In my twenties I took many different types of birth control for exactly that (controlling an unwanted pregnancy) I took Diane 35 with no problems at all. I think I stayed on it for about six months and then the Doctor switched me to something else. There was a point in my life that I had clear skin almost all the time and looking back at the pictures I have to prove that I did, is a very hard pill to swallow. I always got the usual zit around that time of the month or on occasion (but was very rare) I would get a cluster of deep cysts but again it was rare for me and usually happened when I was extremely stressed out. For the most part though, my skin cooperated with me.
Now, I am 33 years old and starting at about the age of 31 my skin took a turn for the worse. I have no idea what is going on?!! It is very upsetting to go through life with almost perfect skin and then to get to an age where this shouldn't be happening and NOW it is. I am constantly broken out, huge cystic type things all over my cheeks (especially the right side) and all over my forehead and between my eye brows, on my chest and even on my back!! My skin is like an oil slick, it's disgusting! I have woken up swollen on several different occasions and have missed out of certain family functions because my face was in such a bad state , that I felt so embarrassed to leave my house. Actually, I have turned into a hermit these days and have isolated myself away from people.
I have tried almost everything! The regimen, cutting out dairy and meat (because of the hormones) eating fresh green veggies and fruit, cutting out sugar, detoxing, fasting, drinking clean water and light herbal teas, exercise, bikram yoga, taking vitamins (such as vitex) ice packs, rubbing advil onto the bumps, not popping them, to popping them, not touching my face at all, wearing my hair tied up in a tight bun, jojoba oil, BP, topical things that don't work, lavendar wash, tea tree oil, changing my pillow case everyday, I have stopped wearing makeup altogether and if I do need to put it on to go out (which is never) I wear physicians formula , no brushes, no sponges, just clean hands.....What to do??
I went to the Doctor and he prescribed me Diane 35 only for a short time (just until my skin clears up). But, I am scared of all medication, especially this medication and I often prefer to do healthy things for my body. But, I'm so desperate now , so depressed I cant even leave the house! So, I went and got the prescription filled and have been on this pill for about one week. I have used this medication in the past and didn't have any issues with it, but, I am really worried about all these contraindications I am reading about I have a small child and I worry that this medication is going to kill me in my sleep and he is going to find me dead in the morning. My doctor has also ordered blood work to be done (I guess to check my hormone levels) I'm hoping they can get to the bottom of this.
Does anyone out there have any other suggestions for a not so scary birth control? Or is there something else a person with these issues can try that I might not have heard about ? How do women out there deal with adult acne? This is horrible, embarrassing and it's taking a toll on my well being. Is adult acne usually caused by a hormone imbalance? Are there any positive stories about taking DIane 35? If so, please share.....I'm so scared!