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  1. Hi everyone, I really need your help! I went on the Yaz generic version, Loryna, almost 8 months ago (I'm on the last week of my 7th pack) for my acne and to regulate my period. While my period is regular now, I'm still experiencing consistent itchy breakouts, many cystic and some whiteheads. It seems like every day I'm getting a new one! I'm really conflicted because when I told my gyno about this a few months ago, she said "stay on it for a year". I feel like if it's really not working, it'll just keep damaging my skin and leaving behind scars. I'm also scared that I'll break out even more if I go off of it, but honestly I've been breaking out in such weird places I haven't before (pretty much every area of my face at some point) that I'm thinking it might actually help to go off of it. So what do you guys think? Should I stay on Loryna for at least 5 more months or quit it now? Or should I try to get on another brand of birth control? Also, I've attached some pictures so you guys can see how my skin looks right now. Thanks in advance for any tips you give!
  2. I am desperately seeking out success stories from people who have dealt with acne after stopping birth control! I'm 22 and was on Yasmin for about 5 years. I went off it 7 months ago due to the risk of stroke. I immediately started breaking out although I have never in my life had issues with acne. It has gotten worse in the past 3 months & I seem to get new pimples every day. I'm starting to lose hope & going back on birth control is not an option for me. I really would like to hear stories from people who have had a similar experience! Especially those who feel their acne is clearing or cleared. thank you!
  3. Today marks a new chapter in my acne journey with PCOS. I have found this forum incredibly helpful throughout my decision-making/research process and would like to contribute as well. Let's call this a little experiment shall we... To begin, a bit of backstory: I started getting acne when I was seventeen years old due to fluctuating hormones and diet (isolated to my forehead thankfully). However, upon cleaning up my diet by eliminating processed junk foods and sugar, I was fine in a year or so. With that being said, I have never had a regular "time of the month" (I'm currently 22). It got especially bad this past year, and that is when my bad hormonal cystic acne began forming (only on my forehead, chin and jawline are all clear). I was determined not to go on the birth control pill, as I wanted to deal with the problem naturally. I went to a holistic doctor, worked with acupuncturists and special facial treatments. Nothing seemed to help. I eliminated dairy, gluten, refined sugars and ALL processed foods. It got to the point I even eliminated any inflammatory foods (ex. tomatoes, citrus fruits...even strawberries for goodness sake!) But there was absolutely NO improvement. In fact, this past week...everything has worsened. *It's also worth noting that I have not had a visit from mother nature in over three months. Ever since this cystic acne breakout on my cheeks, my menstrual cycle has been horribly irregular* SO...I went to see my doctor and explained my troubles. She recommended seeing a dermatologist (as if I haven't already tried every topical ointment and cream in the universe and been seeing a dermatologist for years). She diagnosed me with PCOS due to my acne, irregular cycle, some excess facial hair starting, depression, and a few other symptoms (I am very thin however and have never struggled with weight- so we shall see how the birth control pill affects my weight). I asked my doctor if I could go on the birth control pill for an extended period of time. I am aware that things get worse after getting off the pill, so I intended to stay on it for fifteen to twenty years, or until I decide to have children. This is a completely personal choice of mine, as I am in an on-camera career where acne is simply not acceptable. I am quite nervous to start this pill, but I have so much hope that this will work out in three months or so. I am completely aware of the side effects, but this is so important to me for so many reasons. I have heard it gets better before it gets worse, so I will be seeing a wonderful woman who does facial treatments (specifically designed for healing the skin and not just extracting pimples) twice a week until my hormones balance out. I will also be continuing to manage PCOS symptoms as if I weren't on the pill by eating a low GI diet, getting sufficient exercise and undergoing acupuncture hopefully if I decide to come off it sooner, I will have an easier time stabilizing my hormones. I will try to post some photos of my progress and I intend to keep weekly updates here for anyone interested. I know for me, the infamous "initial breakout" was a huge fear of I will be sure to document exactly when that affects me and how severely. Also FYI, the pill I am going on is Yasmin. I have heard great reviews about this pill for acne and PCOS, but of course only time will tell if it works well with my own body. I wish you all the best of luck with your own acne journeys. Despite all the emotional struggle (and DAYS I have spent crying over such a superficial issue), we are all beautiful and special human beings. We'll get through this together! Love you all xoxo
  4. 4 months with Diane-35

    Already doing 4 months into this birth control pill... It has been a roller-coaster trip. Emotionally and physically. The good news? My ACNE has get a lot better, but it hasn´t disappear completely. I have already said it, but the thing of the breasts getting bigger is 100% true!. Also, my hirsutism has improve. And I don´t have massive, long periods as before. The bad side effects? First things first, my mood: I feel sometimes SO depressed, not knowing why. And my tummy is swollen as it has NEVER been before, I feel as if i was pregnant or something. And my appetite has increased a lot! In conclusion, it´s the pill worth it? Definitely. Is it going to make your life better suddenly, will all your problems disappear? Absolutely not. I don´t know, This is what I feel about it now. I will continue posting.
