Hello all. This is my first post here. Sorry if it's a little lengthy.
So I am a few days away from being 25, and I have been experiencing sudden adult acne for about 6 months now. Acne was NEVER a problem for me before. I went through highschool completely untouched by the throws of puberty, luckily.
Those were the days...
I was on the Ortho Evra BC Patch since age 14, due to bad periods. Insurance stopped covering them so my doctor put me on the pill. I was on Nekon for about 2 years.
About 4 months ago, I went to my doctor, complaining about mild breakouts and headaches, my doctor suggested that I may need to adjust my hormones, so she put me on Ortho Tri Cyclen.
I was fine until month 2 rolled around. My face BLEW UP! I had never had acne like this before. I'm assuming this is the "initial breakout" that people talk about. It ranged from tiny bumps all over my jaw and chin, to larger, cystic-like bumps on my lowwer cheeks. At one point I had to call out of work because I couldn't bare the shame of my appearance, and makeup was not an option as it hurt to touch my face. I even went to sentara and had the E.R. doctor prescribe me something topical (bactroban) to relieve irritation.
It worked for the most part, but I know your skin's bacteria will build a tolerance to topical antibacterials so I discontinued use after my pain went away from that particular breakout.
Slowly but surely, my acne started getting better. I'm in the middle of the 4th month now and I still have bumps on my jaw/chin and a few large scars. I currently have one active large breakout, which is now a giant scab because I picked at it like an idiot.
My face is still not as good as it was before I started using Ortho Tri Cyclen BCP.
I'm afraid of messing with my hormones anymore, so I haven't switched. Though I've thought about it many, many times.
I have read a lot of reviews saying that their skin cleared between the 4-6 month mark. I'm approaching month 5 in a couple of weeks and am unsure if I should stick with it or switch to something else.
Like I said, my skin wasn't this bad before taking Ortho Tri. but I can see it slowly getting better, compared to my IB.
I'm really confused, and desperate for answers. My self esteem, job, school, and relationship has suffered because of my skin. Lots and lots of tears.
I have my first EVER dermatologist appointment next Friday. I'm staying away from anything else oral, and only asking for topical prescriptions, but would like to avoid anything with an initial purgin process. I can't take another one. I'd rather chew glass.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? Sudden adult acne?
How long before your skin was clear after starting Ortho Tri Cyclen?