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  1. Hi Everyone!!! So three months ago almost I came on to this website, 1 week on spiro, really struggling with severe cystic acne all over and severe nausea. I have great news!! My pimples/cysts are GONE!!! I still have hyperpigmentation but oh my heck. Its been almost a year since i haven't had painful cysts all over my face! I take 50MG at night time every day. I still have mild nausea but nothing too bad. Keep with it even if you're struggling, I didn't see much progress until the last 2 weeks.
  2. Hey guys. I have been on Spiroloctone for now 1 year. I am really upset and need advice. After 6 months on the drug, my skin was flawlessly clear. I was so happy. In June, I was going through alot of Mental Health issues. I started staying out late, not washing my face before bed, and just abusing my skin again since it cleared up so well. I randomly made the terrible decision to switch the products I was using. I was using Cerave cleanser and moisturizer which has always been amazing for my skin. I started using a Burts Bees cleanser that I later realized was FILLED with fragrances and alcohol and was not formulated for my skin type. I thought that the medication would be enough. Fast forward a month and my entire face broke out again. I currently am feeling extremely depressed about this. Right now I have like 10 or more pimples on my face. They are all on my chin and jaw. I started adding random toners and peels and oils to experiment which also was the worst mistake ever. I should still be clear and actually at my clearest point right now. I see pictures from a month ago and I was so confident and I am going on a huge trip in 4 months and I am terrified it is going to keep going downhill. I feel like I am back at square one. I recently started just using the Cerave cleanser and moisturizer again only. I just cant believe that the products destroyed all my progress like that. I never stopped taking Spiro and Ortho Tri Cyclen. I guess its a lesson to not experiment with products and stick to what works. I just need advice. I don't want to go on any topical creams or antibiotics. Spiroloctone is still very much in my system. Do you guys think my skin will heal itself if I just keep using Cerave and taking the Spiro? I am having this anxiety the Spiro just stopped working, but it has to be the products. I am so discouraged right now since I have TONS of whiteheads all over the lower half of my face. Please help me if you can.
  3. Hi! So I was wondering, what is the difference between spironolactone and birth control? In my case I'm talking about the yasmin birth control. You can also share your experiences if you want Thanks in advance
  4. Does anyone's blood pressure go up up while on Spiro? Mine seems to, it is odd!
  5. Hi! I started taking Spiro for hormonal acne about ten days ago, starting at 25mg once a day, because I am pretty sensitive to medications and already have really low blood pressure. The plan was to increase to 50mg once a day, then 50mg 2x a day to reach an effective dose. I’m still just taking 25mg once a day. Well I’m already seeing an improvement, which is amazing because I have tried EVERYTHING for the last two years to combat my hormonal acne (my skin went nuts after having my Skyla IUD taken out) except for Acutane. What’s not amazing is How insanely nauseous I’ve been the last few days. I haven’t thrown up from it yet, but it’s been pretty awful (like head-spinning, dry heaves nausea). So I’m just wondering, has anyone dealt with this side effect on Spironolactone? If so, how long did it last? I’m hoping it goes away eventually because Spiro was my last hope I guess I just want to know if the nausea is a temporary thing, or if it means I’ll just never be able to handle this medication? thanks for any input!
  6. DAY 16 update. So the combination of YAZ and Spironolactone has resulted in my period being extended to the current 15th day. My menstrual cycle is usually painful, heavy, and lasts around 5 days. (So heavy that I have to go for iron infusions at the hospital.) Presently, my bleeding has ranged between light/medium. The combination of starting the birth control pill again (after a long while) along with spironolactone has resulted in my hormones going slightly unhinged. While my hormones are still adjusting, I've been developing cystic acne in random places I never had to worry about. Hopefully this phase will soon pass!
