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  1. Alright, I’m going to give you the rundown, and try to be short and sweet: moderate acne at age 15, prescribed Bactrim DS - had flawless skin for a year, then ended my course. My acne came back with a vengeance. Tried almost every antibiotic out there with no luck. Went on Doxy, cleared me 85% for 2 years. Went off Doxy. Contracted Lyme disease, and went back on Doxy (it’s a treatment for it - who knew!) with Ampicillin, which subsequently cleared me 85% again. On both for 3 years on and off. Qu
  2. The rundown: I've been on aldactone (no less than 50 mg, 100 mg for a while) since September 2009. I am in the end-run of laser hair removal (taken up to help with acne, and just in general). I am half-Asian, have light to medium skin tone, and have still suffered serious, semi-permanent hyperpigmentation due to the lasers and aldactone. During two years of Accutane, I NEVER experienced the awful pitting, inelasticity, and permanent red/purple marks and bumpiness/bad texture I did on a
  3. Hi girls. As I've posted before, I tried Spiro for 1 week and I believe it caused me to start to break out much worse than I already was. My acne is relatively mild, and I do not get cysts or nodules. However 5 days on Spiro and I got a deep nodule that is still there after 3 months - this has never happened to me before. So I took a 3 month break to get all my bloodwork done and do tons of research. I've decided to give it another go, however I know that I cannot tolerate an "initial breakout"
  4. I'm wondering if anyone here has been tested and has low androgen levels? I know that many are within normal range, but I'm talking about those whose androgens are at the low end or below the normal range for adult women. I recently had very thorough bloodwork and urine analysis done, and all of my androgens are at the low end, or below normal. Yet I have chronic acne around my chin and facial hair, and a high sex drive. It's mind boggling, but the endocrinologist says most likely it is overacti
  5. I've had horrible, persistent cystic acne from age 14 onward and thick facial hair (not hirsutism, but it's definitely noticable and plentiful....slightly coarser than peach fuzz, and darker) that I wax currently. (It's sucks. Done at home, at least, as the hair grows back, zits come in. But I don't know what else to do and I can't thread or get waxed in a salon every week. It also makes my skin sore and red, of course, even though I do a good job of keep the skin taut when pulling, using the oi
  6. Days on Spironolactone: 9 Days without Picking: 0 Forehead:Clear Right Cheek: 1 active Left Cheek: 1 active Right Side of Chin: 3 actives Left Side of Chin: 6 actives Back: 3 actives Scarring: Along my chin, jawline and underneath my cheekbones. Background: I had acne on my forehead as an early teen. When I was 17-18 my acne transitioned to my cheeks and chin and my forehead completely cleared. At this point, my forehead never breaks out but I do have enlarged pores due to scarri
  7. Hello, this is my first forum post! A little background on me, I'm 29 years old and have been dealing with moderate to severe cystic acne for many years, with a few good years in between. I've been on and used just about every acne medication under the sun. I've been on Accutane twice. I came off my last treatment about 10 months ago. The results lasted about 5-6 months but the last 4-5 months, it's been coming back. I was on Trisprintec and minocycline for a few months and that sorta seemed
  8. From May 2009 to fall 2012, I was on spiro, between 50 mg to 100, on and off. All in all, it was a horrible experience. For the first year, I know I was hyperkalemic, it made my hair limp, gross, thinned and greasy, caused serious joint pain and fatigue, and did zero to help with recurrent pattern cystic acne during my period on my cheeks/jaw. It also made my skin grey and saggy, frankly--caused bloat and water retention all over and made me sweaty and tired. (For reference, I took each dos
  9. I'm looking through the archives but I was hoping to get some advice through this. I've posted about this before, but I've been on 50 mg (100 for a while) since September 2009, when I was 23. Now I'm 26, on 50 mg, still get cysts, nodules, and papules on my cheeks (especially around my period), and worse, I feel the recurring zits never really heal...just shrink between periods. My skin is horribly inelastic (all over--limbs too, not just face. Cuts, bruises and makes all take too long to he
  10. Hey! I've been taking Spironolactone (indicated as Teva-Spironolactone on the bottle) and I'm just wondering whether anyone knows if there's a true difference between the available brands with regards to efficiency? I'm in Canada and it looks like we have 3 types available here: Aldactone, Novo-Spiroton and Teva-Spironolactone.
