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#3404948 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 01 January 2014 - 08:53 PM

I haven't felt this good about my skin in a long time. I have been on 100 mg of Spiro since August 2013 and my skin is finally consistently clear. I haven't gotten a real zit in about 2 months, I believe. I do still get blocked pores/blackheads on occasion, but those are easy enough to deal with it. My skin is also much less oily and I don't need to blot anymore!


Having dealt with acne for 5 years, it feels so strange to have it not really be a part of my life anymore. I no longer take an hour to put my makeup on, and even go out in public often without any makeup on. I don't worry that people will see my bumps in natural light, or that I'll get zits if I eat a certain food or sleep face down on my pillow. I used to be so utterly obsessed with my skin, to the point where I wanted to drop out of school. I remember so clearly the times where I would just look in the mirror and then run back to my bed and cry because I hated my skin. I remember the times I got made fun of for my acne, or the times people commented on how oily my skin was. Or when I could've never, ever pictured myself with crystal clear skin as I have now. 


I don't think I've "beaten" acne, as like I said, I do get blackheads and zits very occasionally. It's just a lot, lot less frequent. And I do wonder sometimes if the Spiro will stop working someday, and if I'll start getting acne again. But it's pointless to live life in fear like that. I am so happy with how far my skin has come, and how far I've personally come as well. I've become so much more comfortable with myself and my life - even when I did have acne - just because of having the support of you guys. :) thank you all.


Sorry for the long post, but I'm very satisfied right now with everything. I really hope you guys find your acne cure this year. 

#3404947 Spironolactone Has Cured My Acne

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 01 January 2014 - 08:44 PM

I haven't been on Acne.org in a very long time, but I just wanted to create this topic about Spironolactone and what it's done for me. I'm a young female in the NY state area, and I have had moderate acne for about five years. My acne ranged a LOT in its severity. I got cystic zits on occasion, and I seemed to break out around my period each month. No matter what, my face was never consistently clear. I always had at least a few bad red marks or zits, usually quite inflamed because I would mess with them. I had one really bad breakout my freshman year of college where I had red marks and zits ALL over both my cheeks. I looked like I had a severe case of the chicken pox. I went on Doxycycline and it cleared it up for the time being, but my acne soon came back.


I had heard about Spironolactone for years on the Acne.org board, but none of the doctors I saw had ever heard of it being used for acne. Eventually, during my fifth year of dealing with excessively oily skin and deep, painful zits, I was fed up and searched for doctors with experience prescribing Spiro for acne. I found one who did and got prescribed 50 mg of Spiro first, but after finding that it did nothing for me, my doctor bumped it up to 100 mg a day. I've now been on 100 mg a day since August 2013.


To say it's been a miracle worker is an understatement. My skin hasn't been this consistently clear since before I got acne. My oiliness has decreased incredibly, to the point where I do not need to blot my face anymore. My skin is not PERFECT by any means; I do still get a zit every few months or blackheads once in a while. But it is not nearly as bad as it used to be. I am quite happy with Spiro and plan to be on it as long as I can, since my doctor said it is safe for long term use. 


If anyone has any questions feel free to ask me. I personally think every female (or even male if you get a lower dose) should give Spiro a try. I never even thought I had hormonal acne since I didn't really have cystic acne, but I decided to try it anyway and it has really worked. I have to thank the user Green Gables for her help in finding Spiro. She was how I found out about Spiro in the first place!

#3367936 I Feel Like An Ugly Monster

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 21 July 2013 - 12:14 AM

Maybe you should start seeing a therapist. I started having severe problems with body dysmorphia and OCD relating to my skin/acne last year. I was basically having panic attacks even over one small mark on my skin. I wouldn't eat, wouldn't leave my room, kept calling my family in tears and saying I wanted to leave school. It was a nightmare. I also did the "mirror check" thing all the time, where I'd constantly go to the mirror and 'check' my reflection to see if it was as bad as I imagined. 


I started getting therapy and have been a lot better ever since. I recommend you do the same, and resist the urge to go to the mirror!

#3367242 Afraid To Go Away To College... Because Of My Skin...

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 18 July 2013 - 12:10 AM

Noooo! DON'T let your acne take away from your college experience!!! I had one of the worst breakouts of my life freshman year of college, but even with that, it was still one of the best years of my life because of all the people I met and the life experiences I had. I grew up so much in that one year, and I know I wouldn't have learned as much if I hadn't lived in a dorm. My dorm was one of my favorite things about college, in fact.


