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  1. So furious, spent ages writing my blog and it just disappeared!! Going to shorten this entry now. My skin has shown improvement in week 2. The original breakout has gone but a new one has taken it's place. Although not as severe, it's still quite bad. I have had several whiteheads, big red spots around my mouth and a hard cyst under my jaw. My skin overall is very red, tight, dry and flaky, as if I've had a chemical peel. Not a good look! Makeup definitely doesn't work but I can get away wit
  2. This is my first time to write anything online about my struggle with acne. I am not comfortable talking about it with other people, but I think I need some support even if it's only online with people who can relate and understand what I am going through. I've dealt with Acne when I was a teenager. It was isolated on my forehead only. I have a hard time remembering in detail exactly how my situation was then but I remember having so many red bumps across my whole forehead. I was young and did
  3. So I'm 18 weeks pregnant with hormonal acne from PCOS & had to stop spironolactone obviously (although this is truly the best medication for hormonal acne! I weighed 125 while on and was taking 100mg... ). Now I'm using benzoyl peroxide 2% along with proactive, as well as tea tree oil and it's not working! I still have horrible break-outs, mostly around my cheeks. Basically, what RX medications work best for women with hormonal acne that is also safe during pregnancy? I was thinking possibly
  4. Is It Safe to Use Topical Retinoid Medications (Tretinoin, Adapalene, Tazarotene) When Pregnant?

    Doctors commonly prescribe one of the three available topical retinoid medications--tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene--to patients with acne. So far, there are not enough studies on any of these to conclude that they are safe to use during pregnancy, which is why it is important for any woman who is pregnant or trying to conceive to speak to her physician before using topical retinoids. What Are Topical Retinoids? Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A that are important for...
  5. What Are Retinoids, and Why Are They Used to Treat Acne?

    Topical retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that doctors can prescribe to treat mild-to-moderate acne. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved three topical retinoids for the treatment of chronic skin conditions, including acne. Those 3 are: Tretinoin Adapalene [0.1% adapalene is now available over-the-counter.] Tazarotene All three interact with skin cells in slightly different ways, but ultimately they all work to reduce acne by unclogging pores and reducing inflammation.1-4 Doctors can prescribe each of the three retinoids in...
  6. I have been told by my doctor that although there is no evidence that using azelaic acid during pregnancy should harm the foetus/breastfeeding child (especially in comparison to things like retin a etc) that she thinks I should stop using finacea if I chose to get pregnant.... just in case. I was very distressed by this as I have just found out that I have endometriosis and so I won't want to leave pregnancy for too long if I decide to have children (I have booked in to see a counsellor to d
  7. What are the side effects of Accutane (isotretinoin)?

    Side Effects of the Skin, Mucous Membranes, and Eyes Other Side Effects Psychiatric Side Effects Long-term Side Effects What to Keep an Eye on While Taking Isotretinoin Drug Interactions Who Should Not Take Isotretinoin Isotretinoin, often known by its original brand name, Accutane, is a vitamin-A derivative that doctors sometimes prescribe to patients with severe acne. It is an oral medication that is normally taken for 15-20 weeks and results in long-term remission of acne symptoms in up to 2/3 of people...
  8. Hey I have bad hormonal acne because I am in my first trimester. I've always had pretty clear skin but it always breaks out around my periods or when my hormones increase (During pregnancy or when my period comes back after breastfeeding). I am wondering if Spiro is safe for pregnancy and if anyone has taken it before while pregnant. I read that there is no side effects or problems ever reported according to web md. If my doctor says yes, I'd like to take it, but I'd like to hear from personal e
  9. Does Pregnancy Cause Acne?

    The hormonal changes that pregnancy causes in the body normally help provide a reprieve from acne. However, in some instances, women can experience a flare of acne, particularly in the third trimester. Why does acne normally lessen during pregnancy? Levels of estrogens (female hormones that are present in both males and females) increase throughout pregnancy. In general, higher estrogen levels protect against acne.1,2 However, this is not always the case. Androgen (male hormones that are present in...
  10. My husband and I started trying to conceive when I was only 1 week off Spiro. It was after the fact that I found out you are supposed to wait 1 month!!! Has anyone gotten pregnant while still on Spiro? Was everything ok with the baby?? Sorry if this is personal, but I'm concerned. I'm not late or anything yet, but hoping I'm not pregnant. Thank you!
  11. I have been on Accutane since May 10, 2012. I have been on 60 mg a day. My last dermatologist appointment was on August 23rd, exactly one week ago. At my appointment, they asked me about my last menstrual cycle. I told them, "Oh, thats easy. I was on it during my last appointment on July 23rd, so I would've started last month, July, around the 21st." It was already the 23rd of August and no period. I peed in the cup anyway and let them test me. Must've been negative because my derm g
  12. Did anyone use the moisturizer or treatment safely during pregnancy?
  13. I'm in that stage in my life right now where I'm thinking about starting a family. It's exciting, but in terms of acne it's terrifying. I have hormonal acne. It's been a crazy roller coaster ride. After trying many different types of birth control, natural remedies, etc.... I've settled with a great remedy called EstroSense which helps balance my hormones. Amazing actually, and just recently discovered. So now with this new decision to have a baby, I have to stop taking this magic cure. Wh