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Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:30 AM

SA peel last night - squeezed a bunch tonight. So much stuff still to come our especially on left side. I look red welted and scabbed now but at least I got a much of gunk out. Please God keep the pores from reclogging, medicines do your job. Lets see if I can go into work in the morning.. This is the reddest I have been. I'm going to have a big scab on the left lowr cheek. make it end!! Day 5 on 50 mg Spiro.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:34 PM

Week 5

Well I ended up going back to the Derm on Wed because I was kind of freaking out about my backslide...she noted that I was looking kind of oily again so I am going back up to 75 mg so maybe that will keep the oil away but let my period start. She seems pretty concerned about my lack of period. They made me do a pregnancy test at my apt the week before, negative of course! She also reminded me that I am only on week 5 Spiro and need to be more patient - still have 4-6 more weeks before full effect and there could be ups and downs in between even if it is already helping.

I am mostly recovered from my latest squeeze fest, I have a healing red mark where the scab came off on my left jaw, a healing chin pimple and a healing slightly swollen spot on my right cheekbone where I must have squeezed too hard and hurt something. Other than that its mostly red marks and some stray clogged pores. My face is really so much smoother than it was a month ago, sometimes I touch my cheeks and am surprised because I forgot what smooth skin felt like.

I have been using retin a and SA diligently every day now and am starting to feel a bit irritated and a little flakier than usual. I might have to give it a one day rest. I'm just so paranoid about new clogs popping up. I still have a bunch of red marks that need fading and am trying to heal and deal with my extreme anxiety that was uncovered from this whole situation. Sometimes I just get terrified that I'm going to get worse and never fully recover from this. I have a lot of irrational fearful thoughts even though I am actually improving a lot. Time for mental healing. My husband bought two LED warm light strips and installed them on the sides of our mirror and took off the top fluorescent light. It really is so much more flattering in this light. He really wants me to stop picking...the light we had before was atrocious - this old cabin in the woods house we rent has a bathroom that seriously used to be a front room or something in the 1930s and is so ghetto and unlike any other bathroom I have seen.

Two things of note, on my jaws my skin looks a little uneven when I look close, it feels smooth but looks like some patches of skin are missing really shallowy, maybe the retin a is exfoliating too much? Anyone ever have this?
Also I bought some Nizoral online because I was following a log that talked about the ketoconozal in it reducing androgen activity on the skin. Thought I might give it a shot since it was $7 to see if it actually does anything to help with sebum while the Spiro takes full effect.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 11:28 PM

@lifeinfaith

 

        I'm concerned about the fact you haven't seen your periods yet, I hope it is nothing serious. I think the spiro is working pretty well for me. I have stopped breaking out on my back, chest and upper arms. I still have some clogged pores on my face but I don't seem to have active pimples anymore, so I'm really happy about that. I'm still going strong with differin, it is working slowly but surely. Since I started using the differin, little plugs would come out of my previously clogged pores so you can see the plugs halfway out. Not a really flattering look lol but at least it is working.

 

        You should stop scrutinizing your skin like this or else you'll never see improvements. Trust me; I used to that every day  and I was never seeing improvements because I would worry about any single new clogged pores, new pimples and eventually would end up picking at my skin and then get depressed about my irritated, painful to watch skin lol. Try not to think about it too much, I know it is hard but at least you won't be so depressed about it. What's the nizoral for? I never heard of it. Is it a cream, gel?



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 08:33 AM

Aaniella -

Have you had any change in your period or side effects from Spiro. You are taking 100 right?

The Nizoral is a wash for scalp, face and body. You can look up some threads of people using it on here. I think it's conventional use is for dandruff and hair loss in men by reducing sebum and testosterone in skin. Seems to work to control acne and clogged pores for some.

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        I'm concerned about the fact you haven't seen your periods yet, I hope it is nothing serious. I think the spiro is working pretty well for me. I have stopped breaking out on my back, chest and upper arms. I still have some clogged pores on my face but I don't seem to have active pimples anymore, so I'm really happy about that. I'm still going strong with differin, it is working slowly but surely. Since I started using the differin, little plugs would come out of my previously clogged pores so you can see the plugs halfway out. Not a really flattering look lol but at least it is working.
 
