So I am on my 5th month of (Norgestimate-ETH Estradiol Tab) GENERIC for Ortho Tri Cyclen...and I am STILL having breakouts!
My skin was mild before I started this stuff, then BAM I get moderate and painful flare-ups along my jawline and chin. Even occasionally the cheek area. I will occasionally experience "decent skin days" but still nothing like it was half a year ago.
They start off as tiny, flesh colored bumps, then they become hard and infected, inflamed and red. I have yet to find a spot treatment that stops a zit from coming when you feel one brewing.
Side note: anyone know of a FANTASTIC spot treatment that can stop a zit before it arrives? For instance, if I catch it early enough, what could smack it down before it emerges?
I am in the process of trying to get on NAME BRAND Ortho Tri, instead of this generic stuff. I have read on countless sites that generic fillers can cause skin irritations. I want to stray from that.
If I switch, the hormones won't change, just the fillers. I truly believe these fillers make a difference. I have read so many positive reviews on name brand Ortho Tri.
Is it worth the switch from generic to name brand?
If so, should I expect another IB?
I don't see why I would get another initial breakout, being that there is no hormone change. Just the fillers. I would expect to see nothing but improvement.
I am currently suffering from a terrible flare up....this shouldn't be happening this far into treatment. Almost 6 months I've been on this stuff.
All feedback is appreciated. I'm mentally and emotionally exhausted....I don't know what to do at this point.
I have attached pictures of my current acne. They're low-quality webcam pics...but it's safe to say I have about 7-8 spots that are all irritated and becoming inflamed.