Spiro was a miracle for me.. I have a before and after (1 and a half year) picture here. But my mother just can't understand that i have a health problem. My hormone levels are fine but i seem to be too sensitive to them. So she kept saying that i am stupid to take a hypertension pill for acne, that this is for women with pcos, that my skin is fine, that i will get cancer, i am destroying my kidneys, ovaries etc.. So i decided to go off it. At first it was fine (i don't know if the swimming pool had something to do with that) but gradually i started breaking out again. At first only after eating dairy and know even through i eat basically only salads i continue to break out. Today i started spiro again, 100 mg. She doesn't know but sooner or later she will find out. I can't stand her nagging again and don't know what to do. She can't realise that i can't let acne destroy the best years of my life..
Some points you may want to make to her, if she listens to logic at all.
- There are several clinical studies where spironolactone is specifically used for female acne. It is actually used more for acne now than for hypertension (it is really too weak for hypertension compared to new drugs.)
- One of the reasons spironolactone is used so often in PCOS is because of the ACNE present in PCOS because of elevated androgens
- Spironolactone ONLY helps your acne IF elevated androgens or androgen sensitivity is your root issue. Since it cleared you up, it means you have an androgen issue, which means you have a hormonal issue.
- You can have hormonal issues without having PCOS.
- There is no definitive test for PCOS (sometimes you can have PCOS without the main thing they test for in the ovary ultrasound). Who's to say you don't have PCOS? Many acne sufferers find out later in life they had PCOS all along.
- It is has been tested in an eight year clinical trial for women with acne to have no serious long-term side effects. It really is a MILD drug, it will not destroy your kidneys, it will not give you cancer.
- Clinical studies have found more danger in birth control pills and Accutane than spironolactone.
I hate to say this, and maybe she is just misinformed about the drug and worried about your health, but does she present any signs of jealousy at all? Unfortunately, sometimes mothers have a hard time seeing a younger version of themselves looking better than they do. (See this article: No Longer the Nubile One, written from a mother's perspective). She may subconsciously feel better about herself when you have acne and don't look quite so good. Sad, but often true with parents. My mother is still that way about my weight (she'll get a little too gleeful when I visit if I've gained a couple of pounds).
Edited by Green Gables, 12 September 2013 - 08:53 PM.