Ok, so I know I have posted on here numerous times about my skin issues and how horrified I have been at zits turning up in my early 20's. I thought it was something that would go away after college, then after a year out of college, etc etc... all to no avail. I finally forced my way into a dermatologist appointment and forced him to take a closer look at it. He, unlike most people in my life, was refreshingly honest by saying how many whiteheads I had... thank you! I knew I was not crazy, and was convinced he would fix me right up.
He actually did write me an Rx for a face wash, a medicated cream, and some sort of oral medication. Without going into to much detail, he told me to fill them, use the wash twice a day, the cream at night, and take one pill a day. Umm... what?
I have never taken an oral med for any skin issue, and I was immediately thinking Accutane (which I had secretly fantasized about...), but once I looked it up online I was even more worried. Spironolactone is a drug typically prescribed for heart failure and blood pressure- and yes, I was quite alarmed when I looked it up when I got home. However, I also read on to see that people, especially women suffering from hormonal acne, were having great success with this drug!
I have now been taking this pill once a day for about 3 months, and I could not be more thrilled with the results. After a slight initial breakout, my skin right now has zero pimples (knock on wood), and I only have a few red spots that are slowly clearing from previous pimples. Now I did ask the dermatologist how long I would be on this, and he said longterm. Many women who stop taking this drug will have their zits come back, as this drug works to suppress hormones, but not in a permanent way.
Although I did experience mild side effects, it was 100% worth it. I think this drug saved my skin, and I highly recommend it for women suffering from hormonal acne! Please speak with your doctor to see if this drug could be right for you!!