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Spiro + Zovia + Doxy = Overmedicated But Hopeful

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i know exactly how you feel my skin is actually pretty good now but becuase of my genetics every time i get a pimple it leaves a hyperpig mark so i have to wear makeup. thats why my main goal is just to get rid of acne all together cause id sure be nice to go without makeup for a while ha hah and yes each month before my period there was signifigantly less breakouts,one month i didnt even breakout at all before that time lol right now is an exact week before my period and i have a minor breakout along my jawline chin area im not at all suprised though cause i had two huge exams in the past couple days and along with my period that makes it even worse :/ its nothing cystic though which i used to always get at this time when i wasnt on spiro. so im really counting on spiro to completely work for me

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i know exactly how you feel my skin is actually pretty good now but becuase of my genetics every time i get a pimple it leaves a hyperpig mark so i have to wear makeup. thats why my main goal is just to get rid of acne all together cause id sure be nice to go without makeup for a while ha hah and yes each month before my period there was signifigantly less breakouts,one month i didnt even breakout at all before that time lol right now is an exact week before my period and i have a minor breakout along my jawline chin area im not at all suprised though cause i had two huge exams in the past couple days and along with my period that makes it even worse :/ its nothing cystic though which i used to always get at this time when i wasnt on spiro. so im really counting on spiro to completely work for me

that's great to hear that you are no longer getting the cystic ones!!! spiro is def working for you then. yay.

i'm actually pretty happy with the progress ive made on spiro the past weeks--i just got really discouraged after i realized i wasnt immune to breakouts...sigh. but if what you're saying is that it gets better each month, then i'll keep the faith. i'm still not 100% positive my acne is tied to my hormones, but it cant hurt to stay on this for another 3 months if im not having huge side effects. i would however, really like to get off the doxy...


Currently on:

Finacea AM, PM (since 9/1/11)

200mg Doxycycline (since 9/1/11)

50mg Spironalactone (since 10/20/11)

Acne: mild, but persistent.

Age: 25

Goal: to not wear makeup!


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day 22:

not feeling as craptastic as i did yesterday but not feeling great. i think this week has just really been tough emotionally for me and its dredging up a whole bunch of sadness and grief again...which, surprise surprise, breaks me out. i've been trying to get more sleep and not push myself, which i think helps. missing my dad and my old life a lot just screws me up completely.

put neosporin on the "cut" after i showered last night and it felt better...but today its kind of tight and hurts a bit since i picked a bunch of dead skin off it. i just cant help it...UGH I WISH I DIDNT! FINGERS CROSSED its healing. i dont want to move my mouth too much or anything bc it kind of hurts when i do. i put a tiny bit of neosporin on it before i went to work but i think it came off already.... i'm going to do the same thing every night until its almost gone (hopefully by the weekend). i really think it helps with the redness and healing process. i literally just put a dot right on the cut and leave it to dry overnight. i didnt put any concealer on it today, and i think it looks fair. if someone is staring me in the eye id hope its not super noticeable...

i did ice it a bit at lunchtime which i think made it feel tighter? i guess it make the skin constrict so it feels tight? idk but it does help in some way i think.

i just remember showering, putting moisturizer on and then going to my ex-boyfriend's apartment to hang out without a second thought...no makeup at all. i'd stay over there and not even bring face creams or washes or anything...just warm water. i would really like to get to that point again...one day soon i hope.

so, as of right now:

no "actives"

2 healing (1 on chin, 1 on upper lip)

maybe 5 clogged pores

3 red spots

yuck.


Currently on:

Finacea AM, PM (since 9/1/11)

200mg Doxycycline (since 9/1/11)

50mg Spironalactone (since 10/20/11)

Acne: mild, but persistent.

Age: 25

Goal: to not wear makeup!


