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  1. Hey SkydiveKelsey! With the new change in the topics categorization, I had a hard time searching for this without signing in! Oh that's strange that the gyno said it was normal- does that mean you haven't been ovulating for years? As for getting hormones tested, I went to my family physician. My doctor asked me to get my blood tested 1 week before my period. Although I got my blood drawn, people say the more accurate test is a saliva test. I asked my doctor about that and she said she would
  2. Hey SkyDiveKelsey! I'm about 2 months and 1 week into spiro and the breakouts I am having and have had are in places I've never experienced before: hairline acne behind my neck, a nodule behind my head in my scalp (wth?!), tiny bumps (clogged pores) on my chest. It sucks . When I first went on spiro, I was thinking this shouldn't be such a hard transition since it just blocks testosterone, something I have in excess, but I guess it's never that simple. It's obviously the darn hormone changes
  3. Hello, it's the 2 month mark for spironolactone at 100mg! My skin/hair is just a tad less oily, but it's still pretty oily . The frequency of inflammed pimples have gone down, but I still get them to the same severity. Anytime I see a closed comedone on my cheeks that start as a size of a pin, most of the time it will get super inflamed. It sucks because it gets really red and tall, which makes it pretty impossible to cover with make-up. I still have lots of clogged pores and whiteheads, which
  4. I don't really know about Dianette/Dianne 35 (sorry), but I just wanted to chime in about the high testosterone level. Have you gotten an annual exam recently just to be sure the high testosterone levels aren't linked to problems with your ovaries? You can check out GreenGables posts about BCP, I'm sure it'll offer some helpful info about what you are looking for.
  5. Hello! If anyone is interested : I took a 1.5 week break from Ziana because I ran out of samples and my insurance doesn't cover it. I just went to the derm and got more sample tubes, so I will jump back on it. It definitely worked to clear my chin and forehead acne because within the 1.5 weeks of not using Ziana, I'm getting clogged pores in those spots again. My cheeks and jawline are still bad, I always have a new pustule everyday + bad hyperpigmentation. I just got prescribed spironola
  6. It's been almost 2 weeks, I haven't noticed a decrease in my acne or oil production... maybe it's still too early? I started upping my dosage to 6 pills a day. Do you think you need to increase your spironolactone dosage, the saw palmetto doesn't seem that strong. I've had no side effects from it. Good luck!
  7. Of course, I'm glad I can offer you some comfort . Your skin will recover after you get off the gel . I've done this retinoid before like 2 years ago when my skin went from mild to moderate (not as bad as this time). I used it for 8 weeks and had tons of pustules covering my cheeks. I stopped it, and just used a glycolic acid face wash. Within say 4 months my skin went back to mild acne. The hyperpigmentation will go away with time really, but glycolic acid helps a lot or if you are able to use
  8. Hello! I completely understand what you are going through because I am currently going through something very similar! In the last 5-6 months, my face went from mild (one-two pustule before a period) to having TONS of clogged pores. Then in September, it covered my cheeks, chin, and jawline. I thought it was due to environmental changes (I was backpacking all over), but it stayed after I came back home. I visited a derm finally and they gave me something similar to what you were given, essential
  9. Thank you so much!!! I will ask my derm and stick with it for 3-4+ months
  10. Congratulations!!! I'm really happy for you =) Can I ask what dosage you were put on, and did you notice a decrease in oily skin if you had oily skin? I'm thinking of starting Spironolactone since I found out I have high free testosterone levels (my skin is SUPER oily all over). Thank you!! I'm 24/F and all of a sudden am dealing with the worst acne I've ever had, .
  11. Hi everyone! I'm 24/F and here's some background information if you are interested : I had acne during puberty, then it went away. I began getting mild to moderate acne again during college, really easily manageable but post college my skin started going downhill. I went to the derm for the first time in my life a month and a half ago because it seemed as if every single pore was clogged (not exaggerating). I am experiencing a blow to my self-esteem with constant pustules and even nodules (which