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on 1/20/2018 4:41:00 PM
More reviews by sosopretty
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
This medicine has changed my life! Yes, that dramatic... changed my life. I'm 46, started with cystic acne at 20. From my 20s until mid 30s, went through the whole process, antibiotics, Retin A--that helped some, but still had a lot of painful breakouts. Serious drug reactions from antibiotics. Went through the Accutane regiment and had clear skin for about 6 months after finishing. I was so depressed, eventually I was back to breakouts and several large cysts on my face at all times.I thought I had tried it all, as far as acne treatment out there. In my early 40s, I was depressed! 20+ years of face inflammation and painful breakouts. Having an arsenal of foundations, concealers and powders just to make myself look normal when I went out in public...wtf! I went back to the Derm, told them my story and pleaded my case. They put me on 50mg to start (along with Retin A), went up to 100mg, and my skin cleared up a good 80% from before. To me, this was like magic! Eventually, they put me on 100mg 2x a day and my skin is now awesome. I literally have the clearest skin I've had since I was a child. I have regular labs that are good. The only side effects have been that my skin is on the dry side now (I welcome that) and I noticed I went up a few bra cup sizes. I no longer have to plan my day around painting my face to hide the inflammation and redness that I had for over 20 years. It is a Godsend for me!
3 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 1/16/2018 6:04:00 PM
More reviews by Cracktasha
I put the picture up with pink hair, left picture (no makeup, spot on face is scar or something) is 2-3 months on spirolactone. Right picture is before taking it even though I was wearing makeup.This drug works for correcting hormone imbalance in females especially the cheek area. Soooo..! I thought I'd write this review because I noticed a few on here who said this drug is a dangerous life destroyer. To me, it's very dramatic and unrealistic. I'm here to dispel that myth. It doesn't have that many risks if you do your research and look it up. Get your blood checked & blood pressure checked if you are worried for whatever reason. That's it. No drug is ever perfect but this is one that is considered very safe compared to others like accutane or antibiotics. I have been on it for more than a few months and it's a life changer. There is very little side affects, and the ones that there are definitely outweigh the constant painful acne SO SO MUCH. Background: I have had moderate annoying acne since 10 years ago when I was a teenager. Would always get atleast one painful cyst every week, and it would take atleast a week to go away if I was lucky. Plus a bunch of tiny pimples hanging around. My chin was the worst area. Tried every face wash, treatment even retinol and antibiotics you name it. Just never Accutane since it has major side affects and I am extremely sensitive person, I can't even handle birth control pills. It was a frustrating battle, but my doctor kept mentioning spirolactone and then one day I thought you know what, might as well try it. Within a week or two of being on 50 MG, I . noticed my huge cysts would start to dissapear, and I wouldn't get them as much, ( I still got them but less frequently and the big thing I noticed was that when I did get them, instead of staying around for a week or longer they would be gone within a day or two without trying to do anything to get rid of them! I never experienced that kind of luck in my 10 year struggle with acne. Now it's been a few months, all my acne is pretty much gone, other than around my period or something I may get one tiny small pimple at the most. Also, I make sure not to use any face products that I know irritate my face, and I'm not gonna experiment with face products either in case they did break me out. I found something that finally works so I want to stick to it.My side affects: Irregular periods (hopefully they settle out) and at 50 mg I started to notice a sore stomach after awhile (not sure if I was sick at the time or not but I switched to 25 mg and I'm fine.) So yes, to be realistic there's something annoying with all medications but. I usually can't handle drugs or side affects, but this is so mild to me just goes to show that it's pretty mild. I never new this drug would work so well and quick for me. It's obvious it works on me because it corrects the hormone imbalance in my skin that caused so much acne. Is it a permanent fix? Most likely not, I bet it would come back when I stop taking it. Maybe I will one day and see if it comes back but honestly. This drug helps me so much I wouldn't mind staying on it. It's really great to go to bed without worrying about a big painful zit popping up on my face the next morning.
on 8/6/2017 7:35:00 AM
More reviews by Verrine
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
Balancing out the glowing reviews. this had too many awful side effects for me to use it. I stayed on it for 2 weeks at 50 mg hoping that it would work for me and that the side effects would go away. MAJOR: confusion (didn't help me decide whether to stay on it or not!), frequent urination and lack of control about it (I drank a lot of water like I was supposed to). If I'd had to go to work, it would have been awful. Occasional: dizziness, lack of balance, headache, night shivers (only once). The worst was that it tipped me into a bipolar episode (not a problem for most people), but these problems were specific to the spironolactone.I went back to the dermatologist at 2 weeks and she said she was surprised I'd stayed on it that long because many people had severe side effects. She did not say that before, just well tolerated or not. It seemed to reduce the amount of new acne that I had. I will not try another oral medication.