  7. So far, DAY 13 hasn't been great. I'm getting cystic acne in places I usually never have to worry about. For the past 2-3 days I've had a small/medium cysts growing on my forehead, hairline area and on my nose(!!it's big and red!!). Places I rarely have acne ffs! I think my hormones are trying to find middle ground (at least I hope) because YAZ has extended my period to 12 days. I will wait for my hormones to return from war. I've also started doing LED blue/red light therapy twice a week at a skincare clinic. Will go to my fourth session tomorrow. I think it helps? I've been using my Foreo ESPADA portable LED light daily as well for consistency in LED treatment. I have noticed that consistent use (and maybe including clinical sessions) has shown some improvements to the 1-2 cystic pimples I've had (near my hairline and on my chin). The one near my hairline disappeared and the one on my chin has almost been defeated! As for the aforementioned cysts on my forehead and nose, no luck :' ( My self confidence has been pretty low. I rarely leave the house unless I have to work or attend an appointment. Like most people suffering adult acne, it's been difficult and taxing on my mental health and social life. I loathe attending social events because I know I won't leave the house without makeup. The whole process of applying colour correctors, foundation and concealer drives me mental!! Don't get me wrong, I love make up...but not for reasons of wanting to conceal my imperfections.
  8. 1 month on spiro

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    So I can officially say that it has been a whole month of taking spironolactone. I've decided to keep my dose to 50 mg as I have noticed major improvements on my face - starting with forehead which was filled with cystic acne just over a month ago and now I have none. I still have a small number of breakouts on my cheeks and a couple on my jaw but it is not as worse as how it was before I started taking spiro. I am however left with a lot of scars and pigmentation which I know can be sorted out as soon as my acne clears up so I'm not dwelling on that. Excited to see what month 2 will bring.... fingers crossed.
  9. Spironolactone log

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    Hi guys! I just got my prescription of Spiro 50mg/day for three months to see if it's effective for my skin. I decided to have a log on acne.org to update you on the results (if any!) Background: stubborn acne, started when I was ~9/10 years old, am 21 now. I did Accutane when it was severe (face, back, chest - inflamed, red, etc). Since getting off Accutane my skin + hair became oily again, and I have been experiencing more comedones and some inflamed pimples on my face and chest again. My pre-emptive move was to try Spiro in case the breakouts got out of hand again. My diet is low-carb and low in dairy. Day 1 and so far, nothing to report!
  10. (Skip to the middle where it says "importnat part" if you don't care to find out if we've tried similar things or have similar types skin, etc. and you just know you have hormonal stuff going on.)Hello, so I have been using acne.org products for a couple years, loved them, the do help, but it's expensive and time consuming, don't want to buy regular and travel size etc. My mom had deep, deep acne as a kid and still has scars at 53 as we know cystic acne can be genetic My acne is mostly on my chin, cheeks, near mouth, on neck, and back indicating a HORMONAL link. I get deep ones on my neck and cheeks especially I tried to balance my hormones to combat it and eat little dairy to help that as well. I exercise and carry a massive 64 oz water bottle that i go through 2-3 times a day every day. I get 6-10 hours of sleep every night usually around 7. Never sleep with makeup on, always go through my elaborate skin care regimen (mostly acne.org stuff besides cleanser, and also use glossier aha+ solution.) And have little stress in my life that's unman aged, I meditate, have a good attitude, and rarely have to face anything too terrible so that's not it. So I'm doing all the things you're supposed to...... I tried Skin care exposed acne.org many generic drug store products (cetophyl, nutragena, Clearasil, etc.) ACNE LASERS (do not recomend, it actually got worse, and I'm not sure why. I did over 10 treatments I believe because my boyfriend wanted to help me conquer this he paid for it so I'm not certain, but it was very painful, expensive, and