived in Europe a few years ago, I had a really difficult time finding a doctor who would prescribe Spiro for off-label use such as persistent adult acne. I finally found a derm that was sympathetic to my situation, I literally cried my eyes out and she prescribed a low dose. Unfortunately, I had the worst side effects in the first week and had to give it up. Here in the US, derms, for the most part, feel that Spiro is safe and don't have a problem with prescribing it for acne. I encourag
  21. I've been on Spiro for 11 weeks now and my skin has improved tremendously. No more cystic bumps. I'm pretty sure Spiro is working, but I've also been really strict with my diet and have cut out dairy and sugar. I think diet makes a huge difference. How are you doing now? I think Spiro works differently for everyone but I've heard that it can take longer for some to see results. I'm really hoping and praying for your skin to get better!
  22. Always check with your doctor, but here's some info about potassium testing from powerpoint presentations I have written by Dermatologists on spironolactone: Based on a retrospective study that was published in JAMA Dermatology, if you are 18-45 years of age with no cardiovascular disease, renal failure, or use of medications that affect the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, routine potassium monitoring is unnecessary for healthy women taking spironolactone for acne. You should check for
  23. Yes, it's normal and expected. I've experienced purging in the first month, but it does get better. I've been on Spiro for 11 weeks now and I'm so happy to say that it works! And a small dose like 50 mg does work and can be enough. I'm almost acne free. No more painful cysts.
  24. I personally think that Tazorac is the best retinoid for acne out there. Yes it will make you purge, but so will every other retinoid and Accutane. I know it's not fun but just try to be patient and you'll get through the purging. For some reason (molecular biology), each retinoid works differently. In my experience, tretinoin gave me cystic acne and scarring. Tazorac is milder and I continue to use it and really recommend it. However, if you have hormonal issues and overproduction of sebum, ret