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#21 Calumma

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 10:01 AM

Aaah I hate those. I do not think Salicylic Acid once will help. I use it in 2% twice a day and 2- 3 times a week I substitute my night salicylic acid product with 10% AHA. This does clean out the pores and the surface, but unfortunately it takes some time. Like everything about acne, I hated that sooo much, everything takes FOREVER until you have results. Although I have to say that the paulas choice pruducts showed great improvement after the first use, but the I again went through some kind of purging (or whatever) process when all of that gunk came out.


Successfully on "the regimen" from age 12 to 33 for cystic acne
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 100mg spironolactone since 08/13
Paula's Choice BHA 2%,
Green Cream 6 Retinol

Acne free and already almost free of hyperpigmentation, discolorations and wrinkles

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:14 AM

Things have been looking up today and yesterday. The little bumps are going away and peeling off, I'd say about 90% gone.

No new breakouts since the initial breakout last week and the cyst on my jawline that came with the initial breakout is healing nicely.

My skin feels dry, I think it's from the duac and the spiro controlling my oil. At the end of the day, my t zone feels a little slick, but not like it used to.

So hopefully this clearing of my IB and no new ones means I just suffered through the worst and there will be improvement here on out?

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 09:00 AM

Ok because my skin is back to normal and have no crazy little bumps anymore, going back to my initial reporting.

I'm happy to say everything cleared up quite fast and well and I'd say I'm about 95% clear. Still have the cyst healing on my jawline and one or two clogged pores still lingering. But the worst part is over. I also just got my period and I usually breakout bad beforehand, but all is well!

9/27- started spiro. 5 active, 0 new
9/28- 4 active, 0 new
9/29 -3 active, 0 new
9/30 -4 active, 1 new
10/1 -5 active, 1 new
10/2 - 8 active, 3 new
10/3 - 6 active, 0 new
10/4 - 6 active, 0 new
10/5 - 5 active, 0 new
10/6 - 4 active, 0 new
10/7 - 6 active, 3 new
10/8 - 5 active, 2 new
10/9 - 10/16 - INITIAL BREAKOUT, tons of clogged pores, some turned into zits and one turned into a cyst. All along jawline, around mouth, a few I forehead, and along sides of face near hairline.
10/17 - 3 active, 0 new most of IB has healed. One cyst and 2 lingering clogged pores/small pimples
10/18 - 3 active, 0 new

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:48 PM

9/27- started spiro. 5 active, 0 new 
9/28- 4 active, 0 new
9/29 -3 active, 0 new
9/30 -4 active, 1 new
10/1 -5 active, 1 new
10/2 - 8 active, 3 new
10/3 - 6 active, 0 new
10/4 - 6 active, 0 new
10/5 - 5 active, 0 new 
10/6 - 4 active, 0 new
10/7 - 6 active, 3 new
10/8 - 5 active, 2 new 
10/9 - 10/16 - INITIAL BREAKOUT, tons of clogged pores, some turned into zits and one turned into a cyst. All along jawline, around mouth, a few I forehead, and along sides of face near hairline.
10/17 - 3 active, 0 new most of IB has healed. One cyst and 2 lingering clogged pores/small pimples 
10/18 - 3 active, 0 new 
 
10/19-10/28 - Not one pimple, face was about 98% clear, still had the cyst that was healing and an old pimple bump that never fully went away. But no new actives!
 
10/29 - Some clogged pores popped up around my mouth and on my jawline, about 8 of them I count. Small and unnoticeable but definitely discouraging after more than 2 weeks of no new actives.
 
Not sure what could be the cause of it, here is what I am contemplating:
 
1. Used makeup primer I used a few weeks ago before my initial breakout (discontinued during initial breakout, thought it may have been a cause).
2. Started using Tazorac sparingly (every other night) a week and a half ago
3. It's day 10 of my cycle, according to my birth control pack.
 
I'm still on 50mg of Spiro. I get to call my derm in about 2 weeks with my progress. Not sure what she'll do without seeing my face. I'm assuming nothing because I've been doing well post initial breakout but my face is still a bit oily and I'd like for my dosage to be upped so my oil decreases like it did while I was on Accutane.
 
 
 
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#25 dnttreadonme900

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 06:19 PM

9/27- started spiro. 5 active, 0 new 
9/28- 4 active, 0 new
9/29 -3 active, 0 new
9/30 -4 active, 1 new
10/1 -5 active, 1 new
10/2 - 8 active, 3 new
10/3 - 6 active, 0 new
10/4 - 6 active, 0 new
10/5 - 5 active, 0 new 
10/6 - 4 active, 0 new
10/7 - 6 active, 3 new
10/8 - 5 active, 2 new 
10/9 - 10/16 - INITIAL BREAKOUT, tons of clogged pores, some turned into zits and one turned into a cyst. All along jawline, around mouth, a few I forehead, and along sides of face near hairline.
10/17 - 3 active, 0 new most of IB has healed. One cyst and 2 lingering clogged pores/small pimples 
10/18 - 3 active, 0 new 
 
10/19-10/28 - Not one pimple, face was about 98% clear, still had the cyst that was healing and an old pimple bump that never fully went away. But no new actives!
 
10/29 - Some clogged pores popped up around my mouth and on my jawline, about 8 of them I count. Small and unnoticeable but definitely discouraging after more than 2 weeks of no new actives.
 
10/30-11/6 - I have 2 actives on my face. One is a cyst, a small one that I got last week. Not even sure if it is a true cyst, more like a large pimple that never came to a head, It's smaller than a pencil eraser but it's slowly getting smaller. I'm hoping it to be gone by the weekend or next week. The other active is a small pimple. Other than that, maybe a few clogged pores but nothing worth mentioning. Oh yeah, that cyst I got a few weeks ago is gone. Hooray for that!
 
I get to call my derm Friday (being 6 weeks since starting Spiro) to tell of progress. Not sure what they will do, I'm assuming keep me on the same dosage.
 
Does anyone think I am improving, I know there aren't any pics but I think I am. It's weird, I feel like these breakouts are coming in waves. My face wasn't too bad when starting spiro, 2 weeks in it was TERRIBLE, cleared up and didn't get one single spot for over 2 weeks, then had a mild breakout again. Any explanations?


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:27 PM

Hey there! Just read your posts. I've been on sprino for 2 months at 100mg. My Derm had me on 50mg the first month which did nothing. From what I've read on sprionolactone , 50mg isn't a high enough dose to see results for acne. You need atleast 100mg.
I still have clogged pores too. In fact, my Derm said at the end of month 3, she might increase me to 150mg. I have slightly elevated testosterone which I why I might need more.

On a side note..... I used the kat von d foundation too. And I noticed it was causing a ton of clogged pores! I think it's too thick for people prone to acne. But that stuff covers amazing I will say.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:51 PM

Also, you should check out the user "Green Gables" post/topic about spironolactone and how to take it, what to expect, etc,... It's very informative.

I also started reading the book "Its your hormones". Great book that also discusses sprionolactone use.




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