I'm so glad I slabbed on retin a 3 times yesterday... Now the dark dead skin sloughed off... The marks are still red... But manageable! I will post a pic tomorrow or something! I'm just thankful for retin a! So all you non believers, try it!!
I'm sure many of you know how I feel... But if I had clear skin, I'd take advantage of it like no other! Right now, it's hard to do things ESP spontaneously ESP if youre already at home... Having your treatments on your face and someone asks you to go out. Also you think about the lack of sleep you'll be getting (which causes acne too) or you can't even plan things because you don't know how bad you will breakout that day. Getting ready has become a drag.
Ah we all just wish we had clear skin! I'd get more things done. There'd be no more days when I'm hiding at home, not getting anything done because I'm depressed about the state of my face.
It's really hard. And those with clear skin (naturally ESP) are so blessed! I envy them!
It'd be the best thing in the world if such a heavy weight was lifted off my shoulder! I'd have the world in my palms and I'd be so much nicer, I'm only cranky because I'm mad, I'm guilty, I'm worried, I'm sad.
I may be overly obsessing. Because I already know how obsessed I am! When I have clear days people say I have really clear skin! But I look at my face under a microscope, under bright lights! And look at the worst of it.
Maybe if I stopped worrying, zits would stop coming, as they say, the more you think about something, the more it happens, murphys law? Or laws of attraction? Or something. Haha.
This is how bad my skin gets after T.O.M so I wanted to show you guys pictures at how bad it can get... Usually Retin-a reduces the redness of scars but the other little scars scattered are from older breakouts (also were big when they were still new) but I have a couple of new big ones from the newest breakouts.
Honestly my breakouts aren't usually this bad and the scars aren't usually this big and dark but I used tea tree oil to dry them up.. And I always regret doing that because it turns them dark red!
Right side of face w/makeup... Still flakey from bombarding my face with tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide, etc. Cuz I was so mad!
Left Side of face w/ Makeup
Left Side w/o Makeup
Right Side w/o Makeup
The only pimples bothering me are the humoungus ones on my lower right cheek (jaw), the one under my right eye (far to the right) and the one under my left eye ( far to the left) this cannot be an initial breakout as they started slowly forming when I first started Spiro! It's so frustrating because they're soooooo big!!!! And they hurt!!!!!!!! ESP the one on the jaw because the ones that miamly Hurt are when I get them on my cheeks, jaw, sometimes it hurts on the chin too. And usually the chin area us my main problem!!!! But right now I only have a tiny whitehead on my chin. Scars are fading from the last breakout.
Oh by the way! Whenever I'd get these big painful acne, I would take aleve to take the swelling down working one to three days!!! But this time I can't since I am on Spiro!
Let's see how it looks with makeup on... dun dun dun....
Skin still looks flaky ESP around the pimples... The one on the jaw looks dark even with concealer and powder on I think I'm going to call off work so I can just stay home and let these heal...
Around the same time last month (about a week after my period) I broke out on the right side of my face with two pimples and one on my right cheek (big pimples) and it's weird because the same thing this month... A week after my period I got them on the right side of my face as well (two big ones) and I'm Seeing a pattern here... It's because maybe it's after my period... Or because I wore makeup to sleep. Because last month there was a Halloween party (Oct 21st) and I was so drunk I fell asleep in my makeup, the next day I felt two pimples forming, and the next day, two pimples were fully formed!
My acne is mainly hormonal, I'd get one to two pimples a week before my period, but as I said earlier, last month and this month, I got three a week after my period, which was probably caused by wearing making to sleep/drinking alcohol/ not enough sleep. It's weird though because last month, I got them the next day! This time, about four days after!
So before I started taking Spiro, I went on a weekend vacation from the 18-20 but 2 days prior to that, I was on my T.O.M. During my vacation, I was up til' the morning (and the lord knows how much I am afraid of not getting sleep b/c of breakouts) Also, I wore makeup for 3 days straight (even while sleeping/napping, which scares me too b/c of breakouts).
So when I got home, all my white heads or closed comedones were more inflamed than usual, four in each cheeks, a few under left eye and two under right eye. I also formed a pimple on my left cheek (which was the left overs from when I had my t.o.m, that was my breakout but I popped it) but then it came right up on the 20th, but at the end of the night, I was able to pop it, which left a red mark.
I started taking Spiro on Monday Nov. 21st (Day 1)
However, I woke up with a hard round red thing on the right side of my nose, and mind you, my face is very oily esp. on the nose! but! i have never once broken out on my nose, ever! so this was very surprising for me... the pimple on my left cheek that I popped was still a red scar and it was bumpy, and the inflamed comedones underneath my eyes were still inflamed, esp the one under my right eye. but this was the first day (morning) i took 100mg of Spiro.
Tuesday Nov. 22 (Day 2)
took Spiro 100mg in the morning, woke up with a hard pimple on top left of forehead, and the pimple on nose is still hard but more inflamed, and whitehead or closed comedones underneath left eye is getting bigger..
Wednesday Nov. 23 (Day 3)
took 100mg of Spiro, Same pimples, Nose hurts.
Thursday Nov. 24 (Day 4)
100 mg, Feeling super tired than usual, all I wanted to do is sleep. Thanksgiving Holiday/ Black Friday= No sleep, makeup on all night.
Friday Nov. 25 (Day 5)
Took an extra 100mg of Spiro at 130 am because I felt a pimple on my lower right cheek forming...
Took another one at 12 pm, and found a lil pimple underneath my right tear duct. Put Obagi's clenziderm 5% Benzoyl Peroxide.
Saturday Nov. 26 (Day 6)
took 100mg of Spiro at 9 am.
Everything is super red, all my marks are bright red and looks bigger, closed comedones underneath eyes became one big pimple (on each side) I hate when you can see spots underneath makeup! Mark on nose, around top cheeks, and lower cheek looks so bad and dark red! (time to slap on the retin-a!)
Sunday Nov. 27 (Day 7)
took 100 mg of Spiro at 10:30 am.
Face felt dry, throughout the day, peeling cheeks, and especially chin from too much retin-a! I got so annoyed at the marks that I slapped it on! however, when i got home to scrub everything off, marks looks less dark red, but pimples underneath both eyes are still there! and pimple on lower right cheek is still there!
So I am starting this blog because...
First, I haven't seen much blogs about SPIRONOLACTONE, so no one really knows about it.
Spironolactone is a potassium-sparing diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low.Spironolactone is used to diagnose or treat a condition in which you have too much aldosterone in your body. Aldosterone is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands to help regulate the salt and water balance in your body.
This medication isn't a first line of defense against acne breakouts. It is only effective against acne caused by hormonal fluctuations. But it can be especially helpful for women with hormonal disorders that trigger acne or who suffer with other problems, like unwanted facial hair. Spironolactone is in a group of drugs classified as anti-androgens. Because of the way spironolactone works, only women whose acne has a hormonal basis will see results with this medication. But for those women who have hormonal acne, the drug can do a good job in helping to manage breakouts.
Second, I want to be able to write freely, and hopefully others will become hopeful too...
So wish me luck!!!