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Nuvaring Success

Hello! I posted this under the 'Severe/cystic' acne section, since I didn't know this one existed, but I feel it's pretty pertinent, especially since I don't see very many threads about it!

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Hello!

I'm new to these forums, but have been a sufferer of acne since I was 12...I am now 22, and after such a long up-hill climb I felt that I should share my experience with others who are also suffering--hopefully I can give some hope and ideas to the few females who are unlucky enough to have cystic acne like I had. So ladies, this one's for you!

Like I said, I began having acne pretty much as soon as I hit puberty--all over my face, shoulders, back...words can't describe the feeling and I'm sure everyone here knows all too well what I mean. The embarassment, the frustration.

I tried Accutane twice, for about a year each time. I don't remember what dosage I was at (we're talking late middle-school/early high school here) but I do know that the pills were yellow the first time, and purple the second. I tried every sort of topical wash and creme from your basic Salycilic Acid to Proactiv, all with no effect or a worsening irritation of my skin, which is very sensitive to fragranced products. I had a massive allergic reaction to Aquaphor moisturizer, to give you an idea. My family was far from able to finance visits to specialists, and I eventually accepted my 'fate' as it were and decided to wait it out. I washed diligently, didn't scrub, tried so hard not to pick or poke.

I went on the Birth Control Pill at 16 for reasons other than acne treatment (therefore I wasn't disappointed that it had no affect on my skin condition whatsoever). Almost exactly one year ago, I had a bit of a pregnancy scare, and my gynecologist advised me to stop taking The Pill (which I frequently forgot with my busy schedule) and instead try Nuvaring. At this point, my mind was completely on well, not getting pregnant, but I noticed that in less than a month, my skin was beginning to clear. I haven't changed anything in my diet, my life is quite possibly more stressful than ever (so I'm sure it's not due to a decrease in stress)...on a whole my lifestyle has not changed, so I can only attribute it to the new birth control.

I immediately cut out my entire skin-care regimen (which pretty much included Clean & Clear's benzoyl peroxide face wash and little else) so as not to upset whatever balance I'd reached. Slowly I began trying new face washes and cremes, and found my skin ten times more tolerant than before. I can wash with a non-acne related cleanser, tone with a non-acne related astringent, and moisturize with a non-acne related lotion. Maybe I'm alone in this, but it's an amazing feeling not to have to rub peroxide and acid-based gels and cremes on your face--like I said, my skin is very sensitive, and I would always have this uncomfortable 'crawling' feeling on my skin whenever I used acne medicated washes.

Now I'm not completely clear, I still have flare-ups before my period...otherwise I'm lucky to get one or two zits for the rest of the month. My only 'problem' now is trying to refine my poor stretched pores! I would list my skin-care regimen, however like I said, I don't attribute my skin clearing to any combination of topicals. I currently use Olay or Dove washes/moisturizers as they are the least irritating to my skin, and Neutrogena's witch-hazel based toner for my pores (too soon to tell if it's working yet). I WILL say, if it isn't blatantly obvious, NEVER touch creme or pressed-powder foundations. I wore makeup almost every day, and found loose mineral powder to be the BEST. It gives light coverage, doesn't clog, and is easy to wash off...plus that little jar you get lasts FOREVER!

I would love to post pictures, however I have literally zero pictures from when my acne was at it's worst (I basically just didn't ever let a camera get near me) for comparison.

Rather long story short--for those ladies suffering cystic acne, perhaps give Nuvaring a whirl. I can tell you that from a purely birth-control related standpoint, it kicks The Pill's ass. I was absolutely shocked at the effect it had on my skin!

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Hello.. I too have noticed that Nuva Ring seems to have cleared up my cystic acne. I would huge deep pimples filled with oil that seemed to never go away.. and I am the biggest picker/pincher/prodder alive. About a week or two on the Nuva Ring and it seemed my acne vanished... almost completely. I would get random zits around the time of my period, but overall my skin got so good that I didn't have to wear concealer or foundation at all; I almost cried the first time I left the house with nothing concealing my skin because it was such a relief. Never had a been so pleased and less stressed out.

Recently though, I ran out of my Nuva Ring and I forgot to get my prescription filled in time. I've been off it about one month and literally a week after I took out the ring, my acne flared up worse than ever. I got my prescription filled the other day and will be back on it and be sure I stay on it from now on.. but I really attribute my clear skin for the 6 months I had to the Nuva Ring. Life saver!

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Hello!

I'm new to these forums, but have been a sufferer of acne since I was 12...I am now 22, and after such a long up-hill climb I felt that I should share my experience with others who are also suffering--hopefully I can give some hope and ideas to the few females who are unlucky enough to have cystic acne like I had. So ladies, this one's for you!