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day 23:

well, things are ok. i am glad its friday...this week has really really sucked. i said i wouldnt be so hard on myself and cut myself a break considering all that i've been through, i guess blemishes arent all that bad. i feel like once i can get my life back together and the crazy emotions die down, my skin will "check itself" again and get back to the way i used to be. i have to remind myself that i'm seeing a good dermatologist, i'm on a good treatment plan that so far, has had very minimal side effects (yay!) and has been working (albeit it not 100%, but working nonetheless). and if it stops working, i can always try something else that will work. i may not be CURED of my acne, but at least i can live without it on most days.

i am happy to be in good health and have good friends. i am thankful for my twin sister and my aunt. i am happy to have a good job that i like. i have to always HOPE that things can get better, and that ONE DAY, i'll live the life i have envisioned. i dont need magazine-cover perfect skin, just skin i can be happy with and not stress over.

i have noticed over the past year that things may be so horrible and bad, and you may never think that it will get better, but eventually, time passes, you keep waking up, each day, putting one foot in front of the other, living life, whether you like it or not, you keep breathing. it takes an inordinate amount of energy to NOT live your life. so you kind of just give it to the fact you have to live and keep pushing on. the idea of time astounds me...when people say "it just takes time"...its really true. its taken me time to feel like a human being again after my dad's passing, and no doubt, it will take time for my skin to respond. just keep the faith.

well, i'll get off my soapbox now.

update on skin:

-chin "cut" is healing up. it no longer hurts. i put neosporin on it all night and i woke up this morning and a big piece of dead skin came off! yay. i didnt even put makeup on it today since it just looks worse with concealer. its red and dry, but i am glad its healing up. i will continue with my neosporin routine at night for the next week probably.

-unfortunately i seemed to have sprouted 3 clogged pores on my cheeks. they arent noticeable really, but i hate the feeling of having tiny bumps. i iced them for a few minutes this morning, and will probably do so tonight because i really think it makes the inflammation go down and flattens them out. i popped a small white head last night and iced it, and its pretty undetectable today. i think ice may be my new weapon against small blemishes. i hope the clogged pores go away soon, because i was really enjoying my smooth skin.

i am happy the weekend is here, and i hope everyone else is too.

lots of love!

other than that, nothing major to report. i am 3 days away from my period /inactive pill week, so we'll see how i fair in the coming days.


Currently on:

Finacea AM, PM (since 9/1/11)

200mg Doxycycline (since 9/1/11)

50mg Spironalactone (since 10/20/11)

Acne: mild, but persistent.

Age: 25

Goal: to not wear makeup!


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day 25:

i'm only a few days away from the 1 month mark! still taking 50mg/day and 200mg/doxy.

so the "cut" on my chin is looking much better, each day it seems less noticeable. i am happy to be almost rid of it. i hope in the next few days it'll be almost nothing. again, its just a huge reminder to not POP, SQUEEZE OR PICK anything until its ready to be. so stupid of me. i should have learned my lesson by now.

no other huge issues except i have some clogged pores near my hairline...they are kind of red, but i think its because i was picking at it. ugh. i put my proactiv sulfur mask on it for awhile to reduce the redness and smooth the skin out, so here's hoping they flatten out soon. its really not noticeable if i wear my bangs out. i think its from dancing/sweating last night at a bar but who knows...the price i pay haha. i also notice i have some blackheads and clogged pores around my nose area but its possible those have always been there and i just didnt notice.

i'm one day away from my inactive pills, so i should be getting my period in a few days. i'm interested to see how i fair on the next pack--i'm very interested in tracking everything now just for information's sake i guess.


Currently on:

Finacea AM, PM (since 9/1/11)

200mg Doxycycline (since 9/1/11)

50mg Spironalactone (since 10/20/11)

Acne: mild, but persistent.

Age: 25

Goal: to not wear makeup!


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day 26:

only 3 more pills left until i'm done with month 1! can't wait to be on this for longer to see total results. my derm said it takes some people 3 months, others 1-2, some 2-3 weeks, so i guess i fall into the 2-3 week category?

i kind of realized that instead of focusing on other things in life, i've been focusing on my skin because i probably find it easier to obsess about that than anything else. its not great, but its kind of a defense mechanism i guess. i'd really like to stop thinking about it so much and scrutinizing every little pore. i cant even remember really what i used to do when i had no breakouts...i guess it never really even crossed my mind.

i'm really going to try and stop obsessing. i need to just give myself a break and if i have a few clogged pores or small blemishes, whatever. its not like it makes me a bad person, right?

is it terrible i want to ask my derm about accutane? i know i dont qualify for it at all really, but i cant help but be really intrigued by it. i did a course of it when i was 15/16 and it was fabulous...dry skin/chapped lips and some headaches but that was really it. i had moderate acne that didnt respond to anything, and accutane cleared my skin up in about a month. i cant help but wonder if it would clear my skin up permanently if i did another short course of it for a couple months at a low dose. im going to ask my derm and see what she says. she'll probably laugh at me, but its worth a shot haha.

happy monday.


