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Does any birth control CAUSE acne?

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Well I already know that Seasonale causes acne.....at least that's what happened to me. Seasonale is what ruined my skin in the first place. My friend also broke out horribly from Orthotrycline. However, my gyno wants me to switch me from Yasmin to Ortho, and I'm kind of apprehensive, b/c I know Yasmin helps my skin stay clear. Does anyone have any experiences to share?

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Stay on Yasmin!! Ortho-tricyclin broke me out for a year. Yasmin has a progesterone which acts as an anti-androgen (androgens cause acne), but Ortho has a progesterone in it which acts like an androgen aggravating acne.

Why does your doc want you off Yasmin?

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Uh, I'd stay on the Yasmin, if it were me. I was on Ortho-Tri-Cyclen and it did ZERO for acne, aside from make it more regular. Eventually, I went on 'tane, and after my course ended my doc switched me from OTC to Yasmin (along w/Tazorac cream for maintenance). LOVING IT, so far! W/the Yasmin, I've lost the remaining weight I had on me when I was on OTC, plus my sex drive is back.

It's different for everyone, but if I were you, I'd try to stay on Yasmin.

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I completely agree: stay on Yasmin if at all possible. I was on OTC for a few months and I began breaking out worse and worse every month that went by. I recently switched to Yasmin, and I couldn't be happier with it.

If you've found a BCP that works with your body's chemistry, don't change!!!


am:

Proactiv gentle cleanser

Doxycycline 100 mg (week 19)

Spironolactone 50 mg (week 3)

pm:

Proactiv gentle cleanser

Tazorac .05% (week 16)

Yasmin BCP (week 19 of straight active pills)

I'm pleased to announce that I reached my previous goal:

my skin was clear and beautiful on my wedding day,

July 1, 2006.

Now: no more steroids or chemical peels.

I have to find a long-term solution for clear skin.

If Spiro doesn't work, I'll be starting Accutane in August.


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Acne in most people is triggered by their hormones. The way the Pill helps acne is that is balances out any hormonal inbalances in the body by adding extra hormones. It is common sense to expect a slight break out at first while your body is adjusting to being given a whole lot of extra hormones to deal with. It also takes quite a while for your body to stabalize, and any Doctor will tell you to use an entire pack (one month) before you can determine whether or not it works for you.

Extra hormones didn't work for me. But it has for many of my friends.


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A side effect of Depo Provera is acne. When I found that out (after I started getting the shots) I started taking every precaution to make sure it didn't get bad, and so far so good. I still have it under control.

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It is the varying progesterone component in BC pills which are responsible for their androgenic side effects. Some pills have a progesterone that actually stimulates androgens, some have a progesterone that blocks androgens. If Yasmin isn't giving you undesireable side effects, stick with that one. It's progesterone is an anti-androgen (it's a chemical analogue of spironolactone) with a potassium-sparing diuretic effect that means you shouldn't experience any water weight gain while on it, and it has some studies indicating that it doesn't kill the libido like other BC pills do.

Some people can't tolerate Yasmin, and they should consider something like OrthoTriCyclin or Estrostep. I have a pet theory that some women respond best to monophasics like Yasmin, while others respond best to multiphasics like OrthoTriCylcin.


Currently - all clear!

Maintaining my last Accutane course (10/05-04/06) click here for log

Yasmin on Seasonale schedule

Green Cream lvl 6

Shiseido White Lucent system

(cleanser, and SPF 16 moisturizer (no way, SPF that doesn't sting!?))


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My gyno wants me to swtich b/c I've been getting break through bleeding when I take active pills to skip my period. I have been on Yasmin for a long time, and it has never happened before--just the last two times I skipped my period. SHe thinks it may not be 'strong enough' for me anymore.

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Have you just started the period skipping thing? Spotting/breakthrough bleeding is very common when you first start doing that.


Currently - all clear!

Maintaining my last Accutane course (10/05-04/06) click here for log

Yasmin on Seasonale schedule

Green Cream lvl 6

Shiseido White Lucent system

(cleanser, and SPF 16 moisturizer (no way, SPF that doesn't sting!?))


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Stay on Yasmin!! Ortho-tricyclin broke me out for a year. Yasmin has a progesterone which acts as an anti-androgen (androgens cause acne), but Ortho has a progesterone in it which acts like an androgen aggravating acne.

Why does your doc want you off Yasmin?

Weird, I had the EXACT opposite experience. Ortho tri cylclen made me smooth like a baby while Yasmin broke me out bad. The progestin in Yasmin did act like an androgen in my system. I believe this is because I already have high levels of progesterone and relatively less estrogen, but this is only my educated guess. Yasmin also gave me morning sickness like I was pregnant, some kind of weird asthma like reaction and I continued to bleed THE entire time I was on it.

