I have been reading these forums for quite a while, but I haven't been able to find any topic that relates to my specific situation. So, I decided to join! Hello
I have been on and off birth control for the past seven years or so, and I took a year-long break from birth control from March 2013 until March of 2014. I started taking it again this March (almost three months ago) because I started a new relationship and want to prevent pregnancy. I did not start taking birth control because of acne. In fact, when I started the birth control, my skin was the clearest it's ever been. Not a single pimple for months. When I started the birth control, the deep acne started poppping up all over my chin. About a month later, I had my hormone levels tested, and my doctor determined that my testosterone was slightly elevated. So, she put me on spironolactone thinking this would help the acne. I have been on spironolactone for almost 2 months. I take sprintec (generic orthocyclen) and 100 mg of adalactone every day. Anytime I feel like my skin is clearing up, the acne comes back. What's so frustrating is that my skin was porcelain clear before I started taking these meds. I am wondering if I should keep taking for a bit longer to see if it clears or if I should just stop taking the birth control. I really think that taking the BC is what caused my hormones to go out of whack, resulting in the acne. I'm nervous to go off (and utilize a natural birth control method), because I think it'll just throw my hormones out of whack again.
Has anyone experienced this before? Could going off the birth control clear me up? Should I stick it out? Are there instances where orthocyclen actually causes acne rather than preventing it?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated! I am at my wits end right now. My boyfriend met me when my skin was beautiful and I had great self-confidence. Since we started dating, my skin has gotten progressively worse, and it has taken a toll on my self-confidence. I even find myself trying to get out of hanging out with him because I"m so embarrassed by my face. Praying something will resolve....