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Surfgirl9005

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  1. I'm 24 and dealt with moderate to severe acne off and on for about 7 years. I finally saw a GOOD dermatologist and my acne cleared up! I get compliments on my skin all of the time. My skin was so bad that they wanted to put me on Accutane. I refused and we started other treatments and within about a month and a half it was noticeably better. Prior to seeing the derm I had tried EVERYTHING. I tried almost all of the different face washes, masks, oral antibiotics, and topical medicines. I even experimented with my diet thinking that I had a food sensitivity. Turns out I have really sensitive skin and I need to eat mushrooms and peanut butter in moderation. I also believe that hormones were playing a role.

    My current regime:

    Purpose facewash (Morning and Night)

    Topical clindamycin (Morning and Night)

    Benzoyl Peroxide (prescription strength from derm) (Night)

    Birth control- I had originally been on Yasmin along with Spiranolactone, stopped the Spiranolactone and continued with BCP. Switched to Ortho-tri-cyclen, then Ortho Cyclen, and now on Yaz. My skin has been clear the whole time throughout all of the pill switching

    I also exercise about 5 days a week and try to eat whole foods.

    Keep up the faith and hang in there! It will go away

  2. I just wanted to write and tell everyone suffering with acne to hang in there and to keep seeking the right treatment. I had moderate to severe acne for a while and I finally saw a GOOD dermatologist and my acne has cleared up! I get compliments on my skin all of the time. My skin was so bad that they wanted to put me on Accutane. I refused and we started other treatments and within about a month and a half it was noticeably better. Prior to seeing the derm I had tried EVERYTHING. I tried almost all of the different face washes, masks, oral antibiotics, and topical medicines. I even experimented with my diet thinking that I had a food sensitivity. Turns out I have really sensitive skin and I need to eat mushrooms and peanut butter in moderation. I also believe that hormones were playing a role.

    My current regime:

    Purpose facewash (Morning and Night)

    Topical clindamycin (Morning and Night)

    Benzoyl Peroxide (prescription strength from derm) (Night)

    Birth control- I had originally been on Yasmin along with Spiranolactone, stopped the Spiranolactone and continued with BCP. Switched to Ortho-tri-cyclen, then Ortho Cyclen, and now on Yaz. My skin has been clear the whole time throughout all of the pill switching

    So keep up the faith and hang in there! It will go away

  3. I have PCOS and am taking spironolactone. It was prescribed by a derm, but my endocrinologist was willing to prescribe it if she didn't. The endo identified my acne as hormonal because I only get it along my cheeks, jawline, and chin. My nose and forehead are pretty much always clear. Like you, I went through a ton of antibiotics and topicals before someone FINALLY realized that the PCOS and acne were related.

    I'm in the process of switching derms because the one who prescribed spiro doesn't want to put me on a high enough dose to be effective. I could tell a difference initially with spiro, but my body adjusted itself to the low dose (according to the endo) and I'm still getting breakouts. I've started myself on a 2-week course of erythromycin in conjunction with the spiro in hopes that it will clear me a little while I wait to see the new derm next month.

    If you're going to see a derm, I would recommend asking if he/she has experience with hormonal acne related to PCOS. Even if yours is the "lean" variety, it's probably affecting your skin, especially if you're breaking out in the jawline/cheeks/chin area like I am. Some derms are more comfortable with spiro, while others just want to give you yet ANOTHER useless topical even when you tell them that none of them work.

    Yeah, my acne is exactly the same. Every once in a while I'll get it on my forehead but my chin, jaw, and cheeks have been the worst. I'm going to make an appointment tomorrow with an endocrinologist just in case. I think one might be worth seeing anyways even if the derm is willing to entertain the idea that my acne might be hormonal just to see what is going on with my hormones. Thanks for your input! BTW I've heard that spiro can have some bad side effects. How have you been doing with it?

  4. Alright, well after almost a year of being on various antibiotics and using a topical treatment with no help, I have come to the conclusion that my acne is hormone related but wanted to get other people's opinions. Here's a little of my background.

    When I was a teenager I had acne and went on tetracycline which did help some. Went to college, started on BC because of irregular periods and acne started coming back worse. From that point I took several different BC's trying to find one that didn't have bad side effects. I remember taking Yasmin and that actually clearing my face up about 85-90% but I stopped it for some reason. After that I stopped taking BC for a while, lost a lot of weight and couldn't get my period back (I mention this only because I think this screwed my hormones up even more) and started back on BC (Yaz I believe). Gyno then told me I had PCOS but was a "lean PCOS" because I'm thin for my height and age.

    Alright, so a little less than a year ago my regular doctor gave me doxycycline and Tretinoin cream for my acne which did nothing. I started taking Aviane (BC) around March, broke out horribly over the summer, saw a derm who gave me Clindamycin instead of doxycycline, and switched to Kariva (generic of Mircette). After a month of that I started taking Apri and stopped taking the Clindamycin about 3 weeks ago, which brings me to today.

