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  1. Hi, I am new to this thread. I started taking Spironolactone for hormonal acne about a month ago. I took it for about ten days but then I felt so winded and weak and started bleeding (like a period- sorry if TMI). So I stopped taking the medication. Well ever since then, I have had spotting/bleeding for about 8-10 days and then it stops for a week and then comes back. I believe my hormones were thrown out of wack. How long until they level out? Anyone have experiences with this? Any feedback is appreciated. I have derm apt but its not for a few days and I’ve never been irregular so it’s making me a little anxious
  2. Spiro - stopped working.

    Hi. I am at my wits end with this. I have been on Spironolactone 100mg for almost 5 years. Along with Beyaz, for a little over 8. I had large cystic acne, within a few days of starting Spiro, it just flattened all my acne, and it just stopped. It was a miracle. My hair wasn't oily anymore, my life completely changed. Now, I am 25 years old - and within the past several months all of my acne is coming back, this time on top of cysts + medium & under the skin pimples. They will not stop, around my hairline, forehead, a little on my cheeks and the big area is my freaking chin. My skin is mildly greasy, extremely inflamed (my laugh lines are deep and red) and new zits pop up literally every couple hours. My hair is so greasy, clean hair lasts about 6 hours. I eat very well - I don't do dairy, I don't like meat, I stay away from grain. Although I absolutely know no matter how PERFECT I ate, my skin would not change - this is hormonal, 100%. I've researched it all - foods allergies, foods to stay away from, foods to take, studied hormones, supplements, natural topical treatments. I've tried just washing my face with water. I've tried Doxycycline, I've tried different diets. I CAN NOT TAKE IT ANYMORE. I do not leave my apartment, I work from home. It is painful, and maddening and I have already went through all of this once, I can't believe I have to go through it again. Why would Spironolactone stop working - yes resistance possibly. And if it has, will stopping the Spiro HELP or HURT? I know there are at least a MILLION variables that could be the case but I haven't drastically changed anything for this to happen. Is the most obvious to me the actual problem, that my body has changed - and BC & Spiro are now working against me. PLEASE. Has this happened to someone else, your Spironolactone has quit on you after being on it for multiple years - and if yes, HOW did you fix it again. - Sara
  3. Day 1 on Spironolactone

    Day 1 of taking 100mg a day. Not taking it with birth control. A handful of cysts but A TON (hundreds) of clogged pores that don’t show up too great in the photos. Oily beyond belief all over face.
  4. Hi gang! My background: Lurker for close to 10 years, almost as long as I have had acne. I am a mid-20s college student raising a sibling. In other words, I have no time. I want to look presentable, though. This is why clearing my skin naturally is so important to me. I also don't wear makeup.. so it's magnifies the issue. I'm a hard INTJ, if you dig MBTI. That means I'm typically anxious and tense, which I'm sure is a big part of my acne. BCP (Yasmin) cleared my skin in my teens. Went off of it because of some of the possible side effects, then went on Spiro, which worked perfectly. However, I want to heal my body. I don't want to be on medication forever. Both my parents have adult acne, so I could be looking at hard cysts on my face with other inflamed red rolling hills until I hit menopause. I was going to do Accutane, but stopped when I realized I would have to go back on Yasmin (i.e. my skin would be perfect on yasmin so I doubt the accutane would cure me.) I am using the Neutrogena light therapy mask right now. It is helping but I doubt it will help as much as I need. I eat a diet of chicken, vegetables, and glucomannan/oat fiber (non-soluble fibers that fill you up and pass right through.) I have always had chronic constipation, so I take Miralax. When I don't take it, the inflammation gets worse. I have noticed that if I eat a ton of vegetables, my skin can get inflamed. This worries me. When I don't eat, or eat tiny portions to keep myself from starving, acne is reduced. But how can I sustain that? It doesn't seem possible. I know tanning and sweating/working out have helped in the past, but on this diet I have no energy to work out. I am scared of how hungry it would make me. No, not anorexic. I'm 5'6 and ~140. If you have read this far, my heartfelt thanks. I am so grateful for this community. Acne is such a difficult disease to deal with in the modern world-the shame, I mean. MY QUESTION: Is there anything else I can do for my acne naturally? Should I just suck it up and go back on Spiro?
  5. My Spiro success story!