Like I said, I began having acne pretty much as soon as I hit puberty--all over my face, shoulders, back...words can't describe the feeling and I'm sure everyone here knows all too well what I mean. The embarassment, the frustration.

I tried Accutane twice, for about a year each time. I don't remember what dosage I was at (we're talking late middle-school/early high school here) but I do know that the pills were yellow the first time, and purple the second. I tried every sort of topical wash and creme from your basic Salycilic Acid to Proactiv, all with no effect or a worsening irritation of my skin, which is very sensitive to fragranced products. I had a massive allergic reaction to Aquaphor moisturizer, to give you an idea. My family was far from able to finance visits to specialists, and I eventually accepted my 'fate' as it were and decided to wait it out. I washed diligently, didn't scrub, tried so hard not to pick or poke.

I went on the Birth Control Pill at 16 for reasons other than acne treatment (therefore I wasn't disappointed that it had no affect on my skin condition whatsoever). Almost exactly one year ago, I had a bit of a pregnancy scare, and my gynecologist advised me to stop taking The Pill (which I frequently forgot with my busy schedule) and instead try Nuvaring. At this point, my mind was completely on well, not getting pregnant, but I noticed that in less than a month, my skin was beginning to clear. I haven't changed anything in my diet, my life is quite possibly more stressful than ever (so I'm sure it's not due to a decrease in stress)...on a whole my lifestyle has not changed, so I can only attribute it to the new birth control.

I immediately cut out my entire skin-care regimen (which pretty much included Clean & Clear's benzoyl peroxide face wash and little else) so as not to upset whatever balance I'd reached. Slowly I began trying new face washes and cremes, and found my skin ten times more tolerant than before. I can wash with a non-acne related cleanser, tone with a non-acne related astringent, and moisturize with a non-acne related lotion. Maybe I'm alone in this, but it's an amazing feeling not to have to rub peroxide and acid-based gels and cremes on your face--like I said, my skin is very sensitive, and I would always have this uncomfortable 'crawling' feeling on my skin whenever I used acne medicated washes.

Now I'm not completely clear, I still have flare-ups before my period...otherwise I'm lucky to get one or two zits for the rest of the month. My only 'problem' now is trying to refine my poor stretched pores! I would list my skin-care regimen, however like I said, I don't attribute my skin clearing to any combination of topicals. I currently use Olay or Dove washes/moisturizers as they are the least irritating to my skin, and Neutrogena's witch-hazel based toner for my pores (too soon to tell if it's working yet). I WILL say, if it isn't blatantly obvious, NEVER touch creme or pressed-powder foundations. I wore makeup almost every day, and found loose mineral powder to be the BEST. It gives light coverage, doesn't clog, and is easy to wash off...plus that little jar you get lasts FOREVER!

I would love to post pictures, however I have literally zero pictures from when my acne was at it's worst (I basically just didn't ever let a camera get near me) for comparison.

Rather long story short--for those ladies suffering cystic acne, perhaps give Nuvaring a whirl. I can tell you that from a purely birth-control related standpoint, it kicks The Pill's ass. I was absolutely shocked at the effect it had on my skin!

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i had horrible acne around my jaw

i went on cyclessa and it helped a lot but i would still break out sometimes

then i went off of it after 4 months (it was making me depressed)

my skin broke out initially but after 2 weeks it cleared up DRASTICALLY. my skin was CLEAR and i didn't have to tend to it 2-3 times a day.

i needed to get backon birth control so i put the nuvaring in 2 weeks ago and my skin is breaking out again D=

its not like horrible cystic acne on my jaw (like before)

but its all around my chin and my cheeks feellike theyre about to break out

wtf

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Thank you SO much for sharing your story! I have had the same horrible acne since age 12 and I tried everything too. Birth control pills did seem to work for me, but I could not stand the constant headaches and fatigue, so I got off of them around 3 months ago.

Well, as you may know, my face immediately broke out worse than ever after getting off of them!!! More pimples every single day of my cycle! So, I have researched everything and the Nuvaring seems to be a good answer. It has the lowest dose of hormones (which will decrease the incidence of my headaches/fatigue) and the progesterone used is one of the least androgenic (acne causing). Plus, the continuous hormone release is superior at fighing acne flare ups compared to oral pills which have peaks and troughs in the medication.

I will keep everyone posted on this.

Thanks again!

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wow! that is awesome.

i have always been worried you could feel the ring on a daily basis and it would be annoying.

do you have any of these problems?

thanks and hope it keeps working!!

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I just started Nuvaring two weeks ago and I've noticed my acne clearing up! I normally hate birth control (having tried the patch, shot and three versions of the pill). I usually experience weight gain and moodiness. So far Nuvaring seems to be my hail mary! I've been losing weight and the lower dose of hormones leaves me in more control of my emotions. I know it works differently for everyone, but for me it's a yes! So far at least :)

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