    So I think it is hormone related because the antibiotics did not help and from what I was reading Aviane is a high androgenic pill so it might have made it worse. Not sure about Apri. Plus given the fact that I have PCOS, I just think this is all related. I have an appointment with a derm on Thursday and am going to ask her about switching back to Yasmin and/or taking Spiralactone (sp?). But if it's hormones should I be seeing an endocrinologist instead? Will the derm even consider hormones? I'm just frustrated at this point because I'm 23 and have been dealing with this for a while now. I have played around with my diet and started taking more supplements, but my hands are tied at this point because it's not getting any better. I also started using my tretinoin cream again which I think has made it worse. Anyone with hormonal acne have any ideas or suggestions for me?

  5. I don't know....I'm actually starting to think that my acne is hormonal at this point. Maybe i should be seeing an endocrinologist instead. My gyno diagnosed me with PCOS about a year ago, so maybe it has something to do with that.

  6. Well I made an appointment to see a derm this coming Thursday. I just really don't want to go on any more medicine or anything. I remember dating a guy a few years ago who was on accutane and he HATED the side effects. He had really really bad cystic and nodular acne though. However, he's still clear to this day, so who knows...maybe it's worth a try. My skin wasn't this bad before I started using the Tretinoin cream about a week ago. Maybe it's an IB?

    Anyways, guess I'll see what the derm has to say. Sigh. I just want this to be over with. I don't even like people looking at my face when I'm out in public.

  7. Hey surfgirl.

    Your skin seems to have gone the same kind of way my skin has gone now. Before I went on accutane it was different I got red spots and they was individual. My skin was like that but only in certain places and not all over my face. just seemed rough and red in areas like yours. I wish I had taken a picture of my red bumps they were exactly like that but on just my right side of the face. After 3 days it was clear again so that was good for me.

    erythromycin has cleared my up completely this time. Have you tried something like that? If its similar to my situation then its worth a go. I also had good results with retin a gel initially.

    In my opinion you should experiment for a few more months but it might be worth you giving accutane a go. Looking back I wish I had done it when I was younger as nothing I have done in my life has had such a positive inpact on my skin as that. Dont worry about the side affects as the side affect of acne is worse than having dry skin as I actually found that a refreshing change from it being oily all the time.

    Well I made an appointment to see a derm this coming Thursday. I just really don't want to go on any more medicine or anything. I remember dating a guy a few years ago who was on accutane and he HATED the side effects. He had really really bad cystic and nodular acne though. However, he's still clear to this day, so who knows...maybe it's worth a try. My skin wasn't this bad before I started using the Tretinoin cream about a week ago. Maybe it's an IB?

    Anyways, guess I'll see what the derm has to say. Sigh. I just want this to be over with. I don't even like people looking at my face when I'm out in public.

  8. Well I am relatively new to the message boards. I have been reading them for the past week or so, and this is my first time posting. I have basically struggled on and off with acne since I was about 15 or 16 and am now 23. I am posting a couple pics to get some opinions on exactly what type of acne I have. I don't have a lot of whiteheads or blackheads, it's mainly just red bumps and what I think are scars.

    I have started using tretinoin cream 0.05% about 5 days ago along with olive and green tea soap and vitamin E oil (both new today). My doctor that I see (not a derm- have had bad experiences with them) told me to start using a sunblock during the say so I started using vanicream yesterday which I think is pretty good. I also started using aloe vera gel occasionally.

    I've been messing around with my diet some as well. I've cut out dairy completely and about 5 days ago started a yeast free diet as the clindamycin I was on for my acne (prescribed by a derm) gave me problems with yeast. I'm also thinking my acne might be tied in with yeast and/or sugar intake. As far as supplements I started taking fish oil and taurine.

    Anyways, any suggestions for what I could be or should be doing to help with whatever type of acne people think I may have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

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  9. Well I am relatively new to the message boards. I have been reading them for the past week or so, and this is my first time posting. I have basically struggled on and off with acne since I was about 15 or 16 and am now 23. I am posting a couple pics to get some opinions on exactly what type of acne I have. I don't have a lot of whiteheads or blackheads, it's mainly just red bumps and what I think are scars.

    I have started using tretinoin cream 0.05% about 5 days ago along with olive and green tea soap and vitamin E oil (both new today). My doctor that I see (not a derm- have had bad experiences with them) told me to start using a sunblock during the say so I started using vanicream yesterday which I think is pretty good. I also started using aloe vera gel occasionally.

    I've been messing around with my diet some as well. I've cut out dairy completely and about 5 days ago started a yeast free diet as the clindamycin I was on for my acne (prescribed by a derm) gave me problems with yeast. I'm also thinking my acne might be tied in with yeast and/or sugar intake. As far as supplements I started taking fish oil and taurine.

    Anyways, any suggestions for what I could be or should be doing to help with whatever type of acne people think I may have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

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    Face?authkey=lCzTQweR3XM#5265707518333448290

    Face?authkey=lCzTQweR3XM#5265707529696815506

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