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  1. Week 1 + 2

    I’m nervous for my third week of Spiro because a lot of people said this is when their ‘initial breakout’ took place. Diane 35 I’ve become less moody. Now that I’ve combined both the Spiro and the birth control I’m unsure which one could be helping or hindering the acne. Spiro Skin is more dehydrated, less oily, itchy, and my pores are looking smaller. Less redness on acne patch on left check but I still have closed comedones and one small cyst on right cheek that came to a head instantly. Hair is less oily. I’m becoming more thirsty and going to the bathroom more frequently. Patch Testing Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser Albolene Ole Henrikson Nurture Me Creme Wellness Drinking spearmint tea every day. Taking zinc, vitamin A, evening primrose oil, vitamin d, and omega 3 vitamins. Quit dairy. Trying to lessen my intake of gluten, sugar, red meat, coffee, and soy. I also want to stop watching and reading acne related things because I believe that it’s causing me lots of stress.
  2. Introduction

    MY ACNE STORY I have had relatively clear skin till I came back home from graduating university. In January 2017, while experiencing small breakouts I switched my morning Ole Henrikson Nurture Me Creme to a generic fragrance-free moisturizer and my skin freaked. So, I went to the doctor and purchased some Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream + Serum abandoned by Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Relief. While going through the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream + Serum my skin continued to break out and even though I liked the cream. I went to the Doctor and was prescribed Clindoxyl ADV Gel. After looking through my tried and true products, I discovered that my cleanser Philosophy Purity was full of irritating ingredients and switched out all of my products for Cerave. The combination of the Clindoxyl ADV Gel and Cerave destroyed my moisture barrier. My doctor then referred me to a dermatologist who looked at my acne deemed it as hormonal. I have now been on Diane 35 for a month and Spiro 100MG for 14 days. MY SKINCARE ROUTINE Skin Type: Dry and Dehydrated Morning Lukewarm water Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Relief (STILL, NEED TO FIND A SUNSCREEN) Night Albolene Bioderma H20 Micellar Water Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Relief Vaseline
  3. Has anyone tried spironolactone or Differin gel? I've had moderate to severe cystic acne since middle school and nothing else has worked. My dermatologist recently prescribed me doxycycline (which I've taken antibiotics for acne before), spironolactone, Differin gel twice a day, and he told me to wash my face with a benzoyl peroxide face wash and mistificar each day. It's been a few weeks so I can't tell if it will work yet. Any feedback?
  4. Hi everyone! So I started getting occasional breakouts in high school then my freshman year of college (five years ago) I got acne it seemed over night. I have been prescribed multiple rounds of antibiotics and they would only work for 6 months to a year and then it would seem like my acne came back with vengeance. April of 2016 I was prescribed spiro and it has been an absolute God send. My skin has been basically clear since august of last year. I get occasional breakouts like once a month but it's tolerated. Now fast forward to today. I'm getting married in June next year and we want to start having babies soon after so I discussed with my dermatologist how I was terrified of going off spiro when I'm trying to get pregnant and then having to worry about terrible skin. She suggested accutane since it's more of a cure instead of a treatment. She also stated that about 85% of patients don't have any acne return. As an acne sufferer I know ALL of the risks but I also know all of the anxiety I face every day knowing spiro is just a temporary solution and I don't want to have to this medication forever. So anyone whose had a similar experience or words of encouragement it would be so so appreciated. also, did also like to state that I use clindamycin solution, benzoyl peroxide, niece trentinoin topically
  5. A little more than a year ago I was prescribed Spironolactone for cystic acne. I had it very deep around my chin and mouth. Before, I of course had very oily skin. It was basically uncontrollable. I had tried a few things for it, but my derm basically jumped straight to the Spiro. A couple months before, I was also put on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo. I had a good year with this combo. I literally don't have any acne left, but there is a huge problem, my hair is literally just falling out. I have never ever in my life had this problem. I am a 21 year old female with zero family history of hair loss. I saw my derm back in July and she denied that Spiro could cause this. Back at that time, the hair loss was noticeable to me, just because i know my body and when something is right and wrong. Well, I was forced to sort of put it behind me because she said that it wasn't possible. Obviously I was frustrated, but there wasn't much i could do, as my potassium, iron, and thyroid were all checked and all fine. Anyways, here I am in October with HORRIBLE shedding! I mean, when I comb my hair after a shower, clumps are falling out. I take vitamins and stay as healthy as possible. Even during the day my hair is falling into my lap and all over my arms. It is quite irritating and also mortifying. I am trying not to stress about it, as i know that will make it worse, but its a bit hard to stay positive about this. So i just saw my derm and she did a pull test. It wasn't good... a few pieces came straight out with the plugs on the end. On top of hairloss, my scalp is TERRIBLY itchy, but there is NOTHING. No dandruff, no rashes, nothing. She told me to stop taking the Spiro, so i did. She said she's never met a person who had hair loss caused by a medication that is prescribed FOR IT, but that I might be the exception. I guess the ultimate question is, has ANYONE been on Spiro this long and experienced this? i would really appreciate it if maybe someone could shed some light on this situation. I stopped the Spiro and I know it's too soon for the hair loss to stop as that was just 4 or 5 days ago. Any thoughts?
