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  1. Hi there. I've signed up for an account here to vent more than anything else, and perhaps find some support if there's anyone else in a similar situation. I'm female, and I've had mild/moderate acne since I was 14. It's been a part of my life for nearly twenty years now, and yes, I'm SICK of it. I'm sick of not being able to answer the door without make-up, of being afraid to do any watersports with people I know, of worrying about how much of my back is visible in the top I'm wearing. My scars are turning into extra face lines. It affects my mood, my confidence, my self-worth, my work, and my relationship. (try feeling sexy when your face is painful and bleeding!) My mother suffered from acne into her thirties too, and my brother had a very, very severe case, so there are definitely some dodgy genetics going on. When I was in my teens, my mum claimed that nothing the doctor would prescribe would ever work for me, so I might as well not bother. I also have a problem with picking. I've been a keen picker since I was a kid (I used to pick at mosquito bites, and then my moles. Gross. I know. At least I've stopped the mole thing now). Anyway, for a long time my parents said my main problem was that I was a picker, and that led to my thinking it was all my fault, and just in my head. It wasn't till I was 21, therefore, that I went to 1) a cognitive behavioural therapist, who told me I might actually have genuine acne beneath my picking problem, and therefore 2) a doctor about my skin. . Through my twenties, I tried Zineryt, Lymecycline, Dianette and Erythromycin. None of them did a great deal, while the Dianette gave me migraines and caused constant periods, so I wasn't on it for long. I still battled mentally with the possibility that I had made it all up, and that my picking was the main problem and that I didn’t actually HAVE acne. I finally got to accutane/isotretinoin when I was 29. O.M.G. For the first time in my life since 14, I had clear skin. It was incredible. And it was the confirmation I needed that my skin problem was not in my head/all my fault. I WAS actually picking at things that were there. Towards the end of the treatment, I started getting quite severe headaches every day, and so I had to stop taking it. But my skin was clear for the next two years, and the headaches did eventually go. But then, two years ago, I relapsed and the acne and picking came back with a vengeance too. Another course of isotretinoin cleared it up almost instantly, but again the headaches returned and I couldn’t take a high dose at all. I tried eyedrops and painkillers to help with the migraines, but they just weren’t enough in the end. So I had great skin but couldn’t go out into the daylight!!! Now, a few months on from ceasing treatment, my skin is spotty again. I’m thinking spironolactone might be my last hope. My skin always gets worse in winter (nothing to do with hormones, I realise), and is always worst from ovulation to pre-period. I know my serum hormones are normal from previous blood tests, but I’m wondering if the androgen receptors in my skin/organ tissues are the problem. I’ve never thought of myself as particularly hairy, although some thicker hairs have started appearing on my upper lip and chin now I’m an aged, old woman, and though the hairs on my arms are very fine and light, there are a lot of them. Also have to shave my armpits daily - is that normal? Extra embarrassing info – I get B.O. the MOMENT I get sweaty. I HATE it. Always have. Not even replacing old tops with new, cotton ones (you know how some start smelling really quickly, EVEN after they’ve been freshly washed?) seems to battle my horrible pits! All that went away while I was on isotretinoin. I smelled sooo nice. Another problem that runs in the same side of the family is low bone density. Is it related, I wonder? Will spiro solve all my problems?? Is anyone else/has anyone else been in a similar situation or in a family with a similar history? Ugh, I just want to be free of this curse. Thanks for reading.
  2. Hi! The last 6-7 months I’ve been suffering from pretty severe acne, which I believe to be hormonal. I’m 22 and all my life have never had cystic or super intense breakouts, only a pimple here and there. Only recently did the whole lower half of my face (chin, jawline, cheekbones) begin to freak out with massive pimples and angry white heads. In the first month or so I chocked it up to being temporary, thinking it was maybe just from resting my face on something or sweat. Cut to months later and it persisted. I began scarring and the breakouts kept reoucciring, I felt like I couldn’t even recognize my own skin! I tried everything from eliminating certain things from my diet to constantly cleaning my makeup brushes and ultimately not wearing any foundation. Nothing seemed to help. This led me to believe it was hormonal, especially because of the placement and not to mention I have very irregular periods. ANyways, I finally realized I needed to buckle down and see someone about this. Today I finally had an appointment with my dermatologist and was perscibed 50 mg spironolactone once for a week then twice a day, Retin-A 0.025% and a sulfur wash (sodium sulfacetadime 8%, sulfur 4%) I’m really terribly allergic to benzoyl peroxide, I’ve never tried any of the above medications so fingers crossed I don’t have any scary reactions (my skin loves to mess with me) anyone have experience with this stuff? Thoughts? I’d love to hear your journey. I might loosely post in here every week about how my face reacts to all this stuff. If you’ve made it this far- bless you
