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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: Spironolactone Log

09 October 2013 - 01:21 PM

I am not on a BC right now. I'm looking into starting BC because I am still having irregularities with my period. We'll see how that goes, because other than the period thing, I really really like Spiro. My oil lever has definitely decreased and my skin looks pretty and clear 99% of the time; that 1% goes to the occasional small pimple that pops up. If I get any zits, they are quite small and gone within a day or two. I feel comfortable without makeup on, which is a big step because I used to have to wear full makeup at all times to feel good about myself. I feel good working out (I used to not work out because I was afraid of people seeing my skin). It's a great feeling.

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: Spironolactone Log

10 September 2013 - 09:57 AM

So I guess there's always trouble in paradise :(


Last week, I noticed some light spotting when I should've been ovulating (this was about a week after my normal period). The spotting stopped after a few days, and now, I've gotten a 2nd period this month. It's kind of heavy too, which isn't normal for me (sorry for TMI). I know Spiro causes irregular periods in some women, so I'm not necessarily shocked, but I'm definitely not happy about having 2 periods. I was doing so well with the whole no side effects thing - I don't even notice having to pee frequently anymore :( 


Spiro has done great things for my skin. I've been clear for about about a month and a half, excluding a few tiny blackheads. My oil level has definitely decreased, and I didn't break out around my normal period like I usually do. For the first time in FOREVER....probably years, I went out in public at my university without any foundation on. All I had was concealer under my eyes and on a few tiny hyperpigmentation spots. No powder at all. It felt so liberating to look in the mirror and see how pretty my skin looked, naturally. It's an awesome feeling, and I don't want to give it up by stopping Spiro.


I don't know how long I can wait to see if my cycle balances out...it's such a nuisance. I'm going to my school's health center today but I doubt the doctor will know much about Spiro...so I guess I might try and get on BC to see if it balances out my hormones.