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Getting ready to start Spiro!



I am going to start taking it tomorrow!

In the meantime some background info about me & my struggles with adult acne!

I am 37 years old & have been battling acne for over 15 years. Aside from a few teenage spots that we all get, my first major breakout was in my early 20's. Since then I have taken BC, several antibiotics, Differin, Retin-A & RA Micro, Clindamycin, sulphur treatments, Glycolic & other chemical peels & I am sure a few other things that I can't remember. But basically I have been there done that with the topical gels, antibiotics facials & other surface treatments!

Some worked, some didn't & eventually the ones that worked stopped & I was back to worse skin than ever :shhh: A combo of Differin & Climdamycin worked great for a long time, about 3 years, but stopped working about 6 months ago & I have gradually descended into acne hell this past 6 months.

Back in January my new derm would not entertain any idea of Accutane & instead sent me home with a script for Differin (I told him it didn't work anymore!) & Doxcycline. I have taken this for the past 11 weeks with no results. My skin now breaks out every day, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day. It is mostly on my cheeks & jawline & sometimes under my chin & down on my neck which I especially hate! I have been very down over my acne & extremely angry with the derm for not listening to me & prescribing me something stronger!

I had an appointment with him today & I had psyched myself up to do battle with him. Thankfully that didn't happen. He took one look at my face & said I needed Accutane & he was happy to give it to me. Phew!

I had been reseaching Spironolactone for a few weeks & it sounded like it would really suit me (along with the acne I have greasy skin & hair, & light colored facial hair so definitely hormonal issues going on)! I asked the doc if he would give me that instead. He was reluctant at first but eventually gave in when I agreed to try Accutane if the Spiro does not work!

I am starting on 50mg per day. As I mentioned earlier tomorrow is my start day & I can't wait to get going.

I am very happy this site is here & maybe this Blog will help someone else if they are interested in Spiro & help me track my progress, side effects & other things I may notice as I take this journey! Definitely optimistic & as much as I am not crazy about serious medication at this moment I am resigned to it as a better alternative than miserable, depressing acne!

Will check in Day 1 tomorrow :shhh:


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