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Yeah, retin a irritates my skin too and sometimes makes me look like crap (it's like a chemical peel and sometimes just takes longer for my skin to bounce back from it), but I try to get around it by using it as little as I can.

As for spiro, my dr has never mentioned menopause because I am in my later twenties. I am still reluctantly taking a small dose, but to be honest, I've really grown to hate it--and i was never even on a high dose (just 25mgs 2x a day!). I am not on birth control right now so I don't wanna deal with the annoying side effects, you know?

I am not on any special diet but I am in good shape and eat really healthy (lots of fruits and veggies etc) and I have always kept myself really hydrated throughout the day (just a habit). Yet the dehydration spiro gave me never seemed to go away, and it really bothered me. Also, I would not get my period for months and months and i think it increased my depression slightly. I tried to ignore all of these things but then I realized my butt had also grown 2 inches as well! ***?!

I tried to quit taking it immediately and I immediately broke out, so then I just tried to cut down. I dunno, it's so weird, because it still works, but I still feel like I have never fully gone back to normal even with a smaller dose. Like my facial hair--which was normal before--got really light and barely grew. I still barely have to pluck my eyebrows and as I said, I barely take spiro anymore. I only take 1/2 of a pill 2x a day. This seems to be the lowest dose I can take to stave off both the acne and dryness spiro gives me. If it helps, I suspect that I am just really sensitive to hormones--I can't even take b-control without getting annoying side effects either.

I like Cerave am and pm lotion--really basic, but non irritating stuff, and it shouldn't clog your pores. If you find that you're still dry with Cerave, maybe try adding Paula's Choice Advanced Replenishing toner or her Skin Balancing toner instead of witch hazel (which can be very irritating). Good luck! I am sure spiro will work for you, so don't worry and try to be patient!
[QUOTE=crookedhearts;5040191]Yeah, retin a irritates my skin too and sometimes makes me look like crap (it's like a chemical peel and sometimes just takes longer for my skin to bounce back from it), but I try to get around it by using it as little as I can.

As for spiro, my dr has never mentioned menopause because I am in my later twenties. I am still reluctantly taking a small dose, but to be honest, I've really grown to hate it--and i was never even on a high dose (just 25mgs 2x a day!). I am not on birth control right now so I don't wanna deal with the annoying side effects, you know?

I am not on any special diet but I am in good shape and eat really healthy (lots of fruits and veggies etc) and I have always kept myself really hydrated throughout the day (just a habit). Yet the dehydration spiro gave me never seemed to go away, and it really bothered me. Also, I would not get my period for months and months and i think it increased my depression slightly. I tried to ignore all of these things but then I realized my butt had also grown 2 inches as well! ***?!

I tried to quit taking it immediately and I immediately broke out, so then I just tried to cut down. I dunno, it's so weird, because it still works, but I still feel like I have never fully gone back to normal even with a smaller dose. Like my facial hair--which was normal before--got really light and barely grew. I still barely have to pluck my eyebrows and as I said, I barely take spiro anymore. I only take 1/2 of a pill 2x a day. This seems to be the lowest dose I can take to stave off both the acne and dryness spiro gives me. If it helps, I suspect that I am just really sensitive to hormones--I can't even take b-control without getting annoying side effects either.

I like Cerave am and pm lotion--really basic, but non irritating stuff, and it shouldn't clog your pores. If you find that you're still dry with Cerave, maybe try adding Paula's Choice Advanced Replenishing toner or her Skin Balancing toner instead of witch hazel (which can be very irritating). Good luck! I am sure spiro will work for you, so don't worry and try to be patient![/QUOTE]

Thanks for getting back to me so fast crookedhearts....As you know i am on a 100mg and I am 47 years old....so I don't know if I will suffer the same side effects as you....i hope not...regarding the butt size...my butt is not small right now...I don't think it will look very good if it grows another 2 more inches...lets cross our fingers it will not happen. well it says many perimenopausal females suffers frm acne and spiro is the cure ...this is what I have found on the net. I am not on birth control either. (with my age you don't need it) i did take it once in my twenties....I did not like the side effects too.

Wondering are you getting regular bloodwork?? You have to keep track of your blood pressure and your glucose because the main use for spiro is to lower your blood pressure for heart disease people.....

As for my periods, lately in the last year, they have been very irregular already...so I don't really miss it. eventually I will not have it. I am crossing my finger that i don't suffer from depression too.

I was wondering how is your digestion....r u regular? I take metamucil every day because I suffer frm IBS too...Luckily, I am taking it because my low potassium/sodium diet excludes a lot of high fibre foods. I never knew high fibre food contains such high potassium content.

Regarding facial hair, I noticed my eyelashes is fuller and my mustache is not growing anymore too. weired right??

Where can I get the moisturizer you recommended?? in health food stores or typical drug stores.

I do have one more question about your break outs....r u breaking out at weird places like your back, hairlines, chest, scalp, cheeks, around your mouth and back of your neck? you see i always had pimple here or there since as a teenager..it was always on my forehead only but now it has spread to these weired places

Anyways, thank you so much for your support......as i am on my 2nd week....I will keep you up to date with my spiro treatment. Thanks again:angel:





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