So I've been on ortho tri cyclen birth control pills for almost 4 years now. It's worked well for me up until last year really. Over the last maybe year and a half I've been getting cystic acne on the sides of my chin. Before BC I always had acne but it was more spread all over the face and not these super deep cysts that hurt like a mother and look like an active volcano on my face. I initially would get one every could months really and the rest of my face remained relatively clear. Then last year it seems like I got one every time I got to the dark blue pills on ortho tri cyclen - week before your period basically. BUT now it seems like the cysts won't stop coming!! And they pop up on any color of the pill, altho most severe breakouts seem to be near the end or start of one color/week so maybe the fluctuating levels of hormones is messing me up? As soon as one clears up two more replace it and I feel like I'm starting to scar on the sides of my chin I'm so depressed I don't know why the birth control isn't working any longer.
Going off BC is not an option either as before I went on it I suffered the WORST period cramps imaginable. So bad that sometimes I would pass out from the pain and be curled up in a ball for days. I feel like I can't live a normal life without birth control helping those symptoms. I have noticed a little more cramping during my period the last few months as well, head aches too. So really I'm wondering if this OTC is no longer working as well as it use to (and maybe also causing my cystic acne!)
So since I can't go off BC I'm wondering about switching to Yaz as I've been researching and googling the best birth control for cystic acne. Has anyone made the switch from OTC to Yaz before and did you notice a change?
If Yaz doesn't help relieve these cysts I'm seriously going to ask about accutane because I don't want to be scarred for the rest of my life trying out a million different things (all the topical retinoids do nothing for me). I'm also afraid about going on Spiro. Seems kind of dangerous to be on a blood pressure medication at such a young age and having to stay on it. I feel it would be safer to do 5 months or so of accutane and then at least you're not on it your whole life.
Edited by anotherstar, 01 June 2014 - 06:33 PM.