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8 Months On Spironolactone

Posted by JennyLG, 09 July 2013 · 1,223 views

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It's been a while since my last post... mostly because I hardly have to worry about my skin anymore! I've been taking spiro for over 8 months and have never been happier. I'm still using tretinoin cream at night and moisturize with cerave PM. In the morning I use cerave AM. That's all! Every other day I use St. Ives apricot scrub to help clear away the dead skin from the retin-a. I stopped using all benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid products. They made my face much more inflamed and irritated and dry. Since I stopped using that harsh stuff, I noticed my skin is more balanced and actually breaks out less. I think the cerave moisturizer is helping a lot.
 
I still get a pimple or two when I PMS but it's nothing too crazy or unmanageable. I'm so happy with my skin finally!!!!! My best advice to anyone with cystic acne is to be patient and give spiro a long time to kick in. It took months and months (with LOTS of ups and downs) before I really felt I had made significant progress. And not to mention 15 years of bad skin before that... !
 
My dermatologist was constantly telling me I needed accutane and I'm SO GLAD I didn't go that route. At 29 years old, I didn't think that would be a long-term solution. Most women at my age who use accutane have relapses and have to do additional rounds. I think that my acne was mostly related to stress, hormones and years of putting harsh acidic topical irritants on my face. And diet too --- I've been eating an organic, GMO-free and dairy-free diet while minimizing my intake of processed food. I think that has made a huge difference. There are some awesome sites about how GMO foods are causing lots of health concerns and I whole-heartedly believe my skin breakouts were directly related to food allergies and/or upset stomach caused by overly-processed food. Corn and soy ingredients that are genetically modified are being linked to lots of diseases like autism, cancer, and more... it's crazy. Okay enough about food! I hope anyone who tries spiro sticks with it and sees great results like I did :)




Just wondering where you have acne? Is it all over your face? Or mainly around your jawline? Before I went on Accutane I asked my dermatologist about this treatment and he told me I could try it but it wouldn't work for me because spironolactone was for just hormonal acne and used in older women. Anyways I have a feeling once Im done with Accutane my acne will return! So Im still learning about new treatments and keeping my options open! Thanks!

It wasn't on my jawline, it was widespread around my cheeks (under my cheekbones kind of) and on my chin, either on the right or left under my mouth. From what I understand, spiro will only help hormonal acne, but if you're 18 or older I think it's worth trying. I saw great results even after my dermatologist told me repeatedly the only course of action was accutane. I was on antibiotics for a long time and used every topical under the sun. Spiro is the only thing that helped. Good luck with your accutane!! Hopefully you won't need other options :)

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