ineffeftic sadly.) Trtroin cream and gel Many cycles of antibiotics (doxy) Llysiene DIM (did help a lot but didn't fully clear, best thing I've found besides spironolactone though, but more expensive.) Etc. (We've all tried lots of things, you get it, but I thought it might be relevant for people trying to figure out what they should try first or what might work for them based on our possible similarities) IMPORTANT PART: My roommate had really bad, scattered, cystic acne and one day it really started clearing up I asked what she had been doing and she said her doctor prescribed spironolactone. I asked my doctor to do the same, she was all for it. I take 50 mg The first month was really bad, I broke out REALLY hard. But I had seen all the positive reviews and photos that said this would happen and to stick it out, so I did. Month 2.5 I was so happy with my skin, it's SO SOFT and clear. It's incredible to be able to touch my neck and face without tons of textures. My skin did peel really badly around month 1.5-3 so be prepared. It was annoying, but worth it. MONTH 3 I HAVE ZERO active pimples and some red spots that are still healing (I did kind of keep picking throughout the months but I think I will break that as I have nothing left to pick) My makeup goes on incredibly, I am so, so, so grateful. I was so close to trying accutane but have been putting it off as a last resort because of the side effects. Now I'm free. I sent my doc a thank you card I'm so happy. Please, if you know anyone with hormonal ance, tell them about it, or try it yourself. With my very basic, terrible insurance it's FREE I don't pay a dime for it which is just yet another amazing perk. I want other people to be able to find their solution too.
  11. It has now been about 8 months since I have started taking spironolactone as well as acidophilus. A couple of weeks ago, I was starting to get spots again, so they decided to up the dose from 100mg to 150. Honestly, I didn't see much improvement. I then was prescribed amoxicillin to take for 8 weeks. It is supposed to help my body absorb more of the meds. It has only been a couple of weeks, but I don't think it has really kicked in yet. My skin is not bad right now, but I do have a couple spots on my jawline that are getting a little painful, and I have texture on my cheeks. It is really just little spots and bumps. What is really getting to me though is the PIH. I am thinking about getting a chemical peel this summer, maybe even micro needling, but that is my last resort. I doubt it was my diet, but I am trying to clean it up a little bit and I think I am going to switch from foundation to a cc cream to maybe free up my pores. I am also trying to drink more water and green tea to try and get rid of these spots. The face wash I used before was the Body Shop Tea Tree cleanser, and I think my skin really liked it. However, it wasn't exactly drugstore, so once I finished the bottle I switched to the Biore baking soda foaming wash. Maybe my skin is adjusting to it, and that is what is creating the texture. I just hope it goes away soon. Other than that, my skin hasn't changed much. I have been thinking if going on birth control and ditching spiro would be a good idea because on spiro people still get occasional spots and I'm wondering if birth control would work better? But at the same time, I cant go through another initial breakout again. It's not my best skin day, but it's definitely not my worst. I even started going out without makeup. (for hiking, I didn't want to risk breaking out from it) but its something i guess. It's not much of an update, so sorry if this entry is a little boring. But I guess boring is good in this case.
  12. Hi, I'm brand new to the website but hoping someone can help me. I started Spiro for my hormonal acne about a week ago and I all I've been able to get down in the past 48 hours is a luna bar. I don't have an appetite but also even the thought of food is making me sick. I exhaustingly agreed to spiro after trying every natural alternative. I stay away from all medications normally, even advil. I tried birth control for my acne a while ago but it didn't help much and i didn't like being on it, once i stopped taking it my acne exploded. Also for anyone taking spiro, do you continue to take it forever or does it clear your skin and then you can stop? I meant to ask my dermatologist but the appointment was a bit overwhelming. Thank you for all of your help.