  5. Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you all the knowledge I've picked up about acne and how for some women, it's actually rooted in PCOS and/or estrogen dominance. It's taken me far too long to get diagnosed with PCOS, which was actually the cause of my sudden onset 'adult acne', due to inefficient doctors. I created this in an effort to help other women who have suddenly been plagued with skin issues and other hormonal problems. In the guide, I talk about how you can use prescriptive meds, as well as food, tea and herbs, to help hormonal acne and other symptoms of endocrine imbalance. I also explain what tests to ask for as you seek a diagnosis and how to interpret your blood work. I hope this helps you on your journey to good health. Q&A About Hormonal Acne, PCOS and Estrogen Dominance How do I know if my acne is hormonal? Hormonal acne tends to manifest on the lower half of the face, especially around the chin, jawline, neck and mouth. If your acne is caused by hormonal fluctuations, it will typically get worse during the last week of your cycle. If you have PCOS, you will usually have skin issues almost every day of your cycle with some days being worse than others, since several hormones are out of balance; you'll also be more prone to androgenic back/shoulder/chest acne. Blood work (list of tests to ask for here) will confirm if estrogen dominance, PCOS, or in rarer cases, another endocrine disorder (i.e., late onset congenital hyperplasia) could be causing your acne. Saliva testing is also an option, but it isn't covered through insurance. It's best to get blood work done around cycle day 3. What is PCOS and what causes it? How do I know if I might have PCOS? PCOS is an endocrine disorder that causes acne/oily skin, excess hair on the chin/upper lip/sideburns/neck/belly/groin/chest, annovulation, ovarian cysts, weight fluctuations, obesity, high LDL/low HDL, heavy periods, blood sugar attacks, brain fog after meals, etc. Blood work typically shows elevated androgens [DHEA-S, free T, total T, DHT], a high LH:FSH ratio, elevated estrogen and low progesterone in the luteal phase. Every case of hormonal acne isn't caused by PCOS, but if you have any of these other symptoms, it's worth getting evaluated: 1 in 10 women have it, and symptoms can be subtle enough to be initially missed. PCOS also tends to strike in the early 20s, which is why many women who were acne-free as a teenager suddenly get hit by skin issues. PCOS is caused by many factors, including the environment and our genetics. If your mother, sister or grandmother has PCOS, there's a higher likelihood you'll have it, too. Some hypothesize it's rooted in inflammation; others believe the pill can cause PCOS by inhibiting ovulation after use. Even among lean PCOS'ers, insulin resistance is a common factor. (PCOS Diva gives an excellent explanation of the causes of the disorder.) Girls who go through early puberty are also more likely to develop PCOS. Example of blood work showing PCOS with estrogen dominance (my results, luteal phase): Estradiol: 400 pg/ml (extremely elevated) Progesterone: 1.6 (extremely low) Free T: 4.1 (upper limit of normal) Total T: 45 (exact upper limit of normal) DHEA-S: 498 (extremely elevated) What is estrogen dominance? There is ‘good’ estrogen all women have - estradiol (e2). Estrogen is highest from around the time menses stops until we ovulate, where it will suddenly peak and taper off as we approach menses again. So, if you have a perfect 28 day period cycle and bleed 5 days, estrogen will climb from days 5-13, then peak around days 14-15 before declining. Then there are xenoestrogens, or ‘bad’ estrogens from the environment, which are responsible for PCOS, estrogen dominance and acne. Xenoestrogens are endocrine disruptors; they mimic e2 by attaching to e2 hormone receptors in a lock-and-key mechanism. They cause a host of health issues, including impaired thyroid function, endometriosis, cysts, fibroids and PMDD. (This is why many women with PCOS also have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.) PCOS and estrogen dominance often go hand in hand. What is a normal progesterone level and why is it important? Normal progesterone levels are essential for balanced hormonal health, stable moods, clear skin and the prevention of diseases like endometrial cancer. Like estrogen, progesterone fluctuates through the cycle. Healthy ovaries produce small amounts of progesterone until ovulation, where it peaks suddenly and steadily increases until menstruation begins. Progesterone has a soothing effect that prevents insomnia and mood swings, so low progesterone is responsible for all your annoying PMS symptoms, including chocolate cravings. (Fun fact: chocolate, esp. dark chocolate, is high in magnesium, and magnesium boosts progesterone.) If you have PMDD, a more severe form of PMS, there’s a high likelihood that you are deficient in progesterone. A natural progesterone cream, DIM and calcium d-glucarate help balance excess estrogen. (More about this below.) Does PCOS look the same in every woman? Definitely not. You can have PCOS and be lean; you can have PCOS and still get a monthly period, though your periods may be heavy or clotty; and contrary to the name, you don't have to have cysts to get diagnosed. Some women have subtle symptoms across the board with acne being their biggest complaint. For others, skin is clear but scalp hair is thinning. And hirsutism (facial hair growth) can range from having a few coarse hairs to needing to shave. PCOS is not one size fits all. However, acne tends to be one of the most common symptoms. Confusion about what constitutes PCOS and what doesn't leads many women to go without a diagnosis for years. It's a complex endocrine disorder better treated by a reproductive endocrinologist; with the right regimen, you can reverse it. What is a healthy level of estrogen? Why does too much estrogen cause acne? Estrogen fluctuates throughout the cycle, so what's considered normal at one point may be considered abnormal at another. In general, women in their 20s and 30s should have e2 levels that are roughly around 40-70 pg/ml during their follicular phase, 160-230 pg/ml during peak ovulation, and 100-80 pg/ml in the luteal phase as estrogen drops for menses. (I used this chart as a reference for e2 levels.) Why does too much estrogen cause acne? After all, estrogen is said to make skin smooth, plump and soft. This is true, but too much of a good thing ends up hurting rather than helping. In the case of estrogen dominance, it's xenoestrogens throwing the body out of whack that cause acne. (More about this below.) Estrogen eclipsing progesterone means testosterone is more readily converted into DHT via the enzyme 5 alpha reductase. DHT is a potent androgen responsible for hair loss and acne. How to Interpret Your Blood Work (And the Problem with Reference Ranges) A big problem with hormone health is using lab reference ranges for a diagnosis. Lab reference ranges are based off a wide range of healthy AND unhealthy control groups and therefore don’t provide accurate guidelines to follow. Yet western doctors often rigidly adhere to them. This is how many women with estrogen dominance and/or PCOS go undiagnosed for years. Example: When I got blood drawn in my luteal phase (a week or so before my period), my progesterone was only 1.6 ng/dl. Normal progesterone levels for a woman in her 20s in the luteal phase is at least 8 ng/dl. Yet Quest claims anything over 1.0 ng/dl is ‘normal’ for the follicular phase, so my doctor looked at that instead and brushed me off. Any competent doctor would infer that a progesterone level of 1.6 in the luteal phase (post-ovulation) means that ovulation didn’t occur. Worse still, my estradiol levels were teetering on 400 pg/ml, showing a huge disparity between estrogen:progesterone - yet Quest said up to 460 pg/ml is normal in the luteal phase, so it went ignored. Another example: Sites like emedicinehealth say a ‘normal’ level of total testosterone in young women is 15-70 ng/dl. Yet most women start exhibiting symptoms of androgen dominance, namely acne, once total T is over 40 ng/dl. As a quick summary, here's how to spot estrogen dominance and/or PCOS on your blood work: PCOS Total T over 40 ng/dl Free T over 2.5 ng/dl DHEA-S over 200 ng/dl HDL under 60 3:1 LH/FSH ratio Fasting blood glucose over 90 mmol/L (100-125 mmol/L is indicative of pre-diabetes) Estradiol over 100 pg/ml in the luteal phase (1 week before period) Progesterone less than 8 ng/dl in the luteal phase Estrogen Dominance Estradiol over 100 pg/ml in the luteal phase Progesterone less than 8 ng/dl in the luteal phase Treating PCOS with Estrogen Dominant Features (& Tips for Healing Estrogen Dominance) **Licorice+Peony: High DHEA-S occurs in over 50% of PCOS'ers. This is a potent combo clinically shown to help regulate the adrenals and lower DHEA-S, which causes male hair growth, acne and oily skin. The peony offsets the feminizing effect of Licorice by boosting progesterone. As with any adaptogenic herb, it's trial and error. Licorice+peony has helped lower my DHEA-S by almost 200 points, which is truly a miracle; it has not made symptoms of my estrogen dominance worse. Licorice has the potential to elevate blood pressure, therefore you shouldn't use it if you have hypertension. Adaptogens should be taken for two weeks followed by a short break. **DIM [soy-free] with calcium D-glucarate and fiber: For estrogen dominance. 