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In Topic: How ya feelin' about your acne today?

01 January 2014 - 08:53 PM

I haven't felt this good about my skin in a long time. I have been on 100 mg of Spiro since August 2013 and my skin is finally consistently clear. I haven't gotten a real zit in about 2 months, I believe. I do still get blocked pores/blackheads on occasion, but those are easy enough to deal with it. My skin is also much less oily and I don't need to blot anymore!


Having dealt with acne for 5 years, it feels so strange to have it not really be a part of my life anymore. I no longer take an hour to put my makeup on, and even go out in public often without any makeup on. I don't worry that people will see my bumps in natural light, or that I'll get zits if I eat a certain food or sleep face down on my pillow. I used to be so utterly obsessed with my skin, to the point where I wanted to drop out of school. I remember so clearly the times where I would just look in the mirror and then run back to my bed and cry because I hated my skin. I remember the times I got made fun of for my acne, or the times people commented on how oily my skin was. Or when I could've never, ever pictured myself with crystal clear skin as I have now. 


I don't think I've "beaten" acne, as like I said, I do get blackheads and zits very occasionally. It's just a lot, lot less frequent. And I do wonder sometimes if the Spiro will stop working someday, and if I'll start getting acne again. But it's pointless to live life in fear like that. I am so happy with how far my skin has come, and how far I've personally come as well. I've become so much more comfortable with myself and my life - even when I did have acne - just because of having the support of you guys. :) thank you all.


Sorry for the long post, but I'm very satisfied right now with everything. I really hope you guys find your acne cure this year. 

In Topic: How ya feelin' about your acne today?

14 September 2013 - 01:27 PM

Haven't felt this good about my skin in years. I haven't been wearing foundation for the past week, only a little concealer here and there. And my skin has just looked great! The oil level has definitely decreased and I can tell the Spiro is working. Unfortunately, I still get blackheads, which turn into zits after a couple of weeks. Case in point, one blackhead on my check turned into a zit yesterday and today I was able to pop it. Kinda bummed cause my skin was looking so clear, but oh well, it's only one zit. 

In Topic: Is Spironolactone Dangerous?

11 September 2013 - 11:23 AM

Are you taking the spiro with food? If not, then it may upset your stomach.

Also, have you had blood work done to make sure your potassium levels are fine? 

Nausea is one of the possible side effects although I've never experienced it myself.


Spiro has affected my periods slightly (less days between cycles but not two weeks for me) and this seems to be common. Green Gables has posted lots of great info about this; I'd talk to your doctor about this and it may mean adjusting your dosage (lower) and seeing how your system adapts.  (especially if you're getting frequent basis month after month)

The body does take time to cope with any hormonal changes, especially if altered by drugs. 


Good luck!


I'm not actually nauseous, it's more like actual abdominal pain. But I split my Spiro into two doses and ate it with food, and also took fiber capules this morning which seems to have helped. The abdominal pain is noticeable esp when I'm hungry.


I'd rather not lower my dosage since 100 mg is working so well for my skin. 50 mg didn't really do much for me. I guess I will see what happens. I have a prescription for BCP and may try a progesterone cream.

In Topic: How ya feelin' about your acne today?

02 September 2013 - 09:10 PM

I am feeling really good about my skin right now. The Spiro is definitely working, I think. I have no zits right now, just a few small red marks that can be covered up with a dot of concealer. My skin is less oily too. :) 

In Topic: Need To Get Rid Of Big Bump Before Tomorrow?!?

02 September 2013 - 09:07 PM

i woke up this morning with a big lump thats kinda tinted red thats between my mouth and my chin. its not that noticable, but it REALLY hurts when i move my mouth.
I also have school TOMORROW. i really need to get rid of it. Should i leave it alone? would it go away by tomorrow? the worst thing i could do is pop it and make it worse.

Im not sure WHAT this is, but i my face is almost pimple free, and i have never got anything like that. could it be a bug bite? Please help me, ill try to explain more if you want


Seems like it could be a random cystic zit. Even if you don't usually get acne they can come at the most random times.


You're right- DON'T try to pop it. You will only make it redder, bigger, and more noticeable. I suggest icing it. Ice is the easiest way to bring down a cyst. Alternate every 5 mins between keeping the ice on it and keeping it off, and do this for at least 30 mins. I usually do it before bed, and by the morning, the zit is normally smaller and less aggravated looking.


You can also put hydrocortisone on it with a band aid to see if that brings down any redness or swelling.


Last resort, if you REALLY want it completely gone by tomorrow, you can make an emergency appt with your derm and get a cortisone shot. That makes cysts go down in a few hours.