        You should stop scrutinizing your skin like this or else you'll never see improvements. Trust me; I used to that every day  and I was never seeing improvements because I would worry about any single new clogged pores, new pimples and eventually would end up picking at my skin and then get depressed about my irritated, painful to watch skin lol. Try not to think about it too much, I know it is hard but at least you won't be so depressed about it. What's the nizoral for? I never heard of it. Is it a cream, gel?



Also,
When the plugs are coming out of your pores, do they just fall out on their own or in the shower or do you have to squeeze them out ?


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        I'm concerned about the fact you haven't seen your periods yet, I hope it is nothing serious. I think the spiro is working pretty well for me. I have stopped breaking out on my back, chest and upper arms. I still have some clogged pores on my face but I don't seem to have active pimples anymore, so I'm really happy about that. I'm still going strong with differin, it is working slowly but surely. Since I started using the differin, little plugs would come out of my previously clogged pores so you can see the plugs halfway out. Not a really flattering look lol but at least it is working.
 
        You should stop scrutinizing your skin like this or else you'll never see improvements. Trust me; I used to that every day  and I was never seeing improvements because I would worry about any single new clogged pores, new pimples and eventually would end up picking at my skin and then get depressed about my irritated, painful to watch skin lol. Try not to think about it too much, I know it is hard but at least you won't be so depressed about it. What's the nizoral for? I never heard of it. Is it a cream, gel?



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 04:54 PM

@lifeinfaith

 

I'm still on 100 and I'm definitely experiencing a change in my periods. I thought I told you about it. I'm having my periods every 2 weeks now and I'm not too happy about it. Another side effect, I lost a lot of weight in the last month. It may be a coincidence but I really think the spiro has something to do with it. Concerning the plugs coming out, they eventually fall out on their own but when I want to speed up the process; I gently scrub my skin and it helps them fall out. I might go ahead and give the nizoral a try. My hair has been shedding a lot lately, it may help reduce it.


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Posted 30 May 2013 - 05:27 PM

Week 6

I am like 90% clear at this point. I have to say that the retin a purging and me doing extractions over the past few weeks along with the microdermabrasion really helped get the last big batch of these clogged pores out. I still have a few but not in clusters and they aren't noticeable unless I scrutinize. The red marks are also fading thanks to the retin a and salicylic acid. Also got a lot of sun the past week so my face is Tanner which blends stuff. I have also started using Paulas choice skin balancing toner before bed to get my make up off and after shower as it also works as a hydrator in place of my moisturizer since I have oily skin. I had a really light barely there period this last week and am currently on 75 mg of Spiro. I have been exercising a lot more and getting outside enjoying life again. My anxiety has really improved over the last week. I pray to God this is here to stay. I'm still getting slightly oily skin at the end of the day and occasional new clogs pores but Spiro is definitely not to it's fullest effect yet. I have a facial scheduled in another Week to see about clearing up the very last of these clogged pores. It might be the last. I am trying to get away from thinking about perfection because whose skin really doesn't have a single clogged pore or never gets a single pimple? No ones skin is perfect.

Right side: 3-4 clogged pores
Left side: 3-4 clogged pores
Forehead: clear
Chin: clear
Red marks: Continuing to fade

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 09:56 PM

Week 7

Well since I have been on 75 mg Spiro for 2 weeks now my face has become progressively oilier and oilier. I feel like my forehead is super oily and is having a mild breakout of some small whiteheads. Also today I felt a chin pimple coming up that hurts...that is not good. I globbed a bunch of 9 % SA on it and hoping it will stop it in its tracks. My right side is still pretty smooth with just like 3 small clogs left but I think my left now has 7-8 all in the lower cheek area right by my mouth and under my nose has been getting some clogs on that side. I am going back up to 100 mg. I feel like my face was the least oily it's been in my life on that and now it has progressively gone back since I lowered the dose. Hopefully my period issue will sort itself out. I can't wait for my facial on Friday to clear these clogs on the left side out!!! I don't know why new ones seem to form just on that side in a very specific area and under my nose. Perhaps 100 of Spiro is what I need to keep my oil at bay for now. I just wish my period would sort itself out. I kind of spotter today. Haven't had an anxiety attack in almost 2 weeks. :)

