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In Topic: Going Off Birth Control

17 June 2015 - 10:30 AM

So I've been breaking out pretty consistently the past week or so. My breakouts seem to be getting
More frequent now and I'm not sure how to stop them. I'm taking one 50 mg of spironolactone in the morning and 50 mg at night. I'm also taking the 2 1000mg of vitex in the morning. When will the spironalactone kick in? It's been about a month now

Hi there graceface!  You may already know, but Spiro is not necessarily a fast acting solution by any means.  Many reviews will tell you it got worse before better, just as most hormonal acne treatments.  You go on the pill, same thing. 3+ months.  The medication is working to block a certain hormone and it takes time to see the affects.  It took me 3 1/2-4 months of consistently worse skin before I saw clarity.  I started 12/2013 and around mid April, end of May my hormones balanced out.  I do have PCOS so this is a prescribed treatment for acne, and other side effects that come along with the syndrome.  I would not time yourself against other people, make sure you have a really good and gentle skin cleansing routine.  If you can start factoring in exfoliation- mandelic acids are fantastic- antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti inflammation properties and helps turnover those skin cells faster.  That is the trouble with acne, it is internal and external and both of those processes take time to balance out.  Just breathe. Now that you are on a course, hang in there and now these troubled days will pass and be behind you. xo

In Topic: Going Off Birth Control

01 June 2015 - 06:16 PM

Just wanted to drop a note and say hang in there.  Hormonal treatments take at least 3 months to even make a dent.  I had an initial breakout on both Ocella and Spiro.  I became clear after 4 1/2 months of worse skin then when I started.  But after that things got clear! I had to go off BCP for the rest of my life starting this February and stayed on Spiro.  I upped it another 25mg to help makeup for the hormonal affects of the BCP.  I could probably have upped it 50mg, but things are good.  I am a bit oilier but it is not leading to any big breakouts or problems.  I've made it about 3 1/2 months now, so I am feeling good about balancing myself.  Please hang in there.  Spiro is a god send.  I know you can't take it while pregnant, so hope all works out for you.  sending positive thoughts your way!

In Topic: Ortho Tri + Spiro Vs. Diane 35?

04 March 2015 - 02:14 PM

It sounds like you may have hormonal acne as most women do.  I am on Spiro and was recently on Spiro + Yas.  I would throw a hissy fit.  My derm was the first person to prescribe this to me, but she really had no experience.  My endocrinologist now prescibes it for me as it is a treatment for PCOS.  Perhaps you can try that route?  I feel for you and hope you can find a solution.  There may be another physician in the area that would be open if you bring your current Rx, perhaps have your Dr in San Fran write a note?  It is off label use in the US as well, but more mainstream for PCOS sufferers.  I wish you the best.

In Topic: Spironolactone

02 December 2014 - 02:06 PM

Just wanted to send you some love and more patience.  It took me a full 4 months for things to chill out.  I have had consistently clear skin since May and for May- July maybe one or two small hormonal unnoticeable.  It was one of the most challenging 4+ months of my life.  But it is SO worth it.  I started at 50mg and ocella for the first 3 months then upped to 75mg in addition to ocella. I was also on Doxy as an antibiotic and carefully weened off w no issues.  Feel free to reach out, but hang in there!

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

02 December 2014 - 02:02 PM

Just wanted to sign in and share with everyone how appreciative I am for this board and helping me in achieving clear skin.  It was a lifelong battle and finally was diagnosed with PCOS and started Spironolactone and Ocella (generic Yasmin) last year, Dec 30th to be exact.  What followed were 4+ months of worsening skin, depression, anxiety and I almost gave up.  Then the medicine finally started working.


Medicine may not be right for everyone, but I can say that it changed my life.  I dreamed of clear skin, not worrying about my skin, living a carefree life.  It took 33 years, but I was able to find this.  To all the ladies that have hormonal concerns and considering, I am happy to share my experience and urge you to continue to look into testing- hormones, endocrinologist, etc.  I continue to be thankful and pray on a daily and weekly basis for all the support and information you all provided me.  I am feeling thankful and sending love to all of you on here.