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  1. Alright, I've finished 4 months and one week on Epuris. No change. not sure what else to really write about honestly. Just seems like my skin has gotten worse. Like it's super sensitive and looks so tired and worn out. Thing is, I take care of my body so well, sometimes maybe I eat out a little too often but nothing that impending to my health. i am getting less breakouts on my forehead, I guess, but back is still breaking out, chest is still breaking out, and dryness though has gone down a bit, and redness has gone down in my face. Not sure what any of it means because I'm not sure how this drug is supposed to work at this point because the results have been sooo mild, if any! I really really really hope something happens soon. 

  2. Hello! Let me tell you some background information. I'm from Venezuela and recently moved to Spain (Barcelona). Since I was 13years old I started getting acne, it wasn't very bad but it was very persistent. Then at the age of 17 it started getting worse, so from mild it went to moderate acne. I tried many products and all that stuff and it only made it worse. So i was really desperate and my derm recommend me using Accutane, very low dosage 30mg, I weight 64kg and my heigh is 174cm, and eventually i went from 30mg to 10mg since my skin did improve and a lot. Well now I'm here in Barcelona, the weather is not good on my skin,  mine is oily but very sensitive. I purchased neutrogena visibly clear face wash spot proofing, because i ran out of my products that i used to use in venezuela, and I think is harsh on my skin. My pores seems to get bigger everyday :c and i dont know what to do... I cleanse only at night due to the product and I moisturize when going to bed. I wash my face in the morning with water and then  moisturize. Well here are some pics of my skin, I would really appreciate if I can get some help. 

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  3. I would not recommend differin. It made my face worse than it was before. I've never had this many scars and hyperpigmentation, I have like thirty red lesions on my face now. Ugh! I finally when to the dermatologist and she recommended me doxycycline for my acne and I've been using the Banish Acne Scar kit for my scarring. Don't buy differin, you're wasting money and ruining your skin. 

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    Depressedwithmyface
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    Now its been week 3 of antibiotics. I am heading towards the last week. I still get 1 or 2 off pimple. The redness of skin has subsided on right cheek but left cheek is a whole mess of colours and PIH marks. I dont think my face will ever be like it was before but i am visiting the derm next sunday and hopefully he can recommend me something for marks and bad texture. 
    Really depressed right now.

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    snowboarderxo
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    Hello!

    I am a 21 year old female. Up until a few months ago I had 0 acne. I wore foundation, washed my face, put on some moisturizer, and that was it. Starting in November 2018, I had a few late nights which resulted in me sleeping in makeup/not washing my face before bed (on accident). Anyways, my skin started to absolutely explode. I began having huge hard pimples on my chin that I had never encountered before. In high school I was on the cryselle birth control pill which apparently is not very good for acne, but I barely had any acne at all while using clindamycin/BP. I went off birth control about two years ago, so the sudden influx in acne does not seem to be related to that because from what I've researched the peak of acne after discontinuing birth control   is around 9 months. Anyways, the acne is extremely concentrated around my chin area. Since using the epiduo for around 4 weeks (only on my skin, just started using it on the rest of my face) most of my closed comedones have come to the surface and created an absolute purging sort of hell.  Anyways, I graduate towards the end of May, and I am praying for some clear skin by then. By no means do I ask for perfect skin but I would like to be able to smile or brush my teeth without the pain of deep acne flooding my chin. I am also hoping this birth control helps. I was going to go on yaz but the scary stories regarding blood clots steered me away. As annoying as acne is to me, it is not worth that risk. 

    On another note, I cannot believe how much this condition has influenced my life. I have never had acne so bad and it is only mild to moderate. I took the days of clear skin for granted. I cannot wait until the day where I don't wake up and automatically feel depressed and defeated from my acne. I am typically a very upbeat and happy person who loves life inside and out. I feel plagued by this condition and I'm feeling so hopeless. If anyone has had success with either epiduo or ortho tri cyclen I would love to hear them.