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 10:37 PM

Had a facial today. She used her fingers to extract instead of the metal device which I thought was cool. I didn't have a single red mark on my face after - was the nicest I've ever looked after a facial. However I noticed she left some of the clogged pores I was most concerned about so I went at my face afterwards and ended up going overboard as usual and squeezing at every tiny spot. Which... Ended up sending me into a panic attack I hadn't had in weeks... And now I have scabs and red marks. Way to mess up a $68 facial! :(

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:50 AM

So a few days after facial - I dont have anything swollen, a couple of scabs from my squeezing on my cheekbones and jaw. My forehead and chin are pretty much clear. My right side might have one clogged pore that is covered by a scab on my cheekbone so I can't tell for sure. There is a tiny white head that came up on my cheek but its not a clog, its real on the surface but just looks pink. As for the left side...that is the bad side. I have a kind of big new clog that came up on my jaw line, a possible clogged pore under a scab on my cheekbone, and a line of little clogs that goes from above my lip towards my cheekbone, about 4-5 of them. I was really hoping that she was going to be able to help get rid of the last of these buggers, but I think her technique does not get deep ones. Last night I squeezed a clog out from the side of my face near by eye and under my left nostril that had been there forever so there are pink marks there now. My face really is clear now other than the now self inflicted scabs and marks..so my skin tone isnt even on my cheeks like it was getting to be. I wish these last little clogs would come out and my left side would stop acting up. I am starting the retin-a back up (from the break I gave it to have the facial) and going to try and hit it hard using it every night for the next week to help clear out these scabs and marks and hopefully bring up those few little clogs. I really need to have self control in not squeezing them because it looks worse when I do. My anxiety level has been high ever since the facial on Friday...I need to get back to doing better like I was. My sister is flying in this Saturday to stay with us for a few months so I am hoping having family here and someone else to think of will help me get my mind off negative things. 



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 07:22 AM

So 10 days later...passed Week 8

My face healed up nicely from the post facial squeezing. Last Wed I squeezed some plugs that were coming out under my nose and left a few scabs. The ones under my nose/around my mouth are really the only ones that just keep coming and coming, often as tiny white heads. I kind of suspect perioral derm cause when I was on 200 mg Doxy it cleared up, so I upping my dose back to that - maybe I started to taper down too soon. My anxiety finally came down Wed and I had a good rest of the week and weekend. My sister came in to stay with us on Sat. Sun it rained a ton which is rare for CO but great for the fires. It made it actually slightly humid for the first time ever. I gently squeezed out 3 clogs on my cheekbones that had been there for a few weeks - I think the last of the remnants on my cheekbones. I've been using retin a micro every day of the week and then break on the weekend with just sal acid. Exfoliating like crazy made those clogs have mostly soft white content instead of hard plugs. My remaining issues consist of a handful of small clogs around my jaw and lower cheeks, maybe 6 in total on my face? All very small though. Also, this Friday I am pretty sure I discovered the true culprit bedding all this mess and it involves the oil cleansing method. More on that next post.

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:43 PM

Week 9

 

I have been really stressing lately about not being happy in my job and being soo bored at work. Yesterday I really let it get to me and squeezed at a bunch of old clogged pores on my face. I really have issues with compulsively doing this when I get stressed and anxious. Now since my face is so much clearer, I have this mental attitude of "once I get these last ones everything will be better", which is such a lie. I am not, and will never be perfect, and will only hurt myself in striving to be. I took a mental health day today to relax at home, read and apply for new jobs. I have a few scabs on my face now to heal over the next few days, but I am not really even going to closely count my clogged pores anymore. I have no pimples, maybe just a handful of imperfections that only I notice. Need to work on healing by not picking and getting rid of the minor hyperpigmentation I now have. Retin a really helps speed that up. 

 

Also, after 2 weeks on 75 mg I decreased my Spiro to 50 mg because I felt like it was maybe affecting my mood and wasn't really changing my oil production all. It has been over a week on 50 mg and everything pretty much feels the same. Hoping a normal period will come on this low level. 

