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1 Month (Day 28) On Spironolactone & Topical Retinoid

It's been 1 month (aka 28 days) of using this regimen!

Regimen:

  • (75 mg Spironolactone/day, Benzoyl Peroxide facewash in AM (PanOxyl 4%), and Topical Retinoid aka Tretinoin gel at night (Atralin gel 0.05%)


    Summary of the Past 4 Weeks:
    • When I first started the regimen, my dried out and shed quite a bit. Then in week 2, I broke out like crazy on my forehead, nose, and chin. Then my left cheek purged some clogged pores, followed by my chin, followed by my right jawline. My right jawline is still healing up from purging (but I admit I got impatient and made things worse by squeezing the pores)


      Status of Face
      • Red Marks that are Healing

        • Right now I have 2 red marks--one an inch above my lip to the left (healing from a clogged pore that purged), another brownish bigger healing mark from where I had 3 pores purge and irritated them by squeezing (I know--I shouldn't have gotten impatient). I have a couple of tiny redish marks, but they're really small and I'm sure will heal pretty fast.

        [*]Actives/Clogged Pores Pushing Out

        [*]Now it seems that the middle and lower part of my cheeks are purging clogged pores, as well as the very top left patch of my forehead that has always had some deep, clogged pores. It's odd because they usually don't look like red bumps with a white center. Typically I just see this white clogged gunk under the pore and then I try to extract it once it's ready/once the pore has opened.

        On the Bright Side

        It's interesting that the purging of clogged pores has been happening in phases. On the BRIGHT SIDE, my forehead (besides the one upper patch) is so clear and my complexion is so even. I can't even see any clogged pores at all. So, this gives me A LOT of HOPE.

        I'm hoping within a couple weeks, the purging of clogged pores from my cheeks, chin, and forehead (one patch) could be over.

        It's been one month (4 weeks), and people say they usually start being completely clear between 8-12 weeks. So one month down, hopefully 1 more of slight purging to go.

        If you're using this regimen, or something similar--keep the faith! My skin may be purging a bit right now in other areas, but it's SO much than it was when I first started!



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Congrats hope! This makes me so happy to read. Have your clogged pores become inflamed at all? The spiro should kick in n around 3-6 months so continue with the good attitude

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Thanks! Well, the clogged pores that are bad have become inflamed and a bit red when they push out the clogged oil and stuff :/ so that's no fun..

I have quite a few red/ pink marks right now on my chin and right cheek/jawline...but I really think the same purging thing is happening, just with my cheeks and jawline right now.

Did this happen for you in phases??

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Congrats hope! This makes me so happy to read. Have your clogged pores become inflamed at all? The spiro should kick in n around 3-6 months so continue with the good attitude

Thanks! Well, the clogged pores that are bad have become inflamed and a bit red when they push out the clogged oil and stuff :/ so that's no fun..

I have quite a few red/ pink marks right now on my chin and right cheek/jawline...but I really think the same purging thing is happening, just with my cheeks and jawline right now.

Did this happen for you in phases??

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Yes it did. One side would break out and then clear up, then another side would do the same thing! So frustrating.

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Yes it did. One side would break out and then clear up, then another side would do the same thing! So frustrating.

Ugh--agreed!! My forehead (except for one small patch) is clear, so is my nose, and so are my temples pretty much. But now my cheeks & chin are purging :/

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