Like all of you I am on a quest to clear my skin and bring my body to some form of hormonal balance. A little about my acne i actually never had acne issue until I went on another bcp (for PCOS and irregular cycles) called Lutera. I was on that for 2 months or so and came off of it because I was getting really weird side effects like night sweats, nausea and mild acne of course. When I came off of it all hell broke loose and I started experiencing hot flashes, more acne, extremely oily skin, and body acne. I became severely depressed for about 6 months and began researching and started using Dong Quai, Licorice Root and Peony Extract. While this did help regulate my cycle initially i started getting weird side effects and worse acne and stopped.
Now I actually tried Ortho Cyclen before and took it for about 11 days and broke out in BAD cystic acne. I am prone to cystic acne but don't experience them often. Spiro also causes me to breakout in cysts but to be fair I've never given either medication a fair shot... the cysts really scare the crap out of me. Now why dont I try something like yasmin/yaz you ask? Well I also suffer from hormonal migraines with Aura. I did actually try Yasmin this summer for 4 days and immediately got off and not only experienced worse acne but also migraines.
So why ortho cyclen? Well the brief amount of time I took it my chest acne cleared up almost immediately. The skin on my face aside from the cysts that formed was super soft and smooth. And when I came off of it not only did I not get anymore cysts my skin on my face got much clearer and my chest actually stayed clear until I tried to mess around with Yasmin. Weird stuff lol. So here I am about to start Ortho again and the whole purpose of me doing this is to hopefully get support to get through this initial breakout period. And to commit myself to sticking to regimen and maintain a positive attitude which is hard because acne makes me super depressed. Hopefully this will be a way for me to track my success and help out others going through something similar to me. Will start Ortho soon and have started Metformin 500mg. Wish me luck guys will keep this updated! Thanks