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  1. Amie8578

    Week Four

    Week four on Spiro/Retin-A! My intial breakout is finally coming to an end! The cysts I had are starting to heal and I haven't gotten any new ones since last week. I still have a lot of clogged pores and blackheads in my t-zone but they're starting to clear up as well. I have yet to notice a reduction in oil though. My skin is still very oily in my t-zone. For the side effects of spironolactone, I am not urinating as much as I did at the start, but still a bit more than usual. That's it for now
  2. Hey everyone! So I'm doing pretty good right now (knock on wood. knock on wood. knock on wood). Summary of weeks 1,2, and almost week 3: Week 1 - Drying out. Skin shedding its top layer. Starting to get small bumps/ more zits. Week 2 - INITIAL BREAKOUT. Happened to forehead first, then in different sections of my face. Broke out on forehead, nose, chin, then right cheek, then left cheek, then chin again a bit, then right jawline, now left jawline a bit. Tons of small bumps, more zits, a
  3. lillysimyhair

    1 month on spiro

    So I can officially say that it has been a whole month of taking spironolactone. I've decided to keep my dose to 50 mg as I have noticed major improvements on my face - starting with forehead which was filled with cystic acne just over a month ago and now I have none. I still have a small number of breakouts on my cheeks and a couple on my jaw but it is not as worse as how it was before I started taking spiro. I am however left with a lot of scars and pigmentation which I know can be sorted out
  4. Okay so - I wanted to share some before pictures. This is when I had hit my breaking point... I would have seriously burned off my face if it meant a beautiful new one would magically appear. I had stopped going to the dermatologist because the one I was seeing wouldn't believe me when I said everything I was dealing with on my face was totally hormonal and none of the stuff I had was working. I had been seeing her for about a year and a half. LUCKILY I found someone else but anyway... here's th
  5. This week I finally saw noticeable differences in my skin at least. My current blemishes went away and my skin started to almost have a glow to it. I had maybe two pimples, but the overall tone was much clearer. The side effects were all gone, except the occasional trip to the bathroom. Insomnia completely stopped, and I finally felt as if there was hope to ending all of the annoying blemishes and pounds of make-up to help me appear "flawless". My skin was also less oily, and I felt like the bla
  6. Just wanted to drop by and share my experience with spiro. I’m 34 female who has been struggling with hormonal acne on my jawline(big cysts) on and off for years. I was nervous and skeptical about going on spiro for years despite being told my multiple dermatologists that’s what I needed to be on. I was scared of having an initial breakout and the hormonal changes it would bring. I had read many negative experiences on this site as well that made me delay going on it until 7 months ago when
  7. 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
  8. So, what it's been like 4 days? 5 days? Man i'm dodgy at keeping track and doing daily updates but whatevs bru So I actually think something's happening... well at least I think it is... it doesn't seem any worse at least thank goodness and I have actually been told that it's looking better so here's hoping for continued recovery! I've actually been a bit naughty lately too and ate some bread! shock horror! which I'm not meant to do due to gluten not meshing with the old bods and all..
  9. Hi, I'm brand new to the website but hoping someone can help me. I started Spiro for my hormonal acne about a week ago and I all I've been able to get down in the past 48 hours is a luna bar. I don't have an appetite but also even the thought of food is making me sick. I exhaustingly agreed to spiro after trying every natural alternative. I stay away from all medications normally, even advil. I tried birth control for my acne a while ago but it didn't help much and i didn't like being on it, onc
  10. 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 sc
  11. 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
  12. I've been taking spiro for just about 3 months, currently taking 100 mg. My acne is clearing up but I don't know how well the spiro works. I still get some random smaller cysts, Not nearly as bad as what it used to be like. Usually I always get cystic acne in Winter, I started the spiro in December i also have PCOS so thanks to that cause my acne Here's I thing, I don't see many reviews of girls who taken spiro just alone, no birth control. I don't take birth control because it either
  13. Hi there, You may remember me from some months back, I was dealing with hormonal acne in my 30s. I have been off this site for a while because I now have clear skin and I wanted to update on what I've done and what worked. I have been on generic Yaz for about a year, it improved my skin but I wasn't clear until I added 50mg of Spiro daily that i saw a dramatic change. It took about 3 months( from June to August) to see results but once it worked, my skin became normal as opposed to very oily
  14. Hi, I have been dealing with moderate break-outs for years. I am now 29 and look the same as when I was 13. I am a female...cannot take bc pills because they give me migraines...am allergic to bp...have EXTREMELY sensitive skin...and sick and tired of this. I am embarrassed at work, home, etc... I have tried every prescription under the sun and am currently taking 50mg per day of spironolactone and applying .5% tazorac cream (leave on for 10-30 minutes and then wash off) every night. I
  15. From the album: Spiro 50mg + clay masks regimen

