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#1 em3189

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 05:50 PM

I am 20 years old and I recently started taking birth control to regulate my menstrual cycles. I was on Lutera and in two months it caused my skin to break out horribly. Both my cheeks and lower jaw are covered in acne. I know that a lot of people say going off the pill caused them to break out pretty bad. Is there anyone who had acne caused by the pill and knows what happens to it when you stop taking it? I am now taking Low Ogestrel instead but I am hesitant to continue it if it will just perpetuate the condition of my skin. I have only been on it a week but I read some reviews that say it also caused cystic acne.



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 06:13 PM

I was taking ortho tri cyclen for 3 months and it caused me to break out so bad along my jaw and sides of my face and forehead...which is weird cause my cheeks are clear..but the rest of my face is covered..I stopped taking that birth control and now I am taking zarah, today is my 2nd day taking it actually..so I guess I will see how this helps.

I also went to my dermatologist and got on cephlexin and I have been on it for 1 week almost...but the doc said it will start working in 3 months which sucks cause it's a long time to wait...but since my birth control caused me to break out so bad I can't get it back to normal and I had to see a dermatologist...

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 07:11 PM

Lutera ruined my life...I was on it for years not realizing it was the culprit of the bad acne I had all around my chin. Now I have scarring. This was 10-14 years ago and the internet wasn't big and I didn't figure it out. Get off that horrible pill!

Also to the second poster... your antibiotic should not take that long to work..I took the same one and it worked right away.

Oh sorry just saw you are off it. Just check the type of progesterone and estrogen level in your new pill..make sure its not the same thing.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:17 PM

Low ogestrel is not good for acne at all. Neither is lutera. The progestins in both are very androgenic. Not a good choice if your worried about acne.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:38 PM

Yeah I read reviews on the low ogestrel and some said it caused acne, which I suppose can happen with any birth control but i still don't know why my gynecologist chose that to switch my prescription to. My skin has been getting progressively worse for about three months now. I am so badly broken out that it looks like the acne on my cheeks are trying to form two solid masses. It's been really frustrating. People are telling me to give this new birth control a chance but I'm thinking I'd rather stop the birth control all together for awhile and try to address the damage it has dealt me thus far before it permanently scars my face or something, although it may have already.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 01:09 AM

I got massive breakouts from Estelle-35 and Yaz, and have completely stopped taking BC now. I'm almost a week without taking it and my skin is actually better, though I have massively cleaned up my diet (no dairy, no sugar, gluten free when possible etc.) and am taking lots of supplements too. The spots I got from BC also scarred my skin and I've found that my skin takes way longer to heal when I'm on it, and the pimples stay around much longer. 

 

I came off it because I was tired of hurting my body with all the synthetic hormones. To be honest I wish I'd never starting taking it as my skin was never as bad as it is now before I started taking it. 

 

You may want to stick with it and see if it clears you, but if you still break out I would either switch again (to a brand that is well-known for helping acne) or just come off it completely. 


Stopping the birth control pill & going natural log:

http://www.acne.org/...ntrol-pill-log/

 


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:53 AM

I got massive breakouts from Estelle-35 and Yaz, and have completely stopped taking BC now. I'm almost a week without taking it and my skin is actually better, though I have massively cleaned up my diet (no dairy, no sugar, gluten free when possible etc.) and am taking lots of supplements too. The spots I got from BC also scarred my skin and I've found that my skin takes way longer to heal when I'm on it, and the pimples stay around much longer. 

 

I came off it because I was tired of hurting my body with all the synthetic hormones. To be honest I wish I'd never starting taking it as my skin was never as bad as it is now before I started taking it. 

 

You may want to stick with it and see if it clears you, but if you still break out I would either switch again (to a brand that is well-known for helping acne) or just come off it completely. 

What supplements are you taking? I want to speed up my healing process as much as possible. As of now I am only taking a gummy multivitamin (which may not be that potent) but I am looking to take other supplements that would help my skin. The diet thing is something I've been thinking about as well. 

 

edit: nevermind, I followed the link in your signature and I see that it's all there. Thanks


Edited by em3189, 22 August 2013 - 07:55 AM.