  13. PLEASE HELP Here is the short version of my acne story: In december 2017 I stopped taking my birth control pills. This sparked the fire that has engulfed the past 3 months of my life. I began seeing more acne than I was used to (I knew this was from stopping my birth control) so finally in March 2018 my dermatologist prescribed me 150mg Spironolactone. The first month of Spiro my skin was the worst I have ever seen it (purging from spiro). I am now in the second month and I can see the SMALLEST amount of improvement, but I am still breaking out. My entire teenage life I had taken minocycline to help my acne and it always worked great, but I stopped when I began taking spiro. I am now about to start taking minocycline again along with the spironolactone.However, I am very scared. PLEASE REPLY IF YOU HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH SPIRO&MINO I need to know what this combination did to your skin if you have tried this. do you think it will be ok to start minocycline 2 months after starting spiro? PLEASE HELP
  14. Hello! I’m a 18 (about to be 19) year old female. I have been struggling with acne since I was around 14 or 15. My acne has gotten super severe only once, and thankfully minocycline quickly took it all away. Well, since then, I have been on antibiotics on and off, ranging from minocycline to doxy, and tetracycline. I have also tried many facial topical creams. Nothing has worked in the long term to cure my acne. (However, I do know that nothing will “cure” it forever..) About 2 months ago my skin got horrible again, but this time, instead of the acne being on my forehead, I got it on my chin. Very bad. I went back to my dermatologist immediately, and she reccomended either Accutane (hell no) or Spironolactone. So, I decided the spiro was a good choice. I started out the first two weeks with 25 mg / day, then upped to 50 mg / day at the two week mark. I also went on a two week antibiotic, Keflex, that helped reduce inflammation and calmed things down a little. I am currently on a day 31 and I feel as if my acne is a lot better, but there is so much scarring, and still new ones popping up, but slower and tinier. I never had cystic acne, but big, pustular, nodular acne that either came to a head or remained red and inflamed. I will also be starting Tri-Linyah Birth Control (generic for Ortho-Tri-Cyclen) on my next period, main reason being contraceptive.... but hoping it will help with my skin. I have experienced some side effects that I think are from the sprio, which are only dizziness & headaches. Did this work for you? Let me know if you have a similar story... please feel free to comment and share and reach out to me. xoxox till next time
  15. A little about me and my acne. I started getting acne when I was around 18 years old and It progressively started getting worse as I got older. Was put on topical antibiotics at first ( clindamycin then erythromycin/benzoyl). I used those topicals exclusively until I ask around 22 and didn't see much results. Then dermatologist put me on tretinoin .025% cream along with the topical antibiotics and It seemed to be working fairly well. But now, recently at the age of 25 my acne just isn't responding to topicals anymore. So finally my dermatologist decided to put me on Spironolactone 100mg and aczone gel. Before I started taking spiro & aczone i will admit my acne was not as bad as a lot of people who suffer from acne. I had 2 decent sized cysts on my left cheek but my right cheek was fairly clear besides my normal acne scars. But recently ever since I started spiro I have been breaking out. This will be my third week on spiro and I have been breaking out in places I normally don't like my forehead and chin. The acne on my left cheek has gotten worse and i started breaking out on my right cheeck now. For those of you who have been on spiro did you experience the same thing? Is purging a normal occurrence on oral medications or should I just consider this a run-of-the-mill breakout? THANKS!
  16. Will my hair fall out or will my acne be back worse then ever by taking at length, and eventually stopping spironolactone? How long can you take it for? I'm curious because I have a prescription for it (again). First time I only took it a few times but it gave me a low blood sugar feeling. I was told to take a lower dose but haven't tried it. I am worried about taking it because I had been taking birth control pills for almost 10 years. I still had some cysts come up, up until a few years ago. My face towards the 10 year mark was getting clear and little oil! But they are more aggressive now that I stopped taking them 1 year ago. Very oily. My hair fell out in the beginning. My periods were so late. Got hormones checked, I'm good apparently. I didn't know these things could happen, every doctor always said you can just stop taking birth control pills and nothing will happen (I'd wanted to before many times) So what about Spiro? Any not talked about side effects? What should I know? How long can you take it? I am 33, is it like BC pills in that you shouldn't take too late into your 30's? I feel like I learn more of what I should know from the internet than a doctor about side effects etc. So I appreciate your time letting me know your experience with this medication.
