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  1. Spiro worked to a degree...

    My journey with acne and Spironolactone is a very long one. I apologize in advance for the extreme length of this review. First off, I am a 34 year old female and have 4 sons. I started getting mild acne at the age of 13. Very minimal, normal hormonal breakouts that were easily controlled by topicals. In high school I went on a few different antibiotics and also birth control (Ortho-Tri-Cyclin) to help clear it up and those things combined worked for me. My skin generally was clear in my la
  2. Hi Angelinna! Thanks for the encouragement! I went up because my skin wasn’t improving. I’m now up to 150 mg and I’m still not 100% clear. It’s been almost 3 weeks on 150 mg so I’m hoping by mid May my skin is better then it is now. I keep wondering if maybe having totally clear skin is an unattainable reality. I’ve been on Spiro a total of 5 months today (April 17) and I guess I would have thought if it was gonna totally clear my skin it would have happened by now. I’m still sticking it out til
  3. Hi MPI93! I just want to encourage you to keep your chin up! From what I’ve read it definitely gets worse before it gets better. I am also on Spironolactone and my first few months we’re terrible. I broke out worse and it was SO hard to press on. Probably for like a good 6 weeks it was awful. :-( But it does work... it just takes a lot of time and patience and figuring out the correct dosage for your body. I am into my 4th month and I am still not completely clear. I still get 1 or 2 new zits ev
  4. Here are my pictures of my skin currently. I have like 2/3 active zits on my forehead but there are always little zits under the skin of my forehead that are not visible in pictures. I also have a lot of red/brown scars, overall redness, blotchyness and hyperpigmentation that you can clearly see.
  5. It’s been almost 4 months now that I’ve been on 100 mg of the Spiro and about 4 weeks ago I increased to 125 mg. I think I am seeing very slow improvements with each month that goes by but I’m still getting new zits every other day or every 3 days at least. I am continuing to try to keep positive but I guess I’m still waiting for this miraculous “perfect” skin that I read about on reviews. I’m seeing a new dermatologist in two days so I am hopeful she will give me some advice and a new perspecti
  6. Here are current pictures of my bare skin. I’m trying to keep positive because I can see improvement but it’s definitely not flawless like so many other reviews I’ve read. Maybe my expectations are crazy but I seriously want my skin to not have any blemishes. I am still getting under the skin zits on my forehead that do not go away unless I pop them. Then I’m left with terrible scabs, as you can see in the pic. And I still have these deep blackheads or something down on my chin that will not pur
  7. Hi leelowe1, thank you SO much for replying to me!! I can’t say how much it means. I agree that I need to give the Spiro more time. I have a few questions for you if that’s okay.... did you seen gradual improvement in your skin while for that first year? Or did it just clear up one day? Also did you feel like you could see a difference when you increase or dosage or did you start out on 150 initially...? What was your experience like on Accutane? Sorry I have so many questions. I don’t know many
  8. Hi Cyn2711! I feel your pain!!!!! I have literally been on Spiro for the exact same amount of time you have. I started taking 50 mg back on November 17, 2017, and then upped my doage to 100 mg on December 11. My skin absolutely got worse and is still not clear at this point. I have been taking 100 mg for almost 3 months and I am still consistently getting new zits everyday or every other day. I get them all over my face. Forehead, cheeks, temples, nose and chin/jaw. I am lot older then you thou
  9. Hi Pheface90, I was wondering if the Spironolactone ended up working for you? Did it clear your skin and if so how long did it take? Thanks!
  10. I figured I’d write an update since it’s been almost a month since I created this blog. I’ve been on Spiro since October 31, 2017. I am currently taking 100 mg at night before bed. I started the dosage out very low and have gradually increased but I have not seen much improvement in my skin. I would not call my acne severe... BUT it is very very persistent; all kinds of zits and pretty much all over my face to some degree. Being 32 years old I would assume my acne is hormonal but I do not get a
  11. Your skin looks fantastic! I’m so happy for you! I am so hopeful the Spiro kicks in for me in another month or so. I hope it continues to work for you. Thanks for the update, it gives me hope to keep pressing on and stay positive.
  12. This is hard for me to do but I want to be real and raw with this journey I’m on. So here are photos I took last night of my skin right after I got out of the shower. I’d say they’re fairly accurate but my skin/acne is always a bit more red and blotchy after I am in a hot shower. Some of the pimples were ones I picked at that you couldn’t even see but I knew they were there and it drives me crazy. I definitely need to be better at not picking and just letting them go. I know that all it does is
  13. Did the Spironolactone not work for you? I have read countless articles and posts about how it has helped many women with adult acne, PCOS and hirsutism. How long were you on it? I am currently taking Spiro at 100 mg. It's only been about 2 months for me and I am still breaking out. I am trying to give it 6 months at least to work. I hope you have found something that is helping you. I understand the feeling of loneliness and isolation. Blessings to you!
  14. This is going to be a very long first post because I’m going to go into detail of my whole acne experience. So I apologize in advance! Im not even sure anyone will be interested in reading this blog but I know for myself I have read a few other personal blogs on this site and they have encouraged me in this battle with acne. I’m a female, 32 years old and have had mild to moderate acne on and off since I was 13. In high school I had a few zits here and there but it was very mild and nothing t
  15. Thanks so much for responding to me. I actually got some of the CeraVe AM and PM face lotion and so far it seems okay but it sorta burns my skin. I’ll definitely keep Birth Control in mind in the next month or so if the Spiro doesn’t kick in. I think I’m just afraid because I’ve read horror stories and reviews on how it made acne worse at times. Who knows. Sigh. It’s so depressing not having an answer to why this is skin condition is happening. And I agree, I also do not want to have to consider