Jump to content


Member Since 01 Dec 2012
Offline Last Active Private

Posts I've Made

In Topic: Spironolactone Under The Age Of 18?

12 March 2013 - 04:33 PM

My daughter was tested and found to have mildly higher levels of testosterone.  She has been battling with acne for several years.  The endocrinologist who I spoke with about the results said she could not prescribe spironlactone unless my daughter had excessive hair growth (which she does not) or was over 18.
I'm just wondering if anyone is taking spironlactone who is younger than 18 (my daughter is 15-1/2) with success, and if you had any severe side effects from it.  Also was it prescribed from your dermatologist, regular doctor, gynecologist, etc? 
Thank you.

Hello. My daughter began taking spironolactone around her 15th birthday. The only side effect she has is CLEAR SKIN! Her gynecologist prescribed 100mg 4 months ago and her severe acne has dwindled down to 1 or 2 active pimples which quickly heal. She does get a salicylic/ microdermabrasion facial every 3 weeks.
You may want to call doctors in your area and specifically ask if they will prescribe spiro for your daughter.
All I can say is it has been a miracle and if you have any more questions please ask!
Good luck :)

In Topic: Hormonal Forum Deleted! If You Have A Hormonal Acne Question...

12 March 2013 - 02:00 PM

Unfortunately it appears that the Hormonal forum has been deleted. I simply can't sift through all the unrelated posts on here about antibiotics, retinoids, and Accutane to effectively answer or respond to your hormonal questions. You may PM me if you have a question because I won't be visiting this forum regularly any longer. It is sad that hormonal information can no longer be conveniently shared with the public.
I will probably stop visiting acne.org in the near future, as I dedicate my time here to the Hormonal acne problem, but for the time being I will try to respond to PMs. 

What the heck, is that what happened?? Why on earth would they delete the hormonal forum? I'm with you green gables I don't feel like wading through all the other topics to get to the information I want.
Acne.org bring back hormonal forum!!!!!

In Topic: 4Th Week On Spironolactone Need Some Encouragement!

05 December 2012 - 08:39 AM

Hi mommabear. I joined the site (after being a long-time lurker) just so that I could respond to your post. I'm sorry, I don't have any experience with spironolactone, but that and birth control are close to the only things my daughter (17) hasn't tried to help her acne. What you said about your daughter losing her confidence and wishing that you could trade places with her made me teary, because that is exactly how I feel also. My daughter just finished a nine month course of accutane nine days ago. She was never clear for longer than a week and a half the whole course, although the acne she did get wasn't leaving any red marks or scars anymore, thank God, and it did amazing things for her existing marks and scars. She seems to already be breaking out a bit more frequently than when she was on accutane, and we're both terrified that the acne she gets will progress to being as bad as it was pre-accutane.The uncertainty is agonizing.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that there's another mom here who is struggling to get through all of this, too. It's truly the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with, and I'm so sorry that you are having to deal with it also.

Hello, thanks for your reply, sorry that you are going thru this too.
I hope your daughter is doing better, I have heard that accutane does a great job in clearing acne!
Please give us updates, I would like to compare our journeys since we went different routes for a cure.
This morning my daughters face was definitely dryer, large peeling flakes of skin, it looks bad! Could be from the acid peel or spironolactone, who knows. She has no other side effects from the meds, so far.
How about your girl, any side effects?
Trying to stay positive, and good luck to you guys!

Tell her to hang in there! I saw a lot of improvement after 6 months and then even more drastic results at about 9 months. I've been on it for 3 years now and it has really changed my skin for the better. It hasn't been a "cure," but it's been the closest thing to it. I do have clear days and I never get deep painful cysts anymore..NEVER! That in itself is a God-send. Just reassure your daughter to be patient and that it will be worth the wait. Oh, and I didn't see real results from taking any less than 200mg/daily..so that's what I've been doing and plan on continuing until my husband and I decide to try to conceive. So if you do find that she's not improving, you may need to up the dose. Hope that's helpful! I'm glad she found it at this age. I didn't discover it until I was 24, so many physical and emotional scars by that point.

Thanks for the encouragement, love a great success story!
Wow! 200mg, I'm assuming your side effects are minimal? I know it was a long time ago, but do u remember when you first started seeing results?
No cysts ever? Yah!
We can't wait for this to work, it would be great to not have to think, analyze, worry and buy make up every time we go to the store! We would like a new "hobby" Lol!!