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So I kind of forgot about this website. I started taking birth control [Ortho Tri-Cyclen] back in my senior year of highschool right before the summer and it has worked WONDERS!! My skin is almost completely clear. I still get the occasional white heads but holy moly I used to have it alllllllll over my face, shoulders, and back and now they're all spotless!! well..except for the few scars that are left over. However, I used a scar cream which has really helped. I'm going to review the product, but just in case the review isnt read I'm going to review Ortho Tri-Clyclen on here as well. So here it is... It was a gradual process. -For the first 3 weeks or so I didn't really notice a difference. (major breakouts ever week..) -However, then slowly I began to get fewer cysts and bigger red bumps. -After about 6 weeks I started to have fewer breakouts. {They started happening ever other week and were much smaller. There were no new breakouts on my back and shoulders. -After about 3 months I was getting maybe 1 or two zits with pus about ever other week. -NOW (about 6 months later) I am SOOOO clear!! I used to be too embarassed to take my makeup off at sleepovers because of my acne, but just this last weekend I stayed in a cabin with some friends and was actually able to remove all my makeup and look in the mirror, and see my face. I do still have a little scarring, but it's hardly noticeable. I feel my face and it's sooo smooth! NEGATIVE: The one negative that I must admit to is that I did gain about 5 pounds while on the pill. but this is a price I am most DEFINITLY willing to pay. And it's really not noticeable. For any girl out there who has tried it all from T-retinoin to benzol peroxide to the ice pack, to Proactive to avoiding dairy and soy and so on (like me), I recommend birth control. i recommend it 100%. It is the only thing that has truly worked for me.




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Hestitation for Celebration (Day 15)

Due to end of Senior year craziness, I haven't updated on here in a couple of days. As of today, I have zero new visitors..anywhere. However, rather than feeling totally excited about it, Im cautious as to whether or not this is a permanent thing or if its just post break out period before yet another errupts. All nauseau is gone and I haven't had any new headaches. After graduation, my friends and I are going on a cruise so I'm reallllyyyy reallly hoping Ill have the confidence to go swimming and what not without stressing over my face and all. Keep Loving Jesus! <3

Arrested for Acne? (Day 11)

I skipped school yesterday. Yes, I was so ashamed of the hormonal retaliation taking place on my face that I just couldnt bring myself to go to school. I ended up going to Starbucks and sitting inside for an hour. With all this school I've been missing lately, I'm surprised I haven't had a visit from the law. They'll ask me what my motive was: "abuse? drugs?" And I'll reply: "Yes, acne has bruised my heart and drugged my soul." Ya think they'll take that well? I.am.crazy. This morning I have yet another giant dime-sized zit under my eye. The nausea and headaches are slowly going away though and my last breakout is starting to heal. Keep Loving Jesus! <3




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The Old Man at Ross (Day 10)

Yesterday, I again forced myself to leave the comforting walls of my home. I went to Ross and walking in I was thinking to myself: ok, i am going to hold my head high and look out of the corner of my eye at everyone around, trying to see if they're stairing at my acne (yes, I have grown accustomed to doing this). It was horribllleeee. I felt so miserable. I tried to only go down aisles I knew had no one in them. Then, when I was in line to buy my things, an old man came up and stood behind me. I was trying to keep my face turned away because I didnt want him to see the petri dish that my face has become, but he started talking to me, so I had to turn and look at him. When did this happen? When did the opinion of some random elderly man affect me so much?? Today, I woke up with 3 new little friends. One is a cyst and the other two are just bright red bumps that are going to bring me down all morning. Howeverrrr, I am going to KEEP KEEP trying to live life, without the consumption of acne. Keep loving Jesus! <3

Fleeing Hybernation (Day 9)

So yesterday I actually left the house . After hiding in my house for 2 days, I decided that I needed to get out and try to forget about feeling crummy. I decided I was going to try and not think about my acne at all, but I must say that after applying my swimming pool worth of daily make-up to my face yet still seeing the many visible bumps all over my face in the mirror, I just wanted to sink back down to the bathroom floor and cry all over . However, I didn't. I turned the light off, grabbed my purse, and went out with a friend. Although I am in NO way accepting of my acne, I didn't cry! which is a first for me in a while. This morning I woke up with with one new zit, a little nausea, but no headache. Keep loving Jesus! <3




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Emotional Basket Case (Day 8)

Wooow. Yesterday, I was hit with every side-effect birth control is known to bring. I was yet to experience any the first week, so I thought I just wasn't going to be at all affected. Soo wrong. Yesterday and this morning I have had a horrible headache and nausea that wont go away and my emotions are crazyyy. I cry about EVERYTHING. It's ridiculous. I spent the entire day at home because I felt so crummy. PLUSS my acne just keeps multiplying on my face. I'm still going to keep at it though for at least a month.