  6. Hi guys, I've spent hours and hours googling and so I figured I'd just ask you guys for your opinions and experiences and advice for my specific case! Ive never had AWFUL acne, and only really get it on my T-zone. Never on my cheeks. It's usually small papules (occasionally but not often) but I mostly get cysts. Maybe 2-3 a month. When I do get them though, I make the mistake of picking the heck out of them and making them worse. So it feels like I always have zits but it's honestly probably 5 cysts a month at most. I do have fairly oily skin. I was on 100mg spiro for 3 years (2011-2014) but towards the end of my third year, I started getting two periods a month (the first real side effect I experienced). I switched jobs and switched insurances so I didn't want to go back to the derm to up my Rx so I asked the regular PCP at the yearly annual for birth control. I've been on trinessa for 2 years now. I also take 720mg of saw palmetto a day. It's been okay, but this is the combo that is causing me the 2-5 cysts a month and I'm sick of it. I made a yoderm account and my new virtual dermatologist prescribed me 100mg spiro (which I asked for because it worked for me in the past and now that I'm on BC I feel it won't cause the extra period a month). And he also prescribed 100mg a day of minocycline. I bought them both at the pharmacy yesterday but I'm kind of afraid of taking the mino. Is my acne bad enough for it right now? I currently have no active zits, two scabs from popped/healing cysts, two dark marks from papules, and a red patch of eczema or perioral dermatitis (that is not responding to Rx steroid creams ). Ive read the mino may be good for perorial dermatitos if that's what it is but I'm scared of starting that if my skin isn't that bad right now and becoming dependent on it or it causing my skin to be worse. Kind of want to just do spiro with my BC and see if that works first. But I also want the red patch to go away! ive read conflicting things on mino (or antibiotics in general) causing or not causing initial break outs but since I have pretty good skin right now do you think it would? thoughts?
  7. Spiro Dosage

    Hi everyone, I have been on 50 mgs of Spiro for about 16 months now. It has been a miracle but in the past week I have broken out more than I have since I started Spiro last year. I can tell it is hormonal because the breakouts are around my jaw and mouth and cheeks. I don't want to up my dosage of spiro yet but I am curious if any spiro users would take a little extra for days or weeks their skin was less than subpar? I am thinking about taking an extra 25mg just until my skin clears up but I don't want it end up making my skin worse so any past experience or opinions would be appreciated!
  8. I am a 19 year old girl who has went from having the basic t-zone purberty pimples to one of the most severe cases of cystic my dermotogolist has ever seen. (dont go tanning in the sun with a topical - lesson learned the hard way that ended up with boils of severe cysts and inflammation) Throughout my years of acne I have tried everything from topicals, oral antibiotics, natural remedies, diet changes, chemical peels, cortisone shots, birth control, and even a course of accutane. Accutane brought me to 95% clear skin which I was satisfied with but when I stopped my birth control, my cystic acne came back horribly. Now my derm believes it is hormonal acne so she recommended I give spiro a try. I am a week in on spiro at 50 mg per day and back on birth control. My forehead is completely clear, my cystic acne is mostly on my lower cheeks and the sides of my mouth. Any opinions on spiro or if this could finally be the thing that helps me. starting to lose hope in ever having clear skin.
  9. Hello all, I took spironolactone for 2-3 months and I noticed my period would come every 2 and a half weeks or so (which is much sooner than my usual every 22ish days). Either way it was very regular and predictable. I stopped taking it a little less than three weeks ago and my period was expected about a week ago. Is this normal when going off of spironolactone? I think there's a very minimal chance that I am pregnant, and am curious if stopping the medication messed with my cycle that much. thank you in advance!
