Spironolactone Has Been a Miracle Drug for my Skin! Alameda

I have been battling mild, but persistent adult...

I have been battling mild, but persistent adult acne for years. I had most of the problem under control with topical medications - I use Finacea in the morning and a prescription retinoid every other night. That combo really helped reduce clogged pores and regular pimples. But, it didn't completely get cysts under control. I was still prone to getting periodic cysts on my chin and jawline. This problem would flare up at certain points in my menstrual cycle, or if I was stressed. I also noticed a connection between some dietary factors (dairy and soy) and cystic flares. I tried dietary changes, which helped somewhat, but didn't completely control the problem.

I was recommended spironolactone by an NP at Kaiser, so I decided to give it a try. I have been on the medication for almost 7 months now, and I have had no cysts at all. I am very, very happy with my results. I am 100% clear most of the time - just the occasional clogged pore or small zit that goes away with a couple of days. My skin responded almost immediately, and I have been able to get good results on a fairly low dose - 25 mg, 2x a day. Side effects have been minimal - just a slight increase in thirst and urination. I also noticed that the hair on my head grows faster! I don't have thinning hair at all (and I know spiro is sometimes prescribed for this), but I've definitely noticed that my hair is growing much more rapidly now. My hairstylist even asked if I was taking any hair vitamins. The only downside to that, is that my roots grow in faster between colorings, but I think I can live with that!!

My skin is also less oily since I started the medication, which is another plus. I'd definitely recommend trying this medication if you are a woman who is battling stubborn, hormonal acne.

Spironolactone still working great for me after 18 months >

Just wanted to update that spiro is still working really well for me. I've had no side effects and my updated bloodwork revealed no issues related to my taking the medication.

I still get an occasional spot here and there, but they are much rarer and clear up much more quickly. In the past 18 months, I have only needed to see my dermatologist for one cortisone shot (I was getting those on an almost monthly basis before). I'd highly recommend trying this medication if you are a female who suffers from adult, hormonal acne problems.
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