Here's my final update to the acne + Plan B story. It turns out that I have had undiagnosed Lyme disease for about 15+ years now and it got to the point where I had significant neurological involvement in the last year and a half. I wanted to update this in case anyone was googling "acne + plan B". I don't think having a major hormonal acne explosion is a typical response to the Plan B oral contraceptive pill, I think it's a good indicator of an underlying imbalance. In my case, I think the Lyme disease was already messing up my hormones and causing a lot of inflammation and when I threw plan B on top of that it was like adding fuel to a raging fire.
Repleting my supplements (especially Vitamin D & B12), taking good care of my skin, taking supplements for scar healing, eating really clean, using quality skincare products definitely all helped my acne get back under control. I still get occasional hormonal breakouts but it's nothing compared to where it was in 2014. However, i know that my skin won't be fully clear until I really address the Lyme disease and that is a work in progress. I've also been taking a good amount of antioxidants due to the Lyme disease (Liposomal C, Liposomal Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Liposomal Gluathione from LivOn labs) and those have been working wonders on my skin! When I am regular with the Glutathione and good with my diet & lifestyle my skin almost becomes acne free (!!!!!)
Not saying that everyone who has a major acne breakout in response to plan B has Lyme disease, but I think it definitely is an indicator that there is a pre-existing imbalance that was exacerbated by the pill (or just a bad reaciton/allergic reaction to that particular type of birth control). Our bodies give us so many clues when things are out of balance but we're often taught to just suppress/silence the symptom (like acne) instead of investigating the root causes (although that seems to be changing in certain medical circles).
Keep listening to your bodies and work with them and try to figure out what your acne is trying to tell you! Mine has been trying to tell me that I had a raging undiagnosed infection for years that was messing with my hormones and also backing up my body's detoxifcation pathways. Here's a picture from February of this year when my skin was looking pretty fantastic .... the less Lyme symptoms I have in a given month, the better/more vibrant my skin looks. It's a long road to go for treatment since I went undiagnosed for so long but I am hopefuly and looking forward to working WITH my body every step of the way! It needs me now more than ever.
March 2014 No makeup constrasted with Feb 2015 no makeup:
Feb 2015 With makeup:
May 2014 no makeup as contrasted with May 2015 with makeup:
Good luck to everyone!!!! If I post again, it will probably be under a new topic since I feel the "plan B" mystery breakout has been resolved by learning about the underlying Lyme disease ..... for me, plab B + Lyme disease = major hormonal breakout.
Edited by RacingheartZ, 05 August 2015 - 02:14 PM.