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#1 hopefulgirl123

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:00 AM

I'm on Day 7 of Spironolactone 100 mg . I've been on the same birth control for the past 3 years, so I'm on that as well.

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-have always had a FEW pimples since high school.. nothing too major UNTIL summer 2011.
-23 years old, female
- I was looking at pictures of myself from March 2011, and I could not find a single blemish on my face.
- I have no idea what happened over the summer that caused me to break out.. and not stop breaking out.
- In September 2011, I was prescribed tretinoin - I should have researched it BEFORE using it... unfortunately, I broke out like crazy for one month and couldn't take it anymore so I stopped. It was AWFUL. It seems like my skin has been trying to recover from that horrible breakout + whatever happened over the summer .

Day 1-7: I haven't noticed anything too different except I have been urinating more frequently.

Day 7 (today): I currently have 2 under the skin pimples (not sure if they're considered cystic). 2 is not bad for me... but I do have TONS of acne scars - it's horrible. They're not ice pick scars or anything, but they're just red and dark... unsightly!

Daily Regimen:
Morning:
- 100 mg spiro
- wash with Clean and Clear Foaming Cleanser (antiseptic)
- put a little AHA cream on any new pimples
- Olay moisturizer with SPF

Night:
- wash with Clean and Clear again
- 2.5% BP
- AHA

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:11 PM

Day 8 on 100 mg Spiro - 1/26/2012

-had 2 under the skin pimples... one got slightly redder and bigger, but it seems/feels like it's going down ALREADY!! I'm so happy! Usually these under the skin pimples become really big. I'm hoping that this means the spiro is working!

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 11:03 PM

Day 9

-2 new little bumps on my cheek - not full-on pimples though
-the one I had yesterday is still going down.. taking its sweet time

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 09:45 PM

Day 10

- 1 new bump appeared on my cheek
- seems like I'm continuing to get bumps, but smaller ones than before... I just want to wake up and not have to worry about new bumps... sigh...
- the big one I had before is still going down... it's taking quite a long time

- was looking at pictures of myself from June 2011, and I can hardly see any blemishes on my face... so sad. Why couldn't my face stay like that??

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:33 PM

Day 11

- have a new bump today
- so sick of getting bumps.. wish they would just stop appearing!!!!
- I'm wondering if this is the initial breakout or if the spiro hasn't really kicked in yet... ugh wish I knew.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 12:40 AM

was the birth control not enough to help you get clear? I was following your other blog and it seemed like you were getting great results already?

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 04:34 PM

was the birth control not enough to help you get clear? I was following your other blog and it seemed like you were getting great results already?


I think you have me mistaken for someone else. This is my first time writing on this site. Posted Image

Day 12

A bit depressed right now. I have all these bumps on my face, not pimples, but BUMPS... not sure how else to explain them. I also have this weird big bump that looks like it could turn into a cyst.. no idea what happened. Is this the initial breakout??? I think so, because I didn't have these many bumps when I first started... hmmm I hope this passes quickly. SIGH. Posted Image

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 08:34 PM

That sounds a lot like the IB that I had from spiro as well. It was just bumps, a lot in places where I have never broken out before. It should clear in about a week or so!!

Good luck! Stick to it!

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 10:13 PM

That sounds a lot like the IB that I had from spiro as well. It was just bumps, a lot in places where I have never broken out before. It should clear in about a week or so!!

Good luck! Stick to it!


I hope you're right!! The annoying this is I double checked with my dermatologist about the possibility of an IB, and he said in the 15 years he's been prescribing spiro, not ONE patient complained about an IB. I was so hopeful I wouldn't have to deal with this.

Thanks for the feedback.. I really need some encouragement these days.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:28 AM

Definitely stick with it! I still have some up and down days, and I'm frustrated sometimes too. It does get better though. The first couple weeks are rough, for sure. I freaked out when I started breaking out after only 3 days of spiro, so I called my derm, and he said that its normal to break out, because this is a hormonal treatment, but it should resolve within 2-3 weeks.

I think the AHA and BP will help with some of the bumps too!

Good luck!

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:30 PM

Day 14

Still depressed about my skin. It's really hard to not think about it ALL THE TIME. Seriously... my skin consumes 90% of my thoughts. It's sad.

Okay, so I have one big active pimple on my lower cheek... yuck. I still have all those small bumps on my cheek - they aren't pimples, just bumps. I sincerely hope that they don't turn into pimples or else I will have a TON on my cheek.

My dermatologist told me that I would see results in 4 weeks. 2 more weeks to go. I hope he's right... he seemed SOOOOOO confident.

I have been urinating more frequently. Not really a nuisance. I kinda like that I'm drinking more water. Makes me feel healthier.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:07 PM

Okay, 2 weeks into spironolactone... here are hideous photos of my hideous skin. I hope in 2 weeks I have ZERO active pimples. These scars are awful... they will take ages to go away.