  11. I am a 22 years old, my jawline acne started when I was 19. It started after a very unhealthy summer of lots of drinking, late nights, stress, and unhealthy eating habits. I had just started the atkins diet and the birth control pill (sorry, can't remember which one) when it cropped up.... and almost overnight, cysts took over my lower face. I did everything to try and control it. I stopped taking the birth control pill, I stopped drinking, started eating fruits and complex carbs again (in hop
  12. Okkkkkk so I've never posted on a forum but feel the need now. I've had no acne ever and after the age of 30 I started developing huge cysts that were scarring my face. It was ruining my life. I finally got on aldactone or aka spiro. I'm a nurse and know this isn't for everyone. Keep following cause I have an alternative. So the spiro has been amazing for me. I don't even have to wear makeup anymore. My gf couldn't stay on it because she has normally low blood pressure and she was getting to diz
  13. Hi all, So I went to my doctor today and sked if I could be put on Spiro after reading so many good reviews about it on here and other places, she basically laughed at me ad said no chance in hell. BUT I NEED IT! I know that the US get it prescibed and thingsbut I was just wondering if anyone knew of any wy of getting it in the UK? or a safe/secure place to get it online I found this place but I'm not sure.. http://www.inhousedrugstore.biz/p-493-spirotone-25-spironolactone.aspx
  14. Hi guys! I'm looking for some advice on Spironolactone. I have been off of the Mirena IUD (which was giving me severe cystic acne after 3 years of having it in) for about 4 months now and am on my fourth pack of Beyaz birth control. I am finally seeing a drastic change in my skin. No more cysts at all! It's great. However, I am not 100% clear. I'm thinking about taking Spironolactone, but I have some questions about it first. If this is all super redundant, and you've seen a post where
  15. Hey theree! So, it's that time of year again where my face goes to shit! So, finally decided to make an account on this site since I've been browsing it for years to find the acne cure miracle.. After years of being stuck with cystic acne, I've decided to try a more hormonal based approach since in the last few months, my skin has fluctuated from 'not too bad' to 'please peel my skin off' levels of intensity. My doctor put me on 25mg of Spiro last week but I've just been 50mg. I'm also using ery
  16. Hello everyone, New to this site, but hoping someone out there might be able to give some advice! I'm 29, and I've suffered from bad acne since I can remember. I went on Ortho Tri-Cyclen and it cleared up beautifully. I started breaking out again at 26, and my dermatologist in San Francisco prescribed Spiro on top of the OTC. I'm not a fan of drugs in general, but Spiro has been such a miracle drug for me. My skin is clearer than it's ever been, and the diuretic component helped me shed the
  17. I started the regimen about a week and a half ago, and I am taking spironolactone. Some ppl say that spiro can cause zits to basically harden so that when you pop it, not much comes out except a little hard white thing. I have those ALL over my face, whether it's an actual zit or just a tiny bump, those hard white things are in most of my pores. I find that with a zit if I don't get this thing out, it will just keep coming back until I do. However with the regimen I've been careful not to touch
  18. Hi. For those of you taking aldactone/spironolactone for cystic acne, has anyone had the experience of getting what seems to be the early stages of a cyst, which then resolves itself? Twice during my time on spiro (3 months), I've felt the all-too-familiar feeling of pressure in my chin, with a little bit of redness on the surface and the first signs of a lump forming when I touch it with my finger (but the softer kind of a lump; not the hard, very inflamed, full-blown cyst kind). Both tim
  19. I've been on Spironolactone since November(ish) of 2011. I can't stand this medication. It has caused irregular periods and I have some type of menstrual flow almost constantly. And subsequently, I often feel crampy, bloated, and miserable. Due to sensitivities to hormonal oral contraceptives (I've tried them all), I can't take them to regulate my cycle. I am going on Accutane on December 3rd, and I'd really like to stop Spironolactone immediately, I'm at the end of my rope. Has anyone gone thro
  20. Hi guys! I just got my prescription of Spiro 50mg/day for three months to see if it's effective for my skin. I decided to have a log on acne.org to update you on the results (if any!) Background: stubborn acne, started when I was ~9/10 years old, am 21 now. I did Accutane when it was severe (face, back, chest - inflamed, red, etc). Since getting off Accutane my skin + hair became oily again, and I have been experiencing more comedones and some inflamed pimples on my face and chest again. My pr
  21. After years of acne i had crystal-clear skin.. until it became temporarily anavailable. Then i thought i should check if my skin improved by itself, if i grew out of acne. Big mistake.. my skin is slowly going to what it was before spiro, huge frustration. So here i am again, in the 4th week. I wanted to share my results and my fear, that it's not going to work this time... I feel that only people with acne can understand.. The previous days: 1 Oct.: 2 clogged pores inflamed to form zits 2 Oc
  22. I've been on this drug (taking it alone, not with birth control) for about two years, going from 50 mg to 100 mg and back because this was thinning my hair at the crown. I can't lose water weight in the lower half of my body--hips and below--even though I exercise a fair amount and eat well. My stomach is flatter but lately my calves have been bulking up when I exercise, and they look awful. It might be aging or a lack of cardio, but within a month, I've gained muscle without losing fat. I know
  23. I admittedly wax my cheeks, chin, upper lip. I hate it, but shaving does not work and I have never used a "personal shaver" (as someone recommended--I'm assuming that was a reference to an epilator, which hurts even more than waxing). I cannot afford threading. I need to wax once every two weeks. (If only I had paid for laser hair removal long ago--I'm thinking of it now, but it's so expensive.) Right now I have five cysts of varying size (these are cysts that have recurred for ten years--the
  24. I am hoping to receive some feedback from anyone who is currently receiving or has received treatment for acne by using birth control and aldactone. My daughter who is almost 18 has been battling acne since 8th grade. She tried antibiotics, topicals, natural treatments (that did help for awhile), and diet changes. She continued to break out mainly on her forehead (large pustules) and cheeks (some cysts and pustules). She also had acne on her back and chest. In mid-September, her docto
  25. Hey Guys! So long story short - I don't have health insurance and I convinced my gyno to let my try 50mg of spironolactone for my acne that has become worse. I saw him today (I brought research findings about spiro and hormonal acne with me) and he agreed that things are out of control and is concerned. My acne right now is mostly concentrated along my jawline, cheeks, upper neck, and cheek bones (hormonal locations). My testerone was tested years back and was slightly high, the doc took some