Hey guys! SO I really want to share my journey with you and hopefully get some feedback too. In January of 2013 I started on Seasonale birth control- after being on Alesse for almost 6 years my doctor said just to " change it up".
I didn't expect any changes as they both are combination pills- which means they both have progesterone and estrogen. The only difference is that Seasonale is an extended cycle pill which means I only get my period four times a year- which I thought was awesome so why not!
About 3 months into the cycle, I started getting extreme and I mean extreme oily skin- to the point where it didn't even make any sense considering I'd always been relatively clear. I also started getting back breakouts and painful ones- along with little red chest pimples. I also started noticing pimples on my scalp, which made no sense!! My face wasn't awful- because I used such a strict face regimen, the " pimples" would just turn into closed comedones or clogged pores. The skin coloured bumps that don't have redness or pain but you can still really see them. All the oil on my face caused me to have blackheads on my chin and nose as well- a lot of them .
After changing up my face routine a million times and eliminating anything that could possibly be doing this- as well as stopping wearing makeup, nothing was changing. I also switched laundry detergents, body washes- anything that might have been causing the body breakouts and nothing had been working. About 2 weeks ago I finally realized there was one thing left to check- my birth control.
It just so happened that all of these issues started when I began my new birth control. Now I've always had combination skin- so some oil for sure, and I did have a few clogged pores while on Alesse, but never ever what I experienced while on Seasonale- and never any body breakouts really! I went to my doctor and he put me back on Alesse- and it's only been 2 weeks so I can't say if its making a difference or not yet but I will keep you updated.
My question is- it might just be possible that some birth controls can make acne worse or simply cause it as well. The estrogen levels in Seasonale are 0.3 and 0.2 in Alesse and progesterone in Seasonale is 0.15 and Alesse it's 0.1. Even though this is only a small difference in hormones- it might have been enough to set my skin off! I did some research and if your body's hormones are already balanced- the extra bit of hormone could throw it out of whack! Has anyone else had this issue with any birth control?
Many Birth controls are prescribed because our bodies create too much DHT(Testosterone) and therefore causes more sebum to be produced- and the extra estrogen fixes that. I can't seem to figure out which one it might be and why Alesse- which has lower hormone levels(especially estrogen) was better for my skin? ANY help please!!!!