 

Onto a epiphany moment I had last week. Thinking about how I have always had oily skin and never had major breakouts my whole life...I was researching oily skin stuff. Found a blog on the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) that gave pretty negative reviews along with hundreds of women sharing their negative experiences and it jogged my memory of me trying this over the past year. AND THEN IT ALL CLICKED. Blog here - Read all the comments - http://beautyeditor....e-on-your-skin/

 

Around April of 2012 my boss told me about OCM and finally convinced me to try it so I bought castor oil in the drug aisle and mixed it with my extra virgin olive oil in the kitchen. I used it off and on maybe once every 2 weeks for several months...never noticed a major effect but did start noticing slightly more clogged pores than usual. I attributed it to stress and stopped using OCM for a while and used gycolic acid...I picked OCM back up more frequently in Sept-Oct 2012 and then we moved to Colorado Springs. I started noticing more and more clogged pores around my mouth and nose, where I normally did not get pimples (I have always been Tzone for breakouts). I attributed this to the dry air we had moved to and started using OCM even more. Early November I bought grapeseed oil and used it to clean and moisturize my face almost daily...my face continued to get worse and for some reason I thought I needed more oil. In mid February I went to see an aestetician for the first time and she told me not to use the oil since I was already oily. I stopped and went back to moisturizer and in March is pretty much when all hell broke loose. Since I wasnt really using OCM at that time anymore I didnt think of it...it was like every single pore in my lower face was clogged and I started getting swollen breakouts too (which are not common for me). In April the derm told me it was hormonal and recommended Spiro to accompany my retinoid use. March-April were the worst acne I have ever had in my life. I think the antibiotics were finally controlling the swollen ones...but I had to literally manually extract every single clog as the retin a was bringing it up over the period of 2-3 months. I don't know how many I extracted...but they were all stuck under the skin. I always commented that my skin had seemingly changed in the way it functioned...Ide never had major issues on my cheeks and jaw...and some of the clogs were in lines across my cheeks, like every pore effected and took sooo long to come out. After finally getting most of all that gunk out (4 months after stopping OCM) I am still getting occasional clogs rising to the surface, but it was nothing like it was. After reading the comments in that blog as well as the negative reviews on makeupalley - http://www.makeupall...sp/itemid=73176  and her story - http://beautyandinsp...-review-be.html I finally realized how what had happened to be was EXACTLY what happened to so many of these women, seeing effects for months later. I even read some saying there's took over a year to correct after OCM. Mine has gotten so much better in the past few months that I am hoping my skin is pretty much clear of all that stupid oil and possible infection now. I am still going to take Spiro to control any excess oil and antibiotics for the next month. I hope I am over it, but I can't believe I was the cause of it. I am 90% sure using OCM was the worst thing I could have ever done to myself. It caused so much anxiety and trauma over the past several months. The stress caused from that may very well be affecting my skin too....but I cant imagine that my experience is a coincidence if so many women using OCM had literally the exact same experience, type and location of pimples. I have my 6 week derm checkup tomorrow and will be talking to her about this in depth. The retin-a micro (and microdermabrasian) has been a godsend in getting this stuff out of my skin much faster than it would have. 

 

This gives me hope in that this shouldn't continue. Since I caused it myself with oil...once all that is out of my skin it shouldn't be something inside of me that is causing it...however it makes me so angry at myself...that I did this to myself. Such a simple stupid mistake could cause such terrible effects. Wow. What I did to myself in the pursuit of perfection. It is definitely humbling. Anyone reading this, DO NOT TRY OCM!!!

 

Has anyone else had a similar experience with OCM they would like to share?



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:04 AM

Going off Doxy today. Saturday night I was up for an hour throwing up right after I took it. I think I was dehydrated from a long hike we did and that made my stomachs extra mad and rejected the antibiotic. I've been meaning to get off it soon anyways... It's been over 2 months. I only have a handful of small clogged pores left in my cheek area so I am hoping this will be ok since the majority of the OCM oil has been purged out at this point. Also, I am attpting Tazorac spot treatment in those few remaining areas along with my RAM to see if it can dissolve them faster. I might do a few more peels too. Derm on Wed!

