I am going on my 5th month (less than 2 weeks away before I start my 5th pack) of Ortho Tri Cyclen, and my skin is still worse than when I started.
I am 25, and have never had acne before in my life, other than a mild breakout around 6 months ago. That's when my doctor switched my birth control. I was having minor problems with Nekon, I had been on it for years, and towards the end of my usage of that pill, I was starting to have some problems. Maybe my body was changing, maybe it was a fluke occurance... I will never know if the birth control caused my skin to get worse, or if this was going to happen regardless. Either way, because of my age and the location of acne on my face (chin and jaw area), we can conclude it is hormonal.
I had a wicked bad initial breakout around the second month of Ortho Tri, and now, three months later, I still have losts of little tiny bumps all over my jaw and chin, some are inflamed and larger than others. During the second month I had what I can only describe as cystic acne all along my lower cheeks and jawline. Very big, red, painful, and left hyperpigmentation. I will occaisionally break out on top of the areas that are already scarred/hyperpigmented. This makes it so they can't fade.
Granted, it has been very sloooowly improving, but I have never had these tiny bumps before. They are covering my jawline and chin. I don't notice them going away, they just stay put and invite their friends.
So now for the questions...
If you were/are on Ortho Tri Cyclen, how long did it take before your face cleared?
Was it a slow progression?
I am going to the dermatologist and am afraid to use any prescriptions he may give me in fear of another "purging" process, or "initial breakout"....I can't do that again.
If I do use prescriptions, it will be topical medicine only,. I do not want to take any more pills.
Should I just wait for the birth control to work on it's own?