  10. Hello, For the past 6 months or so, I've been on 100 mg of Spironolactone in the morning and 100 mg at night. It's the only medication I've tried that has cured my PCOS acne. I no longer get cystic acne and my skin is so much less oily. I tolerate it very well. It's the only thing that's helped my skin. If I stop taking it, I instantly break out with cystic acne. The only downside is that I have been gaining weight very fast, and in weird places. I almost don't recognize myself sometimes because I've gained weight where I've never had weight. Because of this, I've decided to try Accutane. Naturally, I'm scared to try it because of all of the negative experiences out there. But I am getting so frustrated with the weight gain. I don't want any to mess up my clear skin. So my question is, does anyone have experience switching from Spiro to Accutane? I'm supposed to switch in one week and I'm very nervous and not sure I'm making the right decision. Any input would be appreciated. Thank you.
  11. Spiro questions

    Hi! I have been utilizing acne.org forums for so many years and it's been a great help to me. Happy to be here! Quick history: i'm in my 30s, have suffered with hormonal cystic type acne ever since coming off birth control. Birth control kept me completely clear. Most specifically Yaz birth control was like a skin miracle but I also did well on Ortho-Cyclen. I don't really want to do birth control because of the blood clot risks. So I decided to try spironolactone. My Gynocologist prescribed me 50 mg and said that's the perfect those for most of her patients with few side effects . I noticed within one week of taking 50 mg my oil decreased and I started to clear. My back and chest cleared first and my face got gradually better. The oiliness came back however and that's disappointing. She agreed it to up my dose to 75 mg after one month and a half. I'm two months into treatment now and my total is 75 mg per day. I take 50 in the morning and 25 at lunch . I would say my face is about 75% clear. It's not where I want to be however, I was hoping for the total clear skin I had on the birth control pill and the oily skin to go away. what are your thoughts? Should I up the dose to 100 mg? Or stick it out at 75 for a couple more months? I am very athletic 5 foot seven and I weigh 156 pounds . I'm monitored every six weeks potassium with blood draws and it's fine so far . I have noticed an increase in side effects when I upped my dose but if I drink a lot of water it helps. My side effects are mostly fatigue low blood pressure and dizziness. At 50 mg I have zero side effects. do you think I should up my dose? Will it clear me faster? I hate to be impatient. I'm so grateful for the success I have seen so far and I hope it continues. super happy with this drug and I can't recommend it enough, it's totally changed my self-esteem and just turned my life around . Definitely the benefits outweigh the risks! I was hoping for a complete clearing though, I hope it's possible. any words of advice?
  12. I've been taking spironolactone 100 mg daily for about a year. It works amazingly for my persistent moderate acne. Today I was told that I can't get a repeat on my Spiro prescription without seeing my derm, which is over a WEEK away. Anyone had any experience missing a few days/a week or so of Spiro? Did it cause breakouts? I'm beside myself with worry because I am not keen on dealing with a breakout right now I also use bp once daily and glycolic acid 5% once daily so I'm hoping they might keep acne at bay kind of until I can get the Spiro. Any other advice for what I can do in the next week?
