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In Topic: Acne after stopping birth control pills

14 June 2012 - 05:50 PM

I went on birth control at a really early age...basically when I was 12! My mom wanted to spare me from experiencing horrible acne. I suffered with minor acne in jr high and high-school. Nothing major but it still affect my self esteem. Against my mother's warnings, when I was 18 I went off of birth control (Ortho-trycyclen). Within 6 months I was experiencing these dark deep purple "zits" which were very painful and didn't go away. I was horrified and bought all kinds of makeup to cover them.  It was everywhere- jawline, temples, cheeks, etc. After 13 months of being off the pill, I went on 3 months off accutane and back on a generic birth control. My acne cleared up great, but it still came back.

In September 2010 I switched from the generic birth control to another form...and my skin FREAKED OUT again....except this time it seemed MUCH worse. I went back on ortho-tryclen in Feb 2011 and slowly my skin began to calm down. My GI tract is all messed up (who knows from BC or accutane) but now I have a dairy free, caffeine free, gluten free diet and I have really really good skin now.

I am worried like every other woman about what will happen when I go off the pill to have a family. I believe I will just taper off birth control. I read on here somewhere that a woman did that for a year...gradually just took less and less doses, cutting the pills in half. I think I will definitely talk to my doc (whoever they will be) before I go off and express my concerns to him/her.

Who knows...maybe I would have had horrible cystic acne all along but birth control truly prevented it. If this is the case, then I don't regret taking birth control. However, if it just created a dependency on the hormones, then I hope to be wise in the future when I stop taking it...I don't want to stop cold turkey and have my body freak out!

In Topic: I Am A 15 Year Old Girl With Rosacea

22 April 2012 - 04:46 PM

Hey Molly,

I'm on a gluten free diet too. I avoid most dairy, but still eat plenty of chocolate :) In October 2011 I began using Finacea (azelaic acid) that my derm prescribed. I'm allergic to salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and many antibiotics so my acne was very difficult to manage. But I started using Finacea, and about 3 months later I had no more pimples. Even the scars, red marks, discoloration, redness, etc went away. My skin was up and down a little bit because I didn't use it for a few weeks then I got lazy and started eating more dairy, but overall my skin is glowing and pimple-free. Finacea is a very expensive medication (at least in the States) but it usually lasts me 2.5-3 months and it has been worth EVERY penny. It was worth searching high and low for something that would work.

So, I hope that you could look into this or ask your doctor about it because Finacea is mainly prescribed for rosacea. I don't have rosacea but had mild acne. I sooo wish I had got it sooner! I wish you the best of luck girl!

In Topic: 2 Months Into Accutane, Any Popping Advice?

18 February 2012 - 12:11 PM

I don't really remember breaking out more when on accutane, but Mac is probably one of the worst products you could put on your skin IMO. People who have never had a pimple in their life can wear Mac. Everyone else is better off not wearing that makeup than wasting their money and putting it on. I've tried every sort of foundation- everyday minerals, shiseido, mac, loreal, lancome, clinique, cover girl, bare minerals, rejuva minerals, etc. In November 2011, I started using Aveda foundation, and I will never wear another foundation again. This makeup covers great and DOES NOT break me out (granted I have a great makeup remover).

If the pimples are popping on their own, it's better than getting dirty fingers in there and messing with them. The trick I've used to pop pimples is santizing a very sharp needle with alcohol, GENTLY poking the head of the pimple, wrap my fingers in tissue paper, and gently squeeze in a inward and downward motion. But this only works if the pimple is ready to pop. You still risk scaring doing this, if you squeeze or poke and it bleeds. Once it starts bleeding, stop and leave it alone. Blood vessels are in the derms, which scars are formed in that layer of the skin as well.

I couldn't use any sort of medication or treatment on my skin when I was on accutane. It would just burn my skin so badly. Besides, your skin should be dry enough that you wouldn't need to "dry out" the pimple. And that's a common myth people believe- that they need to "dry out" their skin because it's oily and full of acne. In fact, I would probably do the opposite and not put a medicated treatment on it, but neosporin or aloe vera (from the plant). I think if you moisturized that area, it will be less irritated which will help healing and prevent further acne.

Best of luck to you my dear! Be blessed!

In Topic: A Doctor Told Me This Is 'too Severe To Treat Topically.' Advice? (Pi...

17 January 2012 - 08:48 PM

I have {edit HAD} terrible acne on my back and especially my shoulders, though it wasn't to this severity. Keloid scarring runs in my family, so I made sure to never pick. I have pictures of a few years ago, and am embarrassed that the acne was literally so bad.

I went on accutane in 2009, and it completely cleared the acne on my shoulders/arms. The scars that were pitted are now almost completely smooth, flat, and the color of my normal skin. It's been about 2.5 years since accutane.

I believe that accutane is prescribed for this severity. I seriously don't get why soo many people take accutane for minor acne. They just have had it for 10+ years and want to rid it completely, but I don't agree with that. I'm not recommening accutane, because that's a personal decision you need to come to on your own, but it definitely helped me. Granted, acne has come back in various stages since accutane, but it's never been as *bad* as it was pre-accutane-especially on my back. I think accutane is the only medication aggressive enough to handle it.

In Topic: Diagnosed With Rosacea (Pictures)

10 January 2012 - 12:36 PM

Well, if you really do have rosacea, finacea is the prescription that is used. I don't have rosacea, but suffer from unevened skin tone, red marks, and light/mild acne. I've been using finacea since early October, and am 98% clear 95% of the time. My skin has also gotten much lighter (I have fair skin anyway) and the redness and bumps have almost all gone away. Finacea is expensive (in the US I pay $160 a tube) but it is finally something I can use where there was no initial breakout or adverse side effects.