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:10 AM

Week 10

Had my 6 week Derm checkup. She told me it looked like I was really clear and had little to work on. She even said most people in her office would want my skin. :) We made an 8 week follow up and she said if I were still clear at that point we could start tapering off Spiro. I'm day 4 no antibiotics btw too. Especially since I don't really think it was hormonal. I told her about OCM and she had never heard of it but said it could have been the cause, no way to know. Derms never like to say definitive answers about causes it seems. I still think it was, the experiences with OCM were identical and the timing exact. I did a light SA peel last night for residual red marks ( I hardly have any now!) and the few tiny clogs still in my cheek area that seem like they are so small they might just dissolve. My forehead seemed like it was getting a few tiny whiteheads so now it's kinda red from the SA where the blemishes were. Husbands folks visiting next week and we move in 4 weeks!! I think I am quitting my job and going back to school full time for pre requisites for physical therapy or PA school. Still thinking about it.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:11 AM

Week 11

Well...this week has been kind of rough. My cheeks are still pretty much clear, but I had a huge breakout on my brow area and chin. Before all this mess happened I used to breakout in my tzone on occasion, so at least this is more characteristic of how my pimples used to be but it's really frustrating because my forehead and chin have been really clear for a while and I am on Spiro and topical retinoid. There are two things I am guessing caused it - I had a couple clogged pores on my cheek that I was mad at so I smeared Tazorac all over my face. The next day is basically when all the chin pimples popped up over night...along with my face majorly peeling and burning. Bad move on the Taz, I think I am going to throw that junk away. OR the fact that I stopped antibiotics 10 days ago. Regardless, my OCD kicked in and I stabbed at a bunch of the pimples creating several big scabs on my chin :( and my face had been so clear! It's like I'm self sabotaging since we have friend coming this weekend. I also put on my notice at my job yesterday so that caused stress. I have like 3-4 healing pimples on my forehead and like 6 healing pimples and scabs on my chin. There is one underground comedone on my chin still too. I ordered Omega 3 capsules and Saw Palmetto to incorporate into my vitamins for skin health since I think I'm going to start coming off Spiro this month. I don't feel like it reduced my oil and its not really stopping new pimples after almost 3 months while its stopped my period for almost 4 months which I do not feel good about. Well see if my period comes back on 25 mg. I think I might downgrade to Differin too. That worker wonders for me for years - I had some of my best skin on that stuff and its much gentler.

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 02:55 PM

Well...2 days since I picked at my skin and the active pimples on my brow and chin are pretty much all gone. The big scabs on my chin came off too, so now I just have some pink marks and 2 tiny scabs on my forehead. I still have a  bunch of tiny clogs on my chin area now and in between my eyes, which is so weird because I had been clear there for months and fighting my cheeks and jaw. Now that my cheeks and jaw are finally cleared, it seems my chin and forehead act up. Now sure whats up. I started tapering down to 25 mg Spiro, but this all happened before I changed that. Who knows...its weird that they arent pimples on my chin, just like little sebum plugs I can see rising up from beneath the skin. It seems like if I pushed them they would come out but ide probably just scab myself again. I am thinking about getting microderm again in maybe a week or 2. By then these plugs will probably be ready for extraction (also help with residual faint marks from the big breakout). My chin ones usually don't hang around too long. Currently, I am doing Differin on my whole face at night along with 2.5% BP on my T-zone area to stave off any potential bacteria. I rotate with a aqua glycolic toner (drying) and Paulas Choice Skin Balancing toner (moisturizing) in the mornings after showering depending on if my face feels oily or dry. Still figuring out how to incorporate SA 2% liquid. 


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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:22 AM

Week 12

 

I realized that the Paulas Choice skin balancing toner was leaving a sticky film on my face that made it feel tight and oily during the day.....I bought Thayers alcohol free aloe vera witch hazel and so far it is feeling really nice. Incorporating it in as my new PM cleaner/toner. I have kind of started using Differin as a spot treatment (like I used to back in the day when my skin was at its best). It has been exfoliating like crazy and I dont really feel like I need intense exfoliation all over my face every night. I am trying PC SA 2% liquid in combo nightly to see if that will give the slight exfoliation all over. I still have quite a few clogged pores on my chin and in between my brow. Its like I had a resurgence lately. I have a few tiny ones on the left side cheekbones and near jaw, and a few on the right side cheek and jaw. They are all really small...I have a hard time telling what is "normal" or not and tend to freak out about every tiny new one cause I fear going back to the mess the OCM caused. I am down to 25 mg Spiro now for 1.5 weeks and seeing no difference. 

