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  1. Hi you guys. I'm frustrated. I've been on 100mg Spiro for 11 months. YES...ELEVEN months. I had a bad initial outbreak for the first 2.5 months and so the doctor put me on minocycline and then a pill called oracea, which is a slow release doxycycline....just to help get over the IB. After about 6 months my skin really started to clear up. my oil stopped (and still is MUCH better than it used to be). I am on orthocycline as well and use benzaclin at night. well, i didn't post immediately because
  2. I have not posted in a while and thought it was about time for an update. I have been on spiro for a little over 7 months. It has been a rollercoaster ride but I think I have finally found my "recipe" for clear skin. If you read back over my other posts, you'll see spiro made me break out horribly for the first 3.5 months. I mean bad. It was depressing. I don't know what I would have done if people on this board weren't so supportive and told me to stick it out. Then it started getting better an
  3. Hi everyone- I thought I'd send out an update. I have been on Spiro since March 28th....that's about 4months and one week. It has been a bumpy (no pun intended) ride, but I feel like I may have finally turned the corner(i hate saying things like this....because then i am so let-down when i break out again....but, fingers crossed, my skin really looks and feels different)! My skin has been consistently good for about 2.5 weeks now...almost all clear. The feel of it is smooth and it is still much
  4. so i went to a new derm yesterday, thought i would update on the new regimen she gave me. I was kind of overwhelmed by all the new stuff...but am hopeful it will create some positive changes. Mornings: BCP- I think I may be switching to Yaz next pack??? 100 mgs. spiro 40 mgs. Oracea (apparently it's a time released doxycycline) Wash with Skinceutical Simply Clean face wash Apply Skinceutical Phyto+ (for discoloration) Alternate between finacea and retin-a Skinceuticals spf30 sunscreen Night: W
  5. Hi Everyone- It's been about a month since I last posted. I have been on Spiro now for 3 mos. and 2 weeks. I am having a total breakdown right now. Thank goodness for this board because I don't know who else to turn to-- I am usually a happy person but I am at a real low point of depression right now and am not sure how to deal with it. I know it sounds pathetic but I have been crying my eyes out for the last two hours. A quick re-cap: I have struggled with acne for 15 years (25 yrs old now), I
  6. hi all- i thought i would write an update because i hadn't been online in a while---been busy with finals and the end of school. Things are actually going well for a change. My TERRIBLE initial breakout...which lasted a solid three weeks has subsided and I feel pretty clear. I am still getting the occassional pimple but they seem to be going down much quicker and are definitely not as deep as they used to be. I am saying this all with fingers crossed though because I start up my summer job on M
  7. Not to be a downer, but Spiro may not be an immediate miracle for everyone. Just thought I should post that here because I feel like I have read so many posts promising near-instant results and that is not always the case. Many people (like me!) have experienced pretty bad initial breakouts---mine is stilling going on 1.5 months in. I am sticking with it, and hope that it is a miracle for me as it has been for many others. But just wanted to put this out there so that anyone who tries it does no
  8. thanks for the support mellieh! I am going to try and stick with it...though I am really kind of starting to lose hope. but i know it's this or accutane again. and accutane is no miracle-worker for me (crystal clear but always break-out again). just tough because I have relatively new boyfriend (who started dating me when i was on accutane and hasn't seen my terrible skin until recently) and graduations coming up. oh well. guess i need to keep my chin up and stop caring SO much. Spiro is REALLY
  9. So I have now been on Spiro for one month and one week and the minocycline for two weeks. Just thought I would update. Some days my skin looks like it is really clearing up and then I will break out again. This is extremely frustrating. Just when I thought I was over the initial breakout from the spiro with help from the antibiotic my bumps came back. My skin just looks dirty....I don't know what's going on. Lots of bumps all over my forehead and some bigger ones still on my cheeks. No one pimpl
  10. I am going to check out everyday minerals and see if i can score one of those free kits you mentioned-- a lot of people have been saying good things about that stuff. I have been using Almay makeup for the last year. I really like it. It's the kind in the yellow and white packaging made for oily skin. It has salycilic acid in it and so it supposedly helps heal while covering at the same time. I really feel like the foundation does help heal breakouts...and the concealer has a really good consist
  11. My doctor told me to try and avoid salt and salt substitutes as well. I have found that cutting back on my salt intake has helped the severe cramping I was experiencing in my legs when I began spiro(but it is still not totally gone---I think it may have to do with dehydration as well). Add peaches, grapefruit juice and tomato juice to the list. I feel like this spiro diet is cutting all nutritious things out of my diet! eek.
  12. hi all- just a quick update. i talked to the derm this morning and she prescribed me minocyclin. i have been on this before when i was younger. but am hoping that in combo with the spiro it will work to help get me through this tough break-out that I am having. I go back to see the Derm in a month. Fingers crossed that it does SOMETHING positive over the next few weeks. The doctor said that it can't hurt (unless I am allergic to it, which I am almost positive I am not) and may help rid my body
  13. TCJETSETTER: thanks for your posts- they make me hopeful. i am on my first month of spiro and suffering terrible breakouts. i was wondering: did you start spiro and the erythromycin together or did you just start the antibiotic after you experienced an initial breakout. i am waiting for my derm. to call me back because I want to ask her to put me on an antibiotic to help get me throug the beginning months-- my skin really has gotten worse. did you experience an initial worsening like this? the t
  14. hi! did you stop taking the spiro? i have been on it for about a month and have not seen improvement...was this the same case with you?

  15. Sweetheart519- Congratulations on being clear! that's great. i am currently taking spiro (1 month in, 100mg/day) +Orthocyclen. I have been experiencing a horrible initial breakout. My skin really has gotten much worse. I want to stick with it though, and am thinking about calling my doctor to ask for an antibiotic to help me through the beginning. How long did it take for you to see results on the spiro? did you have an initial breakout? did you tak an antibiotic to help you at the beginning?