100mg/DIM with 200mg/calcium D-glucarate and high amounts of fiber will help flush BAD estrogens out of your system, all while providing an anti-androgen effect. Note: taking DIM without these secondary supplements will let bad estrogens 'hang out' in your body, which can worsen symptoms. DIM should ideally be soy-free. Soy is a phytoestrogen, which means it will theoretically compete with xenoestrogens to bind to e2 receptors. However, soy is also loaded with GMOs. Unsurprisingly, many people break out from it [myself included]. **Natural progesterone cream: A NPC will balance out estrogen dominance and reduce mood swings, PMS/PMDD, cysts, endometriosis, and acne. This is because a, progesterone has a calming, anti-anxiety effect and b, it helps combat androgens. Ona's and Pro-gest sell natural progesterone creams with excellent reviews. Apply the cream in the a.m. and p.m. on your inner thighs, palms, neck, inner arms and breasts - these areas have a dense number of capillaries to absorb the cream better. If your e2 levels are 250 pg/ml or higher in the luteal phase, wait several cycles before using a NPC to avoid an initial flare up of acne. A natural progesterone cream will 'wake up' estrogen receptor sites when first used. The fewer xenoestrogens in your body, the easier it will be to use the cream and the faster you will see results. Read this quick helpful guide about when and how to use the cream, including if you plan on getting pregnant. John Lee explains what dosage you should take and some benefits of NPC. **Magnesium: At least 250 mg/Magnesium in the p.m. will boost progesterone levels and promote result sleep. Many people are deficient in Magnesium anyway, especially Americans (due to our iron-rich diet containing red meat). Read about all the health benefits of Magnesium. Magnesium-rich foods and supplements can induce bowel movements. This is a good thing, since going regularly means improved endocrine function and the flushing out of toxins. If you're experiencing watery BMs or diarrhea, cut back your dose. If supplementing with vitamin D and a calcium pill, it's crucial to take a Magnesium supplement to avoid mineral imbalances. Myomin: Similar to DIM, this will flush bad estrogens out and improve estrogen metabolism. L-Theanine: This soothing supplement is said to help reduce adrenal androgens [DHEA-S in particular] by regulating the HPA axis and decreasing ACTH stimulation. Selenium: Encourages healthy progesterone; proven to help acne. Low-dose selenium is excellent for PCOS’ers who also have Hashi’s, which selenium also treats. Camu-Camu powder: A potent form of Vitamin C that boosts progesterone. Camu-Camu is said to be more organic than a typical Vitamin C supplements, which usually contains GMOs. Probiotics: Many women with PCOS have leaky gut or candida overgrowth in their intestinal tract. Supplementing with a chilled probiotic and eating pickled foods are a must. Dandelion tea: An excellent bitter that helps keep the liver clean. A healthy liver means fewer excess androgens, toxins and xenoestrogens. Metformin ER: Most women with PCOS have some form of insulin resistance (even if they are thin) and Metformin works to increase insulin sensitivity. Metformin also raises progesterone and prevents the ovaries from becoming hyperstimulated. In women with high DHEA-S, the adrenals respond to improved insulin sensitivity by reducing the output of DHEA-S. Extended release is preferable to the regular version, as it has fewer digestive side effects. Women across support forums online concur that low-dose Metformin seems to work better for lean PCOS (750mg/daily). Weight loss: Excess subcutaneous fat, especially around the abdomen, boosts androgens. Xenoestrogens are also stored in fatty tissue. Reduce red meat: Many women with estrogen dominance and PCOS get heavy, clotty periods from excess iron, plus too little magnesium. Red meat also boosts testosterone. Eat more salmon: Omega 3 fatty acids have been proven to fight inflammation, a huge underlying cause of acne and PCOS. Salmon has the most; you can also try sardines, rainbow trout and tuna. Fish oil pills a more affordable option, but always break open a few capsules first to ensure the bottle is fresh! Other sources of omega 3s. Vitamin E: Take no more than 100 IU/day. Vitamin E not only helps antagonize xenoestrogens, but it also encourages faster wound healing (an added benefit for acne). Vitamin D: Most women with PCOS are clinically deficient in vitamin D, even more so than the general population. Low vitamin D contributes to not only estrogen dominance, but improper thyroid function. Taking at least 1000 iu of D3 per day will help your body metabolize hormones efficiently. Consider investing in a distiller: Did you know that a huge portion of xenoestrogens we consume comes from our water? A distiller steams out these minute impurities, including heavy metals and fluoride that also contribute to endocrine disruption. Consider going Keto: The Ketogenic diet is especially helpful for women who are overweight and/or insulin resistant. Even too many good carbs from grains, legumes and fruits can spike insulin, which hyperstimulates the ovaries to produce excess androgens. Try having fewer than 60 carbs per day for at least six weeks and see how symptoms improve. What to avoid: **Spironolactone and birth control: You may be wondering, why not Spiro, the holy grail for acne? After all, doctors prescribe it (sometimes with the pill) for PCOS left and right. But this one size fits all approach is a MAJOR mistake for treating all cases of hormonal acne. Spiro and birth control both contribute to estrogen dominance. Spiro turns off testosterone but raises estrogen in the process; the pill, the ring and the patch pump synthetic estrogen into the body - the xenoestrogens we're trying to avoid. Low-dose estrogen pills, the mini-pill and Mirena worsen acne because of their androgenic effects. (The progestin in them isn't the same as the progesterone we want to raise.) Spironolactone or birth control is the better choice for PCOS'ers with high testosterone and low estrogen. **Stress: One major trigger for both PCOS and estrogen dominance is stress. Elevated DHEA-S and low progesterone are worsened by anxiety and sleeplessness taxing the adrenal glands, which disrupts the HPA axis. Lack of sleep also worsens acne. 'Pregnenolone steal' contributes to estrogen dominance, and it may play a role in PCOS. Essentially, pregnenolone is a precursor hormone your body needs to make cortisol and sex hormones. High amounts of cortisol are released during chronic periods of stress; pregnenolone is 'stolen' to make more cortisol; and in turn, when pregnenolone is in need of a boost, it 'steals' from estrogen, testosterone and/or progesterone. Nicole Jardim agrees that pregnenolone steal is one of the leading causes of progesterone deficiency. **Commercially raised meat, poultry, eggs and dairy: Eating red meat, eggs and dairy fewer than 4 times per month will relieve symptoms. Meat and animal byproducts have been scientifically proven to increase androgens, and dairy contains estrogenic hormones. **Plant estrogens: SOY, i.e. soy milk, edamame, non-dairy vegan/vegetarian frozen meals **Sugar and bad carbs: Carbs raise blood glucose levels (bad carbs even more so), which promotes increased androgens and insulin resistance. Avoid bad carbs as often as possible, especially snack packs, candy, pastries, white bread, baked potatoes, starchy veggies like peas and corn, sweet veggies like carrots and squash, and excess fruit. Click for a list of some low glycemic choices. Other rules of thumb to follow: Limit fruit intake to once per day. Choose low-carb options like raspberries and peaches over high glycemic fruits like watermelon and bananas. Swap white bread for wheat-free whole grains. (Wheat is a common source of gut inflammation, which worsens acne.) Choose sugar-free gum and mints. Eliminate high fructose corn syrup, corn flour/oil, maize, fructose and vinegar. (Click for other surprising sources of corn.) Limit alcohol intake to once per week, especially beer (13g carbs/can). Wine is low carb but a mildly estrogenic effect on the body. Click for a guide to low carb/low sugar alcohol. Interested in going on a diet, but don't know where to begin? PCOS Diva breaks down the Paleo diet, Atkins, etc. and explains which popular diets are best for PCOS. **Plastics, plastic food wraps **Pesticides and herbicides, non-organic produce **All artificial scents: CANDLES (particularly bad offender, coated in phalates), perfume, body sprays, car and wall air fresheners, Febreeze **Coffee: Caffeine screws with your adrenals, which worsens acne. It may also have the potential to boost estrogen, too. **Zinc supplements: Zinc supplements have been shown to boost testosterone if you are even mildly deficient in the mineral. It's safest getting zinc through food sources. Canned foods, esp. cans with BPA Car exhaust and indoor toxins Styrofoam cups Salad dressings Spermicide Industrial wastes Non-organic Detergents Non-organic personal care products, including tampons and pads Paints, lacquers and solvents
