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As a teenager, I had breakouts but they were pretty reasonable to deal with. For most of my adult life, I’ve had almost regularly clear skin with maybe one or two zits a month. And then last spring, my skin totally flipped out and I ended up with a terrible hormonal breakout (fuck you 2016!)

It’s 8 months later and still not perfect, but I figured I’d share how amazing the progression has been all these many months. (Kitten filter so it doesn’t put anyone off without warning).

Illustration for article titled Hormonal Acne: My Gross Progression
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Illustration for article titled Hormonal Acne: My Gross Progression

The top left is after one month on Spironolactone, so just imagine the month prior being even worse than that. It was so awful, I couldn’t even bring myself to take pictures. The top right picture is the same cheek this morning.

On the bottom left is from 3 months in when we added in Differin and Curology. My Spironolactone was also bumped up from 50mg a day to 75mg.

The bottom middle 5 months in when my Spironolactone was bumped up from 75mg per day to 100mg per day, and after I started birth control pills for my ovarian cyst issues.

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The bottom right is 7 months in when Differin was swapped out for Retin-A because of the cost. Now my treatment routine is 100mg of Spironolactone and BC pill at night, Retin-A (Tretinoin) 0.05% nightly, and Curology during the day.

It’s been a pain in the butt to control, but thank goodness it’s working!

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