Like I said I had one of the worst breakouts of my life that year. My cheeks were covered in red marks, making me look like I had the chicken pox or something. It was hard, but I got through it. Trust me, you'll get over the whole sharing a bathroom thing. If you get up early enough, there's usually no one in there. And even if there are people in there, they're too busy to scrutinize your face. Plus, I can't count how many girls I saw with flawed skin in college.


I, like you, am insecure without makeup. Most of the time I would get up, go the dorm bathroom and wash my face etc, then go back to my room and get ready for classes (putting makeup on). Then I would keep it on for the rest of the day and night, touching up as needed if I happened to go back into my room. The good thing about hanging out in a dorm is that you're always close to your room, so if you want to touch up your makeup you can just go quickly and do it. It's really not bad at all, and in fact, you may find yourself thinking about your skin less often cause you'll have makeup on and you'll be meeting new people. No one's skin is absolutely perfect, especially not in college. I saw a lot of people with even severe acne who had no problem meeting people and having a good time. You look very pretty from your avatar, so I'm sure no one will even notice your skin.


Trust me, I know how it feels. I have oily, acne prone skin with huge pores too. But despite that and my insecurities, I still made friends, even met a guy and had quite a long thing with him for the year (even while my skin was bad). Like I said, even though my skin made it a tough year, I wouldn't change it for anything because of how much fun I had. 

#3367225 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 17 July 2013 - 10:28 PM


Getting more anxious as next week draws closer. I'm starting back at uni on Monday and on the Tuesday I start my placement work for uni with an organisation that works with children with autism. I'm excited and nervous. Mostly nervous and anxious really... because my skin is SO red and flaky looking on top of still being broken out in places... I'm worried that I'll look untidy and not professional for such a workplace...I can't do makeup well on top of my skin while it's like this... I'm not sure how much of what I'll be doing will be with the children directly, but I'm sure that will be involved at some point at least, so I'm worried about being around young kids and how they'll react to how I look or how red my face is etc. Kids say what they want tongue.png


I also don't know what to do or say if someone (anyone - not just kids) asks why my face is so red or why my face is so dry or what's wrong with my skin... I guess I could always say I got sunburnt (in this cold-cloudy-rainy-stay-indoor weather we've been having) or that I had a peel done... but I'm sure they'd wonder what was going on if my skin is still like this in a week or twos time...


any ideas of what I could say or do for this??


or any tips / ideas for coping with anxiety? I try and use hypnosis and meditation techniques and recordings but I'd love to hear any other ideas if you have them smile.png

I would just tell them that I have very sensitive skin. They don't need or want details, but you could tell them that most products don't work for you or you are dealing with it with help from a doctor. You might be pleasantly surprised by how many people don't ask. I think you will feel very rewarded and comfortable with the autistic kids, but they can be a challenge! For Anxiety, keep repeating a phrase until it becomes true. I had terrible anxiety when I started a job in fast food of all things. I was shaking and panicking as I was driving to work one day, wasn't sure I'd be able to function. I took some deep breaths and starting repeating out loud "I can do this". It has worked remarkably well for me in many situations since. Making phone calls to parents, going in to ask forgiveness from the boss, etc. I usually just say it under my breath, though. Smile frequently on the job, it eases tension. Keep breathing. Ask questions anytime you are not sure about something. Learn from those around you. Hold your head up and have good posture--it makes you look confident and in control even if you are questioning your skills. If you are having a particularly tough time at work, briefly confide in someone that you feel very nervous and are afraid of doing something wrong. Sometimes just voicing a concern makes it feel less threatening and if that person has any people skills at all, she will be reassuring and watch out for you the rest of the day! Good Luck!

Thank you for all the helpful advice smile.png


I've been trying to tell myself that most people probably won't ask about my skin... maybe the worst I'll get will be stares. But it's ok I can deal with that I hope.


I've always had terrible anxiety when I start a new job and it makes it hard for me to actually keep a job at times. I'm currently looking for a paid job still - so I think that's what will help me with this 'job' for uni. I can think of it more as volunteer work or as just a uni assignment. Thinking both of these things actually helps a bit for some reason...


Thank you for all the other advice and tips. I'll try and remember to use them all. I can see how they would help - and for any situation where my anxiety is up (not just work related things).