The reason I discontinued ortho tri cyclen is because my breasts grew huge and I kept gaining weight. However, my skin was amazing. I was hoping Yasmin would prevent weight gain and improve my skin, but no such luck. Now I'm on no birth control because of the crazy side effects I experienced in the past.

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Why don't you use a safe acne treatment like Acuzine?

This way you can use the birth control you want. Acuzine balances your hormones and keep your skin clear. Your birth control is abviously spiking and dropping your hormone levels, causing you to break out and keep breaking out. You need something to balance your system.

The only product that Balances your system AND Clears up your skin is Acuzine.

Acuzine has also ZERO side effects and is 100% natural.

You can't use acne face wash or cream, it simply won't work.

Your problem comes from inside your body.

God Bless,

G

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I used to have a Norplant implant ... are they even making those anymore? Anyway, it contained levonorgestrel. (I hope I am spelling that right.)

It gave me absolutely horrendous acne ... :(

Now I have a hormone-free copper IUD and life is good.


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Nope, I've been skipping my period for 7 years. I don't know why the hell it happened. My gyno told me " I don't know"

Some doctor, huh? I guess all bc works different for everyone. I would rather have break through bleeding then go on a new pill that would break me out, I guess

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let me tell you... Ortho-tricyclen was the worst thinkg that ever happen to my face EVER! Bar none. I could moisturize my face in vaseline twice daily and would never break out as bad as I had while taking this birth control. They say that it used to treat acne?!!! Blashpemy. After 3 days of taking it I began routinely crying when I looked in the mirror, I was so disgusted with my face. Every morning I would wake up with a few new cysts on my face. they were HUGE and SOOO RED. I was told that If I just let my body get used to it, the acne would subside and I would have the clearest skin Ive ever had. NO! I took this for four months and it did horrible damage/scarring to my skin. I stopped taking Ortho-Tricylen and started taking lo-estrin 24fe. My acne has cleared and I know treat my face with mederma gel and Olay Regenereist Nightime Repair twice daily. My skin is slowly but surely starting to look better but will never be the same :(

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I've heard Yasmin is badd, baaad, baaaaaaaaad.


If anyone needs someone to talk to and vent I am here!

I used to use a lot of stuff on my face, but now I don't and I'm doing much better!

I take:

  • Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo ****
On my face:

  • NO face makeup (I only wear eyeliner and eyeshadow. No face make up no matter how much it kills me.
  • Coconut Oil when I am in the shower. I let it sit while I am in the warm shower then rinse it off. I also wear it to bed sometimes
What causes my acne:
  • Hormones: **** Ortho threw me off and my face was attacked with acne. UPDATE: My face has calmed down and I only get ONE little pimple when TOM comes to visit every month. :pray:
Face status: I no longer breakout like I did two years ago. I have the crap scars though.

Last updated: May 26, 2015


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Any medication/drug that messes with hormone levels should be avoided at all costs if you are trying to get rid of your acne.

Many of them mess with the hormone & bacteria levels... You don't want to aggravate or mess with either of these!

This is one of the important things I have learned so far.

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let me tell you... Ortho-tricyclen was the worst thinkg that ever happen to my face EVER! Bar none. I could moisturize my face in vaseline twice daily and would never break out as bad as I had while taking this birth control. They say that it used to treat acne?!!! Blashpemy. After 3 days of taking it I began routinely crying when I looked in the mirror, I was so disgusted with my face. Every morning I would wake up with a few new cysts on my face. they were HUGE and SOOO RED. I was told that If I just let my body get used to it, the acne would subside and I would have the clearest skin Ive ever had. NO! I took this for four months and it did horrible damage/scarring to my skin. I stopped taking Ortho-Tricylen and started taking lo-estrin 24fe. My acne has cleared and I know treat my face with mederma gel and Olay Regenereist Nightime Repair twice daily. My skin is slowly but surely starting to look better but will never be the same sad.gif

This kinda scared me a lil'. I start taking Ortho in a a little over a week...:\ But I know that everyone can react differently to BC. Was Ortho your first BC?

Any medication/drug that messes with hormone levels should be avoided at all costs if you are trying to get rid of your acne.

Many of them mess with the hormone & bacteria levels... You don't want to aggravate or mess with either of these!

This is one of the important things I have learned so far.

If I didn't have bad cramps, I wouldn't be on BC. Loseasonique FREAKED out my skin. I even broke out on my legs....Unless it was somethin' else. :\


If anyone needs someone to talk to and vent I am here!

I used to use a lot of stuff on my face, but now I don't and I'm doing much better!

