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Posted 17 February 2012 - 12:27 AM

Day 29 on 100mg Spiro

-I'm sad to say my skin isn't looking its best. I have about 4 actives which means: I can either feel them growing orrrr they are going down. It's crazy how one day I can have 0-1 and the next have 4-5. UGH so annoying!!!!!!! I'm getting a facial tomorrow, so hopefully they can extract all my actives.
-When I was first prescribed spiro, my dermatologist said "give it four weeks MAX." I believed him. He was wrong. I also believed him when he said his patients have never had initial breakouts. He was wrong about that too. SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
-I'm still hopeful that if I stick with this for a couple of more months, my skin will be back to normal (back when I wasn't OBSESSED with my skin and didn't need as much makeup). HOWEVER, I'm still dealing with 8230984903 scars.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:53 AM

Keep up the good work! You're only a month in! I am at 31 days of spiro and am in the process of recovering from probably the worst outbreak I've ever had. Remember it takes a while! We'll get there :)

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:16 PM

Keep up the good work! You're only a month in! I am at 31 days of spiro and am in the process of recovering from probably the worst outbreak I've ever had. Remember it takes a while! We'll get there Posted Image


Thanks... I just wish I didn't obsess over my face 24/7.. it'd probably go by faster! haha

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:57 PM

Day 33 on 100mg Spironolactone

I have 3 current actives on my right cheek right now. I hate waking up and automatically wondering if I have any new pimples. It's pretty sad that that's the first thing I think of when I wake up. UGH I'm so tired of my skin being the ONE THING that consumes most of my thoughts.

I have been urinating less frequently. Does this mean I'm getting used to the spironolactone? Or that the spironolactone isn't working as well? I'm not sure.

My face is definitely less oily, and like I said earlier, my back acne is all gone! I never had a lot before, but I did always get a few here and there. Nothing right now!

Here are a couple of pictures. As you can see, I have A TON OF SCARS!!!!! Posted Image




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Posted 24 February 2012 - 01:29 AM

Day 36 on 100mg Spiro

I had 2 big actives that are finally dying down... took about 3-4 days. Now that those are going down, OF COURSE another one is coming in. When will this end????

I'm wondering if I should go back to the dermatologist. He told me my skin would look great in 4 weeks. It's obviously over 4 weeks, and my skin is far from looking good.

Still hopeful...

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:35 PM

Your skin will get worse and it will get better on month 4

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:17 PM

Day 40 on 100mg Spiro

My skin has been looking okay for the past couple of days. Luckily my two huge pimples right next to each other on my cheek went away by the weekend. It seriously took the whole week to first show up then go away. Of course I'm left with scars, as with every single one of my other pimples. Idk what is worse... scars or actives?? I guess actives are worse because they show up as bumps, but my scars are flat.

I got 2 new ones over the weekend, but I wasn't too bothered by them because my hair covered them. I popped one this morning. So.. at this moment, I have zero actives.

Anyway, despite all this negativity, I'm still hopeful!!!

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:29 PM

Red marks are much better because they cover with makeup :D and you dont have to worry about what you look like in different lighting like with active bumps! Lol just my positive spin on getting to red marks after a pimple. I'm on my 6th day of spiro.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:04 AM

Red marks are much better because they cover with makeup Posted Image and you dont have to worry about what you look like in different lighting like with active bumps! Lol just my positive spin on getting to red marks after a pimple. I'm on my 6th day of spiro.


Good point. Posted Image

Good luck!!

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:39 PM

Day 42 on 100mg Spiro

3 new actives on my left cheek. 1 on my right cheek. UGHHHHhhh when will this end????

