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Taking Spironolactone for Acne Completely Changed My Skin

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If you’ve clicked on this article, you’re probably wondering: Does spironolactone for acne actually work? In short, yes. But before I extol the benefits of spironolactone, let me share a bit of my own acne journey. 

I’ve suffered from acne from a very young age. As a pre-teen, I was among the first of my classmates to experience breakouts, which was the start of my self-consciousness surrounding my skin. My acne followed me into high school, where I covered my pimples in caked-on makeup that I now know probably made my skin even worse. 

I tried every product I could—and even gave in to those Proactiv commercials—but nothing worked. So I visited a dermatologist and was prescribed tretinoin, which showed the slightest improvement. Still, it didn’t give me the significant results I was looking for. 

Fed up with my skin, I considered trying accutane. At the time, I was 17 and needed permission from my parents, who were against me undergoing the treatment. Annoyed at their refusal, I searched for an alternative and asked to be put on birth control pills after reading online and hearing from friends that it could improve my skin. My parents said yes as a compromise so I started the pill, which gave me the best results I’d seen so far. 

But even though my breakouts lessened, I would still get big, painful cystic acne forming angry red lumps on my face, particularly around my period. I realized that I suffered from hormonal acne, which my birth control unfortunately couldn’t tame. And my acne stayed this way into my early 20s—not as severe as those teen years, but still not good skin—until I officially joined the adult acne club. According to a study conducted by the National Library of Medicine, anywhere between 12% and 22% of women ages 26 through 44 experience acne. 

Now in my late twenties, I decided to get to the root of my acne once and for all and visited board-certified dermatologist Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, at Hudson Dermatology and Laser Surgery, who immediately prescribed me spironolactone. I’d heard about the benefits of the oral medication for years—a lot of fellow beauty editors swear by it—but was skeptical. 

However, after seven months on spironolactone my acne has pretty much disappeared—cysts and all. My skin has completely transformed and looks the best it’s ever been. Everyone in my life has noticed the change, from my family and friends to strangers who compliment my clear complexion. 

I still get a pimple or zit here and there—spironolactone is not a cure-all—and I’ve come to accept that acne will always be a part of my life. But it’s been demoted from main character to a mere footnote. 

My skin after four months of taking spironolactone.

Ready to try spironolactone, but not sure where to begin? You should speak with your doctor about whether the oral medication is right for you, but we asked Bhanusali and board-certified dermatologist and creator of skin-care blog Tea with MD, Dr. Joyce Park, MD, to answer some common questions. Ahead, your guide to spironolactone for acne. 

What is spironolactone and how does it work?

Spironolactone is an oral medication that can treat a few conditions, including blood pressure, hair loss, and acne. “Spironolactone is an oral medication used to lower blood pressure and also off-label to help with hormonal acne,” Bhanusali says. “It is also used to help with hair loss and Polycystic ovary syndrome (off-label).” 



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Kesha Wore a Sheer Black Mesh Dress With a Thong and Nothing Else

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Kesha’s latest look is a strong argument for freeing the nipple (not that there needs to be an argument for freeing the nipple, folks!). 

For dinner with her mother at Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica on Saturday, August 6, the “Tik Tok” singer wore a skintight completely see-through black mesh dress. Underneath the long-sleeve maxi dress, she wore nothing but a black thong. The sheer fabric includes ruching pattern throughout, and the sleeves were laced from wrist to shoulder.

Kesha styled the whole look simply, allowing the dress to make a powerful statement. She wore her hair in a high bun with little to no makeup (bare is the theme of this outfit) and simple gold hoop earrings. For footwear, the singer opted for stylish black heels. She also brought along an elegant silk black robe with white lining as an overcoat to cover up her exposed body on her own terms. 

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In contrast, Kesha’s mom, Pebe Sebert, wore a flowy white kaftan. 

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Katie Holmes Gives the Boho Halter a Fresh Summer Feel

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Katie Holmes has been out and about with her new man, composer and musician Bobby Wooten III, this past week in New York City. The couple has been taking various strolls in the park (ah, blossoming love!). For their latest outing Tuesday morning, the duo braved the heatwave in light, summery looks. It was Holmes’s statement top that immediately caught our eye: a bohemian halter top with XL fringe. 

Holmes’s halterneck crop top by Chloé is an elevated take on groovy dressing, especially given that it’s made of woven silk and retails for $2,350. (She’s been on a real Chloé kick lately, having worn the label’s bold striped knitwear last month). Though fringing feels like more of a fall-winter staple, the piece’s open back and cropped silhouette made it feel seasonally appropriate. The star also styled it well with black high-waisted trousers, a structured crossbody bag, and blue ballet flats (which, by the way, are having a cool girl comeback). 

We’re totally on board with her head-turning top. For one, it’s perfect for twirling through the park with your new beau, like something out of a rom-com. But secondly, it commands attention while keeping the fit easy and breezy. Sure, a more simple halter top will forever be a summer staple—but we love the idea of having a few hero pieces in the wardrobe that pack a much bigger punch. And this one’s definitely a knockout.

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Rande Gerber Gets a Haircut From Daughter Kaia: ‘Beats Going to the Barber’

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Kaia Gerber‘s got skills! The supermodel gave her dad, Rande Gerber, an at-home haircut, saving him from a trip to the barber.

The Casamigos cofounder, 60, shared a sweet photo of Kaia, 20, at work on his mane via Instagram on Sunday, August 7. “@KaiaGerber cuts on the dock, sure beats going to the barber,” he captioned the post.

In the shot, the American Horror Story star was dressed in a black bikini and looked focused as she evened out her father’s tresses on a lakeside dock. Rande, for his part, smiled into the camera.

The father-daughter moment was praised by fans. “Great memory to have too!!!” one follower wrote. A second fan commented, “Sometimes it’s the simplest and sweetest things that bring the most joy.” A third social media user added: “Looks pretty good to me, a pro in the making!”

This wouldn’t be the first time Kaia has shaped up Rande’s ‘do. In 2017, Kaia’s mom and fellow supermodel Cindy Crawford posted an Instagram photo of the YSL Beauty ambassador giving Rande a cut. “Waterfront haircuts by @KaiaGerber. Anyone need a trim?” Crawford, 56, captioned the shot, adding a scissor emoji.

That time, Kaia worked on the back of the businessman’s crown as he sat patiently, facing the lake.

The Gerbers have been enjoying life on the water. Earlier this month, Crawford shared a video of herself and Rande taking a ride on a jet ski.

“Feels like summer,” the Illinois native wrote alongside the Instagram clip shared on Saturday, August 6. One week prior, Crawford shared a photo of herself and Rande posing together on a dock, teasing in the caption, “Welcome to Gerber Island.”

In addition to Kaia, Crawford and Rande share son Presley Gerber, 23. The couple tied the knot in 1998 on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The ceremony was a relaxed one, with Crawford walking down the aisle barefoot in a lace slip dress.

“I wanted to look like the best version of the girl Rande loves waking up to every morning,” Crawford wrote in her 2015 book Becoming, per Brides. “Rather than have my dad walk me down the aisle and give me away, Rande and I chose to walk each other down the stairs that led to the beach and the ceremony.”



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