I'm curious which birth control pill females have had success with for combating acne? I'm wanting to change mine because I believe mine actually is making mine worse. I'm on loestrin fe 1/20 (2 years), which from reading through some other posts seems it can make acne worse! I only breakout near my jawline and chin. I could go without washing my face and still wouldn't break out on my forehead or cheeks, which makes me think my acne really is just hormonal. I used YAZ when I was 17 but my mom had me change it because of all the lawsuits t that were happening. I see my doctor on tuesday so just wanted some opinions prior to seeing her.
You are describing EXACTLY what I went through on Ortho Tri Cyclen BCPs. My skin is still trying to recover from breaking out all along my jaw and lower cheeks. Yet nothing anywhere else on my face. I know it's hormonal. I didn't even really have bad acne before starting the pill. Now I'm about to start my 5th month, just gotta get through this week...you know, hah. My skin does look better, but is still very sensitive. I do believe it is finally starting to clear though. It took a few months, and it happens slowly.
I started using salycilic acid acne medications (cleansers, toners), as opposed to benzoyl peroxide (except for spot treatments), and I noticed my skin liked that more. It used to be the other way around but my body chemistry has completely changed over the last few months.
I remember trying ortho tri cyclen for about 2 weeks in high school and freaked out when my face started breaking out more, so my doctor put me on YAZ at my suggestion (which did not help, it may have controlled the cystic acne though), then I switched to mircette and then to my curent loestrin, none of them really helped my skin. I am super sensitive to hormones though, I was one of those babies born with acne on my cheeks from the surge of hormones from my mom... anyways, I am going to see my doctor tomorrow and have her do some testing and see what she suggests. My skin is great besides this breaking out around my chin and jaw! BP seems to be the only thing my skin can tolerate. Hopefully your BCP clears up your skin!
I am 32 and have been on Orthotricyclen or Orthotricyclen Lo since I was 19, only stopping when I wanted to get pregnant, then going right back on. I think it helped my skin when I was younger, but since my later 20's, I have been having stubborn and pretty severe acne all over my chin, sometimes my jawline too. I read that a monophasic pill might be better for hormonal acne...the same level of hormone throughout the month, versus a triphasic pill, where you're given a different level of hormone each week. I see my doc tomorrow and it's the first thing on my list to talk about. My fear is that she'll say to go off the pill altogether...she says you should be off 10 years prior to perimenopause, in case you have to go back on hormones for that...
Did your face break out a lot when you were pregnant? That's one of my fears lol. Yeah I see my doctor tomorrow too so hopefully they can figure this out!