This is the beginning of my clear skin road. ( I have dry-normal skin)
I got off of birth control in August/September of 2013, for personal reasons. Before birth control, I never suffered from cystic acne, and I never had more than 4 or 5 isolated pimples at one time. While I was on birth control, I had clear, glowing skin, with the occasional breakout. When I stopped taking birthcontrol, my skin broke out like never before. I had small pimples, whiteheads, and large cystic deep acne around my mouth and chin, and along jaw line and hairline. I also suffered from hyper pigmentation of older acne marks.
I did some research and found that this was normal for up to a year after taking birth control, as our bodies are still polluted with the hormones from the pill. I tried various acne products, but nothing was strong enough. My acne never bothered me until December, when I started noticing it progressively getting worse. It was embarrassing and unbearable.
Large cystic breakouts were diminishing. Flakiness and dryness continued. Hyper-pigmentation was still an issue. New breakouts were still forming, but slower. Still slow to heal. Redness still around mouth and chin. Whiteheads still occasionally forming on the jaw line and under chin.