MoonlitRiver

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  1. Which pill to move to for hormonal acne

    It's probably not any safer, but Dianette has really helped my skin and is high estrogen.
  2. Alternatives to roaccutane / accutane?

    I was told for years that I couldn't have isotretinoin because of being prone to depression, but my current dermatologist is a consultant and has been part of academic research into possible links of isotretinoin to depression and assures me that actually it's a false correlation. Like me she thinks that it's the severity of acne that warrants treatment with isotretinoin (and the potential for it to flare up worse at the beginning of treatment) that accounts for most, not not all, experiences of depression while taking the drug. So if you're keen to try it then it might be worth searching around for a dermatologist who will prescribe it to people with a history of depression because they do exist. As for other treatments, have you tried spironolactone? It's what I'm on at the moment and it's an anti-androgen that can only be taken by women but is a good one to try if you suspect your acne is hormonal and aren't ready to take the plunge and commit to isotretinoin. It does have to be prescribed by a dermatologist though as acne is an off-label use of the medication.
  3. Dietary Fat causes cystic acne?

    I find certain kinds of fat break me out (mainly dairy fat and red meat animal fats) but following a near fat free diet didn't clear me up, if anything it just made things worse. Maybe try experimenting to see if it is certain kinds of fats for you and whether some fats are okay, because having a diet almost free from fat is not good for anyone anyway (I'm now underweight as a result of cutting out as much fat and sugar as humanly possible for around 6 months and I keep getting ill all the time to boot).
  4. Can mold or allergies cause bronchitis?

    Not sure what this has to do with acne.... but yes, mold and damp can certainly cause bronchitis, especially if your airways are already sensitive (I have latent asthma and was constantly getting respiratory infections at university when I was living in a student house with mold and mildew.) Perhaps you could take a dehumidifier to work with you to put on whilst you're there? Might not solve the problem completely, especially if it's a big building, but it should help a bit.
  5. Still desperately wondering if anyone else has experienced this please? Am I the only one? With the weather starting to heat up it's really becoming a problem, I wish I could work out what's going on and how to stop it and whether it is related to the Spironolactone or not.
  6. Setting powder/setting spray recommendations?

    Thank you both! I will definitely look into both of those
  7. Hi, thank you so much for replying to me. My derm didn't say anything about an allergic reaction, but then she might not have believed me about what was happening seeing as she wasn't able to see it for herself, I don't know. It doesn't stick around for long like allergic rashes I've had in the past so it's hard to show a doctor. I am on quite a lot of medication so I will look into whether any of them are known to react badly together. I tried taking antihistamine tablets but they had no effect on it. I have just recently come down with the flu which seems to have really exacerbated it as well so that's not exactly helping! Thank you again for sharing your thoughts, I really appreciate it.
  8. I really hate the idea of begging for responses.... but please guys, has anyone ever experienced this side effect on Spironolactone? Or is anybody able to offer some explanation or suggest anything that might help me with it? It's really restricting my life right now, as much or more so than the acne itself. Thanks.
  9. Anyone else able to share Spironolactone treatment experiences please?
  10. I really want flawless skin:/

    Tretinoin will eventually lighten the marks but I agree with the above poster that your skin already looks amazing compared to most of us on here. I know that doesn't help you feel more confident as you're probably like me and compare yourself to people with immaculately foundationed skin all the time, but I for one am very jealous of yours!!!
  11. Anybody else experienced anything like this on Spironolactone please?
  12. Lymecycline and sunlight

    Personally I've never really noticed much effect from Lymecycline on sun sensitivity and I'm on a double dose, so I would just say make sure you're applying a very high factor suncream and maybe a add in a sunhat if you do find you're having problems. Hope you have a fun holiday!
  13. How Long Did Spironolactone Take to Clear Your Acne?