    Anyways, I have been on the birth control for a week and I have not noticed a negative nor positive effect on my acne. Also another side note- I was getting my period every two weeks for extended periods of time and my DHEA- sulfate levels were elevated (all other hormones were normal) which indicates some sort of hormonal imbalance. I am going to the dermatologist next week to discuss possibly going to epiduo forte instead of the regular epiduo. I have pretty hardy skin and I have tolerated the regular epiduo quite well. Has anyone had success with the forte? Let me know! I also use cetaphil face wash and moisturizer. I never exfoliate, and I wear foundation everyday especially now due to the scarring. Ok thats it! Mission get clear before graduation has commenced!

  4. TeenGirl14
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    so I've gotten a puppy just a couple of days ago,
    my father and i drove 3 hours to get her and 3 hours back home so in total it was six hours in the same car with each other and I've gotta say I'm pretty proud of myself and him cause there was no arguing or annoyance which I'm thankful for, you see... my father and I hardly get along but now we don't fight as much and I don't hate him as much so it's all good but anyways

    i named her raven and she's the new addition to my little family aka pets but i don't like to call them pets cause they aren't just pets, their my babies my children my family, therapists, teddies and so much more, they mean a lot to me more than my siblings and parents do and if i lost any of them i'd slowly diminish and crumble because without these guys what is there to live for, cause you can't replace the unreplaceable.

    but anyhoo
    raven likes to poop and pee a lot anywhere and everywhere cause she's just a very very young pup only 6 weeks going on 7 so she won't be able to contain it until she gets a little older maybe 12 to 14 weeks of age and then she'll be able to hold herself a bit better so that's when training is gonna start.

    now I feel complete that I've now got two cats AND and dog, I wanted a dog to have cause I couldn't take the cats for walks since it's too dangerous and other animals will prey on them so when I have a female dog all the male dogs won't attack her and I won't come back crying because I couldn't save her.

    so having pets always keeps me calm and stress-free which is good cause then less stress better sleep better skin.

  5. so I cut my hair and bangs to hide and cover my face (new all time low).

    This is my first week (day 4) of claravis. As far as worsening, I have one painful, medium sized whitehead on my forehead (covered kinda by my bangs). And another small whitehead on my lower cheek (covered sometimes by my hair when I wear it down). Well I have way more motivation to wear my hair down everyday now. It seems like before claravis I would get a pimple and it would heal and then I would get a pimple in the same exact spot and repeat and repeat. But it seems like now all those spots are being uprooted by the claravis which makes an ugly result but seems on the way to clear skin.

    Today is the first day Ive noticed dryness and its my chin: dry, flaky, itchy. I feel like maybe the med is just now starting to reduce the oil on my skin. Lips are dry but not extreme or cracked or anything. But I've been applying vaseline to my lips at night and applying chapstick liberally (sometimes Dr Dans although I dont think they are dry enough for that yet and sometimes just a generic chapstick). Also my hands seem to be more coarse and dry than usual so applying lotion to them after every time I wash them.

    For unpleasant side effects, I'd have to say headaches, stomach discomfort, and fatigue.

    I used the cerave facial moisturizer for the first time today and it feels fine so far. So stinging when I put it on so Im relieved about that. Tomorrow I plan on using the tinted moisturizer first, then the anti redness BB cream, then the usual liquid coverup. This seems excessive but Im too embarrassed to not wear makeup.

    I guess thats it for now. Just riding that wave...
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    ♡A.D.
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    victoria_x._o
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    A bit of background on my skin , I first started getting spots at about the age of 13 . Just the odd few pimples here and there , coming up to around 15/16 this is when my skin got bad , I'd get breakouts on the sides of my face and around my chin area , I then decided to go make up free for a while as I thought that this was what was causing it , whilst I wasn't wearing make up I was on an acne antibiotic called lymecycline . My skin did clear up a lot during this period , so I then started to wear make up again , this was when I was on my last two months of this antibiotic and all was good . I then came off these and I did start to break out a while after , but these breakouts were not as bad as before . But then after being of them for a good few months my skin got a lot worse with lots of white heads and black heads on the odd pimples . Its now just covered in pimples down the sides of my face , and lots of whiteheads and blackheads basically all over my face , some more noticeable than others . 

  6. FriendlyCongo
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    so I have been really clear for having my period. All I have is one large pimple forming on my chin, but thats understandable and ill take it over 5 of them. Ill see if I get any more throughout the week. The week before y period I was acne free which was the best feeling. 

