I was taking diane 35 with androcur, and when I went off it I did notice some spotting but it's nothing to worry about unless it continues for more than 2 months after you've quit. It's just an indication of a hormonal change, in this case a withdrawal from synthetic hormones. My acne didn't return until a few months after I went off BCP, and it started with little zits under the surface of my skin. I wish I had consulted these forums back then because I didn't take any precautions for coming off BCP. The main thing I noticed while on diane, and then even more when I got off it, was weight gain, bloating, and increased hunger. I think as long as you keep your stress at bay and pursue a healthy diet with regular exercise, you will be fine.
I only take 25mg of zinc everyday, sometimes 50mg. As for the vitamin D, I just get it from taking a walk in the sunshine because I don't do well with vitamin D supplements, for some reason (probably the oil they add for better absorption) my skin gets worse. As I said in my previous post, if you have a magnesium deficiency like some women with PCOS, then your body won't be able to properly absorb vitamin D supplements. I'm currently taking magnesium (250-350mg daily), along with zinc (25mg) and vitamin C (500-750mg). I think the dose you are currently taking is fine, don't go too high! You may want to add some vitamin C to your regimen, or drink some juice everyday.
Thanks for that info. Will look into the magnesium supplements. I actually do take vitamin C a few days a week. 1000mg in a dose so I don't do it everyday.
Did you find that your acne got worse when getting of the BCP? Were you on any skin care regimen at that time? I am on the regimen now and my skin hasn't shown any significant changes since going off the pill. When exactly did the small spots start coming back? And did taking the supplements you are taking now help with clearing your acne?
Why aren't you taking a slightly lower does of vitamin C (500 mg) every day, instead of a few days a week? I found that taking it every day helps me more, but I guess it depends on how you respond to supplements. Magnesium has to be taken every day if you are deficient though, you can't do a cumulative dosage, but if you decide to start that then start with a low dose and work yourself up to the RDA of 100% daily. I don't think there's a need to go higher than that unless you are not seeing an improvement after a month.
It's good that you are taking steps to prepare your body for the transition after quitting BCP. I wish I had done that, but I didn't even know about hormone management back then. With any BCP I have taken, when I got off it my skin actually got better and looked healthier for a few months (texture wise, because the acne was already gone by then), but then my hormones would revert back to their "natural" unbalanced state. I didn't really have an intense skincare regimen because I developed an allergy to benzoyl peroxide and was only using really gentle products. For me, stress always triggers the hormonal imbalance, and without the support from BCP my body couldn't handle stress well so my hormones can get out of whack easily. If you have your stress under control and are not having symptoms of depression and anxiety, then you should be fine.
The mistake I was making every time I would go off BCP was that, as soon as the acne came back, I would get scared and go back on another BCP instead of try to find a healthier solution. Herbs and supplements helped me a lot when I completely quit BCP 5 years ago, but my last breakout was the hardest to manage and the supplements that used to work for me in the past weren't doing anything, Not even my usual skincare (boscia products for acne-prone skin) was doing anything, so I switched everything up. In the past, I had managed to find perfect combinations of supplements and skincare products to completely clear my skin, but this time it's been harder so I can only tell you what worked for me up until this current breakout.
1. Agnus casts/ vitex: It helped me have regular periods after quitting BCP but the side effect was an increase in facial & body hair. I don't recommend this for long term use, and it should be taken with an anti-androgen to balance out its androgenic impact.
2. Evening primrose oil: A milder alternative to agnus castus, can help with PMS related acne. However, some people have reported more breakouts from it so it depends on how your body reacts to it.
3. Acai berry supplements: Help with antioxidant support and contain a good mixture of vitamins for healthy skin. The brands with the fewer capsule fillers are solgar and paradise. I avoid the ones that add corn, wheat, rice, etc to their supplements.
4. Solgar's Earth Source vitamins: I used these when I was trying not to use too many herbs. They helped keep my skin clear after a nasty ongoing breakout, and were working for me up until the past few months. I think I just didn't need them anymore, but they are definitely the best multivitamin I have tried so far because they also contain other good things like selenium, magnesium, a mild herbal blend, and glutathione.
5. L-glutathione: This is one of the few things that has helped me with inflammation this time around. Not recommended for long term use, just 1-2 months for liver detoxification and antioxidant support. It really helped me with inflammation and less severe hormonal breakouts. It's easier for the body to absorb if you are also taking vitamin C (but not at the same time - vit. c with a meal, then glutathione 1-2 hours in between meals).
6. Vitamin C: This helps more with skin texture, energy, and healing.
7. Probiotics: I use the dairy free kind, with multiple strands of probiotics to help maintain a healthy liver and gut, which also helps regulate hormones more effectively.
Ok, this is all I can think of right now. Hope this helps! It's good to start with less and then see how your skin will be in a few months, and adjust your regimen accordingly. Right now, you are doing a preventative regimen because your skin is clear, so don't go overboard. If your acne starts to come back in a few months (hopefully not!), don't panic and don't go back on BCP if you are trying to quit for good. Just slowly adjust your supplements and skincare, and you'll be fine