    Hi, thank you so much for the response and the encouragement! Your first month sounds kind of similar to mine actually as my chest was the first to clear as well, but the face is being more persistent. It's definitely better than before I went on the drug so I do think it's helping (and my dermatologist thinks it's helping even more than I do), but I am still frustratingly breaking out. I'm on 100mg at the moment and giving it a bit longer to see if it will be able to completely clear me. Really praying it will because I don't really want to change to isotretinoin and I'm sure my acne is hormonal because I got clear on Dianette once before. Here's hoping both of us see the improvements we want soon!
  14. Hi, thank you for your response, I really appreciate it! I suppose I could try reducing the dose further. This morning marks a week on the lower 100mg dosage for me and my dermatologist said spironolactone has quite a long half-life so I might give it another week and see if it will settle on this one first. The spironolactone has definitely improved my skin (though not actually cleared it yet) and it's the first medication for ages that has been able to do that, hence wanting to avoid coming off it completely if I possibly can!
  15. Okay so, I've been scouring the internet trying to find accounts of anyone who's experienced something similar as a side effect of spironolactone and come up with zilch, so I thought where better to ask than here! I know a lot of people here take this medication so I'm really hoping one or other of you can help shed some light on the situation for me. So basically the spironolactone seems to be causing me to get hot flushing, but only on my head/face, the rest of me stays cold. This makes my skin flare up looking really red and blotchy all over, and any active acne or hyperpigmentation from old acne shows up in seriously high relief making my skin look about 10x worse than it actually is. It seems to happen as a response to heat, most often when I'm cooking or eating hot food, but can also happen just from sitting in a warm room. In fact it's actually got to the point where I need the rest of my body to feel genuinely cold in order for my facial skin not to get hot and flare up like this, which seems kind of ridiculous as I'm constantly shivering! The flaring does go down once my face cools a bit (having a fan directly on it seems to help a lot) but it can take anything up to two hours to do so on a bad flare so it's making me afraid to eat and even more afraid to go out and do stuff in case it does it sometime when I'm not expecting it because it looks sooooo bad when it does! My first question is, has anyone else experienced this? I'm trying to work out whether it is definitely related to the spironolactone (although it never happened before I took the drug) but can't find it listed as a side effect in any of the literature. Secondly, do you think there's anything I can do about it other than come off the drug? I recently came down off 150mg to 100mg a day and it has helped to some degree (the flaring seems to go down a bit quicker than before and is generally a little less severe) but it is still doing it and is still posing me a significant problem. I don't want to have to come off the drug completely because it's really helping my breakouts! I should probably also mention that I have already posed these questions to my dermatologist and she'd never heard of this happening, but admitted that she's only ever treated a few people with spironolactone so doesn't have much experience with the drug. She didn't think it was anything to worry about from a medical perspective since my bloods all came back fine but it's really starting to get to me aesthetically! Thank you so much in advance to anyone who can help me with this mysterious problem.
  16. Dianette review

    7 weeks is definitely too soon to tell if it's working for you unfortunately. Many people say give it 3 months, in my experience (I've been on it twice) it's more like 6-8 months to see significant improvement (though that doesn't mean to say that your skin will continue getting worse in that time, mine evened out around the third month mark, just wasn't noticeably better than before I started.) Dermatologists have a whole load of weapons in their armoury, from antibiotics, to spironolactone, to isotretinoin or even light therapy, so the next step would depend a lot on your skin and what you've tried in the past. Rest assured they will come up with something new though because they can prescribe things other doctors can't. Good luck, and I hope your skin improves soon!
  17. Hi, thanks for the reply. I'm using the UK NHS and have had some really bad experiences with NHS dermatologists but this consultant is by far the best I've seen, I really like her and she really listens to me and my concerns. Just wish I could see her more often if anything! Though I know I'm lucky to be in the UK and able to get free appointments with a consultant even if they are infrequent and short. I personally wouldn't go near my skin with tweezers, but that's just me. My skin is seriously sensitive to any abrasion so if I need to exfoliate I only use very gentle circular motions with the tips of my fingers when my skin's still wet from the shower. Hope you manage to find a dermatologist you can work with soon. I'm in a state of only leaving the house about once a week at the moment and dreading even that so seriously hoping my skin will improve soon (although I am aware that with me my mental health plays a significant factor in how I perceive my skin's condition and how it affects me). It's a horrible place to be though, I really sympathise. Best of luck to you too!
  18. Hello, thank you so much for your response! Sorry to hear about your breakout. Do you remember at what point in the treatment you thought your skin was definitely improving by any chance? The only reason I would come off the spiro is to switch to isotretinoin if the spiro isn't going to properly clear me because you can't take the two together. I got pretty much clear once before on Dianette (though it took a painfully long time....) and my current skin problems started after I came off that so I am fairly convinced that my acne is the result of hormone imbalance. I saw my dermatologist yesterday and she wants me to give the spiro 6 more weeks before deciding on isotretinoin, so that's the current game plan. Just really hope the breakouts reduce during that time as I'm kind of despairing. I've been on the Epiduo for around 4 years so that's definitely not a factor in the current breakouts.
  19. Reposting this here because I got absolutely zero responses in the hormonal acne forum and my dermatologist appointment is tomorrow so getting kind of desperate, sorry! Hi guys, looking to hear some experiences of Spironolactone treatment courses please! Question is in the title really.... Did Spironolactone successfully clear your acne and if so how long did it take?I've been taking Spironolactone now since the last week of December, so about 16 weeks in total, but in that time I did increase the dose gradually, starting initially on 50mg a day, then 100mg, and now 150mg for the past 6 weeks or so. My skin has definitely improved and I have experienced some clear periods lasting up to a week at a time on occasion, but I always seen to regress and break out again every time I think it's finally working and clearing me up for good. Anyone able to share experiences of how long it took to clear you? Should I persist with this treatment or try something else? (My dermatologist is planning to try a long low-dose course of Isotretinoin if this doesn't work but I'd much rather stick with this if it will properly clear me).Thank you
  20. How Long Did Spironolactone Take to Clear Your Acne?

