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Explaining Spironolactone: A Prescription For Hormonal Acne

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If you’ve ever experienced acne primarily along the jawline and chin, chances are you’ve experienced hormonal acne. This type of acne can be one of the most frustrating kinds because often, there’s not much you can change about your skincare regimen to find results. As the name suggests, hormonal acne is caused by certain hormones and is most commonly experienced by women. At Reflections Center for Cosmetic Medicine, we see many, many women struggle to find results from hormonal acne, so you’re not alone. Spironolactone is one of our most recommended options for hormonal acne, but it’s important to know a little about it before jumping in. Here’s what to know about this medication and how our award-winning team of cosmetic physicians can help.

What are the Symptoms of Hormonal Acne?

As mentioned, hormonal acne is most common in areas along the chin and jawline. Although it can range in severity for each person, it typically causes deeper pimples and cysts that can become inflamed and very sensitive. One of the most telling signs of hormonal acne is that it’s recurrent and persistent.

What Causes Hormonal Acne?

Everyone produces testosterone and estrogen, albeit in different amounts. Although we typically associate testosterone with men, it also occurs in women. The different forms of testosterone are called androgens, and hair follicles can be especially sensitive to androgens. So, if you have higher-than-normal levels of androgens (especially as a result of PCOS or other conditions), hormonal acne can be the result.Testosterone isn’t the only hormone that can cause acne – progesterone can also be a culprit. In women, progesterone is an important hormone involved in the menstrual cycle. Progesterone levels can fluctuate based on where you are in your menstrual cycle, meaning you might experience hormonal acne on a month-to-month basis.

How Does Spironolactone Treat Hormonal Acne?

Spironolactone is an anti-androgen medication, meaning it reduces the levels of androgens in the body. By reducing the levels of testosterone and progesterone, it can reduce its effects on the skin, like greasiness and inflammation. This makes it unique from medications like retinol which increases skin cell turnover. If you’ve tried retinol in the past or have a medical condition that makes it inappropriate for you, spironolactone can be a great option.

Important Things to Know About Spironolactone

Although getting started on spironolactone can sound great, there are some important things to know. Like retinol, spironolactone requires some careful vetting by our cosmetic physicians to ensure it’s safe and effective.

Spironolactone is a Prescription Medication

Spironolactone requires a prescription from a licensed medical provider. Because it affects hormone levels, it’s important to make sure it will be safe and compatible with your medical history and goals. You’ll also need management from a cosmetic physician to adjust dosages and check in about any side effects.

You Should Not Use It If You’re Pregnant or Planning to Be

Because it affects hormone levels, you should not use spironolactone if you’re currently pregnant or have plans to be in the future. Breastfeeding can also be affected. If you plan to use spironolactone, make sure to take protection against pregnancy.

Only Get Spironolactone From a Reputable Source

You may be able to get spironolactone from online providers, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe or effective. We recommend always getting your prescriptions from a local licensed medical professional and, in the case of cosmetic medicine, a knowledgeable and specialized physician. At Reflections Center, we can prescribe spironolactone and offer a variety of other treatments and products to support your results.

Hormonal Acne Treatment at Reflections Center for Cosmetic Medicine

Our award-winning team of cosmetic physicians can help you learn more about hormonal acne and the options available. To get started, contact our Bridgewater and Livingston, NJ locations by calling or filling out our online form.