I agree with telling anyone who asks that you just have sensitive skin and are seeing a doctor. But I don't think many people will ask you, or even stare! Acne is a common problem, it's not like a rare disease, and it's nothing to gawk at. Good luck in your new job :)


My skin's looking pretty good right now, no new zits but AGAIN more clogged pores this morning. I just don't get what it is. I'm trying almost everything to get these things to not form overnight. They're always very small, and filled with pus (whiteheads). And they occur in same areas, over and over. I pop them in the morning, they stay empty throughout the day, and then the next day, either they refill or new ones pop up. It's just so annoying! I don't understand it.


whatever, it's not a huge deal and it'll probably solve itself soon.

#3366972 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 16 July 2013 - 10:07 PM

Feeling indifferent today...that time of the month that I break out is here, but thankfully, I haven't gotten any big zits yet. I have been getting tiny whiteheads right around my upper lip, very frequently...like clockwork, every morning, there's at least two or even three, all around the same place. Then by the next day they've either refilled or there's new ones. It's like, wtf? I just started having this problem this summer...I never used to get this. I've switched my Clarisonic brush, switched cleansers to one with salicylic acid...I just don't understand why they keep coming up. It's not really distressing, but just annoying, because if it weren't for them then I'd have perfect skin. And all the constant whiteheads are starting to leave little red marks right next to my lip. :/


Well I've only been on spiro for a week now so I can't expect too much. It's hard being patient, but I hope I don't have to worry about this when I go back to school. I don't want to wake up in fear every morning of what's popped up over night...and I want to be confident and stuff so I do well in school. It's a shame, but when I'm upset, I do sooo much worse in school. I wish I didn't let my skin affect me this much. 


:| It'll all be gone someday....skin changes a lot over the years, and undoubtedly mine will too...can't let this deter me from my goals and aspirations. 

#3366485 Impossible To Date With Bad Acne

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 14 July 2013 - 11:57 PM

It's not impossible to date with acne. I've seen so many people at my school who have mild, moderate, AND severe acne and they're in relationships, a lot even with clear-skinned people. Acne's not as big of a dealbreaker as you think. If someone truly gets to know you and falls in love with you, acne is something that they look past. 

#3364912 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 08 July 2013 - 07:39 PM

Reaaaaally good day today. I FINALLY GOT A PRESCRIPTION FOR SPIRO!!! Haha sorry I'm just excited because not many doctors know about spiro's use with acne. I wore NO concealer or foundation today, only eye makeup, and I actually felt super comfortable. I didn't feel like anyone was staring at my skin or judging me. And when I glanced at mirrors as I would walk by or something, I actually thought my skin looked pretty good!


It also made me happy that at the derm, she was examining my skin and told me it wasn't bad and even asked me if I still breakout. Surprised she asked that cause I clearly have hyperpigmentation from my last breakout, but hey I guess my skin is better than I thought. :) Anyways, I'm super excited to try this new treatment. 

#3364621 Oily Skin Causing Acne?

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 07 July 2013 - 07:57 PM

Oil production seems to be linked to hormones, so you might want to look at some of the hormonal threads for males on what supplements you can take to try and decrease oil. Accutane is the only known medication that actually shrinks pores and stops oil production on the face, but obviously that's a more extreme measure.


I have oily skin too...I find that exfoliation is the best thing to ward off clogged pores. I get clogged pores VERY easily. 

#3364181 Don't You Hate It When...(Pet Peeve)

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 06 July 2013 - 12:17 AM

God, I totally, totally, totally hate that too!! Especially when my acne was really bad, I constantly had people, particularly friends, tell me almost everyday that I needed to wear less makeup because I looked powdery and fake. Of course, they all had great skin. They didn't even stop to think how I might feel, why I even wore it in the first place! My skin sucked, it still does, and it makes me feel better to wear makeup. I think a gazillion times less about my skin when I wear it. And I hate the whole "less is more" thing. Maybe I wouldn't wear makeup if everyone wasn't expecting me to look perfect 24/7. It's like, you're supposed to be super duper gorgeous and beautiful and perfect, but it CANNOT, absolutely NOT be "fake." God forbid you get some help! No, you must be absolutely stunning AND natural. Well, that's too bad for me, because I look like the ugliest toad without makeup on. UGH.  I'm tired of people constantly policing my body and trying to morph me into this perfect little Barbie doll I'll never be just because that's the society ideal. It really pisses me off. I'm insecure, I wear a lot of makeup, and no, it doesn't make my skin worse, so back the f*ck off judgmental, ignorant @ssholes!!! angry.png angry.png brow.gif brow.gif censored.gif  


(Can you tell I've had a bad day? lol)


I know, I hate the double standard that society puts on us - be beautiful, but don't be fake. And I love how a lot of guys talk about how they prefer 'natural' girls who don't wear any make up, when ALL of their favorite movie/TV stars are in full makeup 90% of the time. :P


I try to make my make up look as natural as possible but I still prefer to wear it cause it makes me feel comfortable. I just hate how people want to shame women for that just because they're trying to enhance their appearance. I mean god, it's not like it's plastic surgery or something.