  6. Does anyone have experience with the birth control implant, and whether it causes acne flares? I have had acne since puberty. Tried the usual treatments of tetracyclines, benzol peroxide, bcp, as well as any fancy treatment system I could get my hands on. Eventually went on Accutane, which was a godsend. My skin has aged a lot since accutance, and I now have big pores and some scars. But it was worth it: the accutane brought my acne down 95% and was definitely worth it. Since then, I have been on twice daily finacea, which dampens the number of small whiteheads and blackheads I still get. Since I still get flares at irregular points, my doctor has put me on Trimethoprim 200mg/day for 2 months to see if we can tip the balance. Because of frequent travelling and headaches, I decided to try the birth control implant. I read many user reviews, looked at clinical trial data, and talked to my doctor and gynecologist. My doctors agreed that there was a small chance that my acne might reoccur. I'm still in the "settling in" phase for the implant, and have been told it will take at least a few months for my body to get use to it. 2 weeks in, and no big breakouts yet. I would really like for this to work, since not having to take a pill every day is awesome. Plus, unlike IUDs, this can't be knocked out of place and doesn't feel uncomfortable. Does anyone have experience with acne recovery and the implant? Any success stories out there?
  7. Post-Prednisone Hormonal Shift?

    I'm currently on Yaz and was also on Spironolactone for ~5 months and my acne was completely clear. I was then diagnosed with vasculitis and had to get off spironolactone to take prednisone to manage flare-ups. I was on and off Prednisone for about a month and a half. Once I started tapering the second time I was on it (which was for a period of about a month), I began breaking out in mostly small, flesh-colored pimples on my forehead, some on chest, and some on the center of my back. My dermatologist said it is not steroid acne and prescribed me Differin, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. A month after stopping Prednisone completely, I still have this acne, which comes and goes depending on the amount of Differin I use, which comes with its own host of side effects. I'm wondering if it's caused by going off the Spironolactone and I should get back on that medication, or if it's possible that my body is responding to a hormonal shift from taking the Prednisone so sporadically? My acne is definitely hormonal, so I'm wondering if it will stabilize? Does anyone have any experience with this?
  8. Ok so, I was prescribed dianette which is only prescribed for acne, but on my file they said they had to put is was sexually active. So now they want to put me on accutane and I discovered I have to take birth control, even though I'm completely abstinent. I do not feel comfortable taking pregnancy tests or blood tests to see if I'm pregnant when there is no chance I will be! Does anyone have advice on this? I'm tempted to not take the birth control that will be prescribed, but it would be better to avoid it in the first place.
  9. Through my most difficult times I was reading through forums and I promised myself that if I ever cleared up my acne for good I would make an account and share my story. I first started getting acne when I was 10. At first it was only a bunch of tiny bumps on my forehead that weren't noticeable until you came up close. In the following two years, it developed into severe cystic acne over my entire face but somehow it didn't get to me too much, probably since I was still quite young and I didn’t care much about my appearance. My mom took me to see the GP for the first time when I was in 8th grade and I was prescribed birth control. It took a while to work but eventually I only had one or two pimples on my face at a time. During this time I also used proactive which didn't really do much. Around the time I started high school, the tiny bumps on my forehead came back but it was nothing I couldn't deal with. I switched to the Exposed Skin Care regimen and bought myself a Clarisonic. Everything was under control until I turned 14. The acne on my forehead became bigger and redder so I went back to the GP and was prescribed Differin. It took about two months to clear up the bulk of it. However, a few months later the cystic acne returned over my face and I felt extremely insecure about it. They were painful red bumps that were really noticeable and it even with makeup it looked terrible. This time, I begged my mom to take me to see the GP again. The GP prescribed me with tetracycline which I took for about 6 months and by the end my skin was the clearest it had been in 4 years. I definitely took this for granted. My skin had stayed clear for a solid period of time and I got used to having only the occasional pimple. When the acne came back in full force after only a few months of stopping the antibiotics it hit me harder than ever. I became extremely depressed. I hid in my room, cried a lot and lashed out at my parents constantly. In complete honesty, I felt the way I did partly because I had credited an easier life to having clear skin. I don't believe acne can prevent you from accomplishing something but because I am not a strong person, it took away my confidence and prevented me from doing a lot of things. Anyway, I booked an appointment with my GP and spent a month in my room just counting down the days until I could receive some sort of treatment. I cried every single day. When the day finally came, my GP gave me epiduo (or tactupump depending on where you’re from). I used it religiously, praying that it would work. It made my skin raw and painful to the touch. The pain made me even more frustrated and I would just cry and cry. Eventually, my skin got used to the epiduo and it would only become slightly irritated when I applied it. But still, the acne was as bad as ever. By this time my senior year had started and I spent the days hiding away and never looking anyone in the eye. I honestly felt so ugly all of the time. When I went for my follow-up the next month, my GP switched my birth control and put me back on antibiotics with a low dose for a shortened 3 months and told me to continue using the epiduo. When I ran out of the pills I would cry worrying that it would come back. I read people’s horror stories saying the acne always came back since antibiotics are never a permanent solution. I eventually realized I was wasting my time and stressing myself out for no reason. And funny enough, my acne hasn’t come back since. I’m still using epiduo every night because I’ll always be a little paranoid but it doesn’t bother my skin anymore. I use Shiseido face wash (since I realized Exposed Skin Care also didn’t really do anything) and Eucerin calming cream in the morning. My skin has become quite sensitive so I use sheet masks regularly and I stay away from any sort of clay mask that is supposed to combat acne. No change in diet has ever greatly impacted my skin throughout my struggle with acne, but it might be helpful to note that I don’t drink milk because I absolutely hate the taste. Now, I go bare faced almost everyday. I hope this was helpful to somebody. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions. I’d be happy to explain any part in detail since I did try to condense 7 years into a few paragraphs. Good luck.
