The Truth Behind Spironolactone
Spironolactone is an acne medication that works at a hormonal level. In our virtual private practice we see many clients that suffer from hormonal acne. The bad news-> it takes patients to rebalance your hormones because there is no quick fix and so many things can make our hormones wacky! The good news-> it's possible to naturally rebalance your hormones with a little bit of help and a lot less risks! And working with an integrative practitioner will show you all the short cuts and give you the tools you need to keep your hormones in check for long term success. While I truly believe there is no shame in using pharmaceutical drugs to help cope with pesky acne while you're also working to get to the root cause of your break outs, I do have a few bones to pick with Spironolactone in particular.
It seems there is not enough research at this time to truly prove how safe this drug is. It's a drug only recommended for healthy women (because it's been shown to cause breast formation in men). My main concern here is...What guidelines are put in place to decide if you are healthy enough to use this drug?! When you think about it... people are put on medication because they are not healthy... because people that are balanced and healthy do not require medication and do not have acne. Acne is a very common side effect of an underlying condition and a way that our body talks to us to tell us something is not right. It' s how our body asks us for help! And it's our job to listen.
CAUTION!!!! Spironolactone comes with a breast cancer warning. According to the National Cancer Institute, in the USA 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 40 years ago it was 1 in 20 women! That's a major increase! I personally cannot in good conscious recommend this to my private wellness clients and would work closely with them and their dermatologist to wean off this drug. In my opinion, any drug that puts you at higher risk for breast cancer does not seem like the best treatment method or worth the risk. I know living a life with breakouts is HARD. I've been there! But you deserve a treatment plan that takes a root cause approach that will not put you at higher risk for developing breast cancer. Breast cancer is on the rise and there is no doubt that hormonal medications like this are playing their part. The truth is...if you suffer from hormonal acne, there are many things you can do now while taking/weaning yourself off this medication. For starters you can avoid plastic, hormone disrupting cosmetics, synthetic fragrance from candles, avoid too much soy products, alcohol, hormonal birth control, meat from animals that are given synthetic hormones, and caffeine. You can also visit the links at the end of this blog for more helpful links!
Spironolactone is not safe to take with any potassium supplement or any high potassium foods like leafy greens, bananas, coconut water, avocados, sweet potatoes, and more. Any drug that requires you to avoid healing super foods like these is worth questioning.
Spironolactone is also known to cause magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is truly a do it all nutrient. It's helpful in reducing period crams, PMS, muscle and eye twitching, mood boosting, helpful with cholesterol and diabetes, and so much more. Almost all Americans are deficient in magnesium due to pharmaceutical use and stress but it's one of the most important nutrients for our bodies! If you take Spironolactone you may want to consider taking a high quality magnesium supplement. Here are two of our favorites ---> Capsules & Calm Drink
Being an Integrative Health Practitioner we always ask the question WHY. Why are the hormones imbalanced? We want to work with you to explore that why! In western medicine, doctors are trained to prescribe you a medication (they may or may not discuss the risks, side effects, and vitamin deficiencies with you) and send you on your way. No one cares more about rebalancing your body than you do! So be your own health detective so you can make an informed decision that you feel good about! If you decide to take a drug make sure you educate yourself on what you need to do to properly support yourself while taking it.
In Good Health,
Your loving Integrative Health Practitioners
Please see links below for more helpful information on hormone health!
More helpful tips on how to balance hormones naturally:
Seed Cycling - cheap and easy way to help regulate hormones
Toxic Free Cosmetics - that will NOT dissrupt your hormones