I take:

  • Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo ****
On my face:

  • NO face makeup (I only wear eyeliner and eyeshadow. No face make up no matter how much it kills me.
  • Coconut Oil when I am in the shower. I let it sit while I am in the warm shower then rinse it off. I also wear it to bed sometimes
What causes my acne:
  • Hormones: **** Ortho threw me off and my face was attacked with acne. UPDATE: My face has calmed down and I only get ONE little pimple when TOM comes to visit every month. :pray:
Face status: I no longer breakout like I did two years ago. I have the crap scars though.

Last updated: May 26, 2015


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Any medication/drug that messes with hormone levels should be avoided at all costs if you are trying to get rid of your acne.

Many of them mess with the hormone & bacteria levels... You don't want to aggravate or mess with either of these!

This is one of the important things I have learned so far.

Hmm, I'm not so sure about this in regards to birth control? My BC is helping keep my hormones in check, actually. It's not messing with them. I guess it all depends on how much testosterone you produce as a female and whether or not BC is right for you. In my case, it has helped tremendously since my genetics and ethnicity are the cause of my unbalanced hormones.

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Yes, it can. I think seasonique is not a good one for acne. I've been on both OrthoTriCyclen and Yasmin. I think the yasmin is probably a better choice for acne because of the progestin with the anti-androgen component. Honestly, the OrthoTriCyclen helps some people with their acne. I was on OTC for about 6 years. There were times especially at first where it may have helped some with acne and there were other times when I was frustrated. I stayed on it so long because I needed birth control at that time anyway. I don't think OTC necessarily caused acne for me and it might have helped some, I just think yasmin would be a little more helpful for acne, especially since it's what your body is used to. I had breakthrough bleeding with yasmin too, I wasn't skipping my period though, it happened for me during active pills, but it never concerned me. I only went off because I got cheap and didn't need birth control.

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I've heard Yasmin is badd, baaad, baaaaaaaaad.

I take Yasmin, and it actually helps tremendously with my acne. It has an estrogen and an anti-androgen, which should be fairly effective at keeping hormonal breakouts at bay. :) As for your question earlier, I took Ortho for awhile many years ago, but it made me nauseous so I had to quit. I wasn't on it long enough to know if it was effective for my acne or not. But, I do have to say, I always get a bad initial breakout on birth control; usually after month three, I will be clear, though.


Acne Type: Mild to Moderate, all inflammatory lesions. Cysts and Nodules. I stay very clear most of the time, although I get random cystic outbreaks every couple of months.

Complications: I have Lupus, Sjogren's Syndrome, Hashimoto's Disease, and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome III. Makes treating things complicated, that's for sure!

Routine: Aczone 2x day, Differin 1x a day, Benzoyl peroxide 2.5% 1x day, Yaz, Zinc supplements


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I have NEVER had acne until now. I have the Mirena IUD. I'm getting it yanked out next week cause this is just stupid ridiculous.


Carrie Lee's Routine:

AM: Clenia Foaming Wash...Cetaphil Moisturizer

PM: Dan's Jojoba oil to remove makeup...Clenia Foaming Wash...Retin-A Microgel .04% mixed with Dan's Jojoba oil...Cetaphil Moisturizer

Every 3 days: Lightly scrub face with oatmeal

Vitamins and Prescriptions:

Junel FE 1/20...Multi-Vitamin...Solodyn 80MG ER...Tetracycline...Mirena IUD...Loestrin28...Lemon juice (dryness galore!)

Lots of water w/lemon juice

Make-up

I don't need concelear anymore but this worked great ---> AmazingCosmetics AmazingConcealer

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Foundation

bareMinerals Mineral Veil

My personal regimen log with pics


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Get a copper IUD. Copper is toxic to sperm which is why it works, and this is the non-hormonal version of the IUD.

I've heard some crazy stories about the copper one too...that it gets all corroded and some people are allergic to it? I'm just going to go without any birth control for awhile until my face chills out. Thank you so much for your reply.


Carrie Lee's Routine:

AM: Clenia Foaming Wash...Cetaphil Moisturizer

PM: Dan's Jojoba oil to remove makeup...Clenia Foaming Wash...Retin-A Microgel .04% mixed with Dan's Jojoba oil...Cetaphil Moisturizer

Every 3 days: Lightly scrub face with oatmeal

Vitamins and Prescriptions:

Junel FE 1/20...Multi-Vitamin...Solodyn 80MG ER...Tetracycline...Mirena IUD...Loestrin28...Lemon juice (dryness galore!)

Lots of water w/lemon juice

Make-up

I don't need concelear anymore but this worked great ---> AmazingCosmetics AmazingConcealer

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Foundation

bareMinerals Mineral Veil

My personal regimen log with pics


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