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Today I went back to the dermatologist. I had my first appointment only 3 weeks ago, at which the doc gave me 2 topical prescriptions: Aczone(day) and Tretinoin(night). Since starting these treatments, I felt like my acne was getting considerably worse...I started to develop some large, deep, painful spots that have never really been a problem for me before. Today she prescribed me a low dose of Spironolactone and also gave me samples for Atralin to try in place of the Tretinoin at night. I also got a topical spot treatment called Vanoxide (benzoyl peroxide & hydrocortisone) that is supposed to help with the large, painful cysts/spots. I'm very hopeful that the Spironolactone will help since it seems my acne is kinda hormone-related...I have another appointment in 2 and a half months soo we'll see!


My name is Sarah. I'm 22 years old and have been struggling with moderate acne since my early teens. Within the last year or so, it seems to have flared up more than usual, especially on my cheeks and chin. I try to take pretty good care of my skin these days but still am having a lot of breakouts. I'm already self conscious in general, and my skin makes that a lot worse... I'm really tired of it so I've decided to take a more aggressive treatment approach. I've been coming on this website for a while now to read the forums and see suggestions, reviews, etc. and I decided to make an account so I can document products/medications I'm using and my progress.

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