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Posted 02 February 2012 - 11:52 AM

Day 15 on 100mg spiro

- I just noticed that my hair is less oily! I take a shower every morning, and the next morning my hair is usually veryyy oily. However, today I noticed that my hair was totally fine! It wasn't greasy like it normally is! Must be the spironolactone working Posted Image
- I'm a bit happier today because I don't see any new pimples... but I still have remaining active pimples.
- Still hopefulPosted Image

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 05:10 AM

what birth control are you currently using as well? sorry, you have a similar SN to another member on here. Stick with it. I am following your progress and from what others have said, spiro could give you an IB. Do you notice any side effects such as dehydration, urinating more often and lightheadedness?

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 03:03 PM

what birth control are you currently using as well? sorry, you have a similar SN to another member on here. Stick with it. I am following your progress and from what others have said, spiro could give you an IB. Do you notice any side effects such as dehydration, urinating more often and lightheadedness?


I'm on Levora - haven't changed my BC in over 3 years.

Side effects: urinating ALL THE TIME! I don't mind though. To avoid dehydration I drink a lot of water. I just keep a reusable water bottle with me at all times. No lightheadedness. That's about it!

Are you on spiro?

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Day 17 on 100mg Spiro

Day 3 of NO NEW PIMPLES

I AM SO HAPPY! I am quite hopeful that my initial breakout is over. Posted Image
My hair is still noticeably less oily.

I accidentally burned my face with BP. Last night, I got home really really late, so I only put on the BP and fell asleep. Usually I put on AHA after the BP dries.. so that might be way my face got burnt. It's red ):

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 09:17 PM

Day 20 on 100mg Spiro

- Unfortunately, my days of no new pimples didn't last long...
- Fortunately, my 2 pimples that I just popped were small!! MUCH smaller than the ones I was getting before. I know I'm not supposed to pop, BUT the last time I left a huge one alone, the pimple seriously took FOREVERRRRR to go away, and in the end, it became a whitehead again. Soooo I don't really see the point of not popping them.

- I have 10 pills left. Gotta get a refill soon from my doc.

- Still hopeful Posted Image

- PS. My skin has been super flaky since I burned it with BP. I haven't used BP in over 3 days, so this could also be a reason for the new pimples. Going to use BP starting today again. Hopefully my skin's flakiness is over.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:19 PM

Day 23 on 100mg Spiro

I didn't have any new pimples today. I still have these small bumps on my cheek, but they don't appear to be blackheads or whiteheads. I honestly have no idea what they are. It's really annoying because they are visible and might look like pimples to others. UGH!!!

I just came back from my second session of non-ablative fractional laser. I am doing laser treatments for my scars because I have WAY too many (as you can see in my pictures). My cheeks are covered with scars. It's quite depressing.
My face is extremely red and swollen right now... and just uncomfortable. I'll post pictures tomorrow when it's not so red, so I can show you guys what my skin looks like right now. It probably doesn't look that much different from the first pictures I posted though.

I just want my skin to go back to the way it used to be... clear with the occasional pimple. Sigh...

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:15 PM

hey there

im glad that your not breaking out like usual and that your skins started to clear up. I just wanted to ask if your scars are actually just hyperpigmentation and not pitted scars. In time, the pigmentation will get lighter later and i feel that by using lasers will only make things worse in the long run especially if you are still breaking out a little bit. As for the scarring, you can do peels or other methods that are less drastic.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 11:12 PM

hey there

im glad that your not breaking out like usual and that your skins started to clear up. I just wanted to ask if your scars are actually just hyperpigmentation and not pitted scars. In time, the pigmentation will get lighter later and i feel that by using lasers will only make things worse in the long run especially if you are still breaking out a little bit. As for the scarring, you can do peels or other methods that are less drastic.

Just trying to help. Posted Image


Hi Daria,

My scars are just hyperpigmentation, not pitted scars. I have so many that I want to get rid of the ones I have now... even though I might be getting more in the future. As long as the number of scars has decreased, I'm happy. I start school in June, and I won't have time or money to get laser treatment, so that's also another reason I'm doing it now.

Just curious, why do you think the laser will make my skin worse?

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:25 PM

Day 26 on Spiro 100mg

-My face is pretty dry and a flakey around my mouth and nose. This is to be expected after laser though.
-I have added 2 new photos. You can see that my face is covered with scars, hence my decision to have laser treatment. I'm so sick of looking at these scars everyday.
-I can feel a new pimple coming in, but I'm hopeful it will be small and go away quickly.
-My dermatologist told me that all my chest and back acne would go away. I still get some zits on my chest, but I use AHA for that. AHA for my chest zits always works!! I highly recommend using 10% AHA on chest acne.
---My back IS looking clear!! I don't put any cream on it, so it must be the spiro. I've never had a ton of pimples on my back, but have had a couple here and there. I don't see anything now!

RECAP FOR THOSE WHO DON'T WANT TO READ EVERY ENTRY POSTED SO FAR:
--had an initial breakout for the first two weeks on 100mg spiro, but now I'm getting a new small pimple every few days...
--had fractional non-ablative laser therapy a few days ago for my scars (2nd treatment) and now my skin is dry and flakey (as I knew would happen)
--still using BP (not every single day though) and AHA

Edited by hopefulgirl123, 20 March 2012 - 10:46 PM.





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