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blondedancer10

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  1. I have not had any luck. I was moved to 100mg of Spiro in May and noticed no change. I was also getting 2 periods a month because of the Spiro, so I was put on birth control as well. I tried this combo for 6 months and didn't see much of a difference as far as my face or getting 2 periods a month. I stopped taking Spiro and my face hasn't really gotten any worse. It's still the same cycle, I've always had. I break out on my chin with a couple of cysts near my period, and I will also get a couple
  2. So, after nearly 9 years of battling persistent moderate acne and visiting 3-4 dermatologists over this span, I am debating seeing a n endocrinologist for my suspected hormonal acne. My acne is not severe but it is pretty moderate and very persistent.Over these 9 years I have tried numerous topicals, 3 different birth control pills and spironolactone for almost a year and a half. Some of these kept my acne at bay, but nothing has completely cleared my skin or even almost cleared it for that m
  3. I actually have stopped using the BP for about 5 months now and I'm not using any topical on my face, just my Biore face wash. I am still seeing the same flakey, yet oily outcome so I am beginning to believe it may indeed be something else. I remember having this issue in high school as well and I was not using BP back then either... where can I get the 2% zinc face wash? any suggestions?
  4. So, after having acne for around 8 years now, I can honestly say I have no idea if my skin is dry, oily or combo. Reason being, I use moisturizer(moderately) but I always seem to be overly oily...but the reason I use moisturizer is because I use Dan's BP (and have for 6 years now) and it dries me out. ** I've actually not been using Dan's BP on my entire face for about 5 months now, just on my forehead and T-Zone is STILL dry/flakey yet shiney and oily.... So honestly, my skin looks dry a
  5. Still looking for some input! I appreciate the above suggestions but unfortunately I am still experiencing this issue. Especially when I wear makeup, my T-zone is shiney/oily, yet you can see up close that it is dry and flakey. I tried using a sheer blotting powder in this area but it just accentuates the flakiness...HELP!!!
  6. My 8.5 year battle continues.. My acne is hormonal. When I got on birth control I was 16 and it helped clear up my face a lot but never completely. I got off b.c. 7 years later and my face went crazy. I've never really responded well to topicals, as my face usually never got better nor worse based solely on topicals, leading me as well as my dermatologist to believe my acne is 100% hormonal. A year and a half ago I was put on 50mg spironolactone once a day. Well my skin got better after
  7. So, after having acne for around 8 years now, I can honestly say I have no idea if my skin is dry, oily or combo. Reason being, I use moisturizer(moderately) but I always seem to be overly oily...but the reason I use moisturizer is because I use Dan's BP (and have for 6 years now) and it dries me out. So honestly, my skin looks dry as in is flakey and dried out from the BP but is also shiney/oily from I guess my natural oiliness, as well as the moisturizer. If I don't moisturize my skin, it j
  8. that's what I'm thinking also, but I've only taken it twice :/ hmmmm I don't know but I've decided to start taking more vitamins so maybe it'll help some, along with lots of water and a good diet!
  9. So over the past week my T-Zone (which is where I commonly break out, when breakouts do occur) has completely broken out, in all the normal spots, but I am on Spironolactone, and have been for almost a year now and I have had wonderful results. The only thing I can think of that I have changed is that I have started taking folic acid supplements once a day, because I have stomach ulcer issues and had a flare up this weekend, which at that point I also took a prescribed ulcer medication which is
  10. What moisturizer do you use? I have been on the hunt for a good one that won't break me out but leave me moisturized yet not with a greasy face, and I've been looking for a VERY long time. I'd love to hear your recommendations :)
  11. I just started a blog about my journey through having braces as an adult and I will also be posting about other things, one being my struggle with acne over the years and how I have finally managed to control it. Please check it out, follow me on there and don't hesitate to ask questions http://braceface87.blogspot.com/
  12. SO I would love a cleanser that I can use that will wash my makeup off, not break me out and work as a cleanser. I have found that the cetaphil gentle cleanser just basically sits on my face and I have to scrub to get makeup off which only irritates my breakouts more :/ So, any suggestions for a good cleanser that will actually help my skin and still be able to take off my makeup at the end of the day? thanks!
  13. I've been using cetaphil for probably a couple years now and it, of course, makes my skin disgustingly shiny and my skin is still dry. Any suggestions for a new, gentle, acne-safe moisturizer that will ACTUALLY moisturize and not give me a horrible shine? thanks!
