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In Topic: Huge Cystic Outbreak 5 Months Off Ortho Tri Cyclen

04 December 2014 - 04:16 AM

So I think it took a total of 3 weeks to notice the drastic change in my skin after stopping dairy. I remember it like yesterday. I had met THE greatest esthetician on the planet and was supposed to get a facial from her. I hadn't had a break out in 21 days. I was getting daily breakouts of 2-3 papules that were red, swollen and itchy/sometimes painful. So after the 21 day mark I got one pimple and I ended up seeing the woman a few days earlier than we scheduled. I ended up getting frustrated with a period breakout the next month after, my new esthetician was on vacation for 2 months and I said eff this it's not the dairy. I ate pizza and immediately had 5 or 6 new pimples. I was soooo depressed. Long story short, it took 8 weeks for every mark and pimple to go away from the awful breakout. I had facials weekly to extract the acne and chemical peels on top of eachother to exfoliate for the acne marks and prevention of new acne. It was the worst time of my life besides the time when I was pregnant with a full face of awful, awful acne.
Now let me tell you this, and not scaring you. I just want to give a heads up. So I took spiro probably 5 weeks after my first pregnancy to eliminate breakouts. Now I took it for only 5 short days because it ended up giving me melasma. Dammit!!!! Lol, In my case I think it had to do with the hormones from pregnancy being triggered and causing this reaction. It's a darkening of the skin around your upper fucking lip, cheeks, forehead ...I only had a Charlie Chaplin stache. Now I get in around my under eyes and forehead and sometimes moustache. I didn't know if it was the spiro for sure. When my son was 9 months I started breaking out crazy again and went back on Yasmin, I had been on that for 8 years prior to my pregnancy. It also has spiro in it and guess what? My stache reappeared. Faaakkkkk.... I got off right away and I'll most likely never again be on BCP's. It's been 8 years since I was on them. It totally fucks you up. I wish doctors would give us this heads up. It's not just a small breakout we get after coming off the pill. It's like all the pimples we would have gotten times 10. It's awful. Both of my dermatologists told me it happens all the time. When I was 17 I was on ortho fri cyclen for a year. When I got off, about 5 months later my face was so broken out again AND my hair was shedding like mad. Years later is when I realized it was all from the pill. Cheers to being a woman! Sorry for rambling, I wanted to share my experience in detail. Melasma doesn't happen to everyone. I think it's just in my genes. We gain so much knowledge through the years by things like this. Just sharing...let me know if you have any other questions.

In Topic: Huge Cystic Outbreak 5 Months Off Ortho Tri Cyclen

28 November 2014 - 08:50 PM

Hey there...so once I got pregnant in 2007, by the 3rd month my skin went to hell. It didn't stop pretty much the whole pregnancy. It calmed down some but was still there for sure. I'd say in 2009, after cutting dairy out of my diet and getting regular facials, thats when the acne subsided tremendously. It wasn't a daily worry anymore. Then in 2012 I separated from my husband and went through soooo much stress. Acne started showing up again. Very annoying. Got pregnant in 2013 and was clear until now. I'm beginning to have like 5-6 pimples every other week or so. They get big and puffy, pop and for the most part are gone in like 2 to 3 days. But the fact that they're coming and I can feel them coming is making me depressed. Just hopin for the best though...keep us posted.

In Topic: Huge Cystic Outbreak 5 Months Off Ortho Tri Cyclen

25 November 2014 - 02:01 PM

Uggghhh so sorry you have to go through this. BUT better now that you are not pregnant. That way you can use any topical you can. I was on Yasmin for about 7-8 years with a few months off in between. Every time I got off my skin began to go to hell. I never ever put 2 and 2 together. I got off Yasmin in 2007, the month was January. Pregnant by march and a battlefield all over my face by May until he was born. I couldn't use shit...that worked anyway.  I did actually take erythromycin and used benzoyl peroxide ...garb. The unfortunate thing is that if you are prone to hormonal acne, you will almost always have an explosion after coming off the pill. I have never been back on the pill in 8 years. I never will. I had another baby a year ago and the pregnancy went awesome. My skin was beautiful. Try a more natural route. I actually used the regimen my last pregnancy. My OB approved... Currently I am using African black soap by Nubian heritage (I think that's the name) and benzoyl peroxide night and day. I moisturizer with rosehip seed (carrier oil) that has frankincense, geranium and sometimes carrot seed oil ( all essential oils good for acne, hormonal balance and scarring) during the day. At night I just moisturizer with rosehip seed oil. Do you have Instagram? There's a bunch of info out there. I am going through some slight skin changes due to weaning of breastfeeding. Trying to catch it all now. Anyways...best of luck to you. Don't let yourself get down. I know how you feel. I obsess over my skin and get super depressed. In reality, the rest of the world does not see what we see. Send me a message with ANY questions. Have a great day

In Topic: Post Pregnancy Acne

15 July 2014 - 04:57 AM

Hello! Congratulations on your baby! Sorry you're dealing with acne. How was your skin during pregnancy and before pregnancy? Our hormones get very out of whack after delivery. Even a few months afterwards. Are you breastfeeding? If not, are you using any medications? I also had a baby 8 months ago. I use the regimen and used it while pregnant. I think it's one thing that helps keep my acne away. I'm also breastfeeding. I still breakout quite a bit only when my period comes. I have the painful red, medium in size papules. This last cycle I don't know if it was the new makeup I tried (face broke out the day after I began using it) but I ended up with 6 effin zits. I know I'm getting one when I get an itchy sensation in the area. Anyway, I'm an esthetician and am very in to skin care, especially hormonal and pregnant women. I know the feeling. I've been through it all. Hope to chat with you. Keep your head up Hun.

In Topic: Dry Eyelids?

07 October 2013 - 05:46 AM

So I experienced this as well. Basically I realized that after bp has dried and i put on my moisturizer, any and i mean any residue that might get around that area will be itchy and burn one day then scaly and dry the next. Just be careful after applying anything once bp is on  your skin