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    asiyaaa
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    eleven more days till one month !!!
    my skin in terms of acne has been regular/bad, I've gotten a few more new pimples. before i started accutane i had a lot of blackheads on my nose but the texture of my nose was still smooth but now its become very rough and dry…maybe i'll try exfoliating. i have rosacea (thats what another derm said but i feel like its more my skin being really pale and my acne red and inflamed but anyway), and I've found that my face gets red in weird place nowadays but i have read that accutane does cause redness. also my chin and area of cheek near to my nose have started to become dry. lips are alright   

  7. Accutane, Day 27

    I would like to share with you the products I use in my routine to combat the negatives that accutane brings. I will be seeing my derm in a few days for my one month review and blood work. Compared to some of the nightmares I have read, I would say I am doing quite well at the moment as far as side effects. My routine consists of one wash per day, before bed.

    Face Wash
    Dan's cleanser. Full pump. Cold water only. Before and after.

    Moisturizer
    Dan's moisturizer and Dan's AHA+. Half pump each. Mix and add 7-8 drops of Jojoba Oil. I believe it's the AHA that really makes Dan's kit effective. If you're familiar with Dan's regimen, you know what I'm talking about.

    I no longer use cetaphil lotions on my face, because it is highly comedogenic, despite their claims. It breaks me out with cystic acne. When I used Dan's full kit, cetaphil worked very well for me. The occasional cyst was worth the needed hydration. But because the lotion sits directly on my skin and not over a layer of toner and benzoyl peroxide gel, the irritation is amplified. Also, I believe accutane changes the chemistry of our skin. What was once beneficial, may have an opposite effect.

    Lips      
    Three step process. Apply 2 drops of Jojoba oil to lips using finger tip. Coat lips with balm of choice. My go to is Badger balm tangerine, followed by Dr. Dan's Cortibalm. Lastly, come back later and cover with Aquaphor to lock in the moisture. Touch up throughout the day if needed. DO NOT LICK YOUR LIPS!

    On a side note, I would recommend asking your derm about antibiotics while on accutane, specifically Bactrim. It is one of the few that is allowed while on accutane. I was granted use for seven days. It saved me. I will explain in a future entry. Just keep in mind, it's always an option for when disaster strikes.

  8. YellowCopy
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    SO, I've been using acne.org since june 2017. It worked wonders for me. After about 2 months on the regime i had COMPLETELY clear skin for a couple of months. Now i think I've slacked on the regime, i still use BP and for the most part i was fine. but RECENTLY MY SKIN IS STARTING TO BREAK OUT HOW IT USED TO AGAIN. Im getting acne on my forehead which I HAS BEEN COMPLETELY CLEAR SINCE WEEK 2 ON THE REGIME. :(

  9. ZAla3
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    I forgot to update last week but anyway Im probably going to be going off spironolactone very soon. I havent gotten my period since i started it and its almost been 2 months. In the beginning i just thought it was late because mine arent very regular but its been way too long. My parents are worried so I have to go to the doctor and then back to the derm to see whats wrong and most likely go on a different medication. Does this happen to other women on spironolactone?

  10. Karen

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    Hello everyone!

    I've used acne.org for years now, and it's been a wonderfully helpful community for me as I struggled with acne and finding the products and regimen that work for me. If any of you are on Instagram, I wanted to share a new account that focuses on the emotional/psychological impact of acne, and hopes to publish stories of overcoming self image issues associated with acne or other skin issues.

    Their tag is "clearskinofficial" https://www.instagram.com/clearskinofficial/

    Hope to see your inspirational stories
    :symbols_v1_0:

  11. SkittlesMM
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    Week 13 - Just this week I started doing 20mg at night and 10 in the morning every other day and 10mg at night and 10mg in the morning the rest of the days. I hope to be at 30mg everyday within the next 2weeks. 