    Nobody? I have my next dermatologist appointment on Tuesday and will probably have to decide whether or not to change tactic and go for Isotretinoin then so I would really appreciate anybody sharing their experiences (successful or otherwise and the timescale) with Spironolactone please. I know lots of people here have taken it, so please please share if you can. Thank you.
  21. How Long Did Spironolactone Take to Clear Your Acne?

    Anyone with experience of Spironolactone treatment please?
  22. Huge cyst on face!

    Are you in the UK by any chance? I had to wait 3 months to see a dermatologist as well and it's an absolute killer. Like you, I wouldn't even leave my house for the whole 3 months. I would strongly advise not poking it with a needle, as you're only likely to cause the infection to spread and/or make it scar really badly. Things your doctor can prescribe that will help are: Flucloxacillin - this is a seriously strong antibiotic that will clobber most infections and really brought my cysts down when they were at their worst. Prednisolone or some other oral steroid - they may be reluctant to do this for acne but when it gets this bad and you can't get isotretinoin then I think a short course is warranted. Taking that for around a week would seriously bring down the inflammation. So I would make another appointment because your doctor isn't as powerless as they make out, they just need to think outside the box a little more to medications that they are allowed to prescribe. I'd also recommend Epiduo as the best topical I've tried. Good luck!
  23. Hi guys, looking to hear some experiences of Spironolactone treatment courses please! Question is in the title really.... Did Spironolactone successfully clear your acne and if so how long did it take? I've been taking Spironolactone now since the last week of December, so about 16 weeks in total, but in that time I did increase the dose gradually, starting initially on 50mg a day, then 100mg, and now 150mg for the past 6 weeks or so. My skin has definitely improved and I have experienced some clear periods lasting up to a week at a time on occasion, but I always seen to regress and break out again every time I think it's finally working and clearing me up for good. Anyone able to share experiences of how long it took to clear you? Should I persist with this treatment or try something else? (My dermatologist is planning to try a long low-dose course of Isotretinoin if this doesn't work but I'd much rather stick with this if it will properly clear me). Thank you
  24. Anybody managed to get spironolactone prescribed in the UK?

    Hi Clear-skin-dreamer, I reckon it is getting easier to get Spiro in the UK. I was expecting to have to fight really hard to get my dermatologist to prescribe it but she literally just said "yeh alright, we can give that a go." I think going prepared and researched is the key. This new medicine assessment by an NHS trust in Lancashire proved particularly useful for me: http://www.lancsmmg.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/06/Spironolactone-in-Acne-NMA-Final-recommendation-following-LMMG_website.pdf and also this research article on its effectiveness: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3315877/ I brought both of these to my appointment and my dermatologist was really interested to read them. It can still only be prescribed by a consultant dermatologist though (or someone acting under them with their permission and supervision) as acne is an off-label usage. In terms of how my skin is, I would say quite a bit better than it was but still frustratingly breaking out. I think I'm probably going to give the Spiro one more month to see if it can properly clear my skin and if not we're considering a low dose Isotretinoin course over a long time period. Will keep you posted! Definitely think it's worth a try if you think your acne is hormonal though.