    I started spiro at the end of June. My face was the worst it had ever been- cysts all up and down my jaw line areas. I'm 37 and have had acne. black heads and oily skin since 14, with occasional cysts. In June, I was seriously considering accutane after unsuccessful attempts to find a dr to give me spiro. My face hurt. I have tried EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. I have spent tens thousands of dollars (I figure I have spent at least 1500/yr on average over the last 20 yrs) and endless hours of research. In June, I went in crying- ready to start accutane, knowing that it would be 2 months before I could even start it. I was terrified of the side effects. Worse, I was afraid it wouldn’t work. This time I got spiro. My doc took the blood tests, and everything came out normal, but he let me continue the spiro after I argued that it was the androgen receptors in my skin that were the problem, not my testosterone levels. 3 months later (along with Retin A micro, duac and erythromycin) my face is near perfect. I don't even recognize it anymore. No backheads or oily skin. I have a few read marks from healing areas, and an occasional small zit that clears up in a day or two. My back and chest are clear and my skin feels so much smoother all over my whole body. I can wear my hair up! I can wear tank tops-yay! I can go make-up free! I know there are a lot of concerns about side effects of spiro. I was REALLY thirsty when I started, but this has turned out to be a great thing. I only drink water now- and usually tons of it (I am sure this is only helping too!). Since I drink a lot, I don't really notice thirst. I pee a lot, no surprise. I usually get up twice in the night to pee. My periods have been normal. I started spotting this week, but I don't know if it is because I moved in with a roommate and she has her period this week (you know that weird syncing up thing), or if it is the spiro. I could care less. Sometimes I get dizzy if I bend over and get up fast. Since I take yoga, and it never happens in yoga, I have concluded it that happens I am probably either holding my breath or shallow breathing. I recently had blood work and everything is normal. Drinking alcohol has a much bigger impact than it used to. I feel shittier in the morning too. I don’t think not drinking alcohol is a bad thing! Next week I wean myself off of the erythromycin. I think it helped me with the IO caused by the Retin A. I have taken antibiotics in the past, but never with these results. My success could be the combo, but I think it is the spiro. I have my theory of acne after having it since 14 ( but not real bad until 18). I went on bcp at 18, and took it until 28. Then I was off and on over the years. I think the bcp did something to androgen receptors in my skin. I think the bcp is the worst thing a woman can do. Get a copper IUD and get off the synthetic hormones. BCP causes deficiencies in many vitamins and minerals, and I think it caused me to think and behave differently. My dosage on spiro was 50mg the first 2 weeks, then 100 until 4 weeks ago, when I started taking 150. I know how important it is to hear success stories, since on this board we are more likely to complain about what is not working. I finally found the miracle cure!!! Cherie
  6. HI everyone! I started 50 mg of Spiro in April of 2016. My skin seemed to have an initial breakout for only a week or so but I can't completely remember since it was almost two years ago. By Augist of 2016 though my skin was clear and that lasted until June of 2017. I am increasing my spiro dosage today to 50mg twice a day. And I am just wondering how anyone's skin in similar situations reacted? How long was your IB? Currently, my skin is definitely tolerable. I have one pimple every day. Sometime's I'll have a couple and sometimes I will have none but I want to get back to having consistently clear skin. I say this because there isn't much of a purge that should be happening underneath the skin because I have already been on spiro long term. Any comments or recommendations are greatly appreciated! comment edit share save hide delete nsfw spoiler
  7. Increasing Spiro Dosage

