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Bactrim And Birth Control Worked For Me

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#1 cmaria


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 11:54 AM

So I wanted to share my story in case it helps someone else suffering like I did. It took me forever to find a regimen that works.

Ok, so I used to get horrible, huge cystic acne on my chin and cheeks and nothing worked. I would have to get cortisone shots that would make them temporarily go away, but, of course, they always came back within days. 

What finally worked was Bactrim. But I had to demand to be put on it because it's an antibiotic and, you know, doctors are opposed to giving people too many antibiotics so we don't create anti-biotic resistant bacteria...yada, yada, yada. I get their point and understand overuse of antibiotics is dangerous for our society. But I can only imagine if I hadn't insisted on Bactrim, I would still be using some crappy, ineffective creams or pills, like tetracycline or doxycycline. And I was too scared to do Accutane since it can cause birth defects, seriously mood disorders, etc., and my doctors kept cautioning me against it.

Seriously, Bactrim is the only thing that helped. My acne was hormonal but Bactrim was powerful enough to clean my system out somehow and at least get rid of any bacteria that was exacerbating my hormonal problems.


I had being using birth control for many years, but it was only when I combined it with Bactrim that my skin finally cleared up. Once I finished my course of Bactrim (I think I was on it for about 3-6 months), just being on birth control kept my skin clear. And birth control is all I use now. Occasionally I put on Acanya gel in the morning and Retin A at night. I also use the Clarisonic Mia Sonic skin care brush combined with the Acne Free face wash from Walmart (FYI folks, if you want a good face wash, get something with benzoyl peroxide in it. Washes with just salicylic acid don't work as well, at least not for me. Benzoyl Peroxide is more powerful, and the Acne Free set is cheap and good). 

I don't know if Bactrim will work for everyone, but I just wanted to share my story in case it helps someone else. 

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:42 AM

Thanks so much for posting this. After switching to a new birth control about 3 months ago I started to get terrible cystic acne. I have been on epiduo gel and antibiotics for about 4 weeks. The epiduo gel got rid of active pimples, but the antibiotics didn't do a thing. I have horribly inflamed cystic acne all over my cheeks. I mean IT'S BAD. I've never had a breakout like this. My derm prescribed me Bactrim about 3 days ago along with prednisone for 5 days and he says if this doesn't work, I'll be going on accutane. I've had depression all my life so I'm a little worried, but willing if this doesn't work.I'm also switching to a new birth control that's actually FDA approved for acne. I've heard some people say they didn't see results on Bactrim for several months, but my derm said I should see improvements in 4-6 weeks. I haven't left the house in a month because of how bad my acne is. Do you think that since the flair up was caused by birth control and it wasn't a persistent problem I've had for years or anything, that Bactrim will work for me? Also, how long before you saw results and how long would you say before you were completely clear? I'm so angry at my old birth control brow.gif Thank you so much.

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