I just read my previous posts back to myself, and I can honestly say the last few months have been the worst months of my life. I stopped going outside, stopped going to lunch with coworkers, stopped all my hobbies and extra curricular activities because I didn't want to be seen. I remember standing in my bathroom a few months ago, looking in the mirror, and saying out loud, 'I can't believe this is my face.' I looked so bad, I could not even look at myself most of the time. I washed my face in the dark and tried to put my makeup on without even looking in the mirror half the time, which I'm sure made me look even worse. I basically just gave up on having a normal life.
Two months after starting spiro, I'm here to tell you I have my life back. My skin is not perfect. The scars will last years probably. But in two months, I went from having 20-30 active breakouts to having zero. None. Do I think I'll never have another breakout for the rest of my life? No. But I am amazed how well this has worked for me, given that literally NOTHING has ever worked previously. Not countless topicals, antibiotics, peels, lasers, blue lights or even the crazy levulan treatment that's supposed to be amazing (it worked for six weeks, then back to normal). I hope to only keep improving, since I finally decided to treat from the inside out, instead of the other way around.
I will keep updating. To anyone considering spiro: please take 100 mg or more and please give it at least six weeks to start seeing results. I saw almost no results until about a month, but real improvement has come from about six weeks in until now. My skin is less oily and now when I take my glasses off, I don't see my makeup smudged all over the bridge of my glasses, because it actually stays on my face. Spiro has given me my life back. Like I said, my skin is far from flawless, but I can face the world again. If you have oily skin, cystic acne, driven by hormones (I didn't notice a change around my period, I just knew my face was so oily and constantly breaking out), give spiro a shot. I've had almost no side effects, and it's worked wonders.