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  1. I’ve been on Spironolactone for a year. It has saved my skin. I also know that if I were to stop talking it, my acne would come back. Today my dermatologist said that since I’m clear maybe I should go off it now. I said I’d like to stay on it as long as possible because I know my hormones will be a problem until the day I die. He said he’d write me another refill, and do some bloodwork and consult again before continuing the prescription. I’m VERY worried because the only reason I’m clear right
  2. Yes... I don’t want to risk going off because it works SO WELL, and I’d be devastated if I got another breakout. I’d like to stay on it until I hit menopause as well but that won’t be for about 20+ years.
  3. The Spiro is working for me. It took several months to clear me up, but it did it. Also washing with salicylic gel wash and I apply a benzoyl peroxide treatment all over my face after I moisturize. I tried the natural route before too with diet and supplements, fearful of the pharmaceutical drugs. But honestly, after getting hit with cystic acne again at age 32- I’ll stay with the medications.
  4. Hey. Last year I was in your shoes. I too suffered from cystic acne before that accutane took care of. Imagine how devastated I was to turn 32 and get hit with the worst cystic acne/hormonal breakout ever I felt hopeless and suicidal and couldn’t believe I was dealing with it again. So I was put on Spironolactone. I thought it was helping but then I couldn’t tell, 5 months had passed and I was still breaking out! My dermatologist told me to stay with it. Which was hard because I was collecting
  5. So after a solid year on Spironolactone my horrible cystic hormonal acne is clear. I do also use a salicylic acid face wash and BP treatment with my moisturizer. I’m so happy my skin is clear! It is pretty scarred but not as bad as I thought I would, and the scarring has improved. But what now? Do I need to stay on Spironolactone for the rest of my life to prevent my hormones from going crazy? I seem to tolerate well, just crave salt like a mad person lol. I have a fear that if my derm takes me
  6. I’ve been using Paula’s Choice benzoyl peroxide 2.5%. It works great, it’s keeping me for the most part pretty clear. However, the dry skin is miserable. And I’m 33 so it makes me look older. It’s flaky, peeling, just not so good. It itches like hell too. After I wash my face I moisturize, then wait about 15 minutes to apply the BP. I do it morning and night. Still having issues with the irritation. What can I do to lessen the irritation? Maybe instead of twice a day just once? Idk. I also don’
  7. Very depressing. The spironolactone did help a lot. I’m on month 5. Derm upped my dosage of spironolactone to 100mg daily, but I haven’t improved. I’m still breaking out and today I got a new cyst on my jaw! Why?! My face doesn’t need any more scars! Also, I have had three periods this month!! Three! Can spironolactone all of a sudden start screwing up your hormones and stop working? Still breaking out around my lips too it’s embarrassing. I was seeing progress, now I’m seeing regression and it
  8. I’ve had it. My face is literally destroyed from breaking out in the past few months. Still have some cysts but not as many... still have some closed comedones but way less... scarred horrifically from the cystic acne. Indents and hyperpigmentation. I feel like under the light I look like a burn victim. I’m just washing with a salicylic acid wash now. Had to stop the BP again because of the irritation and burned skin... peeling and flaking and it just wouldn’t stop. My face wouldn’t just get us
  9. Perhaps it’s hormones? You could ask the derm about checking your hormones.
  10. Back in April I stopped using BP... like many others, I read up about long term affects of using it and how it can be damaging to your skin. Well, I regret it. Looking back, that’s when my skin started acting up. What’s damaging to your skin is acne. Shortly after weaning myself of BP, I broke out into a million closed comedones. Miserable. After much distress I went back to BP. The purging stage is REAL OMG. Almost all of the CC have turned into big, red inflamed pimples and some cysts. My face
  11. Hey. So... I’m still breaking out. Mostly the bottom half of my face. My jaw, under my cheekbones... it’s depressing because I already have scars there from my former cystic acne ten years ago. It’s cystic too. It hurts. I’m using benzoyl peroxide lotion but I think I will need to ask my doctor for something oral, as topical just isn’t stopping the cysts. I have done a lot of reading about spironolactone being an androgen blocker. I truly believe I have high levels of androgens and am waiting fo
  12. About a month ago I started to break out, mostly with what looked like closed comedones. Before that it was nice and clear. I just used my salicylic acid wash and Lush tea tree toner. My skin has been fantastic for a long time except a couple pimples near my period. This recent disaster kinda happened while I was spending some time outside in the humid weather all day, sweating to death. By the end of those days my skin was oily as a bucket of slime and dry and flaky - yikes. Before I knew it, c
  13. I have the same problem recently. I am now stopping eating gluten to see if that helps, and using my favorite benzoyl peroxide lotion again which seems to be bringing them to a surface. I’m broken out bad right now and it makes me feel miserable.