A month ago, I introduced you all to a new and honest journey that I am on.. a quest to heal my acne! I’m taking all kinds of steps and searching down every path to find the answer and hopefully find the solution.
Looking at the above photos these are real, vulnerable and me today. I have seen some improvement, but overall things are still bad. My skin is still breaking out daily and I am not out of the woods.
This year, I’ve had the opportunity to work as an ambassador for Kaiser Permanente Orange County again, and when they asked what health or lifestyle issues I wanted to discuss and explore.. ACNE was number one!
I was quickly paired up with Dermatologist, Dr. Van Hoang, and visited her office to discuss my history and a course of action for me to take.
After hearing my whole story she felt that this is a genetic and hormonal issue for me. Unfortunately, my genetics are not in my favor and this is something that has and will be a problem for me. But, she suggested a pill that has been a game changer in the HORMONAL ACNE world, Spironolactone.
Spironolactone was originally created to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention, but has begun to be used by dermatologists to treat female patients with hormonal acne.
She did mention that Spiro is not a quick fix and it takes about 3 months to kick in.
She also suggested that I begin to use a sulfur based mask or wash. It is an old medication that has been around for a long time and can help with inflammation and it is anti-bacterial.
Dr. Hoang was so informative and helpful and was willing to answer all kinds of my questions.. like how many times a day should I wash my face? (morning and night)… or what about my makeup brushes? (wash them once a week).
So.. I’m on my next step with Kaiser Permanente’s help..
I’m in my second month of Spironolactone and my sulfur wash is in the mail on it’s way.
I will keep you guys up to date and let you know how things are going.. so stay tuned!