I've been loitering around these message boards for ages! I wonder if anyone can help me at all. I'm 20, and I've been suffering with acne since I was about 13. It's pretty mild most of the time, but still bugs me enough for me to often feel down about it. I was taking Yasmin for about 2 years (for my skin- not birth control), and I seem to remember my acne clearing up a little at the beginning, but over the past few months I've frequently experienced more breakouts. Sometimes they are localised; I'll get about three big ones come up close together on my cheek, and then I might get a couple more in other areas. My forehead is seldom clear, and for some reason I have been breaking out on my nose quite a lot over the past 2 months or so.
I came off the Pill almost two weeks ago because I've been experiencing feelings of depression and anxiety for a while now, and I read that Yasmin in particular could be the reason for this. I've read it's pretty much guaranteed that my skin is going to react to the absence of the Pill in a big way, and I thought I might try and help myself out a little where I can by taking a Zinc supplement every day, drinking green tea (which is vile, by the way!) and also cutting out dairy.
I can't really tell if I've had a Pill-related break-out yet (famous last words, I'm sure) as I break out with a few new spots every three days or so, anyway.I have noticed I'm getting a few more than I am used to around my mouth (above my top lip, especially), and I wondered if this could be pill-related.
If it is of any interest/relevance, this is my daily routine:
Wash face in the shower with Amie Purifying Facial Wash (this is the only range that doesn't dry me out)
Apply a small amount of Clearasil Ultra- and wait for this to dry.
Apply Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser.
Remove make-up with My Skin (Tesco brand) facial wipes.
Wash face with Amie Purifying Facial Wash
Apply Clearasil Ultra directly to spots- and wait for this to dry.
Apply Amie Morning Dew moisturiser. I can't use this during the day, as it tends to flake a little under make-up.
I take a Zinc supplement (15mg) with breakfast every day.
I was just wondering if there's anyone who might be able to share their experiences of the effect coming off the pill (especially Yasmin) had on their skin?
Also, if anyone has any comments/suggestions regarding my daily routine and how I might be able to go about trying to improve my skin, these are also very welcome. For instance, am I taking a high enough dosage of Zinc?
By the way, I tend to break out on and around my temples quite frequently- anyone have any idea as to what that's all about?!
Thanks in advance!