MoonlitRiver

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  1. I've been clear for 6 months here's what worked for me :)

    Hi snarkygirl, thank you so much for sharing your success story, it is literally exactly what I needed to read right now! I'm dealing with acne in my mid-20s and started taking Dianette about 4 months ago with no real improvement but a month ago my dermatologist put me on 50mg of spiro and last week increased it to 100mg. I'm really frustrated with my skin at the moment because I don't feel it's improved anything like as much as I'd hoped by now, but reading your story has given me hope. I really hope I see results as good as yours by the time I reach month 3 of spiro. Congrats on the clear skin and long may it last!
  2. Most Effective Alternative to Spironolactone?

    Thanks for the info on your spiro treatment, that's really encouraging for me and I hope my experience is the same! I've heard of it temporarily affecting male fertility (this being reversible once you come off the drug) but haven't seen any mention of it affecting female fertility. To be honest, if I found a drug that kept my skin clear and didn't come with nasty side effects for me I'd probably keep taking it until I actually wanted to conceive. I tried a combination of saw palmetto and nettle but unfortunately it wasn't strong enough to deal with my skin. I'm 24, so I totally hear you on being fed up of acne and just wanting normal skin! Hope the saw palmetto combo works for you, keep us updated.
  3. Anybody managed to get spironolactone prescribed in the UK?

    So I was expecting to have to have to work really hard to persuade a dermatologist who wouldn't have even heard of spiro to prescribe it for me. Turns out she'd not only heard of it but had even prescribed it before, so with my profile and the fact that my mental health is a contraindication for isotretinoin she actually thought it was a really good idea to try this first. Just took my first 50mg pill and upping to 100mg after three or four weeks if it's not doing anything by that point. Fingers crossed it works for me and doesn't have hair loss as a side effect! Or a nasty initial breakout....
  4. Most Effective Alternative to Spironolactone?

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience svuchic! Glad to hear it's starting to work for you and that the initial breakout wasn't too dire. Hope you keep seeing improvements from here on in.
  5. Anybody managed to get spironolactone prescribed in the UK?

    Thank you! I'm not expecting to get very far..... I'm fully expecting them to have never heard of spiro and just want to shove me on some other useless antibiotic. But I'll let you all know. I'll probably come on here moaning about it afterwards!
  6. Most Effective Alternative to Spironolactone?

    Saw palmetto theoretically does the same, but it's nothing like as strong as spiro and it's not strong enough for me. I will be desperately trying to persuade my derm to prescribe me spiro when I see them on Friday! Glad to hear it's had such good results for you. Do you mind me asking what dose you started on and what dose you had success with? Did you get an initial breakout or did it just clear up? Trying to get as clued up on it as possible. Also there's a post on here by Green Gables called something like "The Big Hormone Post for Both Men and Women" which has loads of natural antiandrogens listed and effective doses for each. Definitely worth a look.
  7. Anybody managed to get spironolactone prescribed in the UK?

    Hey everyone, so I managed to get an appointment cancellation just before Christmas this Friday. So posting here again to ask if anyone has managed to get spironolactone prescribed by an NHS dermatologist in the UK? I still feel this is my best option if I can persuade them, but I'm not convinced I'll be able to. Thanks!
  8. Setting powder/setting spray recommendations?

    Hi, thank you for replying! Not sure how easy it will be to get hold of that in the UK but I will have a search. Do they do a spray or only powders? My skin feels so dry at the moment I don't even know if it could handle powders. Thanks again
  9. Natural Anti-Androgens

    I've tried saw palmetto and stinging nettle root extract. Of the two I found saw palmetto more potent and still take it regularly, but it's still not strong enough to keep my skin under control without the pill unfortunately. People often have better luck combining two or more. I really recommend a post on here by Green Gables called something like "The Big Hormone Post for both Men and Women", it's really informative and gives lots of ideas for natural antiandrogens.
  10. Does this look like improvement (pics)?

    I definitely think it looks better, much less red and angry and the under the surface bumps have gone down so it looks much flatter too. I'd say this is good progress for only a few weeks so keep going! The red marks will fade in time.
  11. Hey guys, I need your help. I've only recently come across the idea of using setting powders or setting sprays to make your makeup last longer. This is something I really struggle with due to oiliness as my foundation tends to become a bit of a mess by a few hours in. So I could really do with some recommendations! My main concerns are a ) that it won't break me out and b ) that it won't disturb the makeup underneath that I will have spent a lot of time perfecting to hide all my horrible spots! Very especially the first one..... My skin also tends to be quite dry because of my treatments which can make it look cakey under too much makeup, so nothing too drying either. Maybe that means a spray would be better? I'm totally new to this so a bit clueless! Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
  12. That's just blatant discrimination, I'm so sad to hear you experienced this. Well done for standing your ground. They had no right to ask you to leave. Although I would personally never go back there because an establishment with those values doesn't deserve your money, it deserves boycotting.
  13. Saw Palmetto for girls - need advice!!

    I take saw palmetto. My only complaint with it is that it wasn't strong enough for me so I've ended up back on birth control anyway (but my cystic acne was quite bad so doesn't mean it wouldn't be strong enough for other people). As far as I'm aware it has no effect on estrogen, it just blocks DHT. I did a lot of research on side effects etc. before taking it. Some people get mild stomach upset if they don't take it with food and there was a worry in the case of one individual who had surgery whilst taking it that it might have played a role in his excessive bleeding but I personally think it's an unlikely correlation. There's certainly no evidence of it causing blood clots as that would require thickening of the blood when the only suspicion is that it might thin it slightly. Other than that there are practically no side effects reported and I've personally experienced none. I read about people saying it prompted breast enlargement as well but I think this is probably wishful thinking. I've noticed no such effect myself and the supposed mechanism of action shouldn't cause that in any way so it makes no sense. If you can't tolerate saw palmetto, another one I've tried is stinging nettle root extract (the root not the leaf). Apart from tasting pretty disgusting I've had no problems with that either, but again for me personally it wasn't strong enough. Hope that helps!