    HI everyone! I started 50 mg of Spiro in April of 2016. My skin seemed to have an initial breakout for only a week or so but I can't completely remember since it was almost two years ago. By Augist of 2016 though my skin was clear and that lasted until June of 2017. I am increasing my spiro dosage today to 50mg twice a day. And I am just wondering how anyone's skin in similar situations reacted? How long was your IB? Currently, my skin is definitely tolerable. I have one pimple every day. Sometime's I'll have a couple and sometimes I will have none but I want to get back to having consistently clear skin. I say this because there isn't much of a purge that should be happening underneath the skin because I have already been on spiro long term. Any comments or recommendations are greatly appreciated! comment edit share save hide delete nsfw spoiler
  8. IM DESPERATE FOR ANSWERS HELP!! i took sprio 2 years ago GAINED 15 pounds ( that went straight to my thighs) in a month and broke out in hives!! Now today they weight ive gained still wont budge in my thighs and i still work out 5 days a week and eat pretty healthy!!! I dont know how to get the weight off!! Im thinking that sprio messed up my hormone levels now i cant lose weight!! so about 2 years ago i started taking spironolactone for my acne. I was 16 at the time and had very bad acne. Not cystic acne but lots and lots of bumps and pimples all over my face. Since middle school ive had pimples here and there. Ive never had a clear face. But starting high school freshman year it starting getting bad and then sophomore year my face was pretty clear?? then junior year was the down fall. My face was so gross just never ending bumps and yes i caked my face with makeup because im very self conscious about my acne. i was getting sick and tired of constantly waking up hours before i had to go to school just to do my makeup. plus i was a cheerleader so i had get ready for comps and my face would make me so upset. So after many many tears, it was time to go to a dermatologist to get a another opinion other from my normal doctor. ive tried almost all topical gels and what not and nothing worked for me. So went to the dermatologist and they prescribed me spiro i think just 50 mg. So i started taking it and started to see good results. My face was clearing up. But since i had to where a two piece uniform all of sudden i was like whoa..... i saw pictures of my self and i looked huge. Like puffy. ( forgot to mention i was always pretty thin and ate pretty healthy, and worked out about 5 days a week). So i weighed myself and im sure i went from like 130 and toned to like 145 and puffy and bloated looking. i mean i didnt really mind because was my face clear. BUT THEN I BROKE OUT IN LITTLE HIVES. like sometimes it would be on my shins or then my arms. then like giant scratch hives on my back. they would pop up then go away. and when that started happening. I WAS DONE WITH TAKING IT. & ps. i hate putting things in my body & not knowing what it does. so that freaked me out. then i had the worst probably break out i ever had . and i actually had a couple cystic pimples. it was so painful and frustrating!! after that point in time my face slowly started getting better but not clear. so months later that weight i had gained came off a little but still the weight in my thighs wont budge. 2 YEARS LATER and still i work out 5 days a week and i still cheer and my thighs WONT slim down. and i still weigh around 135-140. But my face is way clearer than it was. i think that since im 18 i passed through my worst hormonal stages?? i think i figured out my acne is hormonal. i do still get the occasional breakout. I WANT TO KNOW WHY MY BODY WONT LET THE WEIGHT LEAVE ME!!! ive read hundreds of comments about weight gain and spiro!! YES IT DOES MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT!! I want to know did the sprio make my estrogen level raise?? do i need to increase testosterone?? something about estrogen dominance?? aldosterone receptors?? what could of possibly be damage from taking sprjo for 1-1/2 months!!! did i have an allergic reaction from it because of the hives i got?? and how long does it take for it to get out of your system!! I NEED ANSWERSSS my doctor did not have a clear one.
  9. Hi! I've been on Spiro once before, about a year ago. I was on Spiro for about 4 or 5 years and it worked WONDERFULLY. I had a crystal clear face the entire time I was on it, no matter what I did to my skin. Last year, in about July of 2016 I got tired of taking it and just stopped. I thought it had maybe contributed to my rapid and excessive weight gain which is why I stopped. I didn't notice lesions coming on until about 8 months after I stopped taking Spiro. They were small, teeny tiny comedones and I was annoyed so I went to see a derm. Blah blah blah, she prescribed me some stuff that didn't work. I started taking Spiro again in Late May of this year, only taking about 25 mg. though which I thought would be sufficient for my issues. Slowly but surely the acne got worse and worse, and I upped it to 75 mg. the beginning of August. Didn't see any real improvement, acne was still there, and on the 31st of August I bumped my dosage up to 125 mg. I haven't seen much result so far since increasing, other than the lesions I do get appear to be smaller than say a month or two ago but take longer to go away. Ugh. I've also noticed all the other side effects are quite prevalent at this point such as more frequent periods that are irregular, tiredness/fatigue, lots of bruising on my legs, lack of oil production and smoother skin and softer hair. I feel like since I've been on varying doses of Spiro for a good amount of time already (and the side effects are all present) I should be seeing more improvement at this point. What do you guys think? Responses suuuuper appreciated. Thanks!
  10. I was put on 100mg of spiro in August and it helped a little bit but my dermatologist said it wasn’t working as well as she wanted and upped my dosage to 150mg. I’ve only been on this upped dosage for a week but my face is really dry, itchy and is flaky. I was just wondering if that was normal? Or if anybody else had that problem and what they did to help it?
  11. So I'm new to spiro. I'm 19 and I've had acne since I hit puberty in like 5/6th grade. I've always played sports so my mom and I figured it was due to exercise and my face getting sweaty a lot, but I'm in college now and don't play anymore. In high school I was on accutane for 7 months, and my face was clear. I went to college and was there for a month or two before my skin started to go "back to normal" in terms of oiliness so I started topical antibiotics. By the spring it became more of a problem so I started an oral antibiotic as well. I went back to my derm and she told me that I could try spiro. I've been on 25mg a day since July 20 and I go back in a month to hopefully up my dosage. My skin seems to get a little better and then breakout bad again. Right now I've had the worst breakout so far, with acne on my forehead and temples and upper cheeks which I haven't had in a long time. When should i start to see results? I'm assuming my acne is hormonal since accutane didn't keep it away and I tend to always breakout mostly before my period and the week after. Acne is so bad for my self esteem, I've tried so many things and the fact that accutane didn't work for me makes me really hope it's a hormonal problem and this will be my solution. If anyone could share their experiences that would be great!
  12. Upping Spiro dosage

