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Spironolactone - one woman's journey

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~ 18 Months

Underwent pixel treatmet 3 two weeks ago; I must say my scars have improved dramatically. I no longer fear sunlight or fluorescent lighting. I may opt for a fourth treatment simply because my skin is far from perfect...we'll see... As far as acne...what acne?? I rarely get a bump nowadays. Used to still get small pustules on chin/jaw around that time of month, though those have stopped now that I'm using TRIA's Skin Clarifying System (http://www.triabeauty.com/info/the-tria-skin-clarifying-system-tria-acne-treatment-system.htm). That little blue light really does kill acne bacteria! I still have hyperpigmentation spots, though I know they will eventually fade. Bare Minerals foundation covers them well. I'm so thrilled to have such healthy looking skin. Of course, I drink water like crazy. That keeps my skin well hydrated (Spiro tends to dry my skin). Still on 50mg 2X per day, coupled with YAZ. Would like to get off pill, though scared to death that I'll breakout...

Andi B

Andi B

03/18/2011

 

One Year

Wow! Can't believe I've been on the medication for a full year. I certainly do not struggle with cysts anymore. And my skin is "normal" as opposed to the oil slick I was used to. Hair is less greasy too. And I have not gained back any of the ~ 15 pounds I've lost since starting the meds (could stand to gain a few) - though I'm no longer losing. My skin is far from flawless, however. I continue to struggle with the strange red spots on my cheeks and nose - which leads me to believe I may have too much yeast in my system. For a few days now, I've been avoiding breads (anything with wheat or flour, basically) and have not had any of the red spots appear. Just may be on to something here... Where am I as opposed to a year ago? 98% improvement. Last year at this time, I was an absolute mess. So yes, I would recommend women try Spironolactone - along with a very clean diet, free of dairy, sugar, and excessive carbs. P.S. Since my last entry, I've undergone pixel treatment #2 for scars. Results not spectacular, though I still have one treatment to go...

Andi B

Andi B

09/02/2010

 

Month 9.25

No changes to report. Medication is working fine. I continue to get the quick-fading, mysterious red spots on my cheeks - though not worth stressing... Now that breakouts are well under control, I opted to have a pixel laser treatment for the scarring. My first treatment was yesterday. It was pretty painless, more uncomfortable than anything else. I was red all day yesterday. Today, I look pretty much normal, other than the faint grid that seems to be painted on. I hope to start peeling soon...so that I can determine whether or not the treatment was worth my $. Will keep u posted.

Andi B

Andi B

05/04/2010

 

Month 8

I continue to see improvements in my skin @ 50mg twice/day. As mentioned in last month's entry, I still get these very strange red spots on my cheeks (they are gone after a day)...I'm wondering if it's heat related or something?? from my workouts?? Anyway, I'm just glad they don't linger... My regimen has not changed other than the addition of jojoba oil. Because my skin has become soo dry, I add 3 drops to my moisturizer. Wow! It's been a God send! I also add 6 drops to my damp, freshly washed hair - then comb through and style as usual. Amazing how soft and shiny my hair has become! AM Wash with Cetaphil's Gentle Cleansing Bar Tone with 2 part green tea/1 part ACV mixture Moisturize with Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisurizing Gel/3 drops jojoba oil PM Cleanse with Cetaphil's Gentle Cleansing Bar Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to scars and leave on overnight (every other night...this is very drying)

Andi B

Andi B

03/30/2010

 

Month 7

Mercy! I didn't realize how long it's been since I've posted! Well, my skin has become wonderfully clear in these last few months. I do still break out with small red bumps - mainly on the apples of my cheeks and around my nose, though they are usually gone within 24 hours. Of course, I still have much scarring to deal with - so I won't ever feel completely clear until I can no longer see scars...MUST BE PATIENT. My skin has become quite dry on this medication so I've had to ditch the medicated cleansers. I'm now using Cetaphil's Gentle Cleansing Bar; it's been working great for me. I use a 2 part green tea/1 part ACV mixture as a toner after my AM cleanse, then moisturize with Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisurizing Gel (may need to switch to the lotion - as I require much moisture these days). After my PM cleanse, I apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to my scars and leave on overnight. I maintain high levels of thirst and pee WAY TOO MUCH! I'm not complaining though; drinking water can't be a bad thing, right? I have not gained back the 10 pounds I've lost on the medication and really have to work to keep my weight from dropping even more. I force myself to eat 3 meals and day and work out on a regular basis - seems to be working as I have not been losing as I was before. I see my endocrinologist in a week to test my potassium levels. He'll be pleased with my results

Andi B

Andi B

03/01/2010

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