I have a dermatologist appointment this Friday. Wondering if I should ask for antibiotics. I really don't think I can handle another initial breakout though from new drugs.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:05 PM

Day 43 on 100mg Spiro

-I cancelled my derm appt that was scheduled for tomorrow. I figured I'll wait until the 2 month mark to see how my skin is doing then. I HOPE my skin is doing better. I'm so tired of getting new blemishes.. I just want them to STOP!!!!! I don't understand why it takes so long for the spiro to work. My skin is a million times less oily. Isn't this an indication that the meds are working to block oil production??? If so, there shouldn't be anything clogging my pores! Posted Image
-I'm going on a week long trip in May with my bf and will be sleeping over at his sibling's place. I'm so embarrassed for his sibling to see my skin like this... and he will probably see it without any makeup on. Thinking about it makes me cringe. UGH

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:04 AM

Day 43 on 100mg Spiro

-I cancelled my derm appt that was scheduled for tomorrow. I figured I'll wait until the 2 month mark to see how my skin is doing then. I HOPE my skin is doing better. I'm so tired of getting new blemishes.. I just want them to STOP!!!!! I don't understand why it takes so long for the spiro to work. My skin is a million times less oily. Isn't this an indication that the meds are working to block oil production??? If so, there shouldn't be anything clogging my pores! Posted Image
-I'm going on a week long trip in May with my bf and will be sleeping over at his sibling's place. I'm so embarrassed for his sibling to see my skin like this... and he will probably see it without any makeup on. Thinking about it makes me cringe. UGH


Wanted you to know I've been keeping up with your log as well! HALFWAY MARK (for most people)! We're almost to two months which is kind of exciting! I want the blemishes to stop too, but I think were on our way! The reduction in oil is definitely nice! I don't know if you ever had a problem with oily hair, but I was just curious what the spiro has done in regards to that for you?
Quite a while ago, I read something about acne somewhere that has stuck with me. I heard that it takes two weeks for a pimple to form. Since reading that I always think about that whenever I get a new pimple. If this is true, that would explain why we're still getting new pimples and why skin takes so long to clear.
By May we will almost be about 4 months into treatment! That's still a ways away (at least it feels like it, considering all the school work I have left for this semester! haha). We have plenty of time to see improvement! I know EXACTLY how you feel in regards to the no makeup situation though. I think every woman feels like that to an extent. I don't think other people realize how much that anxiety is heightened when someone actually has things they are trying to cover up, like acne. From what you've said though, it's obvious your boyfriend loves you and he has even said to you that it's not that bad! He wouldn't lie to you about that! Trust me, if it bothered him, he wouldn't be with you. Plus, if it bothered him, he isn't someone worth being with anyways. I've seen pictures and it really isn't bad! I guarantee his brother will think nothing of it. We are our own worst critic :)

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:43 PM


Day 43 on 100mg Spiro

-I cancelled my derm appt that was scheduled for tomorrow. I figured I'll wait until the 2 month mark to see how my skin is doing then. I HOPE my skin is doing better. I'm so tired of getting new blemishes.. I just want them to STOP!!!!! I don't understand why it takes so long for the spiro to work. My skin is a million times less oily. Isn't this an indication that the meds are working to block oil production??? If so, there shouldn't be anything clogging my pores! Posted Image
-I'm going on a week long trip in May with my bf and will be sleeping over at his sibling's place. I'm so embarrassed for his sibling to see my skin like this... and he will probably see it without any makeup on. Thinking about it makes me cringe. UGH


Wanted you to know I've been keeping up with your log as well! HALFWAY MARK (for most people)! We're almost to two months which is kind of exciting! I want the blemishes to stop too, but I think were on our way! The reduction in oil is definitely nice! I don't know if you ever had a problem with oily hair, but I was just curious what the spiro has done in regards to that for you?
Quite a while ago, I read something about acne somewhere that has stuck with me. I heard that it takes two weeks for a pimple to form. Since reading that I always think about that whenever I get a new pimple. If this is true, that would explain why we're still getting new pimples and why skin takes so long to clear.
By May we will almost be about 4 months into treatment! That's still a ways away (at least it feels like it, considering all the school work I have left for this semester! haha). We have plenty of time to see improvement! I know EXACTLY how you feel in regards to the no makeup situation though. I think every woman feels like that to an extent. I don't think other people realize how much that anxiety is heightened when someone actually has things they are trying to cover up, like acne. From what you've said though, it's obvious your boyfriend loves you and he has even said to you that it's not that bad! He wouldn't lie to you about that! Trust me, if it bothered him, he wouldn't be with you. Plus, if it bothered him, he isn't someone worth being with anyways. I've seen pictures and it really isn't bad! I guarantee his brother will think nothing of it. We are our own worst critic Posted Image


Thanks for the support! I reallyyyy hope the 2 month mark shows some improvement!