    This is a mix of active acne and hyper pigmentation marks. I should have taken a a better pic that shows more of my chin area. I had really bad acne there.
  16. I had my follow up appt today. I have been on Spironlactone and Differin for six weeks now. This last week my skin looks like it was a year ago when I did not have acne. I am not sure if these two products are working or if because my horomes are calm again. I told him that my skin had gotten really bad (worse than b4 I got into these drugs) for a while. He asked how I felt about antibiotics and I said no. He prescribed Duac for the day and Differin for night. He said that I should have s
  17. Hi, I'm just curious if anybody out there has been on this medication for their acne and if it helped/side effects/whatever u can basically tell me, I would appreciate so much. I am considering asking for this medication and have searched the web and been reading, but would like to hear from real people what they think also.
  18. I'm a 28yrold female. About nine months ago I experienced a severe breakout all over my chin/jawline. Since then, its been mostly jawline and neck, those disgusting long-lasting cystic things. Gross gross. I was trying natural remedies because previous to nine months ago, my skin had been fine-ish using natural salicylic acid face washes, and I'm a annoyingly paranoid about antibiotics and using powerful topical stuff everyday. I've tried turmeric, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, manuka honey
  19. So, I've been on lymecycline for about a year until two weeks ago when I stopped. I had gotten a prescription for spironolactone, which I started at on 20th of October, and because it worked, I felt free to stop the antibiotics. I had no side effects of spironolactone at all, started of at 25mg per day and upped my dose to 50mg per day after a week, which my doctor said I could. Today, my face is pretty clear! Expect for just one or two pimples on my chin that came with my period. I love
  20. Hey guys... So I've been on a low dose of 0.25 mg twice a day(0.5 mg total)…It's now been 2 months exactly and I've seen no improvements at all. My skin is extremely extremely oily, and I cannot control it. Should I be moving up a dose? Does it take longer to work? If it doesn't work for me does this mean that my androgens aren't the issue? Any advice please... Thanks
  21. How many of you have tried spiro? I have a dermatology appointment in five days and I want to ask about spiro. I have taken doxycycline, Oracea, and minocycline. I also use retin-a cream and clindamycin solution but nothing seems to be keeping my hormonal acne at bay. I have a few questions for the current and past users: 1. Did you have an initial breakout? If so, how long did it last? 2. Did you gain weight? 3. Did you experience any other considerable side effects? 4. Did you take bi
  22. So I've been on Spiro for something like sixteen months, and while it took a good six weeks to properly kick in and also triggered an unholy initial outbreak (both of which I understand to be very common), it has been, up until this point, really successful. I've been really relieved - had it not worked, the next step would have been Accutane. I've been on 100mg since day one. However, in the past week, I've had the most hideous outbreak of cystic acne on my chin/jaw. Just as I start hopefull
  23. Some people were asking if licorice would interfere with the anti-androgen effects of spiro and it seems the answer is no. Hirsutism and acne are both caused by DHT sensitivity and this article below talks about a study in which women with hirsutism safely took both and still had less hair growth even at a high dose of licorice. The next link is a forum where licorice's mode of action is explained. It can work "with" spiro as an androgen blocker. http://drtorihudson.com/botanicals/licorice-re
  24. I've been on spiro for almost 3 weeks, starting at 50mg, then up to 75, and now back to 50. I have seen a big improvement in my acne. However, my skin texture has changed. it is soft, but it feels like i have less "padding" to my cheeks. my skin on my face seems much much drier thinner, less collagen, and the texture just isn't really nice. it seems like old lady skin when i touch it. i'm really upset about this. my parents say they don't see it, and when i look in the mirror, it doesn't look to
  25. Can someone please explain to me the difference between having oily skin from GENETICS and having oily skin because of hormones? How does this relate to androgens? I don't understand... from everything I've read it's pretty clear some people just have larger sebaceous glands and therefore produce more oil. But sebum production is caused by excess androgens. SO if someone is taking an anti-androgen (for example spiro)..which blocks androgens..would the oily skin not stop regardless of if it's c
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