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#3412773 Hormonal Acne- Spironolactone And Blue/red Light Therapy (Please Share Your E...

Posted by dizzyabby on 07 February 2014 - 09:39 AM

I have been on spiro for 10 months and it took ages to kick in. I found adding differin at night to my routine sped things up a bit. I take 50mg a day, and I am now pretty much clear! If I take 75mg I am completely clear but I find i can get dizzy on that.


Good luck with your journey and stick at it!!!

#3412771 Spironolactone Diary (With Video)

Posted by dizzyabby on 07 February 2014 - 09:28 AM

Sorry I havn't updated in ages!!!


So, I have been on spiro for 10 months now!!! I have also been using differin every night.


My skin is MASSIVELY improved. It can be flawless if I take 75mg but I find I get less side effects (dizziness, having to wee alot) on 50mg. So I take 50 and put up with a few small spots around my period.


I would really recommend spiro, it can take a while to work but i am thrilled i stuck at it.


My problem now is marks and scars left over from previous acne. I really want to use topical tretinoin on my skin as it is better than differin for skin repair. However. retin a was discontinued in the uk and the only topical I can find with any tretinoin in is called Aknemycin Plus. 


Aknemycin plus is an alcoholic solution (not ideal) with tretinoin and erythromycin. I am gonna give it a try and see how I get on. I have been looking into dermarolling for my scars but the idea of all those needles in my face scares me!


I am trying to start a facebook campaign to being back Retin-A to the uk, come join me!!!



#3368030 Spironolactone Diary (With Video)

Posted by dizzyabby on 21 July 2013 - 02:18 PM

YAAAAAAAAAAAAA it's about time right?? I'm glad you decided to stick with it Abby!!


I know! It's been 3 months and I am finally getting results, so so glad I stuck it out even through the horrific break outs! I think the differin has also helped speed things up a bit. Just praying no more set backs! Gotta have some more blood tests to check potassium and what not. Can't wait to see my derm, she really didn't wanna prescribe it so can't wait to show off my clear face!!!

#3368006 Spironolactone Diary (With Video)

Posted by dizzyabby on 21 July 2013 - 10:41 AM

The spiro is kicking in!!! I'm almost clear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#3360102 Spironolactone Diary (With Video)

Posted by dizzyabby on 21 June 2013 - 06:48 PM

Hey, thanks so much for your message! Sorry it's taken me a few days to reply, my internets been down.


You are lucky, my GP looked at me like i was crazy for asking for a blood pressure medication so she referred me to a derm who took a lot of convincing!


And I have been on the Spiro for about 2 months now, and the differin for about 3 weeks or so, and I have to say, i think i am finally seeing improvements!! Not had a new spots for a few days so feeling positive! What dose did they start you on?? xxx

hi, how are you getting on? i am from the uk and just got a prescription from my gp for spiro. luckily he said he was aware of it being used for acne but it's his first time prescribing it to someone for this purpose lol. i am just glad i am getting to try this as I have previously done 2 courses of roaccutane and acne keeps coming back.


i was going to suggest as retin a is discontinued in the uk, u should ask for topical isotretinoin which is sold as Isotrex. it pretty much works the same way as retian and is as strong where as differin and other retionoids are said to be abit milder, so if you wanted something as strong as retin a, definately look into isotrex.


from what i have read the skin converts the isotretinoin into tretinoin once applied, so it should work the same as retin a which is tretinoin. smile.png

#3346047 Spironolactone Diary (With Video)

Posted by dizzyabby on 05 May 2013 - 06:22 PM

Hi Everyone! wavey.gif


I have just started taking spironolactone so thought I would keep a diary here of how it is going! I have been on it since the 24th of April and have been taking 50mg a day. It was a really struggle getting it prescribed in England, but I nagged and nagged and showed my dermatologist lots of research and eventually persuaded her to let me give it a go.


Some background, iv had acne since i was 11, i am now 26. I have been on countless antibiotics, contraceptive pills (dianette and yasmin) and lots of topicals such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, epiduo, dalacin-t, aknemycin and duac. I have also had 3 sessions of n-lite laser treatment and also 3 courses of Accutane. On top of this i have also tried a lot of different diets, such as dairy-free, gluten-free etc.


So, i had success with Accutane, but only whilst I was taking it, a few months off it and I would be back to square one. I also had some success with Dianette, however, my sister got a blood clot from taking the pill and now I am no longer allowed to take it.



So after doing lots of research, I decided to next thing for me to try would be Spironolactone. I really have high hopes for this drug, as I really am running out of options.


So after 2 weeks, I don't have a whole lot to report, skin is still awful, 3 new cysts come up, very painful. Had a bit of dizziness.


Will update again soon!


Abby xxx