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Posts posted by chipperk49

  1. I have battled cystic acne on and off for over 10 years. My most recent outbreak happened in January and was terrible!!! I had cysts all over my face, especially on the cheeks & jawline, I felt hidious and it hurt! I had several of the long termers injected, which isn't fun, but it helps. I tried everything . . . at least I thought I tried everything until I was given Spironolactone.

    Spironolactone is used to treat many different disorders, from high blood pressure to fluid retention. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn't recognize spironolactone as an acne treatment, it is often prescribed off-label to treat hormonally influenced breakouts. Spironolactone is used as an acne treatment for women only .

    That combined with an anti-biotic for the small little bumpies and Yaz bc, did the trick. I haven't had a break-out in 3 months, my skin feels like baby skin, although I still have purplish scars, it's amazing. I also used Aczone to help with the acne I had and any random one's that pop up, works like a charm! Wanted to share with the ladies because I know how exasperating acne can be and how expensive it can get when you don't know what to try.

    Good luck and know that we are all beautiful and *F* Acne! :-)

  2. Hi!

    You had asked about my experience with MaMa Lotion. I found that it made my skin softer but my purple scars did not seem to fade. I even got a 20% TCA peel from a dermatologist and it only made a little dent, so I guess I just have tough skin. I'd say that MaMa is worth the money. If I can suggest using the MaMa no more than twice a week and I started using Emu oil every night and before I put on my make-up in the morning and it has kept my face moisturized and soft and it also helps with the regeneration of skin, promotes good blood flow, and is anti-bacterial. I don't sell it or anything, I just have been where you are not knowing what works and wish that someone would have given me some advice. Oh and obviously since I am on here, I have been fighting acne for over 10 years and neither the MaMa nor the Emu oil made me break-out.

    I hope this helps you!


  3. I would like to share my experience, although I just tried Aczone for the first time last night. I have already seen a drastic reduction in number and size of the acne on my face. I had struggled with cystic/hormonal acne in my early 20's and although my skin has never been great since, it has been doable. I hit 30 last Summer and in the last 4-5 months, all of a sudden the horrid cystic/hormonal acne resurfaced with a vengence. In that time, I have spent over $1,500 on injections, doctor visits, OTC topicals, light therapy, prescription meds (oral & topical), face washes, acne kits, etc. Some things seemed to make it better for a hot second but it always came back, sometimes with horrible side effects like dryness, flaking, huge pores. Although I have Kaiser and for whatever reason they don't cover it, I was willing to fork over the $165 (I thought, what's $165 when you've spent so much already). I washed my face as usual and applied the Aczone right after my light treatment (and American Idol). I woke up around 2:30 a.m. and just started running my hands over my face and could already tell that some of the deep (squatter type) cysts had come to a head so I went and popped them (I know, bad girl) and rinsed my face and re-applied the Aczone and went back to bed. The one's that I popped are virtually non-existent this morning and the others seem to have gone down in size. I went to bed with maybe 20 active pimples/cysts on my face and woke up with maybe 10, and again they were much smaller. Although I am still skeptical based on my history with acne "cures," I am hopeful and wanted to share my experience so that those who are afraid to try it or don't think it's worth the cost have some insight. Thanks for listening and good luck in your battle with the most horrible non-life threatening disease I've ever known.

  4. Hi innerredhead -

    I have been reading your posts and you and I seem to be on the same regimine, Spiro and Yasmin, although I started a month or so after you. I am just curious to see how it's going for you. Do you notice a lot of little bumps, less like acne, more like bumps. I see some areas getting better, some not so much. I would love to hear what your experience has been thus far.

  5. Hello Fellow Acne Sufferers:

    I had teen acne that wasn't too bad (funny to think I thought it was bad at the time, I had NO IDEA!) and then when I was about 20, I was inflicted (yes inflicted) with cystic acne all over my chin & jawline and the occasional one on other areas of my face, but almost always cystic. After the emotional roller coaster that Ortho-Tricyclen put me on, I knew that was out. I tried Proactiv, the usual topical and oral anti-biotics, nothing seemed to work and then it just kind of stopped. I still had mild acne now and again, but not nearly what it was. It left me with these lovely purple scars all over my face that have made me a make-up addict. I have not been able to have a normal relationship (due to not being able to sleep over cuz of my face) nor have I been able to swim or even really go to the gym as this causes my face to flair up. After a 2-week period of having the most lovely skin I have had in 10 years . . . the cystic break out began again and right before my date with an NFL football player (sometimes I think God is playing tricks on me). Any hoo, it has now been a month and I have been to the Dermatologist 4 times in the last month, had injections on the really bad ones, spent over $500 (obviously just this month, not in total) and now I have huge cystic nodules and they are dry on the surface which looks super grodey (yes, this is a technical term ;-) with my make-up. I have tried LITERALLY everything, a new type of oral anti-biotic, the usual topical anti-biotic, Differin 0.3%, BP face wash, and now Spirolactone (sp?) and Yasmin. I am seriously at the end of my rope. Some days I just don't think it's worth it anymore, worth the fight, the agony, the frustration the pain (it physically hurts), I want to just move to a deserted island and never talk to anyone ever again.

    If anyone has any suggestions on things that may help to alleviate the dryness or even lessen the severity of the nodules, I'm all ears! Thanks for reading my story, hopefully someone out there has something that can help me.

    P.S. Accutane is not an option, due to joint issues.