Currently on:

Finacea AM, PM (since 9/1/11)

200mg Doxycycline (since 9/1/11)

50mg Spironalactone (since 10/20/11)

Acne: mild, but persistent.

Age: 25

Goal: to not wear makeup!


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hi everyone.

so for some reason my account got messed up and i had to create another one, but i am still here and posting on my log.

it's been awhile since i posted anything, and while things havent been BAD, they haven't been CLEAR (ha.)

i'm on day 45 of spiro, 3 months in on doxy and about 4 months in on zovia. zovia is great, no issues, doxy is ok, hate being on it though and spiro is fine.

i went to see my derm today and she wasnt unhappy with the results, just a little frustrated that i havent responded as well as i could. i told her that basically its not bad or as bad as it has been, but its not where i want it to be. my forehead seems to be permanently bumpy, and i am still getting some breakouts on my chin and nose area. she was surprised about the nose area still being an issue, and then suggested i bump up to 100mg/day for the next 2 months. i havent really had any side effects from the 50mg, so we'll see how i fair on 100mg. she said she had just seen a patient doing really well on 150mg and that everyone has their magic dosage that works. she has a lot of women in their 30s and 40s on this stuff! and even a woman in her 70s...which i was shocked about. how can you have acne at 70??!?!?!

she also said if i dont see improvement on 100mg, i could go up to 200mg. after that, i'd assume it would be a course of accutane, which i'd really rather not do, even though its allure is quite strong. the blood tests, ipledge system and mandatory derm appointments sound like a huge pain in the ass, especially with my HMO plan. when i took it 10 years ago, all i had to do was take a prego test and get the script filled. not hard.

we'll see. right now my face looks decent. forehead still bumpy, 2 healing zits--one on chin and one near the right side of my nose. i feel a little lightheaded since i took the 100mg this morning, but maybe its bc i havent eaten since 9am.

hoping that i'll see improvement by christmas...

feel free to post reactions/experiences etc. i love hearing from people!

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day 3 of 100mg...no huge miraculous clearing but not bad. there arent any actives right now, but i do have a small slightly raised blemish on my right cheek i kind of picked at a little this morning (leaving it alone now!) and my forehead is still bumpy. got a red mark on my chin that is SLOWLY fading. yeesh it takes forever...

i'm using a sulfur face wash now my derm prescribed called Plexion and im hoping it will get rid of the little bumps on my forehead. im so used to seeing them i forgot what its like to not have them haha. guess i just got used to it? funny how that happens. i also use a sulfur mask all over one or twice a week and to spot treat popped blemishes. idk if any of this stuff works, but i continue using it in the hopes it will.

interestingly, i woke up yesterday with a small red blemish on my jawline and by the end of the day it was gone. if only life could be so simple.

id really like 100mg to work for me so i can get off the freaking doxy. im on it for another 2 months, ugh. i just really wish i never even started taking it.

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day 4 of 100mg:

looking pretty good. i used the proactiv sulfur mask last night on my forehead and cheeks to get rid of some bumps and it worked well. seriously that stuff is so calming for the skin. doesnt irritate or make anything flaky. i used to use a BP face mask from neutrogena, and it definitely made my skin drier.

i did notice that my forehead is smoother--maybe bc of the sulfur wash i have been using and the bump in spiro dosage, so thats hopeful i guess? not sure what to make of everything, but ill just take it one day at time.

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day 5 of 100mg:

well, i've been pretty busy the past few days, and its been nice to have clearer skin when you are on the go. i saw ryan adams last night in concert and he rocked...love him! i have been using this sulfur face wash called Plexion (i get the generic cuz its cheaper) and i highly recommend it based on my experience thus far.

my forehead seems smoother and my skin feels better overall, which is nice.

i'm traveling next week mon-fri for work, so we'll see how everything holds up. i'm a bit worried, but hoping if i stay on top of my regimen and not stress, i'll be okay.

the spiro is def making me pee more than usual, but i dont really care that much. i feel better drinking more water, so thats a good side effect i guess.

hope everyone has a good weekend!

