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Cali04

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  1. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    Quick update, I have def seen improvement on the small spots by using Atralin. I make sure I just use a very small amount so my face does not get dry, which it doesn't. I have been on a Spiro for almost a year. I can't say my face is perfect, I still get small break outs but it def works. It takes time and patience. It was a bumpy road for me.
  2. I was getting a rash around my eye that came then went away then spread on my face. It was a big low point for me, and I could not look anyone in the eye. My mom kept telling me to try a different face lotion. I told her that was not it and that I have been using this lotion for YEARS. I was using neutrogena sensitive skin for face. Well one day I finally listened and got cerve pm lotion and the rash cleared up the next day! Not sure if this will help you, but just look at the products you
  3. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    I have been on Spiro since last May. I have not gotten an inflamed pimple since January (which was just one). I have been getting random small spots that are not inflamed and do not leave a mark, but are very annoying. So I decided to go back to atralin gel last night. I feel a big difference today. I was using clindmycin. I think that stop working. So overall, Spiro does work but it takes time. I have to get blood work again. What do they check for? My last results were good. I was j
  4. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    Thanks so much!! I am hoping it will last for a short time then go back it what is was. I had a bumpy road but I did see improvement within 2 months. Let me know if you have any questions. I am also on 150 as well. Good luck to you!
  5. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    Day 231 So I am in my 8th month. All was going well until this month. I am getting random new pimples everyday. They are small though. Why is this happening??? I am starting to get very frustrated!! Thanks for any opinion.
  6. Should you be concerned? No. The body naturally goes through cycles of hair growth and loss. Any hormonal change can jumpstart the shift into the natural hair shedding phase. Start worrying if you start getting clumps. Increased hair shedding (not clumpy) for a while is normal. Thanks so much for the response! It really helps knowing its normal. I bought Aveda hair thin shampoo and I think it is helping.
  7. About the 6th month mark, I noticed strands of hair falling out easily. It's not clumps. But when I put my hand through my hair one or two pieces fall out. And I notice more in the shower. The has been going on for a few weeks. Should I be concerned?
  8. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    I got severe shedding as a side effect from spiro and I know others have experienced the same thing as well. Some people also report that they get a little shedding and then it levels off after a while. I'd suggest just keeping an eye on it for now. Thanks for the response. I figured it was from the Spiro. I finally got my acne under control so I would hate to stop or lower my dosage. What did you do?
  9. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    So I am reaching the 7th month mark on Spiro. All is going well. I am clear except I do get new spots now and then. This past week, I have noticed hair strands falling out very easily and I am starting to get concerned. Is this a side effect of Spiro and is there anything I can do about it? Thank you. I am taking 150 mg. I have been on that since September with no other side efftects.
  10. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    I think it's a good idea to hold off on using the tretinion and atralin. It sounds like they're causing irritation to your skin. What helped me is using a very gentle skin care regime day and night, avoiding the use of Retin-A or any topical acne treatment. Less is more here. Use a good sunscreen to help any hyper pigmentation heal. Is your doctor getting blood work done with the 150 mg/day? If everything is okay with that and your doctor is okay with this dosage and your skin is clearing u
  11. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    Day 135 So I am very sorry for not updating in such a long time. Truth is, I have been very depressed about my face, and I couldn't bear to put it into words. Right after my last post, things seemed to be going pretty well. But shortly after that, I began I notice very small pimples in certain areas in my face. It pretty much looked like a rash. It wasn't too bad, and I consistently used my tretinion, Atalin. Well the continued use of this gel made my face dry and tight, which added to m
  12. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    Day 91 I finished three months! Crazy! Went by so fast. I have not updated in awhile. The last day I updated was on July 13th (as you see above). I got a huge pimple on the side of my face that day. Well, two and a half weeks went by and I did not get a single, inflamed pimple. I was thrilled. Then, on July 31, I got two big ones right in the middle of my cheek. UGH! I picked at one of them. I try not to pick, but I just did. And it made it worse. The pimple turned into an ugly
