So I will try to condense down my skin history, which could probably rival one of the later harry potter books, into just a paragraph. It all started around the age of 14 and as I am rapidly approaching the grand old age of 24 that will be 10 years battling with my uninvited friends. I have tried most antibiotics, birth control, prescription and over the counter lotions and potions and have even had a course of accutane. The accutane did improve things massively and I was lucky enough to not have any major side effects. However I have recently stopped taking birth control as I had been on yasmin for nearly 8 years and this is when things started to go downhill somewhat. While my skin is definitely better than it was before accutane, it is much worse than when I was on the pill. It's really oily, I have loads of blackheads and have even been getting some cystic acne as well. I guess the timing suggests that my acne is probably hormonal.
Coming off the pill was actually a huge relief, I hadn't realised it was actually giving me the symptoms of IBS and making me lethargic and nauseous. Despite all this I was so desperate to go back to having clear skin I actually tried to go back on the pill but the nausea was so bad I couldn't make it past day two. Even a lower dose of the pill had me hugging the porcelain throne.
After some valuable nuggets of information from my GP such as "Your skin should get better by the time you are 30" and a handy demonstration about how to apply face cream in case I was struggling with this complex task, I came away with a 3 month prescription for tetrasyl. The idea being that my hormones might settle down in this time. I have been taking the pills for about a month and a half and I haven't seen a major difference (I miss when they used to just blast the bejesus out of acne with some minocycline, apparently they don't prescribe this for acne anymore).
I guess what I'm hoping for is that someone has discovered a miracle cure that doesn't involve eating placenta or something. Aside from this, has anyone else experienced acne after coming off birth control? How long does it usually last or is that it for me until I am 30? I have read some stuff about evening primrose oil/zinc supplements, has anyone found anything herbal that's actually effective?
Any other helpful tips, suggestions or remedies will also be perused.