Spironolactone for acne?

Spironolactone is an oral medication that is used to treat hormonal acne.  Although it is often thought of as a blood pressure medication, it is also effective for hormonal acne.  Hormonal acne manifests in women as acne that has a predilection for the jawline and chin.  Additionally, the acne often flares before periods.  Patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) often have hormonal acne as well.  Do you have hormonal acne?  If so, talk to your medical provider.  There are side effects and contraindications to this medication so it’s important to discuss whether this medication is appropriate for you.  Additionally, don’t be surprised if the effect of the medication does not kick in immediately.  It may take a few months or further dosage adjustments to see an effect!

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