  17. I'm 20 years old with hormonal acne and I've been taking 25mg Spironolactone for just over a month now and in the past week I've had 2 migraines with auras. I only ever used to get these migraines when I was on birth control for over year, which I am now banned from taking as a result of the health risk. I can understand that the excess estrogen from BC would cause my migraines but as an anti androgen, I don't understand why Spiro is doing the same, especially in such a short amount of time. I know that spiro states that headaches can be a side effect but anyone who's had migraines knows that there's a huge difference between the two! Does anyone have any idea what could be happening? I can't carry on with this medication if I continue to get this side effect so any help would be much appreciated! Update: all my migraines previously to spiro have been hormone related but can the diuretic effect of spiro be causing them? I've been trying to make sure I drink a lot of water but I honestly haven't been keeping track with all the stress of final year at uni! Going to start being thorough with my water intake this week and report back if I notice a difference!
  18. I am so sorry for not posting in like, four months! I think the reason for that was that I was starting to feel okay about my skin, and I just kept blowing off posting on here because it reminded me of how long I still have to go. I believe I am now on month 7, and I have definitely seen results. I went from a full-on breakout of the entire face to just occasional spots, although I have a few more than usual rn, and I think that is because of my diet being so poor lately. I will start to eat better again and hopefully, my skin will get better too. I think I will start posting pictures just to show you my progress. Keep in mind, all the red spots on my skin are either PIH or scarring, I'm not sure which, but if someone could help me if with figuring that out I would be so grateful! Here is my skin rn: The dry spots are just spot treatment. As you can see, I don't have much texture anymore. What I have to deal with now is the aftermath of my past breakouts, and I honestly don't know how to, because I don't even know what they are. I have talked to a dermatologist who said it was PIH and a facialist who told me it was scarring. Also, I will try to update more frequently, every couple of weeks, but I guess last time proved I can't make promises :D. I would greatly appreciate help with this, from what it is exactly, to what to do about it. I would love so much to go make up free by the time the next school year begins
  19. So I've only been on a low dose of 25mg Spiro for 16 days now and for the past couple of days I've experienced sore and tender breasts on the under side of them, more than I usually would during PMS. I've heard that spiro can cause breast growth so was just wondering if this might be the case? I barely fill an A cup, always had oily skin and moderate acne since 10y/o and when I gain weight it always goes straight to my belly and face/neck. All of these are signs of high testosterone/androgens, so do you think that the anti androgen use of spiro is taking affect already or is it too soon to judge?
  20. Hi Everyone, In 2013, at age 23, I started having mild pustule breakouts on my chin. I had a few pimples in my early teen years, but nothing major. The weeks that passed got worse and worse. I went to the derm, who diagnosed me with "textbook hormonal acne." I started at 100/mg of spironolactone and yasmin (ocella) birth control. After a few weeks of worsening acne, the spiro was my miracle. I was crystal clear FOR YEARS. An occasional pustule...maybe once a month? After a few years, my derm suggested I lower my dosage...again..no major issues 100>75>50. Until very recently.... After about a year of alternating between 50/mgs and 25/mgs a day...my hormonal acne is back and with a vengeance. I have not changed a single thing in my lifestyle: diet , exercise, skincare routine. I'm still on my birth control...but one after another, the pustules have started popping up again. I have about 5 active on my face right now. It's VERY similar to how my first initial skin issue presented in 2013. I'm so scared this will return to the state it was in 2013. Has this happened to anyone else? I've found older posts with woman saying the same thing. The drug had failed them and became ineffective. Any advice or insight would be appreciated.
  21. Here are my pictures of my skin currently. I have like 2/3 active zits on my forehead but there are always little zits under the skin of my forehead that are not visible in pictures. I also have a lot of red/brown scars, overall redness, blotchyness and hyperpigmentation that you can clearly see.