My hair is wayyyyy less oily. Actually, since starting spiro, I haven't seen my hair become oily at all!!! I take a shower every morning... before spiro, I used to wake up with somewhat oily hair. If I went over 24 hours without taking a shower, my hair would be very noticeably oily. However, nowadays, it's not like that at all! I love it.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:09 AM

Day 47 on 100mg Spiro

-I realized today that I haven't thought about my skin nonstop for the past couple of days! It's kinda awesome. I was thinking about it nonstop pretty much everyday since I started spiro. My skin has been doing okay! Last weekend I didn't get a single new blemish (today is Monday)! My skin is still recovering from breakouts in the week, but over the weekend - nothing. Hooray!
- I'm glad I cancelled my derm appt I had for Friday. I want to avoid taking more meds. Going to wait til the 2 month mark to see the derm. Just 13 more days to go til 2 months! Wow.

Continued success in:
-chest acne (although it was never that bad before)
-back acne (I used to get a few here and there, every so often)
-lack of oily skin and hair

Make-up info:
-I wear Bare Minerals everyday. It doesn't cover all my scars, but it definitely makes a difference. If I wanted complete coverage, I'd need some kind of liquid concealer, but I reallyyyy want to avoid wearing liquid makeup everyday.
-When I go out (usually once or twice a week), I wear Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. http://www.maccosmet...F-15/index.tmpl
It covers VERY well. I highly recommend it for anyone with scars. Of course I'm paranoid that it could possibly clog my pores, but I only wear it when I go out - usually 6 hours max. The key is to WIPE OFF ALLLLLL the makeup before starting the cleansing routine. I just use make up wipes before I do my cleansing routine of Clean and Clear Cleanser, BP, AHA and lotion. I literally need 3 wipes to get all my makeup off! Ew!

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:38 AM

Glad to hear you're acne seems to be improving! Can't believe we're almost to two months either! Sometimes it feels like I've been on spiro forever and other times I feel like the time has actually gone by pretty quickly.
Question about makeup for you. I had bought the Studio Fix POWDER Foundation about a year ago. I used it all summer, although I try to use make up as sparingly as possible. Fortunately for me, most of the summer I felt confident enough to go places without makeup on. I never felt that it broke me out, and since my acne wasn't terrible and I had a decent tan it was pretty good coverage for me! When I had a bad breakout near the end of the summer I went to a different dermatologist and she said she wouldn't use Mac and to switch to Clinique. I went and got the Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation. I was actually very impressed with the coverage, however by the end of the day my face looked very dry and peely with it. At first I blamed it on the makeup, and even though I know it was a more drying makeup, I'm pretty sure a lot of my the problem was because I had gone from using Differin to Retin-A Micro. Anyways, I wasn't a fan of the new derm, so I went to a DIFFERENT one in January (the one I'm seeing now who put me on Spiro). SHE said that most make up these days are noncomedogenic so not to worry about breaking out from it. I also NEEDED new makeup anyways because my other makeup I had gotten when I still had my summer tan and now I'm back to my pasty winter self haha. SO since I've always heard about the great coverage from Mac and liked the last product I tried, I went again to get a liquid foundation. The consultant helped me get a color and we decided on Pro Longwear SPF 10 Liquid Foundation and a Mineralizer Powder to put over it. It ended up costing about $60 all together and I must say I am very disappointed in it. Not only does it not match my skin, but I feel the coverage isn't very good. I also feel like there is a SLIGHT chance it is contributing to my breakouts.... I've been HIGHLY thinking about getting Bare Minerals since I've heard it praised so much. LONG story short, what's your take on the Bare Minerals? I was thinking about getting the foundation and then the concealer too for blemishes. Do you not think it has very good coverage then? And do you only wear the Mac sparingly because it breaks you out? Sorry for the LONG post haha. I'll probably post something similar to this under on the makeup board. Just wanted your opinion though since we are in a similar situation! Thank you! And again, so glad to hear things are going good for you!