5 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 7/23/2017 10:24:00 PM
More reviews by physixchick
Skin: Oily, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
After having a hysterectomy and starting menopause, I suffered terribly for a year and a half with cystic acne. We're talking huge welts (Truthfully, I didn't make matters any better by trying to squeeze and pick at them) and my life completely changed. I became isolated at work and came home during breaks so nobody could see me, I went out as little as possible and canceled many dates. It was a nightmare that I wouldn't wish on anyone. I saw 5 dermatologists who were basically useless. I tried prescribed antibiotics: doxycycline (did nothing) and monocycline (made me very sick and stopped after 1 pill), cortisone shots didn't do much and that's dealing with the outbreak after the fact as opposed to preventing it. I decided to go online and do research and found out about spironolactone. I got my last dermatologist to write me a prescription (why didn't HE think of it???) and this drug saved my life. It cleared my cysts up relatively quickly and I began to live again. I've been on it for about a year and a half now. At first I took 50 mg in the morning and 50 at night but lately I've tried to dose myself down to 75 mg per day and that seems to work. I haven't had any side effects whatsoever. Thanks to insurance, it's just a $20 co-pay per month. If nothing has worked for you, please consider this. I'm stunned that none of the doctors I visited thought of this. It truly was life changing, in a good way!
9 of 9 people found this helpful.
on 7/23/2017 9:04:00 PM
More reviews by mhyman03
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I started out at the end of May 2016, cystic acne and various other forms of acne throughout the month. I've been on acne medication since I was 16 years old (I'm 39 now). I always used Benzaclin and Differin 0.3% and my skin remained clear...until a couple months before my 38th birthday. I was put on solodyn 65 mg, it did nothing, and, if anything, I think it made my acne worse. I was also advised to stop the Benzaclin and begin using Aczone. At first, it made my acne go away faster, but that was only temporary. At this point, I had become more depressed and never wanted to go anywhere. I wouldn't even kiss my husband for fear of getting more acne. Fast forward to May 2016, I was prescribed 50 mg of spironolactone, and while there was some improvement, I was still getting cysts around my period and, but they didn't come to a head. I was then prescribed 100 mg. I kept surfing the web, reading tone review after another, how long I should wait to see results, and getting more and more discouraged that it wasn't helping at all. Eventually, the aczone stopped clearing the acne quickly (it would take weeks before they went away) and the spironolactone did absolutely nothing for me. Still, I remained patient, yet depressed. The beginning of June, I asked my Dermatologist if I could switch back to the Benzaclin and he agreed. I'm still not sure if the spironolactone is doing anything for me at all. On the plus side (or not so much) I realized that I had to once and for all, stop eating processed foods, avoid foods that I know will cause breakouts, and choosing better options if I wanted to go out to a restaurant. I've always been a strict with what I eat and am also an avid gym rat. I have always weighed my food and drank tons of water, but something about when you know you can't or shouldn't just makes you want to do it even more, and it doesn't help that I dwell on it so much.
on 7/12/2017 5:42:00 PM
More reviews by MappyMaps
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
This is the only thing that has worked for me in years but it is SLOW, so be patient! Here is my story: I was on it a few years ago and it worked great. It made me thirsty and gave me headaches but I think I was on too much at the time. After a while on it, I moved and didn't have a doctor; when I ran out, I thought I could stop and maybe be fine. I also thought it was the reason for my weight gain--it doesn't seem like it is now though, I think it was just life, stress, and a job change. About a year ago, my acne was worse than ever. It was across my jaw line and on my cheeks. I tried EVERYTHING (Korean skin care, at home peels, going dairy and gluten free, water intake, green tea extract, spearmint tea, rooibos, etc.) with very little relief. Finally, my mom suggested that in addition to the curology regime I was beginning, that I go back on spiro. I take one 25mg pill in the morning, one in the evening. For weeks it didn't seem like it was doing anything, but slowly my cystic acne stopped hurting which was a huge deal. After 3 cycles of my period, my skin is clear and now I'm mostly just dealing with the hyper pigmentation and melesma. If you can be patient and consistent, this stuff will work for you. I have not had any of the other side effects rooms have written about either (memory loss, eye issues, anything like that). I am so thankful for this. You do need to be careful about drinking enough water, not overdoing it on potassium, and getting a once a year blood test but that's nothing compared to how much I used to have to do.
