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Day 35 On Spironolactone

Posted by JennyLG, 26 November 2012 · 980 views

spironolactone tretinoin doxycycline
I guess it's 2 steps forward, 1 step back. I've been taking the spironolactone (in combination with doxy and tretinoin cream, both of which I've been using for 1+ year) for over a month now and I've seen improvements... but still not 100% clear. Overall, I feel like my skin is producing less oil and my makeup seems to stay in place for much longer throughout the day, versus pre-spiro when I would be shiny and oily by lunchtime. The total number of breakouts has definitely decreased, in addition to the severity. But last night I noticed another bump forming under my skin on my chin, and this morning it's big enough to notice even with makeup on. What the heck. Granted, the last few cysts I've had haven't been as inflamed or painful as the ones I used to get, but I'm still frustrated they keep popping up. I get so scared and anxious that they're going to keep growing and swelling, like they used to --- I would seriously do ANYTHING to never have another painful cyst on my face ever again. I try to keep reminding myself that it's an improvement, and it can take time to work (most reviews and medical journals say it takes 4-8 weeks to see a full response, and I'm at 5 weeks) but I can't help but feel upset and frustrated. At this point, I don't even remember what it's like to have clear skin or skin that's not scarred and not have to worry about applying makeup in the morning. I'm starting to think that I'm not able to objectively gauge the severity of my acne anymore. I've had so many marks on my chin and my jawline that even now, when I'm "clear" and it's just scars (and some atrophy sites from the cortisone shots) and the one little cyst on my chin, that it still looks "awful" and I need to cover it all up. I definitely need to stop obsessing about it, but it's so hard to not worry it will get worse again. Spending the week with my boyfriend's family and seeing every single person with clear, beautiful skin makes me feel so insecure and even worse. I thought I had major improvements, and then when I see that the only person with pimples is his 17 year old cousin, it makes me feel like even at my "best" it's still not good. It's hard not to feel embarrassed as a 28 year old. Granted, it's still a huge improvement, and one bump is WAY better than the 5 or 6 huge ones I used to get at a time, so I'm trying to stay positive. But seriously, I'm not sure how much longer I can deal. It makes me so irritable and my self-esteem drops so quick when I see myself without makeup on right after I shower. I have so many scars on my chin and cheeks and then whatever bumps are forming on my chin.... it's hard not to feel ugly. The last time I saw the derm she was really positive and called me pretty, which sounds funny, but it honestly made me feel so much better. I try and keep everything in perspective -- that overall I'm healthy and there's nothing seriously wrong, it's not life threatening etc. etc. -- but it still bothers me a lot and I spend literally hours of my day thinking about my acne. Why isn't it clearing up, why me, when did it get so bad, should I stop eating sugar, blah blah blah. My boyfriend says stuff like "it's not like you're dying" which just makes me feel worse. I know there are serious illnesses and other more threatening conditions, but I can't stress enough how much my mood is affected when my skin flares up. I just feel so helpless -- I've tried everything, taken every single piece of advice from the derm and my doctor -- and I'm still not clear. Ugh sorry for the rambling post... definitely the most frustrated I've been in a while and hoping that the start of week 5 sees some bigger improvements Posted Image




Keep your head up! Everything you said I can personally relate too, sounds like we have the exact same acne. This is something that will take time and even though there are still scars, they will eventually go away. You are so right though, it really is annoying and I feel like everyone is starring at my face but sooner or later we will see the light! Don't give up! :)

Keep your head up! Everything you said I can personally relate too, sounds like we have the exact same acne. This is something that will take time and even though there are still scars, they will eventually go away. You are so right though, it really is annoying and I feel like everyone is starring at my face but sooner or later we will see the light! Don't give up! Posted Image

Thank you!!

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