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 12:00 AM

Glad to hear you're acne seems to be improving! Can't believe we're almost to two months either! Sometimes it feels like I've been on spiro forever and other times I feel like the time has actually gone by pretty quickly.
Question about makeup for you. I had bought the Studio Fix POWDER Foundation about a year ago. I used it all summer, although I try to use make up as sparingly as possible. Fortunately for me, most of the summer I felt confident enough to go places without makeup on. I never felt that it broke me out, and since my acne wasn't terrible and I had a decent tan it was pretty good coverage for me! When I had a bad breakout near the end of the summer I went to a different dermatologist and she said she wouldn't use Mac and to switch to Clinique. I went and got the Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation. I was actually very impressed with the coverage, however by the end of the day my face looked very dry and peely with it. At first I blamed it on the makeup, and even though I know it was a more drying makeup, I'm pretty sure a lot of my the problem was because I had gone from using Differin to Retin-A Micro. Anyways, I wasn't a fan of the new derm, so I went to a DIFFERENT one in January (the one I'm seeing now who put me on Spiro). SHE said that most make up these days are noncomedogenic so not to worry about breaking out from it. I also NEEDED new makeup anyways because my other makeup I had gotten when I still had my summer tan and now I'm back to my pasty winter self haha. SO since I've always heard about the great coverage from Mac and liked the last product I tried, I went again to get a liquid foundation. The consultant helped me get a color and we decided on Pro Longwear SPF 10 Liquid Foundation and a Mineralizer Powder to put over it. It ended up costing about $60 all together and I must say I am very disappointed in it. Not only does it not match my skin, but I feel the coverage isn't very good. I also feel like there is a SLIGHT chance it is contributing to my breakouts.... I've been HIGHLY thinking about getting Bare Minerals since I've heard it praised so much. LONG story short, what's your take on the Bare Minerals? I was thinking about getting the foundation and then the concealer too for blemishes. Do you not think it has very good coverage then? And do you only wear the Mac sparingly because it breaks you out? Sorry for the LONG post haha. I'll probably post something similar to this under on the makeup board. Just wanted your opinion though since we are in a similar situation! Thank you! And again, so glad to hear things are going good for you!


I LOVE Bare Minerals. I've been using it for years and am confident that it doesn't affect my skin or clog my pores. The only problem is it won't completely cover up your blemishes. I would recommend a different concealer for full coverage. I'm not sure that Bare Minerals concealer will make a difference since it's also in powder form. I really like that BM is very natural looking. I absolutely hate the caked-on look and try to avoid looking like that as much as possible.

Sorry to hear about your MAC failure. When I went, the makeup artist made sure to color match my skin. She wiped off some of my makeup and put on the MAC makeup to make sure it went together. I guess your makeup artist didn't do that? The fluid foundation works so well for covering my hyperpigmentation. I've actually thought about using the Clinique Foundation that you mentioned. My friend, who also covers up her blemishes, swears by it! I think when I run out of my MAC foundation, I will switch to Clinique.

In short:
Bare Minerals - highly recommended for everyday use
Mac Fluid Foundation - highly recommended for OCCASIONAL use (once or twice a week)
Concealer needed when using Bare Minerals if you want full coverage

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Day 48 on 100mg Spiro

-I had a new blemish today, but I didn't freak out like I normally would!!! It was actually an awesome feeling. If I had more than one, I'm sure I would have been incredibly unhappy and depressed all day, but I only had one!!!
- I really do believe that the spiro is working. Why??
------- No need for oil blotter sheets on my face
------- No need to touch up my foundation twice a day (which I did before Spiro because my skin was so oily)
------- CLEAR back and chest
------- No need to wash hair once a day (my hair used to get super oily 24 hours after being washed)

Now, I'm just waiting for my face to be clear too!!!