  13. 32/f. First post. I've had acne since my teens, but the older I get, the more frustrated I am that I can't seem to get rid of it. I just want clear skin, and preferably before I get wrinkles. Background: I feel like I've tried every variety of OTC topical medication , and a ton of different prescriptions (both topical and oral). Most recently I was on retin-a 0.1% along with trimethtoprim 100mg/2x day and clindamycin 1%. It felt like absolutely no changes. I could see that the retin-a was possibly reducing previous scarring, but I was still breaking out just as much. I was on that combination for about a year (most of 2016) I have PCOS, so I know there's hormonal issues involved with my ance. I've read a ton about how there's not really any medication (save for accutane) that can really get rid of hormonal acne. Someone randomly mentioned spironolactone as an acne medication, and I did quite a bit of research, and then basically begged my dr. to put me on it. He was concerned because I had previously said I didn't want to do accutane (children are not forthcoming this second, but potentially soon, and the side effects of accutane are enough to scare anyone regardless.) He made me promise not to get pregnant, and said we'd have to check my potassium levels to make sure it wasn't elevating them too much. I'm now on spiro, in addition to doxycycline (new), and I'm still doing the topicals retin-a 0.1% and the clindamycin 1%. For the first month, I did 50mg 1x/day, and now I'm in the middle of the second month, 50mg 2x/day. And -- I think I see a difference! I know I feel like there's one, at least. I'm not breaking out as much (though possibly getting slightly more blackheads, but not at any level of concern). Nothing cystic! What's interesting is that before spiro, most of my blemishes were around my chin /mouth / lower cheeks (as is consistentt with hormonal acne), and since being on it, I've had pimples appear on upper cheek, forehead, hairline. Not incredibly troublesome, just not really expected. I may have had a small amount of "extra" breakout from starting spiro, but not anything crazy. Doctor tested my creatinine and my potassium, results came back today. They were both also tested in June of last year, which I'm using as a "control" of sorts for myself. Creatinine stayed the exact same, 0.7 (normal is .4 - 1.0). Potassium did increase, from 4.0 to 4.7 (normal is 3.6 - 5.0). Worried that my doctor won't keep me on the higher dosage if my potassium is too high. How high is too high? Questions for spiro people: How long until you saw a significant difference in your skin? I was also excited to see potential decrease of body hair / facial hair, but no difference so far. How long until you saw a difference there? And, for me, spiro is not going to be a long-term thing, because I plan to get pregnant in a year or so. Were the effects lasting at all? How long should I plan to be off before trying to get pregnant? if anyone stopped then started back again, did it work just as easily? I'll also need to get off of retin-a and doxycycline before pregnancy, though from what I can tell, there's no reason to get off clindamycin. Thoughts?
  14. I've been taking spiro for just about 3 months, currently taking 100 mg. My acne is clearing up but I don't know how well the spiro works. I still get some random smaller cysts, Not nearly as bad as what it used to be like. Usually I always get cystic acne in Winter, I started the spiro in December i also have PCOS so thanks to that cause my acne Here's I thing, I don't see many reviews of girls who taken spiro just alone, no birth control. I don't take birth control because it either has worsen my acne or my mental health. Mainly because it takes a toll on me mentally I refuse to take Bc. How has spiro worked for people who haven't taken bc with it ?
  15. Okkkkkk so I've never posted on a forum but feel the need now. I've had no acne ever and after the age of 30 I started developing huge cysts that were scarring my face. It was ruining my life. I finally got on aldactone or aka spiro. I'm a nurse and know this isn't for everyone. Keep following cause I have an alternative. So the spiro has been amazing for me. I don't even have to wear makeup anymore. My gf couldn't stay on it because she has normally low blood pressure and she was getting to dizzy. We are both ER nurses and one of the doctors overheard us talking one day. He said his wife also suffers from hormonal acne and couldn't tolerate spiro. Well she happens to be a pharmacist and she did some research. Spearmint is actually a natural androgen blocker and she started taking this. It's worked for her for years with no side effects. My gf decided to try it before she went to accurate. Well she's now four months in bf acne free. No more cystic acne. I'm going to get off the spiro and start spearmint as soon as my prescription is gone. Also, might be too much info but I've suffered with chronic bv about the same time the acne started. I've tried everything and I mean everything to try and fix it. Started spiro and suddenly it's completely disappeared. I think my BV was caused by too much testosterone or something. Wish you all the best of luck and hope this helps some people!!!