 

I am getting microderm in 4 days. Hoping that will clear out some of these little clogs and even out some of the last post red marks. 

 

Does anyone know if never having any tiny bumps/clogged pores is achievable? After the trauma of the breakout I have been dealing with over the past 10 months, I have a hard time remembering what my face was like before. I never looked at it as closely or examined it every day like I do now...so I wonder if I just didn't ever notice the tiny clogs before or if I really do have more now...I think I lost site of what my actual goal should be. Any advise much appreciated. 



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 02:24 PM

Week 13

 

Well it seems I have lost my audience on here. I had microderm on Tuesday with extractions, yesterday was good, but then last night I started getting a few swollen spots from some of the extraction sites on my forehead and chin. This is always a possibility with extractions. I squeezed some of the infection out in the spots, so I am hoping they will heal now. Something strange - I developed a weird almost cyst like swollen spot on my jaw before the microderm. She extracted it, and it totally vanished for a day but then came back with a vengeance today. Weird...I have not had a swollen one like this that occurred on its own in many months....I am praying that it is just a fluke. It doesnt hurt at all...is just reallllly swollen and red. At least its not in a noticeable place. 

 

I switched to a new Paulas Choice Hydralight toner at night to cleanse that feels a lot lighter than the Skin Balancing. Also, I am using the Sanitas oil free moisturizer more consistently in the morning after my shower as I worry that the dryness here might be negatively effecting my skin's hydration even though I am oily. So far, my facial oil has not increased. It actually felt better the past couple of days. 

 

I have been timid about taking the fish oils...I started then felt like I got a few more clogged pores so stopped after reading some anecdotal stuff online about it causing breakouts in oily skin. Anyone have experience with fish oils? I also started 



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:02 PM

I take spiro and I use fish oils to help with my joint pains I get. I do not break out from fish oil. Lots of people take it with no issues. Maybe change brands. It has so many benefits to using it I think you should give it a try again.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 08:43 PM

Well...3 months later (23 weeks I think?) and I am clear. My face is finally "back to normal". I have gotten off Spiro (been off for a month with no change). I actually dropped all the way down to 25 mg for a couple months because my period had disappeared for so long. It finally came back at 25 mg, but I thought at that point I probably didn't need it anyways...I really don't think my issues were hormonal...my pimples come all through the month, not associated with my period and they are not cystic (usually not even swollen) and not just on my lower face.

I moved back to TX 2 months ago!! My face was already doing a lot better in the summer in Colorado, but since I have returned home my face has shifted back to how it used to be. Only a few tiny clogged pores here and there, and everything resolves really quickly and extracts easily. Also, the overly oiliness is gone. Its like my face was just lacking moisture so bad in CO. Now its producing its old level of oiliness again here in TX. I got my tan back too. I have finally concluded that my breakout over the past year was brought on due to my use of the oil cleansing method, worsened by moving to an extremely dry and cold climate (my skin became overly clog prone and wasnt exfoliating well...and then I stupidly rubbed oil on it for months). And I am sure all the stress and anxiety it caused, along with moving and changing careers did not help anything. I am maintaining my face now with Differin (retin a micro was just a little too harsh at times) and Epidou for swollen spots. I still take fish oil too, but thats it! I have changed to CeraVe face wash and PM moisturizer, which I love and makes my skin all glowy with just the right amount of moisture.

I want to encourage others struggling with skin issues to not give up! This whole traumatic experience lasted almost a year....I didnt really start treating is correctly until 6 months ago. It brought on a lot of anxiety and depression in me that I had never had before. I feel like getting my skin back to normal, along with moving back to TX and getting my career and life back (and deciding to go back to school to pursue being a PA!) have helped me leaps and bounds. I am currently working on not focusing on my skin so much anymore (this past year has got me into a really bad habit of overfixating on it, especially because I am OCD personality type). I still get that sinking feeling in my stomache whenever a new little pimple shows up because I still think its just going to get worse again. My mind hasnt quite caught up with my skin, but its getting there. I am sure it will just take time and some retraining of the mind. If you have skin issues, see a dermatologist!! Dont give up with trying things, there are so many options out there and so many people with acne 100X worse than mine that have amazing success stories with the right treatment, so there is hope for everyone!




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