  10. Loryna and acne

    Hi guys! Ive been on the generic pill of Yaz, Loryna, going on 3 months. Before taking this pill, I consulted with my OB about how I'm always breaking out on my chin in what appears cystic acne. It hurts verrry badly. She said I wouldn't see a clear up until 6 months until my hormones balance to the pill and I understood. My problem is, I use to never break out on my whole entire face and now I am and they leave behind scars. What can I do in the meantime to help the progression of clearing my acne on the pill? Thank you!!! Update: I use a clinque exfoliating face wash. I put rosehip oil on my chin (barely helps) and clean and clear moisturizer in the white bottle.
  11. I just wanted to put my two cents in for the discussion. So, I'm 26. When I was 13 I started having acne, so my doctor put me on the pill - Yasmin - which I continuously took until September 2014, when I took off for a trip around Asia. 5 months in Asia, humid air, salty water, freedom and all those backpacker's ideals - so I thought that I didn't need anything (not even deodorant... yeah). While out of the pill I had cramping and heavy, not very regular periods. I had been clear of acne for several years, only one or two pimples sometimes. I even took Roacutan during my teens. After stopping the pill, I continued clear for some months, until around March/April 2015. My skin went downhill from then on. In June I couldn't take it anymore - I went back on the pill Yasmin. Worst decision ever. I had huge side-effects that I had never had before. I was a hormonal, depressed and no libido caos. I changed the pill, to Microgynon, which kept me in that same exact caos, but added me extra weight and bloating. I couldn't take it anymore. It even started to take a toll on my relationship. I started researching and creating a plan to go off the pill again. I tried to identify the common mistakes that are made and the ones I personally made. And I reached a conclusion. When I stopped the pill, I was drinking a lot of healthy shakes, full of vegetables, stopped eating dairy and gluten, reduced sugars and red meats, took a bunch of vitamins, supplements, superfoods... And that's all great, super healthy (if done properly) and helpful in the long run - meaning, it takes time to actually have an effect. And acne is far too destructive to "wait it out". At the same time, I was not taking care of my skin directly. In the first months, following the "backpacker's ideals", I was not even washing my face properly, let alone have a stable regimen of moisturizers and cleansers. I did nothing other than a random scrub one time, a random mask another time, a random moisturizer every other week, things that I would research but discard when it didn't have a dramatic effect. Skin needs stability and I was surprising it every other month. Coming back to real life, I realise now that you need to take care of your actual skin if you have an unbalance, like we do. Now, only 6 months after restarting the pill, on December 2015 I stopped again. It's been 3 months now, only had 1 period and my skin started to go south again, but I managed to control it. It's now really good and clear. I've been taking, every morning for the last 1 and 1/2 months, Zink (30mg) , Vitamin D (I live in Denmark, so, yeah, no not that much sun) and Evening primrose oil (1300mg). I kind of follow the regimen, but with products from around my place (too much work ordering stuff from the States - and expensive). So, cleanser and moisturizer (with jojoba) twice a day, and a small dose of BP at night. A gave a LOT OF ATTENTION to the ingredients when choosing my products: focused on non-comedogenic stuff. In my "all-natural" fase, I though "oh coconut oil seems really nice - let me smear that all over my face and body and hair". Big mistake - it's highly comedogenic. Even when I put in on my body or hair I have to be extra careful not to let any of it touch my face, or a break out is sure to follow. Basically the point I'm trying to get across is that we tend to think we will fix this by trying to eat differently, cutting specific foods or taking supplements and vitamins. But that is simply not enough. So, my plan consist now on the following: 1) Cleanse and moisturize twice a day and do the Benzoyl Peroxide once a day, at night, in specific areas. If consistently clear, do BP every other day. But always moisturize! Except every 3 days, when using Glycolic acid at night. 2) I would advise not to scrub, as I noticed that whenever I scrub a breakout happens. Salicylic acid makes me break out as well. 3) Use gentle products, NON-COMEDOGENIC - and jojoba oil for me is a great addition to any moisturizing cream. 4) Take zink. It's backed by several scientific studies, it does make a difference. I take Evening Primrose Oil, even though I read a lot of studies that point out that it's really useless - but somehow I want to give it a try. 5) Do research - actual research, in scientific studies, not only in random blogs. Be critic. 6) When or if the acne gets worse, adjust, but not completely change your regimen. The key is stability. 7) Do eat healthy and exercise. Less sugar and processed foods and no dairy. I am aware that the worse is yet to come. Only after 5/6 months did I start feeling the acne coming back strong. The thing is... this time I have a plan, this time I'm prepared. I have a stable regimen, gentle products, good diet and supplements. I have an all-round strategy. Let's see and hope for the best!
