I think most people say they see results with Spiro around 2-3 months..so definitely give it time. I think I am seeing a little earlier than the average…which I would guess to be due to that fact that my testosterone is already on the low side and I had mild acne (mostly closed comedones, only occasional swollen ones). Have you had your hormones checked? If you are having cystic breakouts I think it should really benefit you. You should look up SkinDeepStory on here and read her logs. She had pretty bad cystic hormonal acne and it took a good 4 months – 5 months to get her clear but now she is like 100% better! She was taking 200 mg. Thats weird about your derm not wanting to give you Spiro, my doc raves about it and so does my friend who is a dermatologist. She even takes it herself. Especially since it has so much lower side effects than Accutane…I would think your doc would want to avid that route again. Also, Often when Accutane doesn’t work for women, it’s because it is hormonal and Spiro ends up working better. Maybe it is not as accepted in the UK? Annoyingly, I think patience is key with these things but I bet you will improve! Tell us how your derm apt goes. Also, it has taken a good 4 months on a retinoid to really start seeing clearing. Those seem to take quite long, but do work in the end. I had to get on antibiotics for a bit (am currently tapering off) to control the swollen ones that the Retin a was bringing up during the purge but I haven’t had a swollen one in over a 1.5 months. Are you on an antibiotic?
Ah yes iv seen her story, it's very inspiring!
So today i saw my derm. I had a hormone blood test last time I saw her and she said it all came back fine. I had to have another blood test this time to check my potassium levels. She wants me to take 75mg, i don't know why I can't have 100. In the Uk spiro is barely prescribed and is pretty much unheard of as an acne treatment. The first time I asked a doctor about it she looked at me completely gone out. So i went to a dermatologist who was very reluctant as she has never prescribed it before, that's why shes being very cautious with it and i'm having lots of blood tests and things.
Thing is, i had read all over the internet and in books about how effective it was so really badly wanted to try it and thought it sounded much better than going back on accutane or taking the pill (which gave my sis a blood clot).
I'm not taking an antibiotic, im quite wary of them as i took them for years when i was younger and they made me quite poorly and didn't help.
Today the derm gave me some differin gel to use, it should be a bit gentler than the epiduo i'm using, that was irritating my face too much.
Anyway, trying to stay positive!!!