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day 7 of 100mg:

not going to post at all this coming week as i'll be traveling for work, but gotta report that things are pretty good (knock on wood). i feel secure with myself and skin and am going to try and stay as stress free as possible during the next week. hope everyone else is doing well!

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well i managed to get a wifi connection in LA so i'm posting!

i accidentally took 150mg today instead of 100mg...oops! i usually take 2 pills/day and i was traveling and was up and about super super early, so i kind of forgot by the end of the day if i had taken my pills. i am like 90% sure i did, but i didnt want to risk not having it in my system for a day, so i took a 50mg pill to be safe. so yeah...but then i got kinda sick to my stomach after eating some sushi and puked...so idk what the hell dosage i ended up with today! crazy isnt it. im wondering if the 150mg will make my skin clearer though!! here's hoping i wake up with better skin than i went to sleep with :)

anyway, i got a whitehead on my chin after getting off my very long 6 hour flight (not surprised) but once i washed my face it just popped itself. i am using my sulfur mask and face wash, and diligently following my skincare routine, in hopes i wont break out during my week away from home....maybe the 150mg isnt a bad idea. my doc said i can take it up to 200mg if im getting pimples still...so maybe ill do a little trial and error myself :)

anyway, im exhausted and going to sleep. 4 days until im back home.

i used to travel and not even think twice about zits...now i worry if the airplane, change in water or whatever it is will make me breakout. UGH.

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woke up with a tiny whitehead on my chin, which i popped. i cant not. i'm okay with getting the occasional white head, just as long as its tiny and can be hidden with makeup.

i also totally forgot to mention that i wore absolutely NO MAKEUP yesterday...not a stitch of concealer or mineral powder or even eye makeup...i think i look better and more polished with my "face" on but wearing it on a 5:30am flight isnt something i care to do. it felt good :)

also, i took a look around and i feel like i notice very few women with 100% perfect amazing flawless skin. i dont think it exists really...i see more men with better skin than women as i get older--i think it has everything to do with hormones.

i remember there was a period of time when i didnt menstruate--and i had great skin. soooo yeah...when my period came back, BAM! acne acne acne.

also, is it weird that i worry about when i want to get pregnant and have kids that my acne will get freakin' gnarly when i go off spiro and BCPs??? i mean...it will probably explode. im 25 and would like to have kids in the next 10 years...haha. so its far off but i still think about it. anyone else???

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so i seem to be dealing with some small whiteheads on my chin/nose area. where i ALWAYS breakout.

i woke up with a small red bump on the side of my lip and iced it so it would bring down the inflammation, and it did. i knew it would turn into a whitehead...which is fine i guess, i just hate popping them at work and i hate having them on my face, so i have to wait until i get home. i know it will be gone after i pop it, so i'm just going to wait until the end of the day to.

other than that, no huge issues. i just wish i could wake up and not have a whitehead.

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just popped my 2 spiro pills...hoping they clear me up even more!

i got a nice little whitehead on my lip area yesterday which i popped, iced and put my sulfur mask on. it helped it go away, but theres still a red mark where its healing. i have gotten pretty good at covering up zits haha (i never used to be) so its not really noticeable i think to other people (to me, its always noticeable). when i have some zits to cover up, i usually make sure i amp up my eye makeup and clothes,so it distracts from whatever is going on on my skin. i think its a good strategy...and having people complement you on your hair/shoes/clothes rather than stare at a zit is a better outcome i think.

anyway, im due to get my period any day now so i am hoping that will clear up anything lurking in the wings.

also, there's a girl in my office that has pretty severe acne...i'd say cystic, that covers most of her face and chest. she does a good job of covering it up, but i almost want to tell her about spiro. im not sure if shed get offended, but i think she should try to do something...although it really doesnt seem to bother her AT ALL. she has a boyfriend, a successful career...seems like she just lives her life with it and doesnt bat an eyelash.

and here i am worrying about one whitehead. BAH.

i really wonder if i should tell her about spiro....