  13. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    Quick update today. I am in day 69, and things this week have not been too great. I got a new pimple almost everyday this week. Most of them were smaller and went away quickly, but still really annoying. One of them was pretty big. I can't complain too much bc it went away after 2 days. I haven't gotten that kind of pimple in a couple weeks. So I was really disappointed. I feel confident this medicine will work, but I second guess that quite often. I feel like my life is a roller coas
  14. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    I know Spiro is fine to take for a long time. How safe it is? Really, I do not know. It does not affect my monthly cycles. I have read so many reviews about Spiro, and some people do say that it caused an irregular cycle. But, I have not had any side effects. Good luck to whatever you decide!
  15. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    Moonlight, I bought Dan's AHA, along with the treatment. But they are just sitting in my cabinet. I was so excited to try them, but scared at the same time. Nervous on how my face will react. So maybe eventually I will try them. Day 60 So it has been 60 days on Spiro, which means I am done 2 months. So far I am pretty happy with the results. I really do think it is working. Right now I do not have any active, inflamed pimples. But I am sure that will change within the next couple
  16. Mine didn't really seem to care either. She seemed like she didn't know what I was talking about. My face did break out for the first four weeks or so. It def seemed to calm down by the 5th week. I am on the 8th week of Spiro, and my face looks better than it has in a long time. But I am not totally clear yet. I still get spots, but they are smaller. Spiro takes some time to work, so I am trying to wait patiently. I am still using the tretinoin, but sometimes it makes my face so irritate
  17. This happened to me when I was using a tretinoin. So I scheduled another appointment with my derm to get her opinion. She didn't really have any answers. So I told her I wanted to try Spiro. Once I started taking that, the small bumps started to go away. But it took a couple weeks.
  18. If you look under the Hormonal Acne forum, I have a Spiro log that I update every week. Also, other people give a lot of information about this medication. This medication is to help hormonal acne. Some doctors won't prescribe this medication because it's use is not directly related to treating acne. But my doctor had no problem prescribing it. Spiro blocks androgen receptors in the body, preventing you from absorbing hormones. Spiro lessens hormonal fluctuations that can cause acne breakou
  19. Kimmers, I am just as frustrated. I think about it constantly. Have you asked your doctor about Spironolactone? I am currently trying it now.
  20. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    Thank you so much Green Gables and Moonlight for the advice. I think am going to try Dan's AHA to help with marks from old acne. It contains glycolic so maybe it will help. I want to use it at night. Do you think using Atralin (it's a Tretinoin) first then applying the Dan's AHA on top of it would be ok? I am not sure if this is a good idea or not. Ugh, I just want to be done with this! Moonlight, Congrats on your promotion. That's great!! I am doing fine with 100 mg. I have gotten a
  21. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    Because your androgens are higher earlier in the day. You need the spiro to kick in then when it will actually do some good. Thank you! That makes sense. I started to do this. Day 50 Ok, I am starting week 7. Last week, I had a breakout for a few days. It really depressed me because the week before was so great. With the breakout, I got a couple inflamed pimples (however, not nearly as big if this was a few months ago) and a lot of clogged pores/white heads (I am not really sure what t
  22. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    Because your androgens are higher earlier in the day. You need the spiro to kick in then when it will actually do some good. Thank you! That makes sense. I started to do this. Day 50 Ok, I am starting week 7. Last week, I had a breakout for a few days. It really depressed me because the week before was so great. With the breakout, I got a couple inflamed pimples (however, not nearly as big if this was a few months ago) and a lot of clogged pores/white heads (I am not really sure what t
  23. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    Thank you for the advice, Green Gables. Just curious, why take the second dose before 3pm?
  24. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    I hope that the 100 MG works out well for you, that is my dosage and I am happy with it. Glad to hear that you are getting less and less breakouts. Sounds to me like it is starting to work its magic on you! Yay Thank you so much! I really hope it's working. But I don't want to set them too high. Do you use any gel along with Spiro? I see you listed Dans AHA, but I am not too familiar with those products. I have been using Atralin. And I thought it was great because it didn't cause my fac
  25. Cali04

    Spiro Log

    Thank you Michi and MissSac for sharing your experiences. I love to read different opinions because it really helps the process. I am currently using Atralin as well. Day 43 Well, the past week has been great. I did not get any breakouts the entire week, which is very unusual. However, I did get a couple new spots yesterday, but they are not inflamed. I went to the derm today. She saw great improvement. She bumped me up to 100 mg today. I am so nervous that I will breakout within
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