    So this was the first month that I was cyst free! It felt amazing to go through Christmas and New Years holidays with a cyst free face! I am not sure if my antibiotics from my kidney infection and then for after my surgery helped bring cyst free cause after being off of them for a week I got a inflammatory bump that didn't quite turn into a cyst or zit but was definitely trying to. I dunno, this could have been from missing 2 days of accutane because I forgot to pack it when I went out of town and or the fact that the 2 nights before I got the somewhat bump I woke up in a pool of my own drool stuck to my chin. Who knows, but I thought it was time to up it. Hopefully when I see my doctor at the end of the month she will agree. When I saw her 2 weeks ago, she mentioned if i'm clear at 6 months she is thinking of taking me off accutane. I definitely expressed my dislikeo of that idea and not wanting to do that so she said we can negotiate that when the time comes. I'm thinking the fact I still got a bump will help convince her to up me slightly so that I can be at least at the recommended dosage for my weight and cut my length to 8ish months.  I still have redness and a white scar area from past cysts and I wish it would look a little better without make-up but oh well, I'm happy. I still get almost sweat teeny tiny bumps but they go away quickly as long as I don't pick them. 

    I can not tell you the freedom and emotional strength that has occurred with being cyst free. While I still need to work on self-confidence, it is SOOO much easier to do being cyst free! I feel so free. I know it's not without it's side effects, the dry skin and tired dry eyes are pretty bad but nothing horrible. OVerall, I'm just so thankful. 

  12. peskypimples
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    Coming to an end... I can't believe I have been on this medication for around 7 MONTHS! I cant even describe how good it feels to say that I have not had a single breakout in a month and my skin is completely flat and smooth. Now I do have some post redness which my dermatologist says will fade within 3 months of coming off accutane. I do have very minimal atrophic scarring on my cheeks which I will be doing some sort of treatment but not for at least 6 months. I think it is time to give my skin a break and let it regenerate once I come off the medication! 

    My Skin Routine... Nothing has changed from my skin routine and I still continue to use all the same products. I plan to stick with my regimen as I am very hesitant as to what I now put on my skin. I continue to drink around 10-12 cups of water a day which I highly recommend, makes a difference on your skin! 

    This blog was created so I can now help people and answer any questions about the accutane experience and how it does take time!! My next post will not be for another 3 months of being off accutane. Look forward to the redness going down! Stay Tuned :) 

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  13. school is starting again, which means a more hectic routine. unfortunately i have not properly followed the regimen in the mornings, only making time a couple days in the week to moisturize before heading out into the bitter cold and nothing else. i've continued to follow the procedure at night and plan to figure out a way to make time in my rushed mornings for skincare.
    also unfortunately, my skin is beginning to appear flaky, especially around my mouth, which is peculiar, because i rarely, if ever, go out of my way to apply BP to that area. i've just finished applying a generous amount of moisturizer - i look a little like a ghost before it's done sinking in. hopefully the flakiness improves.
    i have a few new pimples, but i can attribute them either to just having gotten my period, slipping up in the mornings, or both. i'm still happy with my progress - my girlfriend commented how soft my skin is, and i silently thanked my new twice-a-day moisturizer habit.

  14. Happy New Year!

    I started my isotretinoin journey on September 6th 2017. I was nervous after reading all the horror stories. But I thought, if it gets too bad, I will stop. And after enduring bad skin, spots, cysts and boils for the last 25 years, I didn't think there was side effect that I wouldn't manage.

    I was right. My side effects have been minimal, some dry skin on my face (which is fine with a daily moisturiser and nightly smothering of aqueous cream; a little tiredness (but that could be my age); a little stiffness during and after exercise; a little bloody mucus when blowing my nose, but that is intermittent; my eyes are dry and wet at the same time(weird I know), and that is pretty much it! My mood has been fine, no headaches, or any other side effects to note. 

    My skin is much softer and smoother, the blotches and tiny pimples I had on my face are gone. I still have some some redness to my cheeks, but I can live with that. I still have breakouts on my back (and other places) These tend to be on average about 1cm across and very painful. They last for weeks and weeks and weeks. I have redness/purpleness from older ones, but they have flattened out. On my last visit to the Derm, she said I will probably have an extra month at 60mgs, rather than increasing the dose at the moment. My next visit is 16th Jan, so we'll see what she says then. 

    I am looking forward to my skin clearing and getting a bit of sun to help with the scarring. Wrinkles are next to target!!

    Love and peace everyone! 