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well...

things arent as clear as id like right now. i think its b/c i got my period, i have a nasty cold and ive been traveling. so my period will be over in a few days, i'll be home tonight and hopefully my cold will go away soon! my skin is pretty dry as well...which i guess is b/c of the spiro dosage bump.

i have 2 whiteheads that i popped that are healing on my mouth area and a few under my chin which is weird bc ive never really gotten zits there, and my forehead is a little bumpy. i have a little redness under my eye and i'm not sure what caused it...maybe the way i slept? or i scratched it or something in my sleep...idk. i kind of had too much to drink at happy hour last night and came home and picked at stuff...it sounded like a good idea then, but not really this morning...

overall its not terrible, but its not as clear as it was earlier this week. it seems whenever i travel my skin breaks out...so i think ive fared relatively well compared with other trips. last friday my skin looked fabulous, this friday, its a little broken out. darn period. blah.

hoping these minor spots clear up in the next couple of days. i may even bump my spiro dosage up to 150mg for a few days and see if it makes a difference.

happy friday!

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well im back home after a hellish day of connecting flights and delays...gotta love air travel during the holidays...right? freaking nightmare.

so my face is doing pretty well, just got a few little dry/flaky spots where the whiteheads were that i popped the other day. i used my sulfur mask and it makes my skin feel so smooth, so that's good. i love the feeling of putting it on--its cool to the touch and it dries quickly...feels so nice!

although i was putting on my finacea tonight before bed and i kind of felt a small bump on my chest...like the beginning of those nasty zits i used to get before spiro. i havent had one like this is a while--like 3 months maybe? i've put a dot of sulfur mask on it to dry it up and get rid of the redness overnight, and hopefully it will go away; most of the time i get small surface things...this one feels deeper but doesnt hurt, which is strange, its just a hard bump.

overall, the last time i traveled and was sick, i came back home and experienced the nastiest breakout. it was like big ugly ones all over my chin and chest. took 2 weeks to go away almost and left some red spots. so overall, i think i fared pretty well..if this one on my chest goes away i should be happy as a clam. (almost)

also, i wanted to say this--i really do believe in NOT PICKING your skin. i have really tried to take a "hands off" approach with it recently and not take action on anything until its really ready to be done. like a whitehead or blackhead that has come to the surface then carefully pop them but...if you start squeezing stuff that isnt ready or shouldnt be touched, its just going to make it worse and make the healing process slower. ive definitely done my fair share of picking, but if its not begging you to pop it, just leave it be. you'll be happier in the long run.

i start my active pills again on tuesday, so here's hoping a full cycle on 100mg will make my skin even better.

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well i decided to take 150mg today b/c my chest seemed to be breaking out and my forehead is bumpier than i would like...i took 150mg once last week and it seemed to help a little--smooth things out. i start my active pills on tuesday, so i should be good on 100mg for the rest of the week. i want to give the 100mg a chance since ive only been on it for like 2 weeks, but i am thinking that maybe 150mg might be my "sweet spot". if i need to take the 150mg in order to get off the freakin' doxy, so be it!! although, i have noticed that with the 100mg bump, all the little blackheads and bumpiness around my nose area has pretty much gone away. which is nice.

is it weird that i'm stressing out about the holidays coming up? im worried that it will break me out b/c seeing family and everything is stressful and emotional too since my dad is gone this year, and those emotions are like my number 1 triggers for breakouts. i'm trying to keep myself calm and take one day at a time, but its difficult...i also dont want to be walking into family gatherings with zits all over my face either. BLAH. never ending cycle.

im hoping that since i'll be on the beginning of my pack that my skin will look good for saturday and sunday...(christmas eve and day!) but who knows. i have noticed however that i have almost no oil production lately...the cold weather and wind probably doesnt help much either but my skin is def getting dry.

i just would really like to get to the place where clear skin is the norm. SIGH.

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so tomorrow i start my active pills and im hoping things will smooth out once im back on the hormones. its not like my skin looks broken out, its just not as smooth as id like it to be. i took 150mg last night and it didnt seem to do much hahah.

anyway, the chest blemishes seemed to go away and are just small red marks which arent even noticeable really. i have 2 spots on my face which require concealer, but just a dab and im good.

tonight im going to use my sulfur mask and get some sleep b/c i could barely sleep at all last night...maybe like 4-5 hours if i was lucky UGH.

still taking 100mg spiro and 200mg doxy + vitamins until further notice.