Self-Esteem Cliff Dive =[ (Day 7)

Last night I was supposed to go out with friends, but I stayed home because of my breakout. I hate myself for allowing acne to control my life so much, yet whenever I try to ignore it I am somehow reminded of it and then commence yet another time of mourning. I dont know why we bring ourselves so far down, giving so much weight to acne..but we do. Acceptance by other humans is so desired by us...why..? We must keep trying to either come up with a better answer than I, and I'm sure you, have yet to find..or find some way to overcome it. ughhh but its soo hard to do so!!

BC Day 6

So..my original write up for today said that my acne hadnt gotten much worse,,well I spoke too soon. Right after posting it, I took all my make up off from the day and found that I have 6 new cysts on my face, alllll on my cheeks. YIKES! I'm really hoping that this sudden new breakout is due to the fact that the Birth Control is confusing my hormones or something. I had wanted to upload pictures, but I ran out of time. Maybe eventually I will. Prom was AMAZING. Thanks to the glory of 50 pounds of make-up, my little friends didnt join the party. However, someone made a comment about how much foundation I wear. And I do wear SO much right now and I hate it. I see girls with perfect skin pouring on the makeup and I think it's completely ridiculous. I would definitly choose NOT to smell like a paint can if I didnt have to.

Birth Control Day 3

Still being early in the game, I can't really expect much of a difference. However, I have only one new zit today to add to the collection, which is nice. Usually, I find at least 2 or three a day. My back and shoulders have no new ones today and all I have are a few from a week ago and many scars that have faded quite a bit. My prom is in 2 days so everyone PLEASE cross your fingers for this because I would hate to have to spend my prom stressing over a newly formed bunch of lovers on my back or shoulders or face.. Oh as of side effects involving the BC, i haven't noticed any..still no random depression, food cravings, nausea, or headaches, which is nice.

Birth Control Day 2

Being only the second day taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, I can't really acuratelly determine the outcome of taking it. However, I can say that as of today I have no symptoms. I dont feel depressed, have headaches, crave fatty foods, feel sick or anything..My acne obviously hasnt changed in one day. There aren't really any major new ones,,but considering how many I have starting out..its hard to tell..

Starting Birth Control

Day 1: Yess..I am officially on the pill. I am soo freakin nervous that this isn't going to work, or, dare I say it, make my acne worse. I REALLY am trying to avoid Accutane or any similar solution so I feel like this is my last hope. Starting out, I have acne all surrounding my mouth on my cheeks and chin as well as my forehead and shoulderblades. I know, doesnt that sound delightful? I've had acne since I was 12. And it hasnt been just here and there. I've felt like my entire face and back have been a bomb field for the past 5 years. Perhaps BC is the army I needed.

Trying it out

I've read all of what people have said about taking birth Control pills, have talked to my doctor about it, and have decided to try taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, which is a very mild Birth control pill. I can't start taking them until Sunday, but once I do, ill be keeping track of either their success or failure..Lets pray for success!

Birth Control Pills?

Soo..the whole "ignoring my acne" thing worked alright..but I am now considering trying birth control pills to clear up my acne. I have never taken any form of pill for my acne, but Im going to see my doctor tomorrow to get some information about it. I've heard that taken them has a lot of side affects like weight gain. I guess I'll find outtomorrow if its true.

People Treating you different..?

So today I woke up with fairly bad acne after being pretty clear for a couple weeks. my first thought was "great..now I have to go to school looking like the Rocky Mountain Range. My friends will stare..they'll know I feel awkward..yadda yadda yadda". Well after school, when I was driving home, I realized that no one had treated me any differently. I had actually even forgotton about my acne..that is until I looked in the car mirror ehemm..anyways haha. This made me want to try and forget about my acne. For just one day..at least. And see if my life is any different because honestly, I feel like my life sucks with acne and doesnt without it. But that can't be how life really is, can it?