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In Topic: Bacillus Coagulans For Fighting Acne?

16 February 2015 - 08:29 AM

The intent of this thread is to discuss Bacillus coagulans. If you guys wish to continue discussing other probiotic strains, please, start another thread about them. As it is, I'm concerned that others who could have something to say about BC may not do so, as this thread has gone so far off-topic. :(

In Topic: Coming Off Birth Control After 9 Years=)

13 February 2015 - 04:52 PM

My skin was ok for a few months after stopping the pill, but then it just exploded with acne and took a long time to calm down.


Approximately how long your bad breakout period lasted? And did you suffer from cysts/nodules or a less severe form of this dreaded disease? Granted, breakouts of any kind are unwanted.


I already know to expect a bad reaction, since I had one the last time I stopped the Pill for 9 months. But for overall health reasons, I really should get off this cocktail of hormones but, due to my experience--and because my skin suffered scarring 2 years ago, at age 36--I'm that much more terrified to stop taking it.

In Topic: Coming Off Birth Control After 9 Years=)

12 February 2015 - 10:48 AM

I think it is synonymous with the acne community to be apprehensive when changing anything in a routine that is finally starting to work. It can feel very threatening to any success that you've worked hard to make, in clearing your skin.


Yes, it is very scary, the thought of changing a thing--especially when stopping one brand of the Pill about 8-9 years ago had such a negative impact on my skin; so I'm terrified to stop my current Pill brand, which, btw, some women swear have made them suffer hair loss--either when the took it or after they stopped taking it. Oy.


Plus, I have sebaceous hyperplasia, which seems to be a permanent condition that's worsened by the skin's oil production. Just another reason I'm terrified to stop taking the Pill; I could wind up with two out-of-control skin conditions, one of which leaves permanent bumps that cost a lot to remove (and that tend to return).


I know everyone is different, so for me to suggest looking into diet and supplementation of vitamins as a way to keep your skin clear would be pretentious and arrogant in my own beliefs. Especially as acne can be a symptom of so many different things going on in the body. Whether a hormonal imbalance, Polycystic ovarian syndrome, allergies, food intolerances, bad diet, stress, monthly cycles, etc. So, I hope things are now better for you, now you're back on the pill? 


I've been taking my current Pill brand for about 8 years now; things have been mostly under control. I seem to go through about a 2-to-2.5-year cycle, during which time I can eat chocolate and lightly fried foods without getting cysts. When the 2-to-2.5-year period is up, I must go about 6 months avoiding these foods. Odd, but true. (I've been through this cycle enough to know it well.)

I am 6 weeks off of the pill now, my skin is still clear. 

I will keep updating as time goes on, see if anything fluctuates.

I am still taking all of the same vitamins and supplements. 

I am still following the same diet.


After my experience, I remain cautious when someone says, "I'm still clear after 2 months." My thinking is: Wait until you've been off it 3-6 months to know the likely outcome. I don't mean to be a negative Nancy, but I think it really does take more time than even 6 weeks for the body's hormones to shift enough to cause an issue.


I sincerely hope that you're one of the lucky ones who does remain clear skinned. :)


A couple of things I've noticed after coming off the pill:

As I previously mentioned, my libido is literally insane now. I can be at work, literally sat at my desk and I will feel turned on for no reason. I find this hiliarious, and also fantastic, as my libido prior was dying a slow death. I am making an assumption here, but I know that Yasmin birth control is designed to work as an acne and polycystic ovarian treatment because it suppress excess male hormones in the body(as does Dianette, but is considered a stronger pill and I was unable to take this long term, my doc took my off it after 2 years.) Dianette, is also given to sex offenders in prison, to inhibit and suppress their testosterone levels. Which is something my doctor told me. Hence, my thinking that the pill was infact killing my sex drive.