  14. So those of you who have tried Spiro, did you get an initial/purge breakout? I think I'm in that process now. My face looks absolutely horrendous It was bad before but since started the medicine (5 days ago) it has really gotten bad. I'm hoping this is just the purging stage and it'll go away soon. I've also started Aczone as well, not so sure about it yet either. I've only used it 4 times! Let me know your thoughts
  15. So I gave up..I finally caved and decided to make an appointment with a dermatologist. My skin has only gotten worse over the past year and since stopping my birth control in the past 2 months, it's gone nuts. I've never felt so discouraged, every time I look in the mirror my eyes fill with tears. My appointment is Friday, April 1st and I absolutely cannot wait! For now I'm using the Avene Retinol cream which is raved about by so many, for me, it does absolutely nothing. I want to try some b.p
  16. really? thats pretty neat. I'm just hoping if I go to a derm that's what they'll recommend and it'll actually help. I took doxycyclin a while back and it made me have some irritating side effects like the b.c. did :/ thanks a lot for answering
  17. So I've been on birth control for 6 years, just got off of it about 2months ago because I was having bad side effects. I've had acne for 7 years (mild to moderate) I'm still breaking out, and my face is never clear. I'm thinking of going to a derm and I don't have insurance. Just curious if anyone has any idea how much spiro is a month without insurance normally? thanks!
  18. I'm just curious who all has legit information about hormonal acne? How do you know if that's the causing of your constant breakouts? I've had acne for 7 years (mild/moderate) I've used Dan's regimen religiously for 2 years and still constantly have small breakouts. Always on my chin, and the sides of my nose. I was on birth control for 6 years until about 2 months ago, and I have noticed a breakout since then that probably had to do with getting off the pill, but it's finally starting to clear
  19. Well so far the bare minerals hasn't made me break out and I love it's coverage but i will look into the Jane makeup line as well. As for be prescribed anything...I haven't :/ I mean I was on the birth control for a long time but really saw less effective results when it came to my face. I am thinking of making a visit to the derm in a month or so if my face hasn't cleared up some.
  20. hey girl, hope your regiment is going well! As far as makeup(if you're still looking for some) try bare minerals foundation, it doesn't harm your skin because it's all natural and they have lots of shades to help color match easier
  21. I just started using this 3 days ago so I can't give too much of an opinion or anything yet but I honestly have noticed any major improvements in my skin? I was using Dan's regimen with the BP and everything but have noticed over the past year that my skin just isn't responding as well to it. I have moderate acne and every time I post on here I say I'm getting closer to my wit's end with all of this. I've suffered from moderate acne for about 7 years now. I've tried everything under the sun. I w
  22. So i had been on birth control for about 7 years (from the time I was 16 until about a month ago) and I decided last month to stop using it. I felt that it has really been messing with my hormones and making me depressed and causing anxiety, etc. Plus, even though I was on it specifically to help my acne, I still very rarely had a clear face, and I have been using the acne.org regimen for 2 years. I tried ProActiv before acne.org and it just didn't help. So since I've been off the birth control
  23. So I'm convinced I need a new moisturizer. I use Cetaphil moisturizing cream now and have for quite a while. After I let the bp dry on my face at night I then put quite a bit of moisturizer on my face, in hopes that my face will somewhat be moisturized in the morning. In the morning, I wash my face with Dan's cleanser and then moisturize again. I wait anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour before putting on my makeup (depending on where I have to be and when) and I use bare minerals makeup whic
  24. well, I've tried a primer and it didn't really do much for me, but you could be right..do you have any suggestions for primers that are safe for acne prone skin? I've tried Eucerin, Cetaphil and the moisturizer from Dan's regimen. The all give me the same results, but you're on to something with the primer :) let me know your thoughts dear!! Hmm. Which one did you try? I really like the Stila one step primer- it's the one I use. Before that I used Smashbox Photo Finish primer for about 3 ye
  25. well, I've tried a primer and it didn't really do much for me, but you could be right..do you have any suggestions for primers that are safe for acne prone skin? I've tried Eucerin, Cetaphil and the moisturizer from Dan's regimen. The all give me the same results, but you're on to something with the primer :) let me know your thoughts dear!!
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