coonie7525 added a topic in Personal logsSpironolactone Personal LogSpironolactone Day 2
My skin story: All throughout high school I never really had any acne. I would have the occasional pimple but nothing horrible. But now that I’m 21 my skin has been freaking out for the past 6 months. I only breakout on my chin and around my mouth. The skin on my cheeks and forehead never has a single pimple. I get the really painful deep cysts on my chin that last for weeks. I currently have about 6 or 7 pea sized cysts around my chin and mouth. The bad thing is that I have extremely sensitive skin that likes to become red and inflamed any time I try something new. I have tried almost EVERYTHING. Here is a list of all that I’ve tried:
-Proactiv: Burned my skin and made it red and inflamed
-Michael Todd: I tried their organic line for acne. There was no acne medicine in the products so while the line didn’t make my acne worse it did nothing to help.
-Over the counter Cleansers (Aveeno, Clean and Clear, Neutrogena, Olay, Biore): Most burned my skin and aggravated my acne
-Cetaphil: Did not aggravate my skin but did nothing for my acne
-Ziana (retinol): BURNED MY SKIN. Made it peel, become tomato red, and inflamed. This was a nightmare.
-Minocycline: I can’t keep this medicine down for some reason no matter what I do, so I don’t know if it works or not.
-I am currently using Metrogel which has been helping with the surface pimples but doesn’t help with the deep cysts. This is a gel for acne caused by rosacea. I have had no dryness from this product
Yesterday the doctor prescribed me Spironolactone for my hormonal acne. Spironolactone is a high blood pressure medication which blocks excess testosterone. Men can not use this medicine because it can cause them to grow man boobs. Anyways, I was really excited to start this medicine because I can tell my acne is hormonal. A plus is that this medicine will help with excess body hair (which I definitely have). The doctor made me promise not to get pregnant while on this medicine because it can cause feminization of a male fetus. Unfortunately I can’t take birth control pills because I have a blood clotting disorder, but I am not currently sexually active so this won’t be a problem for me.
Spironolactone Review: I have taken this pill twice now. The pill is small and easy to swallow. My doctor started me on 25 mg a day and told me to increase it to 50 mg after 3 weeks. I take it in the morning after I eat breakfast. The pharmacist recommended taking this pill during the day rather than at night because it is a diuretic which means it will make you pee a lot. I already pee a ton so I don’t mind it that much. I have noticed I have been going more often but nothing significant. So far I have no other side effects. Most medicines give me an upset stomach and this hasn’t so far which is great I will keep updating on my progress. Most reviews I have read say there is a pretty bad initial breakout which sucks, but at this point I am willing to try anything. My ultimate goal is to be somewhat clear for my sister’s beach wedding at the end of July.
Current State of my skin:
1. Five to Six surface zits around my mouth
2. Seven cysts on my chin
3. Tiny congested skin-colored pores covering my chin
I am definitely having some initial breakouts from using this medicine. I currently have about 9 deep cystic pimples on my chin My chin constantly hurts, and I don’t even want to leave the house. I read that most people have an initial breakout with this medicine and then it clears up. So I’m crossing my fingers that it works. A positive to this medicine is that my skin is a lot less oily. I can make it more than 30 minutes without looking like I fried bacon on my face. Yay
My current skincare routine along with this medicine is:
Morning: Wash with cetaphil, put on Proactiv Oil-free moisturizer with spf 15
Night: Take off makeup (if I’m wearing any) with Cetaphil then wash with Dermadoctor Ain’t No Misbehavin AHA and BHA cleanser, wait 15 minutes then put on Metrogel
I think that what is making my acne worse is the constant picking. Any time I see a pimple that looks ready to pop I pick at it with tweezers and then squeeze it all out. It’s awful and leaving really bad hyper-pigmentation all over my chin. I need to find a way to stop picking at it :/
I will check back in soon.
I think this medicine is starting to work because all of my pimples, even the deep ones, are surfacing and turning into pus-filled whiteheads. They are so disgusting, but I am dealing with it because I think my skin is going to start to clear up *knock on wood*. I haven’t noticed any new cysts forming which is nice. I just wish the ones I have now on my jaw would surface like the ones on my chin. The ones on my jaw are the most painful I’ve ever felt.
I must note that I stopped using the AHA/BHA cleanser. I think it was irritating my skin. I switched to only using the Cerave Foaming Cleanser twice a day along with the metrogel at night. The redness seems to have calmed down from using gentler products.
This medicine has been making me feel a little dizzy, but I think it’s because I need to drink more water. So far that is the only side effect I have noticed. I will see if my period arrives on time in a week. I’ve heard that this medicine can mess with your cycle.
Well so far my face looks disgusting, but for some reason I feel better about things today. I try really hard not to pick at the whiteheads, but it is very embarrassing to leave the house with pus all over my chin.
Will check back soon.
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coonie7525 added a blog entry in Hormonal AcneBackground About My Skin
All throughout high school I never really had to deal with acne. Even though my skin type has always been extremely oily, I would only get an occasional pimple. I thought I was so lucky that I would never have to deal with bad acne. My parents said they never had it either so I definitely thought I was in the clear. But no, I couldn't have been more wrong. My skin suddenly took a turn for the worse around when I turned 20 (I'm almost 22 now). I would get these deep painful pimples on my chin that would last for weeks. Also, I noticed that the pores on my chin were congested with these tiny skin-colored plugs if I looked really close. I would have about 2 or 3 cysts on my chin at all times and the occasional surface pimple around my mouth. During this time I tried almost everything, but it has just gotten worse and worse. My skin started to have at least 10 painful cysts on it at all times. For reference my skin is fair, oily, and extremely sensitive.
Here is a list of everything I have tried:
-Proactiv: Worked for a while but then stopped and began to dry out my skin too much and gave me a rash
-Sulfur wash: Gave me dry patches and smelled like rotten eggs
-Benzoyl Peroxide Wash: Dried out my skin and aggravated my acne
-Michael Todd True Organics Acne Regimen: I wish this stuff had worked because it felt amazing on my skin. Didn't dry me out but did nothing for my acne
-Cetaphil: I still use this in the mornings because it is gentle, but doesn't help acne on it's own
-AHA/BHA Cleanser: I find this too exfoliating for my skin. I like using it once every couple of weeks though
-Aveeno: I am allergic to soy and didn't realize this had soy in it for a while. Once I stopped using this the redness calmed down a lot
-Murad: Didn't help my acne, made my skin feel dry and tight
-Neutrogena, Biore, Clean and Clear, Olay etc: I can say the same thing for all of the drugstore facial cleansers I bought TOO DRYING
-Tea Tree Oil Spot Treatment: Stung my face and I didn't notice it drying up my pimples
-Ziana: I think I was allergic to this because it caused swelling in my face
-Doxycycline and Minocycline: I kept throwing these medications up no matter what I would take them with so I'm not sure if they would have worked for me. Sorry that's really gross...
Also I have tried making changes in my diet:
-I completely cut out soda and juice
-I cut out soy because I found out I'm allergic to it
-I try to limit my carbs and sugar
-I take probiotics and a woman's multivitamin everyday
-I switched to unsweetened almond milk because I am lactose intolerant
So far these changes haven't made a difference in my skin. I'm also going to try a fluoride free toothpaste, as someone said chin acne might be caused by an allergy to fluoride. It's worth a shot. I'm so desperate at this point.
Current Products (I will make another post about my progress with this regimen)
Morning: Wash With Cetaphil, Apply Proactiv Oil-Free moisturizer spf 15, Take Spironolactone with breakfast
Night: Wash with Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser, Wait 15 minutes then apply Metrogel
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