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 5/9/2017 4:35:00 PM
More reviews by millerachel
Hair: Other, Other, Other
This medicine is GREAT. I started out at 50 mg, then 75, now at 100 mg per day. I'm almost at the 3 month mark. My skin is not clear all the way but I'd say 80% improvement. Still oily but not as much as before. It's helped my pms, it flushes water weight, and lowers blood pressure.I've had a few side effects such as fatigue and breast pain, but nothing is as bad as hormonal acne. It's a trade off. Also, FYI my androgens tested in the "normal" level. Low end actually. From what my doctor said some women with normal androgen levels are just sensitive to their own bodies fluctuation in hormones and the testosterone sensors in their skin or oversensitive ... spiro blocks these sensors (binds to them) preventing the stimulation of the sebaceous glands. So if you have normal testosterone levels yet still struggle with hormonal acne please give this a shot it could be your miracle! I love it. ** date. Iâ€™ve been on it for almost a year now and my skin is almost perfect. My hairline has grown in a lot nicer, the water weight stays off of me and I have a much more feminine and hourglass figure. I am super happy with the results of this medicine. The only thing is Iâ€™m on 150 mg now which is what it took to achieve this perfect skin and it really messes up my periods. I donâ€™t want to get on birth control, so Iâ€™m just dealing with it currently. Iâ€™m going to go back down to 100 mg and see if I keep the perfect skin and lose the messed up periods. Overall I highly recommend this medicine.
3 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 4/24/2017 2:32:00 PM
More reviews by Paigems
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool
Hair: Red, Other, Other
Spironolactone is the miracle acne product that I cannot use. I have tried it several times over the last 10 years, and each time the side effects I get from it force me to stop using it. It takes about 3 months for me to see improvement while on it and then 6 months to see the full effects. After 6 months my acne clears for the most part and my skin becomes much less oily. If I didn't get side effects from spiro I think I'd be on it for as long as possible because it works wonders for acne. The side effects I get include severe fatigue, dry mouth, and major hair loss. The hair loss is the main reason why I stop taking it every time. After being on it for about 3 months I start noticing hair loss. The hair loss does not stop until I've been off spiro for about 6 months. I've lost about half of the hair on my head every time I've tried spiro and so I've decided that I will not try it again. It really is a great drug, though, and I think every woman with persistent hormonal acne should try it. Many do not get the side effects I've had (I'm probably just unlucky). My sister takes spiro and she's had great results with no side effects. I really wish I could take it.
6 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 4/17/2017 11:27:00 AM
More reviews by rtvrlover
This is my miracle product. I've had horrible deep cystic acne for decades. Years of being on antibiotics and multiple topical treatments- which kept my breakouts to once a month, but they were still deep and painful. Switched dermatologists (wish I'd done that sooner), talked to me for 5 minutes and suggested this. I'm on a pretty high dosage, 100 mg/twice a day. My skin has never looked better. I started with 50 mg twice a day, and it was vastly improved, but still having issues. Been at higher dosage for about 6 months now, and I've been 4 months with ZERO breakouts. My pores are significantly smaller! My skin is definitely dryer, but it was so unbelievably oily before, this has been a benefit. I used to go through 4-5 oil blotters while I work. It has cleared up my melasma - but this summer will be the tell on that. I used to get two large blotches on my forehead, and a couple under my eyes, even with SPF 50 on... Hoping that doesn't happen anymore. Other side effects- loss of body hair. I have no armpit hair anymore. This is not a bad thing. Hair on my legs is finer and less prolific. However, I also lost some hair on my head. This regulated, and some came back, but not all. Fortunately, I have a lot of hair, and no one notices. I'm 53 and in menopause, but will occasionally have a bit of break-through bleeding. Not every month. The diuretic effect seems minimal and I think my body adjusted to it. In a few months, I think I will drop my dosage to by 1/4 to see if I can maintain at a lower level. It has truly changed my life... Nothing worse than a 50+ year old with giant red-inflammed cysts all over chin and around the nose and near ears. Big enough you couldn't hide with make up, and they'd take weeks to go away and leave scars. Now on to do something about those...