  16. Hi, Cut a long story short I was taking spiro for my cystic acne and had been on it for about 8 months. I have now had to come off it as I was experiencing hair loss. My doctor said about dianette the birth control pill, as it is similar to spiro as it's an anti-anodgren blocker. I am apprehensive to start it because I I had to come off the pill last year as my doctor suspected I had phlebitis and after coming off the pill was when I got my lumps on my forehead. I haven't taken any spiro for about a week and I am due on next week, I am concerned my legs will hurt again if I take pill, I Â concerned if I start the pill my hormones will be up in arms again, the pill may not work and what if I stay off All medication that my cysts could be gone fir good? I don't know what to do can someone give me some advice on what they would do if it were them? Thanks, CharlotteÂ
  17. Hi there, You may remember me from some months back, I was dealing with hormonal acne in my 30s. I have been off this site for a while because I now have clear skin and I wanted to update on what I've done and what worked. I have been on generic Yaz for about a year, it improved my skin but I wasn't clear until I added 50mg of Spiro daily that i saw a dramatic change. It took about 3 months( from June to August) to see results but once it worked, my skin became normal as opposed to very oily, I stopped getting hormonal cysts and white heads and pretty much now, my skin is clear and I'm extremely happy with it. The only other things to mention are while no topicals really helped my acne, green tea extract and over the counter retinol( not Retinol A) have been the best topicals I've used. Green tea helps with too much androgens and inflammation and retinol helps your skin cells shed and renew faster, the retinol isn't nearly as harsh as Retinol A but still helps. I buy green tea extract at the health shop and mix it in with moisturizer. I also wash my face with crushed oatmeal( I put dry oatmeal in a blender). It is moisturising without drying out my face. I do try to eat healthy but since the meds have kicked in, the only thing that ever affects my skin is dairy. It really caused inflamed acne before but now, it might cause a small pimple or two but they go away in 1-2 days. I haven't been on Acne.org simply because since my skin has cleared I have not thought about it much. Its awesome to have normal skin that isn't breaking out in ugly, red, and painful bumps and feel like my face is an oil slick. I have been depressed in the past and borderline suicidal, and I'm not going to say my life is suddenly perfect, but its a huge improvement in my mindset and I feel " normal". I haven't had any noticeable side effects from either med, except lower blood pressure and the absence of periods from time to time, which is fine by me...lol. I have gained weight from the antidepressant I take but I'm trying to wean off it since I no longer have many of the mental issues, including acne. I hope my advice might help someone, of course it won't work for everyone( Spiro and birth control won't work for males) but the important thing is to keep trying and don't give up. And love yourself no matter the state of your skin because you are the same person inside no matter what so don't get to the point where you feel your acne makes you less of a person ( like I did). Its a medical condition like anything else not your fault. Best of luck to everyone, if anyone has questions about my regimen I'll be happy to answer.
  18. I am brand new to this acne stuff at 33 years old. Had a blood test that was suggestive of PCOS even though my testosterone levels are great. One ovary is polycystic so im guessing I do indeed have it, even thought the gyn wasn't so sure. Finally saw the derm who put me on Spiro. I can't believe I am almost 3 weeks in and the little pimples have stopped coming up. I did have about 3 cystic ones pop up and go back down quickly. Strange. About 2 weeks in, my breasts feel like I have PMS or I am pregnant. It's neither of those things so I know spiro is causing it. Will this side effect go away? I haven't had the side effect of using the bathroom more often but I do get dry lips and skin. Trying to drink more water.
  19. I appreciate this has probably been posted a million times but I can't find a recent post about this. Acne/Med History I have always suffered with hormonal acne which was controlled for many many years by Dianette. I was taken off Dianne due to mental health issues and put on several different antibiotics (lymecycline/minocycline). After doubling the dose the doctor gave me, my acne was 'manageable' but I then developed loads of tiny spots all over my forehead (which I had never experienced before in my life), massive pores on forehead and around nose, excessively greasy. Also during this period - from December 2014 to June/July 2015, I noticed my skin seemed thicker, particularly on my forehead. It wasn't red or anything, just thicker. Maybe leathery. I feel I have aged a good few years in 6 months. I do not believe it is rosacea. Can antibiotics cause premature ageing? I'm 33. Present Day Started on Yasmin a few months back. Currently, 5 days into 3rd cycle and have taken no breaks in packets. Started on Spiro 2 weeks and 2 days ago. I got the dreaded initial breakout