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:38 PM

Day 53 on 100mg Spiro

Bad news and good news:

Bad: I have a TON of hyperpigmentation all over my cheeks. It's like I can see every single spot on my face where I've had a blemish over the past few months. If one scar went away, I would have no idea because there's a new one appearing. I'm incredibly unhappy about all these HIGHLY visible spots on my face. I had my 3rd laser treatment (non ablative fractional laser) 2 days ago. I've read that people who do this type of laser should see 50% improvement after the 3rd treatment. My face was peeling a LOT today due to the laser. I'm going to really examine my skin in about a week to see if I notice a difference. Honestly it's so hard to tell because I keep getting new scars. Will update about that next week!

Good: I have only ONE active right now (of course on my cheek). This has been the case for the past week! I'm so happy about this. I really do believe the spironolactone is working for me. As I've said in previous posts, my skin/hair is much less oily and my back/chest are 100% clear.

This girl's spironolactone journey is very encouraging, and I watch her videos every so often to stay motivated!!!


In this video, she's pretty much at the same point as I am now. She has a lot of hyperpigmentation but hardly any active blemishes.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:10 AM

I'm sorry about the hyperpigmentation, but that is AWESOME that you only have one active zit! That is proof the spiro is working for you! I'm sure the hyperpigmentation is frustrating, but it WILL go away. I have a bit right now, and it's nice that it can be covered with makeup well, but it would be even BETTER if it could just be gone because I'm having a pretty clear week and if I didn't have any hyperpigmentation I wouldn't have to worry about makeup. Hyperpigmentation isn't permanent! With acne, you never know if it will go away, but the hyperpigmentation is a sure thing! I know you've been patient forever, but it sounds like your patience is paying off! So happy for you! I watch that girl's videos sometime too, and they really are inspirational. They are honest, detailed, and accurate. Glad things are going well for you for the most part :)

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:07 PM

Day 56 on 100mg Spiro
2 months on 100 mg Spiro

So today = 2 months on Spiro. Overall, I am happy with the results, BUT my skin is FARRRRR from perfect. I have a ton of hyperpigmentation, and I have 2 active pimples right now. I can't wait til 1) my hyperpigmentation is gone. and 2) I have no new pimples.

Over the past 2 months, my view of my skin has changed a bit. I was super depressed at the beginning of taking spiro and I was OBSESSED (literally consumed 90% of my thoughts) with my skin. I admit I still think about my skin A LOT, but definitely not as often as before. I'm not as depressed about it, and when I see a new pimple I try not to freak out.
I'm going to set a dermatologist appt for the 3 month mark because I need a prescription for more spiro at the end of 3 months. I'm hoping my skin will be doing so well that I won't need anything else (like antibiotics) prescribed.

I'm going to try new makeup routines. Right now, I use Bare Minerals on a daily basis, but it really does not cover up my hyperpigmentation very well. I have been avoiding using liquid foundation (except when I go out on the weekends), but I think I'm going to try to find a light foundation that won't clog my pores. I'm thinking of Clinique Acne Solutions. http://www.clinique....keup/index.tmpl
My friend says it covers really well and doesn't irritate her skin.
I'm also thinking of getting a primer, which I've never used before. It's supposed to form a barrier between your skin and your foundation. I'm not really sure if it truly works like that, but I'm going to do some more research.
I've found this girl's YouTube videos helpful. She suffers from VERY LITTLE hyperpigmentation. Imagine her spots x 10000... that's my face.


STILL HOPEFUL for more improvement!!

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:03 AM

When u see your derm ask him for something to fade the hyper pigmentation. The bha you are using will help some. But Hydroquinone works the best. You can buy it over the counter in the 2% but you have to get the 4% from a doctor. Murad has something with the 2%. Its called Post acne lightning gel. You can get it at sephora or ultra. Obagi makes a cream with 4%. You can buy it at some derm or plastic surgeons office.




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