on 4/17/2017 10:38:00 AM
More reviews by Bhale4559
Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
My history with acne hasn't been too different than the rest of you. Acne started at 14 and progressively got worse. I tried everything OTC and spent thousands of dollars on treatments that never seemed to work from drugstore to sephora.I can't be on estrogen BC because I get headaches, so I was put on the progesterone only implant and that didn't help my skin at all. Last year, I got fed up. I went to a new derm and they prescribed me differin again and minocycline antibiotic. I used differin 0.1% every night and took 100mg twice a day of mino. My skin cleared immediately, which I believe was from the antibiotic. I stayed on the antibiotic for 7.5 months and then stopped taking it but continued with the differin. That was in November. Fast forward to March of this year and I just couldn't handle my skin. It was an oil slick, I had to use about 6 oil blotting sheets a day and it was still oily. Then the break outs started coming. I was relatively clear for months and then it was just cyst after cyst and one bump got so big on my chin that I looked disfigured. I went back to the derm March 20th and he immediately said it was hormonal. He prescribed me 100mg of spironolactone once a day and the lowest strength of Retin-A cream to fight my acne marks and oiliness. I refused Accutane, I wanted to try this route first even though both derms have told me to try it out.**This is a mixed review for both Retin-A and Spironolactone** and I'm going copy this review and put it under the Spiro reviews as well since I started both products at the same time.Nightly routine: Remove make-up with Kirkland brand wipes from Costco (love this stuff), wash face with my clarisonic mia and a gentle cleanser (normally cetaphil), let face dry for varied amounts of time (15-45 minutes), and then coat a pea sized amount to face - avoiding the dry areas that haven't fully healed from the night prior. Hour or so later I'll put on some moisturizer if my face feels tight or I go sans moisturizer and coat my face the next night when I'm not using the Retin-A (I use ponds, it's nice and heavy). Then I take my spiro pill and go to bed. The Retin-A seems to be a balancing act that you need to figure out for your skin. My skin reacts best if I use is 2-3 times a week.Week 1: No new break outs and no reduction in oil. No dryness or upset stomach from medication but I only used Retin-A twice that week to ease my skin into it. I took my pill every day.Week 2: My face exploded at the end of week 2. I had 4 cysts sprout up on my chin and a lump on my forehead (I never really got acne on my forehead), and many whiteheads around my mouth area. It was bad. I was embarrassed to leave the house. My skin was somehow dry and oily at the same time. Mostly just dry around my mouth and upper lip. It looked awful. **Started taking my leftover minocycline antibiotics to help me through the initial breakout this week and the third week** It did help speed up the healing process I believe. I didn't ask my derm about using my own leftover medication - you should, but I was desperate. I used it as prescribed before and then I stopped at the end of week 3.Week 3: Face is still full of zits from week 2, and it looks bad. Skin was very dry, still around mouth mostly. I canceled all my plans so I wouldn't have to leave the house, other than work. Face looks less oily and I don't feel that well. I've always had weird digestive issues, but I assume this is from the pills rather than the Retin-A.Week 4: Skin may or may not be reverting back to old oiliness, boobs are feeling a bit fuller in my normal bra so theyâ€™re definitely growing, face is getting over the huge initial breakout that began at the end of week 2 but I did wake up with a two small white heads around my mouth. Skin that doesnâ€™t have break outs or old acne marks looks lighter and brighter (granted, thatâ€™s not much skin, my skin was pretty bad). I've worked up to using Retin-A three times a week and it seems to be going well. My face looks less clogged and congested the day after I use Retin-A so I will continue to use the product. I know it takes time for products to work so don't give up! I am optimistic!Iâ€™ll keep updating. Reviews with updates is what is getting me through this so thank you.Only updates from here:Week 5: Same routine as before, but if my skin doesn't look irritated or peely, I use the retin-a an extra night or just as spot treatment. I was kidding myself with the oiliness, still very oily. I got two new breakouts near my mouth, but they went away in 2 days. My face is quite clear right now. No change in leftover acne marks yet. I will add in a weekly mask to help with oiliness as my face allows. I usually use one from the Murad line that I purchase at sephora. I'll update in a few weeks time. Also, I don't know if this is from spiro, but I've lost 5 pounds since the last time I weighed myself. I long for the day I can go out to run errands without a face full of makeup :) still hopeful and liking my results! With this, I'm honestly saving money. No more are the days where I buy a ton of skin products. I'm planning on cleaning out my drawers if this stuff continues to work as well as it has been!
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