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Apple Blossom

Member Since 05 Jul 2013
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#3412795 How Do You Know If Acne Is Hormonal?

Posted by Apple Blossom on 07 February 2014 - 12:19 PM

Hello girls,


I have a question for those of you who have hormonal acne.  How do you know it's hormonal for sure?  I'm trying to figure out if mine is.  I used to get nodules and cysts, a lot on my chin but also on my forehead (cheeks have always been pretty clear).  I started taking Diane 35 (regrettably, in some ways) two years ago and haven't had many nodules since then but still get cysts and smaller pimples.  Now, suddenly, I'm getting nodules again, on my forehead and chin. 


Since I get acne on my chin a lot, and because my skin did improve on Diane 35 in terms of keeping nodules at bay (until now), is it likely hormonal?  I've never noticed that my skin is different during any particular time of the month, nor has stress ever seemed to have an impact.  I didn't think diet played much of a role either, however, this month I decided to be "healthy" and drink ridiculous amounts of fruit smoothies for the first time in my life and after a few weeks of this, I have nodules on my face.  It could be a coincidence I guess, and Diane 35 just happens to be becoming less effective.


I really hate nodules and I'd forgotten how horrible it is to have them.  I just called my dermatologist too and she doesn't let people come in on short notice and get them injected, so I just have this monstrous lump on my chin and can do absolutely nothing about it. 


If anyone has any thoughts on whether or not my acne sounds hormonal, please chime in!!


Edit:  I don't know if this is relevant but I don't seem to be too sensitive to changes in birth control... I've been on and off a few different kinds over the past ten years and never had an initial breakout or had problems after going off them.  That being said, I know even I won't be immune to the post-Diane 35 apocalypse.  I didn't have an initial breakout with Diane, though.

#3411284 A Cyst Approaches...

Posted by Apple Blossom on 30 January 2014 - 10:47 AM

I've been using a warm compress and taking advil at the first signs of a cyst or nodule emerging and it has been working quite well.

#3411056 Acne Made Worse By Birth Controls?

Posted by Apple Blossom on 29 January 2014 - 10:46 AM

I was on Marvelon for years, which I think is similar to Apri.  I didn't have any problems with an initial breakout, but in general, the pill didn't really help with my acne either (mild cystic and nodular).  If you're looking to specifically control acne with birth control, you might need something like yaz or diane 35, but unless your acne is moderate to severe, don't go on those!  You'll regret it when you try to get off them and have a massive break out.  Maybe give the one you're on another month and if things don't calm down, try switching to another low dose pill.