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 01:09 PM

I would recommend either ortho cyclen desogen or femcon for acne issues. Those are widely used for acne. I would definitely discontinue the one your taking it probably won't get better. Not if your skin is getting as bad as it is. Try desogen! I've heard so many countless reviews on how its great for skin! Don't give up on the pill because the pill saved my skin.

Edited by cinnamon_stix, 23 August 2013 - 01:10 PM.


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 04:21 PM

I am 20 years old and I recently started taking birth control to regulate my menstrual cycles. I was on Lutera and in two months it caused my skin to break out horribly. Both my cheeks and lower jaw are covered in acne. I know that a lot of people say going off the pill caused them to break out pretty bad. Is there anyone who had acne caused by the pill and knows what happens to it when you stop taking it? I am now taking Low Ogestrel instead but I am hesitant to continue it if it will just perpetuate the condition of my skin. I have only been on it a week but I read some reviews that say it also caused cystic acne.

I experienced the same thing. I took this pill for maybe two months not even really and immedatly got off. I never had acne prior to this stupid pill and I have been off all pills in general for almost 2 months and I still have acne. I am becoming so desperate about this whole situation whether it will go away at all. I dont want to become chained to pills and depend on them for acne purposes. Has anyone gone off the pill and had their skin return to normal as in pre pill?



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 05:30 PM

I quit taking the birth control 5 or 6 months ago and my skin is pretty much back to normal. I had mild acne before the pill and now I might break out a little more often than before, but all the acne from the pill is gone. It did take some time and I still have a lot of scarring/hyperpigmentation from it.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:42 AM

I am noticing the same thing actually. This coming week will be two months off of Lutera and I am noticing my skin is getting progressively less oily which says a lot since its actually getting hotter outside lol. When I was on the pill I was at the peak of my oiliness even my Revlon Colorstay foundation couldn't keep my oil at bay..which was strange because that foundation always left me dry previous to the pill and it was winter here. Also even oil free moisturizer left me super oil slick now it doesn't which is nice. Now don't get me wrong Im not 100% back to where I was pre pill since I still have a lot of closed comedones/clogged pores around my jawline and cheeks but I am trying to be positive. A lot of them are coming to surface which is ok by me :). I also have read that a lot of women do in fact get their skin to go back to normality after about 4-7 months of being off BC. This is dependent of course on the level of acne prior to the pill and the amount of time they actually took the pill.

My suggestion is make a decision and stick by it as much as you can. If you decide to go back to another pill stick with it for a few months and be mindful that your body will do its best to adjust to the new hormones. If you don't stick it out then also be mindful that your body will go through this "withdrawal" like period sans pill and you'll likey experience hormonal upset/acne flare ups. Now if you decide to kick the pill cold turkey know that you will go through a weird acne/oily skin period (like I am) but things will get better. There are a lot of supplements that can be taken to help regulate hormones but I suggest doing research and hormone tests prior to starting any of these since they might exacerbate a problem. From what I gather hormonal treatment takes time and getting them to balance out will likely never yield immediate results. Sucks I know lol. Anyhow I hope everything works out for you and all who are experiencing hormonal acne :)!



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Posted 09 September 2014 - 10:08 AM

I've been on both mentioned birth controls and lutera is the worst.. It made me breakout all over my cheeks, jawline and chin. I looked like I had a full on beard of acne. I stopped the pill all together, just wasn't helping with ovarian cyst and made my face miserable. Since then my acne has gotten significantly better, only been off of it for a week and bumps have gone down. It's flat red areas now. Honey, lemon, oatmeal, cinnamon, baking soda and vinegar combined in a bowl to make a face mask is the absolute best for acne scars. Keeping a clean face and using a witch hazel astringent before putting on the mask is key in your skins health. Leave the mask on overnight about 2-3 times a week and you should see a huge difference.
Hope this helps!

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Posted 10 September 2014 - 08:27 AM

Here is a good link from a member here explaining which birth controls are good and bad for acne.

http://www.acne.org/...lants-for-acne/
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Posted 10 September 2014 - 12:34 PM

I take tri-spritec and the first month i had a breakout secound month it began reducing and by fourth month 99% clear so you may just have to give it time






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