on Yasmin about 2/3 weeks in. I broke out in tiny bumps with a few cysts here and there all over my back and chest and face. Oil production reduced significantly. Skin was still bad when I started Spiro and I appear to be having an initial breakout on these too. I'm worried about scarring for the first time in my life. I have massive pustules, mainly on cheeks. Still covered in tiny bumps, there must be hundreds! The one positive I have noted since Spiro is the skin on my forehead is not as thick. The lines are less pronounced so I guess it's doing something. However, my skin is at an all time low. It is the worst it has ever been. Everyone close to me has commented that it is the worst they have ever seen it. So my questions are as follows: How long were your initial breakouts on Yasmin? How long were your initial breakouts on Spiro? When should I expect to start seeing improvements? Advice on when I should stop if not seeing improvements? I'm at my wits end. I feel after nearly 3 months it should be improving if only very slightly but it's just getting worse and worse. Please, any advice would be amazing x
  20. Hello all, I'm 18 and just started my freshman year of college which should be fun and exciting right? Wrong. I have always had the occasional pimple pmsing, but in the past 6 months I have had the most terrible onset of hormonal acne and I'm losing hope and feel incredibly insecure. Backstory: I noticed my hormonal acne appearing after I stopped playing competitive soccer (which I had played all my life). It appeared slowly, progressively getting worse. 5 months ago I went to a dermatologist for the first time ever, where she then prescribed me Spiro 50mg in the morning and at night. I expected an IB and I sure as heck got one. After three months of Spiro and very very little difference if any I went back to the derm and she increased my dosage to 100mg in he morning and 50 mg at night and retin a. Still no difference, just really dry skin. Another month goes by and I'm still getting deep painful cysts on my jawline, I go back to my derm and she gives me Loryna BCP which have currently been on for 2 and a half weeks. I am healthy, I tried changing my diet, I don't get as much excersise as I did playing soccer but I enjoy going hiking and surfing (which I do not do as much anymore because of my skin sensitivity). ALSO: I've always had a regular and normal cycle, but ever since i strted Spiro I have not had period. Which is fine by all means lol, but it feels wrong. Why is it like this? Is this common? It's not even irregular just completely nonexistent? I never realized how conceited of a person I was until I had this severe, relentless, cystic acne I am now suffering from. I've read countless forums saying how these medications take time but I'm losing hope and feel like I may becoming slightly depressed. I cry so much now and hate myself for reasons I can't control and my skin is too sensitive to enjoy the beautiful sunny outdoors of socal. Any insight on when these medications will start working if at all? I was thinking of giving it 2 more months before accutane, which scares me and is a last resort. thank you!!!
  21. Feeling a little hopeless

    I'm beginning to feel a little hopeless and not sure what to do. I've always had "meh" skin, until I started birth control in college. My acne pretty much disappeared. A few years ago, though, I started noticing some facial pigmentation that the doctor later told me was melasma. It's mostly above my upper lip so, despite having pretty much no hair there, it looks like I have a mustache. It's very embarrassing, to say the least. Two years ago, my doc switched me to a different BC to see if that'd help with the melasma. It didn't, but it did give me progressively worse cystic acne (which I'd never really experienced before that). It took me a whole year of topicals/antibiotics to realize it was the hormones from the pill switch that was the problem. I switched back to my original BC and started taking 100 mg of spiro. Within a few months, my acne was totally cleared and stayed that way. Unfortunately, going back on this regimen (in addition to moving from Chicago to Florida) caused my melasma to increase tenfold. I tried everything... lightening creams, peels, etc. Nothing worked. So I decided to see what would happen if I gave up the BC and spiro (since hormones are a huge factor in melasma). Well, I stopped the pills two months ago and so far, the melasma is the same if not darker, and my face is breaking out (which I guess is to be expected). For what it's worth, I also continued using a retinol product I'd been using for a while and started taking some supplements (MSM, vitamin C, pycnogenol, and zinc mainly). I don't really know if I'm looking for advice or someone to vent to, but I just feel so hopeless. I feel like, in terms of BC, I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't. I guess the melasma is better than the acne because at least the melasma doesn't hurt, but I'd still look at the mirror and cry sometimes because of the melasma, so it's not great. I'm going to my doctor in a few days but honestly, I'm not expecting much. I don't want to give up, because I'd love to look at myself and not feel like crying, but I'm beginning to lose hope that that will ever happen.
