I need advice...
I am 22. I started to taking Yasmin for mild acne when I was 16 - the results were amazing. Within weeks my acne completely cleared.
Since, I have been on and off the pill for various reasons (mostly because I became lazy and forgot to fill a new script when I ran out).
Consequently, I had acne on and off as my body adjusted to coming on and off the pill. About year ago I developed severe acne again after about 3 months after coming off the pill - this time it was terrible cystic acne that was aggravated by everything and that nothing seemed to help - so I went back on the pill.
However this time I think I really had played with hormones too much and the pill didn't seem to help at all. So I started taking Doxycycline. This helped for a short time but I started to develop a finer more teenage-like acne on my forehead. I switched pills and started taking Brenda/Diane - after 3 months my skin was clear again.
Now - after 9 months, I have decided to come off the pill again as I am tired of being dependant on the pill to regulate my hormones - I want to give my body a chance to regulate itself and start from scratch without any antibiotics or synthetic hormones... I have made this decision knowing full well my acne will return...
I came off the pill almost a month again and have been taking a list of herbs; Castus Agnus (Vitex), Milk Thistle and Burdock Root capsules to purify my blood and cleanse my liver. I am willing to attempt any alternative remedies to halt the return of my acne.
Despite my efforts, I can already feel the change in my skin; my skin feels more oily than ever and I am already beginning to break out.
Has anyone else had any experiences like this? What else should I try?
I have been looking into getting Acupuncture to treat hormone imbalances as well as microdermabrasion.
Please let me know what natural remedies have worked for your cystic hormonal acne.