Should I Quit Skincare for Good and try medication (Spironolactone) instead?

Should I Quit Skincare for Good and try medication (Spironolactone) instead?

TL;DL: Recommendation about routine and if I ought to let my skincare addict in me chill and wait till I see the physician, or simply stop all the things and go on Spironolactone?

Hello all!

I want some perception to a state of affairs and routine that I’ve occurring. I’m on the sting of giving up on skincare utterly as a result of I really feel prefer it isn’t the answer to how my pores and skin goes a technique then the opposite – I’ve had some hormonal issues (doable PCOS; excessive testosterone ranges (hirsutism, absent interval, painful breakouts, and so on)) for the previous couple of years so I’ve my suspicions it’s that. And/ my pores and skin is simply reactive to all the things and I didn’t want any of this crap and it’s doing extra hurt than good.

There was a second till my 20th birthday after I had clear pores and skin – no hyperpigmentation, no breakouts aside from that tiny one every month I did have my month-to-month, no irritation aside from slightly flushing. However then I received into skincare because of my love for make-up and watching YT and, not quickly after, my physique started to flip out and all the things modified…I swear, the cash I’ve spent on so many merchandise….

I’ve tried: multi-step (5-7) routine (breakouts, irritation); minimalist (boring pores and skin, breakouts); the merchandise…my gosh, I’ve a protracted listing on my cellphone. One in truth is Vaseline. Why? I utilized it persistently in a interval of every week, awakened with glowing pores and skin for the primary three days, then I began to breakout. Not dangerous however not snug both. Tried Aquaphor – no go. CeraVe Therapeutic – nope, method too thick. So no occlusive for me, besides if it’s a light-weight sleeping masks I suppose. 🤷🏻‍♀️


  • Differin (Was on it for 14 weeks but it surely did nothing however made my pores and skin so dehydrated and boring, so I finished utilizing it)
  • BP and Salicylic Acid therapies (Neutrogena Speedy Clear Spot Remedy “Masks” (this), Stridex) (dried me out or simply didn’t work)
  • CeraVe (a majority of issues from them irritated the fuck out of my pores and skin, besides for his or her SA Renewal and PM lotion, however I didn’t really feel like they did something)
  • TO Niacinamide + Zinc (I believe this broke me out… undecided however I didn’t see any large distinction anyway within the couple weeks I attempted it)
  • Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Cream for Additional Dry Pores and skin (this was not sufficient for hydration functions, and I believe it burned my pores and skin)
  • Mario Badescu sprays (had me itching like loopy)
  • Ponds Dry Pores and skin Cream (broke me out; to not point out, it’s fragranced as fuck and a greasy mess when utilized)
  • Philosophy Purity Easy Cleanser (the trigger behind absolutely the worst rash of my total life… it went from my jawline alllll the best way down my neck. By no means once more. To not point out their physique cleaning soap broke my pores and skin out)
  • The Physique Store (closely fragranced and so irritating)
  • Thayers and Dickerson’s Alcohol Free Witch Hazels (terrible; dried my pores and skin out)
  • Burt’s Bees (burning, irritation)
  • Belif Fact Bomb (the one with out Alcohol Denatured) (boring pores and skin, irritation)
  • Clinique Dramatically Completely different Gel and their Take the Day Off Oil (broke me out)
  • Olay Whip no matter Cream (burned my pores and skin)

Annnnd the listing goes on. It’s been loads.

I’m seeing an OBGYN Tuesday (🙏🏼). So relieved…. Getting assessments performed and whatnot, however I’m asking her to place me on Spironolactone and BC. Motive: My greatest buddy has been on Spironolactone for a yr now and she or he used to wrestle with the identical factor as I’m now…. Her pores and skin is totally gorgeous and her facial hair is minimal. She doesn’t do something for her pores and skin besides moisturizer, if wanted. Did some analysis ofc for my profit and located it to be true: it does assist because it’s an androgen blocker.

I can’t take yet one more day of my hirsutism (undesirable, gross male-like facial hair and physique hair), which is darkish, grows rapidly and so embarrassing, that I shave or pluck or put Veet on daily or each different day 😭 and my breakouts and different points. My psychological well being is on the sting…and a lady can take a lot. And since I can’t drink or eat by mouth, solely through G tube with manufactured formulation consumption, no change in eating regimen or makes an attempt at spearmint tea lol so, Spironolactone is my solely choice. On the facet I’m additionally taking anti depressants (Zoloft) (however lol it’s a joke, it doesn’t assist), Levothyroxine (similar as Zoloft – does nothing) and a lady’s probiotic.

Would my OBGYN or my Main Care physician be allowed to prescribe me Tret, or no?

As I write this, I’m considering if I ought to do my routine or let my pores and skin chill till I see my physician… I’m all about consistency so the temptation is there to go as much as my room and do these steps. However part of my says no…not till then. Sigh.

Has anyone gone by this earlier than? Stopped all the things skincare associated (and tried remedy as a substitute) and issues received higher?

Please assist!

About Me:

I’m 24F from New England, USA, with honest, combination-oily (possibly dry? Idk), delicate pores and skin. It’s susceptible to: redness, irritation, dehydration (therefore the oily t zone), gentle hyperpigmentation (PIH and PIE) and hormonal breakouts.

Pores and skin Objective: Hydrated, clear, glad pores and skin.

Necessary Notice: Some elements of my routine are deliberate, that means it isn’t present however shall be quickly. That is due to how just a few merchandise are coming within the mail, of which I shall be patch testing. These merchandise which are new shall be daring confronted.


Water solely

CosRx Snail Mucin Essence on dampened pores and skin > Will likely be swapping this out for Hado Labo Premium

PROcure Rosacare Hydrogel – I’ve Stratia LG on the best way to me so I’ll be attempting that out in it’s place.

[20-30 seconds]

TO Azelaic Acid 10%


PM1: (Sunday’s)

DHC Oil (if wanted)

Vanicream Light Cleanser

AHA 30% + BHA 2% peeling answer [10 minutes]

Essence on dampened pores and skin after washing masks off

PROcure Rosacare or Straita LG with-or TO Squalane (I’ve used this for every week now so it’s wonderful)

PM2: (Tuesday’s and Thursday’s)


Glycolic Acid toner / FAB Radiance Pads

Essence on dampened pores and skin

Rosacare / Stratia LG / TO Squalane

The next routine and merchandise beneath are gonna be launched very slowly.

PM3: (Monday’s and Wednesday’s)



TO “Buffet”

TO Retinoid Emulsion (beginning August 1st, 1-2x every week)

Rosacare / Stratia LG or TO Squalane

PM4: (Friday’s, Saturday’s)




Rosacare / Stratia LG / TO Squalane

Thanks 😊

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