  22. Okay, so i have horribly oily skin. I started getting acne in 8th grade. I never noticed oily skin in 8th grade or 9th grade. However, last year (10th grade) i went on Birth Control for acne/periods on top of the other antibotics and topicals i was on. From then on ive noticed that ive had very oily skin... i have to blot multiple times during school. Then about this time, last year, i went on accutane. Obviously, my skin dried up and the oiliness went away, it was amazing, except that rather than being oily my skin was red and dry. Now i have been off Accutane for 6 months and right away the oily skin came back. Its unbearable. I even notice shine 15 minutes between each time i blot and im sooo sick of it. Its more embarassing than acne. (i still break out, like a pimple or two or 3 constantly) But i just want to know, Does Brith Control cause oily skin? When i googled it, some said it causes it and some said it doesn't. If it does cause oily skin, should i go off of it? I would do anything to get rid of my oily skin.. but im scared to go off the pill because, im not sexually active now, but in a few years i probably will be... Lastly, i went on Spiro about 2 months ago. My derm thought it might help the little acne i get now and help the oily skin. Ive been on 25mg for the first 2 months and i noticed no change whatsoever. Now ive been on 50mg for about a week. Is 50mg too small? or does Spiro not help with oily skin? P.S i also just changed to Differin 0.3 from Tazorac because Tazorac was just too oily and harsh. Sometimes i wish i was on accutane again. :/
  23. Hello everyone, I'm new here, having read the boards for sometime now before posting. Because I've read just about everything I can find about Spiro and its effects, I know there are several posts about initial breakouts. I'm trying to absorb as much info as I can on this particular topic, for I am dealing with what I *think* is a terrible IB from Sprio. A quick history of me...I just turned 36, and have been dealing with moderate acne, occasional cysts, and extremely oily skin since I was about 12. The only thing that ever really helped was Accutane, which I took in my early 20s. However, during my second course (I returned to oily skin and breakouts fairly shortly after my first course) my cholesterol and liver levels rose too high for me to complete the cycle. Shortly thereafter, I went on Ortho-Cept, which I remained on until 2 years ago. During this time, my skin was pretty decent. It was never perfect, but it was pretty good. Still, it was always oily, and I always lived in fear of a breakout. Proactiv worked beautifully for a while, but then ceased to do so, as so many others have experienced. Once I stopped the BCP, all hell broke loose. Since that time, my skin has been much worse. I finally started 50 mg of Spiro on June 30th. My Dr. wanted me to ease in a bit, and not start right off on 100 mg. Since I did fine on 50 mg I bumped up to 100 mg 1 week ago. My skin is now the worst I can remember seeing it. I don't know WHAT to do to help it. I began taking 100 mg of doxycycline on Thursday, 5 days ago now. It doesn't seem to have had any effect. I am just so horrified by this. I know its bad when even my husband, who always tells me I look beautiful and is the soul of support, asked me "What's up with your skin?". I have had a terrible break out along my upper lip (the "mustache area, were I male) and on my chin and cheeks by my nose. The latest attack is not directly on my chin, but to the one side. My question is, does anyone know exactly WHY the breakout occurs? I shouldn't be "purging", as I had previously been on REtin-A for almost a year. Is it just a matter of balancing hormones? I still am not clear why that would cause such a reaction. I am at wits end. I am going on vacation next week, and I can't believe I will have to deal with my skin looking so terrible. I am so down about it..I can't even express. Every time I think, "OK, its easing up"... I discover a new pimple lurking and ready to make my life hell. Any insight, encouragement, or similar experiences would be very welcome and appreciated! Thanks so much!
  24. I have been on OCPs for a long time (ortho tri-cyclen low) and while my acne was not under control with the pill only, the addition of spiro about 1year ago really helped (skin almost perfectly clear). Now about a month ago I stopped the OCP because I wanted to give my body a break but kept going with the spiro 100 mg/day; I am already noticing that my skin is a bit olier than before. My breakouts are still controlled but I am afraid to start breaking out again. Had anyone had a similar experience? I hope the spironolactone alone will be enough to fight my acne and the oliness will normalize with time...
  25. Well I am back, mostly to share my new journey and document it a bit and hopefully learn from others on here. I have been on birth control pills for most of my adult life, hmmm about 17 years and due to increased complex migraines with aphasia I have been doctor ordered to never take birth control again. GULP Basically last year I had horrible adult acne, diagnosed with PCOS, got completely clear on Spiro 75mg and Yas together. Have been clear since May 2014. What a blessing. So imagine my horror when my doctor told me I had no choice or I could have a stroke. I quit cold turkey about 3 weeks ago and upped my Spiro to 100mg. And of course started praying to the gods that I would not see a setback. So far I have not had another breakout from the increased dose and besides being slightly more lethargic and having to pee again like a race horse since I upped it last week, things are status quo. Sprio has been a life saver. I was anxious, miserable, couldn't sleep, was breaking out like crazy (Spiro did make this much worse before it got better). And by April/May I had my life back and even better. Now that I am off the pill, I am interested to hear if anyone else here has quit Birth Control Pill completely? What did you try after? How about Copper IUD? I need to look into alternative BC methods since I am banned from the pill for life. Thank you! xo