Hello. I've been part of acne.org for the longest time, I've tried pretty much everything over the course of many years, 20 years. Too long if you ask me.
A year ago, I had an "aha" moment. I asked my gyno if I could try Yasmin/Yaz but I didn't think about it for acne, I thinking about it because of my weight, I'll get into more later.
Something remarkable happened that year. My acne vanished. My hair and skin were no longer crazy oily. At the time I didn't even think it was the BCP because my GP also gave me a script for Retin A, which I never tried, I really liked it, I thought that perhaps it was that, that was treating my acne effectively. Until I think back now that, I skipped the retin a many times, and even went off it, and my acne still was 95% gone. I'd get maybe 2 pimples a month. (verus several a week)
So my year went up on my BCP, so I had to see my Gyno. Well she wanted take me off Yasmin. She was never a fan of it. I had to really push to get it the first time. She told me she thought it was too expensive, and caused too many side effects. The only side effect I had was really dry hair, and I just had to say that. Remember, at the time, I didn't think about it was because the anti-androgen effect. She insisted she wanted to change my BCP to Mononessa, and at the time I didn't have any reason to say no. I mean she is my dr, she is supposed to know best right? (......) sigh. Wrong.
About 2 months on the new pill, my acne was back, kinda of slow at first, then suddenly horrible. Then I knew it was the pill. I know I shouldn't have waited, but life happened, and another year passed, and when it was time to see my gyno, I asked to be put back on yasmin and she refused. I told her how it helped my acne tremdeously and what did she say? "I want you to try something else" Its Ovcon 35. Well it not doing anything for me!
So what do I do? I want to see someone for spiro. Its the only thing I have not tried. Should I see my gyno (personally I'm thinking about changing gynos) a derm, or an endocrinologist? How should I go about explaining myself? What about my GP? Where the heck do I start?
Also since its obviously hormonal, could it be that I have PCOS? Pretty much ever since I hit pubertiy, I felt like my life ended! lol
My peroids were insanely heavy, long and painful. I have trouble maintaining and losing weight. Diagnosed with major depression disorder in 2009. Well then there is the acne.
Well this is already a long post. Any advice from those with experience would be very helpful.