  12. I'm19 & I never had completely clear skin but I wouldn't say I ever had acne (until now) in high school I would just get random pimples but it wasn't severe. Anyway I was on this birth control (Aviane) & I started to break out like crazy all over my cheeks, mostly painful cystic pimples! I was on it for a few months because I thought my skin would eventually adjust, after four months I couldn't take it anymore & I decided to switch. I've now been on my new birth control (Cryselle) for two weeks & I noticed that I'm still breaking out way more than I normally would be (less than on aviane but still more than normal). So I'm just wondering is it supposed to take some time for my skin to adjust or do I have to switch again?!? I also have a bunch of purple spots where old pimples were so any tips on how to get rid of that would also be very helpful! (I also have some hole type scars now, like craters I guess, but I'm assuming those are permanent sadly)
  13. 1. Type of Progestin Every birth control uses progestin (a synthetic form of the progesterone hormone). There are many different types of progestin. It is very important that the type of progestin is LOW in androgenic activity, meaning it doesn't send your testosterone into overdrive and create acne. Here is a list to help choose a birth control. Neutral (won't affect acne either way) No hormones. Copper Paraguard IUD Good (can reduce acne) Drospirenone. Anti-androgenic. Used in Yaz, Yasmin, BeYa, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Zarah Norgestimate. Low androgenic. Ortho Tri Cyclen, Tri Sprintec, TriNessa, Ortho Cyclen, MonoNessa, Sprintec. Cyproterone acetate. Low androgenic. Diane-35, Dianette. Chlormadinone. Low-medium androgenic. Belara. Not-so-good (may not make it worse, but probably won't make it better) Ethynodial diacetate. Medium androgenic. Zovia, Demulen. Desogestrel. Medium androgenic. Mircette, Apri, Reclipsen, Desogen, Kariva. Gestodene. Medium androgenic, Femodene, Femodette, Millinette. Norethindrone. Medium androgenic. Estrostep, Ortho Novum, Loestrin, Minestrin, Brevicon, Synphasic, Ovcon, Cyclafem. Bad (pizza face alert!) Levonorgestrel. High androgenic. Enpress, Plan B, Mirena IUD, Seasonique, Lutera, Portia, Amethyst, Alesse, Seasonale, Triquilar, Triphasil, Aviane. Nogestrel. High androgenic. Cryselle, Ovral, Ogestrel, Ovrette. Etonogestrel. Medium-high androgenic. NuvaRing, Implanon, Nexplanon. DMPA. Medium-high androgenic. DepoProvera. 2. Level of Estrogen Most birth control pills add in estradiol, which is a synthetic form of the hormone estrogen. Generally, skin is clearer when a pill has a moderate to a high level of estrogen. The new "low-dose" pills basically take an existing pill, and cut down the estrogen, so you have way more progestin circulating in proportion to estradiol. It still works for birth control, since you can prevent pregnancy with progestin alone. But cutting the estrogen is bad news for acne most of the time. This isn't a comprehensive list, but some common low-dose BC you should avoid: No Estradiol, all Progestin Depo Provera Implanon NuvaRing Mini-pill Mirena IUD Nexplanon Ultra Low-Dose Alesse (Aviane, Lessina, Lutera, Sronyx) Levlite Loestrin Fe Mircette Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo Low Dose Cyclessa Desogen Levlen21 LoOvral Microgestin Fe Nordette Orthocept Seasonale (Seasonique) 3. Hormone Stability For many, the right progestin type and the right estradiol level will clear them up just fine. For others, however, an extra step is needed. Some acne sufferers have breakouts every time their hormones fluctuate, such as at ovulation (when testosterone rises), or leading up to menstruation (when progesterone rises). Many pills, since their primary purpose is to prevent pregnancy as invisibly as possible, try to replicate normal hormone fluctuations. So each pill has a slightly different set of hormones, to put your body in a cycle. Some people just cannot get clear with their hormones changing all the time. If this sounds like you, please consider trying a "monophasic" pill, which keeps your hormone levels at an even keel throughout the month. Example: Ortho Tri Cyclen is a "triphasic" pill which varies your hormones. A better option would be "Ortho Cyclen", a "monophasic" pill that keeps them stable. Monophasic Pills (NOT a comprehensive list, same colors from Progestin Type List) Alesse Brevicon Diane-35 (Dianette) Kariva Ortho Cyclen (MonoNessa, Sprintec) Yasmin Yaz Demulen (Zovia) Make it easy for me, what do you recommend? For some of you, this is just way too much information. However, don't just go to your dermatologist and tell him/her you want birth control. Many dermatologists, however educated they are, don't make very informed choices about hormonal acne. They'll just give you whatever brand is giving them free samples that month, or else their knowledge of hormonal acne is 10+ years old (concurrent with when they graduated medical school). So, if you just want an easy answer, this my Top 6 list. 1. Yasmin (or Ocella or Zarah) • best type of progestin, monophasic, 30ug of estradiol 2. Yaz (or BeYaz) • best type of progestin, monophasic, but only 20ug of estradiol 3. Ortho Cyclen (or MonoNessa or Sprintec) • good progestin, monophasic, 35ug of estradiol 4. Diane-35 (or Dianette) • good progestin, monophasic, 35ug of estradiol 5. Demulen 1/35E or Demulen 1/50E (or Zovia 1/35E or Zovia 1/50E) • okay progestin, monophasic, 35ug or 50ug of estradiol 6. Ortho Novum 1/35 or Ortho Novum 1/50 • okay progestin, monophasic, 35ug or 50ug of estradiol Frequently Asked Questions What about the mini-pill? There are several different brand names for the mini-pill. A mini-pill uses only progestin and has no estrogen at all. Mini-pills are a terrible choice if you have acne, as they frequently cause acne in people who never had it in the first place. Some of the implant types of birth control, such as the Mirena IUD, also only use progestin, and can increase acne. But my friend is on ______ and her skin is great! Even though it's on your bad list! Look, I am just here to provide information and some general principles. There are always exceptions, and new information is coming out all the time. Feel free to ask questions, but in the end, you're gonna do what you want...if it doesn't work out in the end, well I won't say I told you so.
  14. Hi, Cut a long story short I was taking spiro for my cystic acne and had been on it for about 8 months. I have now had to come off it as I was experiencing hair loss. My doctor said about dianette the birth control pill, as it is similar to spiro as it's an anti-anodgren blocker. I am apprehensive to start it because I I had to come off the pill last year as my doctor suspected I had phlebitis and after coming off the pill was when I got my lumps on my forehead. I haven't taken any spiro for about a week and I am due on next week, I am concerned my legs will hurt again if I take pill, I Â concerned if I start the pill my hormones will be up in arms again, the pill may not work and what if I stay off All medication that my cysts could be gone fir good? I don't know what to do can someone give me some advice on what they would do if it were them? Thanks, CharlotteÂ
  15. Hello everyone! I'm really hoping someone will have helpful input and maybe even a solution After being on it for 5 years, I stopped taking the birth control pill about 8 months ago and have developed moderate-severe acne on my cheeks and chin. Mind you, I didn't have an acne issue before starting birth control or while I was on it. I'm starting to get really frustrated though, because I figured if I gave my body time to acclimate my hormones would eventually balance themselves out. My acne actually seems to be getting worse and I'm starting to panic especially because I'm starting to scar. I've tried numerous over the counter acne treatments, face washes, moisturizers, not washing my face, the regimen, doxycycline, a vegan diet, and more. I'm currently taking vitamin A and vitamin D to see if that makes a dent. I've also been going to acupuncture for the last 2 weeks to see if they can balance my hormones naturally. I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO ANYMORE. Any girls out there have a similar experience? HELLLLP PLEASE
  16. Has anyone experience moderate to severe acne after stopping Yaz? I was on Yaz for 5 years, I stopped taking it 8 months ago. Since then I have experienced EXTREMELY oily skin and moderate acne that seems to be getting worse with time. This is really disheartening, I figured after my hormones started to level out that maybe my skin would too. I didn't even have acne before I started birth control... Now my chin and right cheek are covered with pimples and red marks from previous spots. I've tried doxycycline, various face washes, the regimen, and a few other treatments. Nothings really seemed to work. I REALLY don't want to go back on the pill because I know I'll have to deal with this eventually. Hoping there's someone out there that went through this that might have a solution?