  3. I'm new to this forum, but have read several posts in the last few weeks after I ultimately made the decision (along with advice from a doctor) to get off of Spironolactone. I also came to this forum when I first started taking Spironolactone as well. I apologize if this is posted in the wrong category. I've been on Spiro for around 18 months now, and for the first time in my life my skin is 100% clear, and it's honestly such a good feeling. When I started taking Spiro, it was after I had gotten engaged. I did not want my acne to make me feel self conscious on my wedding day, so I wanted to do something about it. It took about 3 months to start working, but I never thought my skin would be completely clear like it is now. The main reason I want to get off of the spiro is because I have absolutely no sex drive, which I know can be a side effect. I used to have a very high sex drive, and now the thought of sex with my husband is more like a chore, and it is not pleasurable for me at all.. which obviously should not be the case 9 months into our marriage (I am 27 and he is 30, btw). My husband has been very supportive, but I can tell my lack of desire has upset him, and our sex life has suffered. At first I thought my decreased sex drive was due to the stress of wedding planning, then the stress of moving after the wedding, but I do not think that's the case anymore. I've also noticed a significant increase in my anxiety since starting the medicine, as well as thinning hair (I've always had very thick hair and now it seems to be falling out easily) Is there anyone out there that has had this side effect? If so, did getting off of Spiro help your sex drive get back to normal? How long did it take to get back to normal? I do not want to feel like this for the rest of my life! I also know that weaning off isn't easy. The thing I'm worried about the most is the swelling and water weigh gain, which is why I want to start now instead of during the summer. I worked hard to lose weight for my wedding and I do not want to gain all of that back. I eat fairly healthy, and work out 4-6 days a week. Luckly I am on a low dose, 50 mg. Right now, I'm taking 50mg one day, 25 mg the next for a week, then I will switch to 25 mg everyday for a week, then 25 mg one day, 12.5 one day for a week, etc, until I'm completely off of it. This is what my doctor suggested doing once I wanted to wean off. Thoughts? I would love to hear anyone's stories (good or bad), advice and tips. Thank you in advance! SORRY, I DID NOT MEAN TO POST THIS TWICE - NOT SURE HOW TO DELETE
  4. I'm new to this forum, but have read several posts in the last few weeks after I ultimately made the decision (along with advice from a doctor) to get off of Spironolactone. I also came to this forum when I first started taking Spironolactone as well. I apologize if this is posted in the wrong category. I've been on Spiro for around 18 months now, and for the first time in my life my skin is 100% clear, and it's honestly such a good feeling. When I started taking Spiro, it was after I had gotten engaged. I did not want my acne to make me feel self conscious on my wedding day, so I wanted to do something about it. It took about 3 months to start working, but I never thought my skin would be completely clear like it is now. The main reason I want to get off of the spiro is because I have absolutely no sex drive, which I know can be a side effect. I used to have a very high sex drive, and now the thought of sex with my husband is more like a chore, and it is not pleasurable for me at all.. which obviously should not be the case 9 months into our marriage (I am 27 and he is 30, btw). My husband has been very supportive, but I can tell my lack of desire has upset him, and our sex life has suffered. At first I thought my decreased sex drive was due to the stress of wedding planning, then the stress of moving after the wedding, but I do not think that's the case anymore. I've also noticed a significant increase in my anxiety since starting the medicine, as well as thinning hair (I've always had very thick hair and now it seems to be falling out easily) Is there anyone out there that has had this side effect? If so, did getting off of Spiro help your sex drive get back to normal? How long did it take to get back to normal? I do not want to feel like this for the rest of my life! I also know that weaning off isn't easy. The thing I'm worried about the most is the swelling and water weigh gain, which is why I want to start now instead of during the summer. I worked hard to lose weight for my wedding and I do not want to gain all of that back. I eat fairly healthy, and work out 4-6 days a week. Luckly I am on a low dose, 50 mg. Right now, I'm taking 50mg one day, 25 mg the next for a week, then I will switch to 25 mg everyday for a week, then 25 mg one day, 12.5 one day for a week, etc, until I'm completely off of it. This is what my doctor suggested doing once I wanted to wean off. Thoughts? I would love to hear anyone's stories (good or bad), advice and tips. Thank you in advance!
  5. 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?
  6. 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
  7. 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. Increasing Spiro Dosage

    Forums Hormonal acne

    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
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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?
  12. Day 1 on Spironolactone

    Blogs Spironolactone Progress 1 comment

    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.
  13. 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!
  14. Upping Spiro dosage

    Forums Prescription acne medications 1 reply

    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!
  15. Bacterial Acne cure needed

    Forums Adult acne

    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.
  16. Week 3

    Blogs Spiro + Diane 35

    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.
  17. Week 1 + 2

    Blogs Spiro + Diane 35

    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.
  18. Introduction

    Blogs Spiro + Diane 35

    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
  19. 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?
  20. 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
  21. 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?
  22. Spiro Dosage

    Forums Prescription acne medications 3 replies

    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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
  25. 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.