I'd like to give a little background of my acne, my logs here on acne.org, and all the treatments I've tried in the past.
Ages 14-16: My acne was fairly light when I was about 14 and progressively got worse at ages 15 and 16. When I was 15, I got my first cyst on my chin and tried to dig it out of my skin which led to an infection and a scab that didn't leave my face for months. Scary. I was wearing so much makeup and didn't know how to treat acne or cover it. I was pretty miserable.
Age 16-17: I met my boyfriend and started Ortho Tri Cyclin Lo. This did nothing for my acne and I always forgot to take the pill. It was pretty annoying because when I'd forget to take it, I'd get my period. Well, that was when I was a teenager, so hopefully I'm a little more responsible when it comes to taking an everyday contraceptive.
Age 17-18: I got my first Depo Provera shot when I was 17 and did absolutely no research on it beforehand. All I heard about it was that it made you not have a period and you didn't have to remember to take a pill everyday. Sounded good to me! It's got JUST progestin in it and that really messed with my hormones. I had SEVERE acne when I had the Depo birth control. Oh my gosh. Crippling. Cystic, oozing, gross. Ouch.
Age 20-23 (last month): Mirena IUD was placed when I was 20 and I just recently got it taken out. Weird, cystic acne from it and hey! it's got essentially the same ingredients as Depo! I wish I had done more research on it.
I've been off of Mirena for about a week now and still have some cystic acne on my jawline and neck. Forehead and cheek acne is not a problem for me as I mostly just have blackheads in those areas.
So, now I'm going to be taking Beyaz. This is combination pill that includes an anti-androgen progestin and an estrogen in it as well. It also contains folic acid. I'm going to report back here every other day or so (or every day depending on my symptoms). I'm supposed to give it at least 3 months to show any difference. Here's to hoping I get some sort of relief before that. If you have any experience on this birth control, let me know! I'll try to post pictures every now and then to show my progress.