  17. So I've decided to try and switch from taking birth control pills to a copper iud. The two times I have been on birth control my skin has gotten a bit better while on it granted but I hate the way my body reacts to it otherwise. I get really extreme mood swings, night sweats, my sex drive is a lot lower and I have less body hair (this would be a great thing if my eyebrows and lashes weren't included). I don't feel comfortable with the idea of constantly putting hormones into my body over a long period of time considering it changes my body so much. I just don't feel like I'm myself when I am on the pill. The only thing stopping me from switching is my acne. I know that once I switch my face is going to blow up. I know I am going to switch at some point I am just not sure when. I'm starting accutane on the 9th and I'm not sure if I should switch while I'm on it or once I finish. My thinking is that if I switch while I am on it the accutane will deal with any break outs that are a result from the hormone imbalance and that by the time I get off accutane my hormones will have become stable again. I am afraid that if I wait until after I am done with the treatment that it will undo the effects of the accutane. I'm just hoping that my derm doesn't give me a hard time about switching BC during my treatment and my gyno is willing to fit me with a IUD considering I'm only 19. Does anyone have any experience with switching BC while on accutane?
  18. 10/5/2012 Over One Year Later...

    From the album Face the Facts

    Over one year later, and I'm still excited about how well avoiding certain foods (for me, tomato, avocado, grapefruit, safflower oil, cola, pumpkin + nightshades) and taking birth control has improved my complexion. I feel comfortable enough about my skin's resiliency to actually wear make-up now... thus the picture with make-up (eye shadow, eye liner, and lip color). For the record, I wash my face only once a day now, and I have been doing so for the most since over a year ago. It's funny, because I washed my face twice a day when my acne was really bad. My point is this--for people who think people have acne because their skin is "dirty"... GET A CLUE! One more thing! I use Wal-Mart face cleanser now! SO MUCH CHEAPER. Before, I would spend quite a bit of money on fancy products claiming to rid my face of acne (e.g. Sheseido, Proactiv, Murad, Aveda, etc.) Now I can spend $7 on a cleanser and $8 on a good SPF face lotion and call it a day! The point here is this (and a lot of you probably already know this)--expensive products, for the most part, claim to fix things that they can't fix, because the root of the problem is more than skin-deep!
  19. 10-Year Battle with Acne

    Hi all! For the past little while I have been reading other's posts with their acne struggle, and I have been so impressed with the community and support that I thought I would try my own! So I'm going (try) and do long story short, but it may just end up long story long! If you don't want to read it all, I won't be offended if you just skip to the end I first started getting acne when I was in 6th grade, and by 8th grade it was awful. I started on a topical and antibiotic (I believe it was differin and doxy) but nothing was doing anything. By grade 9, I was put on accutane. At first, my body could not handle the dose that I was on, so I went off of it. A few months later, I went back on a very low dose... and this became the start of my prolonged battle with accutane. For about four years (I know, super unusual!) I was on about 40mg of accutane 2x/week (typical dose between 40-80mg daily!) I was also on multiple different birth controls over these four years (but was not sexually active). Every time I went off of accutane for periods of time, I would break out and my skin was awful (cysts, never ending pimples, blackheads, and viciously oily skin). I told myself at the start of my sophomore year in college, I would give accutane one more go. I was paired with a birth control, and I broke out completely in perioral dermatitis (a cross between acne and eczema). My skin had never been worse. I immediately went cold turkey on accutane and swore that would be the last and final time I would use it. I was then put on doxy which within a few months, cleared the pd. However, in January of my junior year in college, my doc put me on spirnolactone. After about 3 months, I loved the results I was seeing! In June of that year, I decided to go off of it (I can't really tell you why) and by September of my senior year of college, my skin was terrible all over again. Starting in September, I was put on spirno once again, and without results by November my doc also put me on doxy and a topical tretinoin. I am happy to say, come January of my senior year, my skin is good, but not great. I typically only have 1-3 pimples at a time, but my face is still very sensitive and has red marks all over my lower cheeks/jawline/neck, but is also still very oily. So this brings me to present day. I am satisfied with my current regimen. I take 100mg of doxy 2x/daily (200mg total) and I believe I am on 100mg of spirno 1x/daily. I use my tretinoin gel at night before bed. In the morning, I wash with an oil control cetaphil cleanser, and at night i use panoxyl face wash (10% bp). I am in a serious relationship and we are planning on getting engaged in the next few months and be married in summer of 2018. I've been on doxy close to 4 months, and am nervous my body is starting to reject it or the effect is starting to wear off. My questions are: what should I do once doxy fully wears off? How long can I stay on spirno for? I still get occasional breakouts, but I'm nervous that going off of doxy was make my face completely break out and all my progress will be lost. I am 21 and have been struggling with acne since I was 12. Needless to say I am SO done. My boyfriend who has porcelain skin doesn't get it, and I feel as though people who have had acne (so people reading this) will be the only ones who truly knows how depressing and dark it can be to walk through this. Does anyone have any suggestions for what to try after doxy? How long can I stay on spirno? Will that also start to wear off? What are some long term treatments I can use?? (my goal is to have clear skin consistently by my wedding in a year and a half! Which seems like a long ways a way, but in acne treatment world, isn't that far away!) Any suggestions will be truly appreciated (especially after this long story long)! Thanks for your help in advance!
