I'm about to start birth control (for pms reasons, not skin issues) and I've heard from a bunch of people that if you don't use birth control for acne control to begin with, it can do the opposite effect and cause breakouts. Anyway, I used to breakout a couple years ago and have cleared up with Niacin. I was wondering if it is safe to take Niacin with birth control because I want to take Niacin as a precaution just incase I'm one of those unlucky gals that will possibly breakout from BCP....
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:49 AM
BCP can have the opposite effect, but it has nothing to do with whether you start it when your acne first starts or years later. It's your specific imbalance that you may or may not have, and the form of progestin in the BCP which often cause acne.
[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.
Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.
Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!
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When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!
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