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    so I haven't been picking at my skin much which is COOL. I try to pay more attention to my actions & it's working. my skin's looking genuinely nice but I have a few wounds that still need to heal. that's particularly difficult cause dead dry skin seems very appealing for my picking-loving fingers

    I've ordered some natural oils and I'm excited for them to arrive. will write reviews

    there is this one huge wound under my eyebrow that's a bit gross as eyebrow hairs are growing through it and I'm not sure how to make it heal faster. Clindamycin generally helps and I know it takes time but ughhh I wish I hadn't messed it up in the first place
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    I started accutane early this month (Dec 4th 2017) and i'm going to give brief updates for everyone. My keyboard is playing up so forgive the typos
    im 21 Male and weigh 77kg

    So, I've had acne since 11yrs old, and it got considerably worse since the ages of 15 to now. I tried benzyol peroxide at 16, and this had done nothing, except control the whiteheads on chin and forehead. After this I was prescribed doxcycline 100mg which i kept taking for four years until December 2016 (as well as try several topicals both natural and medical during these years), and a few times with the GP asked for another set of antibiotics and was refused, as they said they can see my acne was considerably better (even though this was a GP i had never seen before, so not sure how she could make that judgement). Anyways, I took myself off doxcycline, and experienced no difference in skin even coming off it, and it was an absolute waste of time and probably health, and i hadn't bothered going back to the GP since 2015 (my doxcycline was a repeat prescription ,so i didn't need t o have appointments each time the pills ran out).

    The past few months my acne has shown no signs of slowing down, and i have tried oils, more benzyol peroxide, vitamin c serums, exfoliants etc, and was convinced only accutane would work. I had experienced some disgusting cysts on my front cheeks recently, and the amount of puss and blood that drained i had never experienced in almost 11 years of acne, which is saying something.

    I live in the UK and decided to go private, and simply gave my nearest dermatologist a call, and was booked in for the following week. All the while i was reading forums on this website, with the majority claiming how acne is some horror drug, and ruins your life forever, but either way, acne was ruining my life anyway so what the hell right? Contrary to the perception that accutane is hard to obtain, my experience was the most simple thing I could have done.

    I went to my derm appointment, and when i got in the doctor was taking notes and asking me about my acne history, and asked to see my back and face up close, which is not as bad as i thought it would be. He said i had completed the stage 1 of treatment for acne, and i can choose whether to move on to stage 2 or skip to stage 3. Before I could even ask for accutane, he basically recommended me to take it, and seemed as though he was pushing for me to accept this medication, instead of the other alternatives thankfully.

    Anyway the costs of this were:
    £105 consultation
    £65 blood test
    £95.50 for 110x 20mg capsules (this will last me two month, 40mg the first and 60mg the second daily)
    £105 for next consultation in 2 months and £65 again for second blood test

    Midway through week 3 now, and the only side effects are nosebleeds occasionaly, and dry skin, but i use aquaphor and oil my face with safflower oil ,and moisturise with shea butter, and its completley fine.
    In the first few days of accutane, my nose became really rough and grainy, which were the blackheads drying up, and in the past few days, they have been flaking off and is so smooth now. The whiteheads that usually pop up on my foreheads, and makes it look really rough went away during the second week, and it is now smooth as anything. I up my dosage to 60mg on the 3rd Jan
     

  15. I am now a month into using Retin-A Micro 0.08% gel, along with Clindamycin gel or Clindamycin Topical Solution. I am still breaking out, but not as much as I was before and my skin tone looks a little better than it did before I started. I had a lot of little bumps on my forehead, between my eyebrows, on my cheeks, and a few under the skin pimples that were a little big. My skin tone looked really horrible as well.  I don't get huge pimple or pimples all that much any more. I think the Retin-A is pulling out whiteheads and blackheads at this point. That's what it looks like to me. I really wish it would just stop breaking out all together so I can have my clear skin back, like I achieved a few years ago when I first went to my derm. I am sticking it out until I go back to my derm at the end of February. I was using Neutrogena Clear Pore wash with these two topicals, but I had to quit because Retin-A is a very strong retinoid and it was making my skin more red and sensitive to the Neutrogena wash. So now I use Purpose gentle cleanser and I will stick with that while I continue to use Retin-A.