  20. Hi there, You may remember me from some months back, I was dealing with hormonal acne in my 30s. I have been off this site for a while because I now have clear skin and I wanted to update on what I've done and what worked. I have been on generic Yaz for about a year, it improved my skin but I wasn't clear until I added 50mg of Spiro daily that i saw a dramatic change. It took about 3 months( from June to August) to see results but once it worked, my skin became normal as opposed to very oily, I stopped getting hormonal cysts and white heads and pretty much now, my skin is clear and I'm extremely happy with it. The only other things to mention are while no topicals really helped my acne, green tea extract and over the counter retinol( not Retinol A) have been the best topicals I've used. Green tea helps with too much androgens and inflammation and retinol helps your skin cells shed and renew faster, the retinol isn't nearly as harsh as Retinol A but still helps. I buy green tea extract at the health shop and mix it in with moisturizer. I also wash my face with crushed oatmeal( I put dry oatmeal in a blender). It is moisturising without drying out my face. I do try to eat healthy but since the meds have kicked in, the only thing that ever affects my skin is dairy. It really caused inflamed acne before but now, it might cause a small pimple or two but they go away in 1-2 days. I haven't been on simply because since my skin has cleared I have not thought about it much. Its awesome to have normal skin that isn't breaking out in ugly, red, and painful bumps and feel like my face is an oil slick. I have been depressed in the past and borderline suicidal, and I'm not going to say my life is suddenly perfect, but its a huge improvement in my mindset and I feel " normal". I haven't had any noticeable side effects from either med, except lower blood pressure and the absence of periods from time to time, which is fine by I have gained weight from the antidepressant I take but I'm trying to wean off it since I no longer have many of the mental issues, including acne. I hope my advice might help someone, of course it won't work for everyone( Spiro and birth control won't work for males) but the important thing is to keep trying and don't give up. And love yourself no matter the state of your skin because you are the same person inside no matter what so don't get to the point where you feel your acne makes you less of a person ( like I did). Its a medical condition like anything else not your fault. Best of luck to everyone, if anyone has questions about my regimen I'll be happy to answer.
  21. I started accutane last week and my skin has gotten the initial breakout. Does anyone have any tips to overcoming it? Or Accutane tips in general? I want it all to go as smoothly as possible and I really appreciate everyone's knowledge and experience. I haven't experienced much dryness but in well prepared and in anticipation. My skin is very oily still and hasn't slowed yet.
  22. Hello so I was prescribed birth control to regulate my periods because they are really messed up. I'm 19 & always would get a couple pimples here & there but ever since starting the birth control "aviane" then switched to "orsythia" (which are both apparently the same chemicals just switched because it was cheaper) I started breaking out a lot. Mostly on my cheeks but more on the right side of my face which is odd. The pimples aren't huge but they're really painful, almost cystic like, under the skin pimples. I get a few on my forehead & chin but it's mostly my cheeks & now on my cheeks I have what I assume to be scarring? It's like dark pink spots where the pimple was but sometimes there is hard bump that stays for awhile. I also started getting tiny pimples on my chest & random big pimples on my back which are both things I've never had before. I've been on the birth control for almost 3 months & I just really have no idea what to do because I'm scared to switch birth controls for the sake of my once really messed up periods (I would get two a month) someone please help!
  23. YASMIN log

    Hi guys, so I have been on the contraceptive pill Yasmin for 9 days now in order to treat my acne and I regret it to some extent because since taking it my acne has just gone 1000x worse. It's probably worth mentioning that I have PCOS. I'm going to update my progress on here if anyone is interested in following it I'd like to hear some of your experiences with Yasmin too! What im currently taking: Duac Yasmin I just started taking Vitamin A supplements because I have heard many many success stories with these!
  24. Hi everyone! Welcome to my post! Here are the topics that I'll be discussing: Accutane Birth Control / PCOS Cosmetics Washing your face Topical medications Before you continue reading I'd like to say that I'm still dealing with cystic acne. It's been a long journey, but my skin has improved dramatically. I've accepted that I'll never have perfect skin, but that doesn't mean I can't have try to have decent skin. Attached are pictures of my Accutane journey. My skin cleared up beautifully, but years later the acne came back. The last picture is me wearing makeup, not caring that my skin isn't perfect ;) Accutane I started getting acne in elementary school, and I've always had oily skin. I tried many OTC products, topical meds and home remedies, but nothing helped. Eventually, my derm put me on Accutane. I was on it for a year and my skin cleared. Years later, my acne slowly came back (not to the same severity as before). I did a second and third and fourth round of Accutane, but I had to stop each time due to horrible side effects. The acne always came back. Round one side effects: Dry, cracked, painfully chapped lips Constipation Dry eyes Round two-four side effects: All of the above side effects PLUS Extreme dryness in private area (TMI, sorry) Blurred vision Thinning hair I didn't take birth control during round 1 or 2 of Accutane. Birth Control/ PCOS I have PCOS. I have high testosterone and my periods have always been irregular. My doctors have said that birth control is beneficial for PCOS. I've literally tried 6 different bill control pills. The first 5 all broke me out HORRIBLY. My skin would get so oily and I would get acne all over my entire face. I can't remember the names of all the different pills that I tried- but I can tell you that Ortho Tri-Cyclen and Orho Tri-Cyclen Lo were the WORST. It took my face months to recover from the acne that those pills gave me. I've been taking Yasmin for 5 months and I LOVE IT. No headaches, no nausea, no initial breakout, and my acne has actually improved. My husband has commented on how consistently clear my skin has been. Please try Yasmin if you have PCOS/ adult hormonal acne. Yasmin decreases your body's testosterone levels which is why my acne has improved. AMAZING! Cosmetics I wear light makeup to boost my confidence and cover my redness from current/past acne spots. I start with a light application of non-comedogenic primer, then apply a mixture of oil free foundation with a non-comedogenic moisturizer (my "homemade" tinted moisturizer), and finish with bareminerals loose powder. These products don't give me breakouts, but I still try to skip makeup as much as possible. Face-wash I always wash my makeup off with CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. Actually, I always wash my face with this in general. This is the best face wash that I've EVER used. It doesn't dry out your skin, but it cleans the skin throughly. I wash my face 2-3 times a day, depending on if I workout that day. Please try this cleanser. I can't recommend it enough. Topical Medications/ Spot Treatment If you're going to use a prescribed topical medication, the #1 thing that you need to do is to use a minimal amount. I actually mix my topicals with water to dilute it. Before applying, I use a non-comedogenic lotion with the topical treatment over it. Be gentle with your skin at all times. I have scars from the times that I wasn't gentle. I'm currently using Acanya and, honestly, I love it. It heals my acne very quickly, and I only use it as a spot treatment. Remember, what works for me might not work for you love yourself at all times (even during a horrible breakout) you are not alone <3 you can get through this GOOD LUCK!!!
  25. Hi girls! I'm 16 years old and I started Acutane (or Claravis the generic version) on December 24th about 14 days ago. I also started birth control when I got my period on the 27th. I missed one day of acutane and my prescription got messed up (i was given enough for only 15's a mess) but I'm worried about my period. I usually have my period for 6 days and some spotting the 7th and 8th day. But today is the 12th day of me spotting. I'm not bleeding enough to need a pad but it's staining my clothes because my period is usually done by now. Should i be worried? Does birth control cause this? I have experienced some itching on my vagina too... has anyone else experienced this as well?