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My story.

So here's my story.
I'm 22 years old and have been battling acne for about 4 years now. I had perfect skin up until my junior year of high school. It was nothing serious, but enough for me to tell my mom I wanted to get on birth control to see if it would help clear it up. (That was honestly just an excuse to get on BC then because I was in my first serious relationship.) So my gyno prescribed me the pill (I can't remember the name) and within a month or two I was a nightmare! I was emotional 24/7 and I would go from crying to being screaming mad in a matter of seconds. So we went back to my gyno and he prescribed me a different pill, it was a low-hormone one but I don't know the name of it either. So I took that BC for about a year until my boyfriend and I broke up, then I just stopped taking for about 6 months until I got into another relationship, then I started taking it again. I took it for another year or so and stopped taking it after that relationship ended. Now we're in mid 2012 and looking back, I should have realized the connection between my acne and going on and off birth control. This time when I got off of it, my face got worse. Cystic pimples on my cheeks and jawline, clogged pores, white and blackheads. I tried not to pay attention to it, thinking it would just eventually go away but January of 2013 came along and I met a new boy. The more we hung out, the more I noticed how bad my skin had gotten. I was extremely embarrassed to be around him without makeup. In March of '13 while he was away at bootcamp, I went to a dermatologist and was prescribed an antibiotic, a month prescription if I remember correctly, and given a topical cream. After a month, my skin was a little better. Enough that I noticed a difference. I had also started taking BC at some point at the beginning of '13 but it lasted probably 6 months or so because I HATED it. It made me super emotional and hateful all the time. So I stopped taking it around the middle/end of '13. My face just kept getting worse. At the beginning of 2014 I bought a Clarisonic and used it religiously for about 3 months. I saw such a huge change it was like a miracle. In May of 2014 my skin was almost perfect. I was still breaking out some but nothing like before. Up until the middle of 2015, I didn't pay much attention to my acne. Then in July, I noticed my face acting up again. More big, red, irritated, cystic pimples, way more often. On September of 10th of this year, I went back to my gyno so he could help me decide what to do. If he thought BC would fix my skin, I would put up with my mood swings. I was so desperate. He recommended we try Spironolactone before trying BC again. He told me all about Spiro and that in a lot of cases, after many months and lots of patience, the medicine helped clear up hormonal acne. I started two 50mg tablets twice a day. Two in the morning and two at night. Today is November 5 and I have not noticed a difference in my skin. Maybe less oily, but my acne is still just as bad. I'm starting to lose patience and faith. In the last 4 months, since my acne started acting up again, my confidence has disappeared. I can't look people in the eyes when I speak to them, because I can tell they're looking at my skin. I've been with my boyfriend for almost 3 years now, and I hate when he wants to introduce me to his friends at work because I'm ashamed and embarrassed. I started this blog to share my journey and battle with acne. For support and advise from people who are battling this same awful thing. I'm sorry this is so long, I just wanted to tell my story so far. It's long from over, but I'm just taking it day by day.



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