    Routine: 
    Am:

    Wash with Purpose Cleanser, exfoliate flakey/dead skin off with fingers while in the shower, pat dry.
    Apply Clindamycin gel, wait 10 minutes to apply moisturizer, apply Covergirl outlast foundation & thin layer of Physicians Formula Mineral Veil powder. On the days I am not going to work, I use the Physicians Formula Correcting Kit that I got from Walmart. It's very light on my skin and doesn't break me out and gives me a break from foundation.

    Pm:
    Take off makeup with Equate Wipes, wash with Purpose cleanser 2x, pat dry, then apply Retin-A.

     

  16. About a month ago, When I started having a really severe breakout, way worse than before...I brought it to my mom's attention and told her I'd like to see a doctor. I was itching and picking at the pimples with every second I had. So finally my mom decided to take me. The doctor prescribed 'Dermovate', I was excited, but was still doubtful. I used the cream once but rubbed it off a few minutes after.and complained that it was only making my acne worse, but I was just so miserable because I wanted to see immediate progress. Acne makes you SUPER MISERABLE, so from that day on, I promised myself that I'd never use it AGAIN.

    However, my sister came over to spend Christmas with us yesterday and her face was extremely flawless... I mean it was so clean and smooth I had to ask her about it... She had acne too.

    "Remember that cream?" She said smiling.
    "You mean dermovate??"
    "Yea, I used it every night after washing my face, for four days."

    My mom gave me a 'told you so' look, she was always telling me I should've continued using it. So I decided to try it that same night. I prayed and asked God to work his miracles through this cream so it could work ... Now just this morning, I got up and went to the bathroom. I was taken aback when I saw my face in the mirror and immediately I ran to tell my mom the great news...I saw great progress in just one night. It kinda lightened my skin colour but hey, God helped me... That's most important...THANKYOU LORD!!!
    Even if after a while I get rid of them, I'm still going to stick to what I went through... I wont stop being the positive person I am... As i had said, "Your flaws cant break you, they can only make you stronger."

    HAVE A BLESSED DAY EVERYONE <3
    STILL REMEMBER POSITIVITY IS THE KEY <333

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    Hi there guys I was just wondering if someone could tell me what severity of acne I have. I have had acne since I was about 12-13 much worse than it is now. Currently I use epiduo every night with aveeno moisturiser afterwards and I use a black pore mask once a week. However despite this I continue to suffer with large red pimples under the skin that are painful and take a long time to go away. Does anyone have any tips to help get rid of these because they make me extremely unhappy and make me not want to show my face at times. Thanks a lot any help would be appreciated.
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    Hello! My name is Zoë and I’m 15. Before I start talking about the effects of this medication,I will start off with talking about the medication and later about my skin before I started taking it. When I first picked up the bottle of spirolactone from the pharmacy, I thought it was just another antibiotic. I had no idea about a peak breakout or that it takes three months to even begin to kick in. I wish I knew these things before I agreed to take it, so this blog is not only for me to track my progress, but also for people who are thinking about taking it or taking it already who could use some information. I have been on spirolactone for about two months now. (I am also taking acidophilus supplments. I can do an entry on that if you want) the first few weeks of being on spiro, I didn’t notice much. Nothing was better, and nothing was worse. After a month, my skin broke out badly. All over. Before spiro, I pretty much only broke out on my chin. Now at the two month mark,it’s in areas that haven’t broken out in years. All over my cheeks and forehead, and my chin as usual. My skin hasn’t been like this since the 5th grade. And now In the 9th grade, I feel like all I’ve done to keep my acne under control has been for nothing. All of it has come back just over the course of a couple days. My skin also gets these dark red marks after a blemish goes away. So it’s like the blemish never left. These are al over my jawline and cheeks. I contiplated giving up on the meds because I’m not sure how much patience I have left in me, but I only have about two weeks of pills left in the bottle so I’m going to reach the three month mark, and go from there. If my skin has not changed or is worse by that point, then RIP my self esteem and I’m going to ask my dermatologist for about the fourth time about birth control. If it improves, then I’ll get a refill and continue this blog. Keep in mind, everyone’s skin is different. Mine just happens to suck. Your experience might be a lot better than mine. This is just for some input from someone who has had experience. I hope this blog helps, and I’ll update next week. :)