My current Pill brand has totally killed my libido to the point that I don't remember what it's like to have a sex drive. I do recall that the last time I stopped my other Pill brand, my sex drive did return a bit--and my migraines all but stopped. So either I quit the Pill and risk my face going to hell from two different skin conditions, or I find relief in feeling (sexually) human and migraine-free again. *sigh*


*I have also noticed a gradual return in my perceived levels of anxiety and mood swings. My main reason for taking the pill continuously these last few years, was that I noticed a pattern each month around my cycle. People will call it PMS, but all I know is that for 2 weeks of every month I was suicidal. I genuinely wanted to end my own life during that time. I felt insane, I felt I not in control of myself. All I can explain it as, is a feeling of complete despair. The worst part is, you have no idea why you feel this way. Wiping out the placebo break and taking my birth control pill continuously helped with this. It did not stop it happening. It would just mean that I would be sad for 1 day instead of 7. 


I, too, suffer from anxiety; so stopping the Pill (again) might help me in that regard. It feels like a Catch-22, though.... :( But it's great news that stopping the Pill has stopped your suicidal thoughts. (It has stopped them, yes?)


I am taking herbal anxiety remedies, which I started this week. Valerian, Hops and Gentian. I am feeling a difference. 

I also eat dark chocolate in small amounts daily. 

Exercising more, trying to get the natural seretonin going in my body. 


I want to be happy, from a natural source, if that makes sense. I don't want to NEED anything to make me feel better. I want to be in control of my emotions, my skin and my overall well being. I sound like a wannabe self help do gooder here, but this is all coming from an authentic place.


What you've written makes perfect sense and, thus, I seems completely reasonable. :) I hope that you find continued success from having stopped taking the Pill. I hope that I reach a point at which I feel safe in trying to stop it again--this time for good.



In Topic: Coming Off Birth Control After 9 Years=)

08 February 2015 - 06:54 PM

I hear that many women who come off birth control are clear for a few months but after about half a year that's when the bad breakouts really start?


That's what happened to me the one time that I attempted to stop taking the Pill for good. Between the second and third month, my oil production kicked into the highest gear I've ever seen. And starting in month three, I began getting cysts/nodules on not only my face and jawline, but my arms, back and occasionally my legs. (Disclosure: Nodulocystic acne was my reason for going on the Pill in the first place, many years ago. Still, I'd hoped my body would adjust without any return of the dreaded deep breakouts. *sigh*)


I made it 9 months before snapping and going back on the pill, though a different brand that time. I still wonder how bad things may have continued to get--and for how long they may have stayed that way--had I not panicked and jumped back to the Pill....




In Topic: Products To Keep A Cyst/nodule From Scarring?

27 January 2015 - 02:40 PM

It really depends on how inflamed each cyst becomes, and the areas that they are located. I can get terrible cysts in areas like the jaw or forehead that will not scar at all, but I can also get very small lesions that will scar regardless, especially on my cheeks.


Good point. I have the same issue: I scar more easily on my cheeks--and some parts of my chin--than other areas of my face.


I would say keep your diet clean and make sure you are getting the proper vitamins and minerals to help in the repair of the damaged skin. Also, the more inflamed a lesion becomes the more of a chance it will scar as a crater, so you should try to combat the inflation as much as possible on these spots with topical such as tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide, or salsylic acid.


I have a horrible sweet tooth--chocolate being my key weakness--but my diet in all other areas has improved.


Currently, I'm taking a multivitamin, Magnesium (for IBS issues), Calcium (to pair with the Magnesium), but I cut back the Magnesium and skip the Calcium on the days that I take the multivitamin. Also, I now am taking Vit. C to help with inflammation.


One interesting thing to note: when I first began getting cysts/nodules at age 22, I used Sulfacet-R--a sulfur/sodium sulfacetamide lotion--daily. And I developed no scarring, even from deeply inflamed breakouts on my cheeks; that's why I'm using it on my current cyst, along with the TT oil and Rose Hip Seed oil. (Sulfacet-R is no longer available in the U.S.; I'm using another product having the same concentration.)