#3364176 The Best Product For Red/dark Marks

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 06 July 2013 - 12:08 AM

The Clarisonic Mia.


I've had acne for years and never had my marks fade as fast as they do with this product. With the Clarisonic, my marks fade usually within a month or a month and a half. 2 months if it's a particularly dark mark. I've been using the Clarisonic for a year now and none of my marks have exceeded that time frame. In addition, it's also improved the quality of my skin like no other, making it look smoother, healthier, and unclogging pores.


I know it's expensive, but it is SO worth it. If you're still not into the price, though, Olay makes a dupe that's around $25 or so. I haven't used it, but I imagine any form of exfoliation is better than nothing. Exfoliation is one of the quickest ways to fade marks!


Anyways, just thought I'd tote that product here!

#3364174 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 06 July 2013 - 12:04 AM

Way more often than not, I do not like what I see in the mirror and I'll tell myself how ugly I am. And THAT is the problem. How is someone else supposed to love me when I don't love or accept myself as I am and I keep telling myself that I'm ugly? If I loved and accepted myself as I am, and thought of myself as 'pretty' in some way / or in my own way, I would be a much more confident person, and I do think that confidence is attractive. I know in the past something that has helped me is to find the one physical thing that I like about myself. This was really hard for me to do but I decided that I did like my eyes and remind myself that I think I had nice eyes.  It definitely doesn't fix it all though. I still have many many days of where I feel ugly and think that I am, but if I'm able to find something that I do like about myself, then I can feel at least a little better and more confident for the day. But I think that's the main thing, for me anyway, - to work on my confidence and acceptance of myself as I am. Hopefully one day I won't have acne, but for now I do have acne, and even when that day hopefully comes that I have clear skin, the rest of my appearance will be the same, and there's not a lot I can do to change that so I do have to accept and love myself as I am. I do think that every person is beautiful and has something beautiful about them - it's just that I forget this and can't apply it to myself at times. 


You're so right. It's hard for someone to love you when you don't even love yourself. Loving yourself is one of the most important factors of happiness. It's hard loving yourself when you look in the mirror and see imperfections but you have to hold yourself above those insecurities. Tell yourself you're worth more than just your flaws, and that in any case, EVERYONE has flaws. And there are tons and tons of people out there who wouldn't give a damn about your skin. You're strong - as is everyone else on here - and you don't have to succumb to acne's willpower and let it affect your life. :)

#3363206 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 01 July 2013 - 08:43 PM

Skin looked pretty good today, no new blemishes, and I went out without makeup today and felt comfortable showing my bare face. :) 

#3363205 Don't You Hate It When...(Pet Peeve)

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 01 July 2013 - 08:42 PM

When some people are like "oh, with makeup, less is more! Foundation looks so powdery and fake, women look prettier with less makeup on" etc etc. You know what I mean.


I hate it when people say this to me because it's just like, have you ever considered how I feel? I'm insecure about my skin so I use some concealer and foundation...it makes me feel better about myself and makes me think LESS about my skin when I'm out in public. And that's a great thing. If I had flawless skin, I probably wouldn't use foundation, but I don't. 


I do go out in public without makeup sometimes, but never at school. I'm just too insecure about my bare skin - even when I'm clear, I still usually have a few dark spots and dark circles under my eyes. 


It's just always uncomfortable when people tell me I don't need foundation or something when I'm just like..."Actually, I kind of do." 

#3361499 Thinking Of Going On Accutane After My Trip

Posted by snsdgirl14 on 25 June 2013 - 03:40 PM

I don't know if I would resort to Accutane first...it is a form of chemotherapy, which is supposed to kill your acne, but a good number of people seem to see it come back. Maybe I'm just extra cautious, but Accutane is like an absolute last resort. 


Have you ever looked into spironolactone? I see you said your breakouts are right around 'that time'. Spiro is an anti-androgen that blocks the male hormone testosterone, which is often excessive in women with acne. So it helps a lot with hormonal acne. I haven't tried it, but I am going to soon, and I know a good number of women that have had success with it. 


Talk to a derm about it too, maybe. I don't know how willing they'd be to give you Accutane if your acne isn't severe, but it depends on your derm. I have heard of people using Accutane for more moderate-mild acne.