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  1. Very depressing. The spironolactone did help a lot. I’m on month 5. Derm upped my dosage of spironolactone to 100mg daily, but I haven’t improved. I’m still breaking out and today I got a new cyst on my jaw! Why?! My face doesn’t need any more scars! Also, I have had three periods this month!! Three! Can spironolactone all of a sudden start screwing up your hormones and stop working? Still breaking out around my lips too it’s embarrassing. I was seeing progress, now I’m seeing regression and it
  2. I’ve had it. My face is literally destroyed from breaking out in the past few months. Still have some cysts but not as many... still have some closed comedones but way less... scarred horrifically from the cystic acne. Indents and hyperpigmentation. I feel like under the light I look like a burn victim. I’m just washing with a salicylic acid wash now. Had to stop the BP again because of the irritation and burned skin... peeling and flaking and it just wouldn’t stop. My face wouldn’t just get us
  3. Perhaps it’s hormones? You could ask the derm about checking your hormones.
  4. Back in April I stopped using BP... like many others, I read up about long term affects of using it and how it can be damaging to your skin. Well, I regret it. Looking back, that’s when my skin started acting up. What’s damaging to your skin is acne. Shortly after weaning myself of BP, I broke out into a million closed comedones. Miserable. After much distress I went back to BP. The purging stage is REAL OMG. Almost all of the CC have turned into big, red inflamed pimples and some cysts. My face
  5. Hey. So... I’m still breaking out. Mostly the bottom half of my face. My jaw, under my cheekbones... it’s depressing because I already have scars there from my former cystic acne ten years ago. It’s cystic too. It hurts. I’m using benzoyl peroxide lotion but I think I will need to ask my doctor for something oral, as topical just isn’t stopping the cysts. I have done a lot of reading about spironolactone being an androgen blocker. I truly believe I have high levels of androgens and am waiting fo
  6. About a month ago I started to break out, mostly with what looked like closed comedones. Before that it was nice and clear. I just used my salicylic acid wash and Lush tea tree toner. My skin has been fantastic for a long time except a couple pimples near my period. This recent disaster kinda happened while I was spending some time outside in the humid weather all day, sweating to death. By the end of those days my skin was oily as a bucket of slime and dry and flaky - yikes. Before I knew it, c
  7. I have the same problem recently. I am now stopping eating gluten to see if that helps, and using my favorite benzoyl peroxide lotion again which seems to be bringing them to a surface. I’m broken out bad right now and it makes me feel miserable.
  8. So what happened was that I stopped using my benzoyl peroxide lotion a couple months ago. Also a bunch of stress happened, overdried my skin, so I broke out. I ended up getting a TON of closed comedones. And a few cysts! This week I started using my benzoyl peroxide again. There is now less closed comedones but a few large pimples where most of the closed comedones are around. I’ve used benzoyl peroxide before with great results, but I don’t know if I remember my face purging. Not used to this c
  9. A couple months ago I broke out with a ton of closed comedones around the sides of my chin. Looks terrible under light. I finally found that using Clinique Acne Solitions all over clearing treatment (benzoyl peroxide lotion) is clearing them away very quickly. I was using the Paula’s choice benzoyl peroxide and it wasn’t working like this, but the Clinique one is working. I hate closed comedones and I’m amazed they’re clearing so quickly as I’ve been stuck with them for months before.
  10. So I made two big mistakes with my skin. It was breaking out with closed comedones and I panicked. Didn’t think things through. Had anxiety and acted impulsively. First, I overexfoliated. I knew my skin was already overexfoliated and I should have left it alone but I didn’t. I irritated it more... Then, I used benzoyl peroxide lotion for the first time in weeks thinking it would magically get things under control. Today, my face is dry, tight, red, flaky and peeling. I had to take my anxiety med
  11. Okay awesome. I’m hoping that will help. I’m glad it’s helpibg you.
  12. One of my biggest concerns right now are closed comedones. I have had them before, and nothing got rid of them. They stayed for even years at a time. Eventually what happens, is they turn into a huge cyst. I’m worried because recently, in addition to high stress, I fiddled around with supplements and my usual skincare by stopping using benzoyl peroxide (big mistake) and dried my skin out, causing clogged pores and now I have tons of closed comedones. They’re not red, just ugly and bumpy. Very sm
  13. The best my skin ever does - regardless of diet, vitamin supplements, etc... is when I’m using benzoyl peroxide. I have been on accutane, all of the antibiotics, birth control pills, supplements (some of which I do believe help), and of course all the millions of acne products. Recently, my skin was doing so well I thought maybe I didn’t need benzoyl peroxide anymore. I started feeling concerned about putting the chemicals on my face etc... and wanted to try a more natural approach with vitamins