    Hi everyone, I have been on 50mg once a day since April of 2016. It seriously worked like a miracle from April 2016 to June 2017. The past couple of months I have been breaking out inconsistently. Sometimes multiple breakouts a day, sometimes once a week. My dermatologist suggested upping my dosage to 50mg twice a day (so 100mg total) and she thinks that will get my skin back in order. When I first started last April I was breaking out a little more but the acne would show up and go away in the same day. I did not have any severe cysts and by August my skin was nearly perfect with no scarring and just a breakout here and there. From September to June I may have had a pimple twice it was incredible. My question is for anyone who has increased your dosage what was your skin's initial reaction? Did you break out more and if so how long did it take to clear up? I asked my doctor about my skin flaring up with the increased dosage and she stated that spiro is not a medication that causes acne to come to the surface and purge and that I should see positive results immediately. Any comments and personal stories you could share I would really appreciate it!
  13. Bacterial Acne cure needed

    I am 29 years old. Had acne since puberty. My skin gets hyperpigmentation and i have these black spots all over my cheeks. And i tried a lot of home remedies and nothing helped. When I was 25 years old i found a miracle cure called clindamycin which worked and kept my skin clear for 3 years. People used to marvel at my clear skin and asked my secret which of course i shared. And then all hell broke loose and now I have acne all over face which has progressed to cystic acne. It's been a year where I have tried 4 months of Spiro 100mg, 3 months of isotretinoin 10mg, 1 month of doxycycline 100mg and my acne doesn't seem to stop if I take a break. And even on medicines i am not 100% clear. I have tried benzoyl peroxide, Azelaic acid, multiple brands of clindamycin, adaplene, combinations of clindamycin and adaplene, clindamycin with BP and nothing works. Anybody , any help. I am desperately looking for it. Have posted in acne.org after 2 months of frantic searching through this forum and the internet for a miracle. I am obsessed. Fyi- i checked for pcod and i don't have it. My stupid ex dermatologist made me take Spiro guessing i would have pcod but thankfully no.
  14. Week 3

    Diane 35 I finished the second pack of Diane 35. I’m unsure if it is having any effect now because of the spiro. Increased appetite. Spiro INITIAL BREAKOUT - A combination of CCs and 3 small cysts. My period does start today, so these pimples could be also a hormonal breakout which I am quite familiar with. I’m drinking water more frequently and going to the washroom in the middle of the night. My skin is less oily and feels a little less dry. I have to keep pushing through. Patch Testing La Roche Posay Toleraine Dermo Cleanser First Aid Beauty Hydrating Serum La Roche Posay Cicaplast Wellness Drinking spearmint tea every day. Taking zinc, vitamin A, evening primrose oil, vitamin d3, and omega 3 vitamins. Ate some dairy, gluten, coffee, wine, and soy at a party.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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?
  18. 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
  19. 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?
  20. 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?
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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?