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so i got kind of drunk last night after work at happy hour, and i came home and showered etc and i popped a small whitehead on my chin, then fell asleep with my sulfur mask on my face for probably an hour or so. i woke up and washed it off, then went back to sleep. when i woke up this morning the whitehead was completely gone and the area wasnt even red...amazing! i dont plan on sleeping with the sulfur mask on, but its interesting that it worked so well overnight.

i started my active pills today, so hopefully my skin will hold up for the holidays.

im dragging ass at work bc i stayed out too late and drank too much, so i cant wait to go home and sleep tonight!!!!!!!

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What sulfur mask do you use?


"We all deal with being unfairly judged."

Completed Accutane: 1/2009: http://www.acne.org/...the-first-time/

4 months on 40mg

2 months on 60mg

Clear until 7/2011.

Current regimen:

AM:

75mg Spironolactone

WF Double Strength Probiotics

Daily cetaphil wash

CeraVe Day cream with SPF

MAC concealer

MUFE Make-up

Afternoon/Evening (pre/post-workout0:

Cetaphil/CeraVe before and after

PM:

100mg Doxy

WF Double Strength Probiotics

Zinc Picolinate 50mg

Daily Cetaphil Wash

CeraVe lotion

Tazorac 0.1%

(Exfoliate 1-2x a week, Sulfur mask 1-2x a week)


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i use the proactiv mask actually--it works well and i use it often--at least 3-4 times/week. i also use a sulfur face wash called plexion (but i get the generic cuz its cheaper). i got an Rx for it from my derm b/c my face flushes easily. it seems to have worked at smoothing my complexion and minimizing redness. it doesnt smell as bad as you'd think either! i recommend it if you are looking for something without BP or salicylic acid.

i woke up this morning with a tiny baby whitehead on my chin which i popped and it bled a bit but went away--i didnt even cover it with concealer haha. i seem to get small whiteheads on my chin area that are very small, and sometimes go away upon washing my face or i pop them a they go away in a day or two. its weird.

my skin is also kind of dry, but thats to be expected from the spiro and winter weather.

anyway, i hope everyone has a fantastic holiday!!

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so i got complements on my skin from my family over the holiday! they said the tone and evenness was really good and i didnt have any big zits like before. my mom said my skin always looked shiny before, and the spiro absorbs all the oil so hurray...guess it worked. it was really nice not having to worry about it and i even went barefaced in the mornings at my aunt's house!!

this evening i felt a tiny bump near my nose and i did squeeze it a little just to see if anything would pop, and this nasty little hard plug thing came out...gross...is that like dried up oil or something? its not a hard bump anymore and is a little itchy but you cant really even see it...i wonder why i get those around my nose area?? what are they? im going to use my sulfur mask to dry it up!

i did notice though that my skin is getting DRY. i bought cetaphil moisturizing lotion awhile back and i never used it bc i didnt really need it, but now i am getting some small areas that are flaking, so i started using it. i love the fact it doesnt smell and its not greasy--it absorbs well and doesnt feel heavy. i will keep using it as the winter gets colder i think!!

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im getting SO sick of taking these doxy. BLAH. my doctor said if my skin is really clear, i can start taking just one a day for a few weeks and then a couple a week and then none. i think im going to stick it out until the end of the year and then start to decrease it come january. i will be SO happy to not have to take them and worry if my stomach will get upset! i ate a salad once for dinner without carbs or protein and BAM...vomited everywhere like 20 minutes later. GROSS. used to happen to me in middle and high school too when i took tetracycline. nasty sh*t.

so today i woke up and had a baby whitehead on my chin where i always get them, and i just popped it and it went away. i noticed i had a small raised spot on my cheek, but no head or anything so i just left it alone. it's pretty much gone away so thats the spiro working i guess.

since my dosage bump i havent really had any of the sore spots i used to get on 50mg. i would have this sore-to-the-touch feeling on my chin and jawline area, feeling like my chin would explode with a massive zit, but nothing would happen. now on 100mg, i dont feel that soreness...im a little more tired but i think that's because of the holidays...stress, food, family...blah blah.

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BLAH. i seem to be having a mini little breakout. i got out of the shower last night and a spot near my lip had magically erupted, which i popped and its going away--it doesnt hurt or anything, its just slightly raised... i woke up with some red spots on my neck (!?!) so weird, and a few small bumps on my jawline area. its not that my face looks broken out, i just notice these small imperfections more than anyone. i just really want everything to be nice and clear for new years eve. i need to get more sleep i think...tonight im going to go to bed early and hopefully that will help things settle down.

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