1. Last Month
  2. IMG_6999.thumb.JPG.07975b3a01fba765d120f33c7cd11411.JPGIMG_6998.thumb.JPG.ca01a7ddbae82c42bfccb1f2106da3f5.JPGMy skin is worse... I wake up with around 2 cysts every day and they are leaving behind brutal scarring that can't be covered with makeup. I have also noticed smaller closed comedones popping up everywhere. It doesn't help that I am so stressed about this. I am really unsure of what to do...

    I am scared that my hormones have been permanently fucked from stopping mid pack and taking a break. I see my dermatologist in 6 weeks...which is a lot of time for things to either improve or worsen. I feel like it might head for the latter though. 

    I have no self confidence. Anyone gone through something similar?


    Forums Hormonal acne

    Here goes nothing: 

    So I was put on Ocella in July. And I took that for a little over 2 months. I noticed that whenever my placebo week came around, my skin would instantly clear up. I was so frustrated that I stopped midway through the third pack. I was still breaking out on and off for two weeks  after, and so my dermatologist and gynecologist both recommended me to re start the pills for another 3 months. 

    I am on my third week of Ocella, and my skin is even worse than the first time around. I wake up with a new cyst on my face daily. My confidence has taken a  knock and my skin is scarring badly. I am really unsure of what to do. I was going to skip the placebos, to help my skin adjust, but now feel as though I should see if the placebo week clears me. 

    I want to quit so bad, does anyone have any similar experiences?

  4. I think you should ask your dermatologist to up your spiro dose; your body may have adjusted to it. If that doesn't work, it could be your birth control. Can I ask what birth control you are on and if you had an initial break out? I'm on yasmin right now and going through a pretty rough time. 


    Forums Hormonal acne 2 replies

    Before I took the pill for a little over 2 months. I am now back on the pill, and immediately began to break out, a little worse than before. I have decided to skip the placebo pills this time around to help my body adjust. I am scared it'll never get better. I just need hope. The pill is making me depressed and that with the new breakouts has been giving me a really rough time.


    Forums Hormonal acne 2 replies

    Long Story: Bare With 

    I started taking Yasmin a few months ago. I noticed that I broke out during the active pills and cleared up during the placebos. I was so frustrated that I went of the pill mid week in the third pack, and while things seemed okay, I started to breakout again. 

    Two weeks later, My gynecologist and dermatologist both recommend that I go back on the pill and wait another 3 months. Its only 1.5 weeks in and I'm breaking out more than I was on the pill previously. I wake up with 3/4 new cysts daily and they won't seem to go away! 

    I keep noticing these small almost like little blackheads forming underneath my skin, and they keep pushing up and causing pimples. I know this is the Yasmin because its never happened before.

    I'm not sure what to do? Is this normal? Anyone have a similar experience with Yasmin?

  7. I just finished the first week... 

    OMG it's been horrendous! I woke up every day with 2-3 new spots, some were really quite nasty while others weren't. I've been getting a lot of whiteheads on my forehead and a few cysts around my cheek. I feel like they come to a head farely quickly, but they leave behind raised scars. This is super confusing to me because it seems like I am breaking out more than I was originally on the pill. It's really difficult for me to think that I'm going to have to be on this for 3 whole months. I'm getting extremely discouraged as my skin has never been this bad. 

    I start week 2 today;  I'm not expecting to see much improvement as these breakouts show no sign of clearing. 

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    Blogs Round 2 of Yasmin/ Ocella 1 comment

    IMG_6970.thumb.JPG.3bb7578a83704bd4af89d1764cbfc290.JPGIMG_6971.thumb.JPG.3e2a9901ac393712a742a6b4fe15007f.JPGI guess it didnt attach...here you go 

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    Blogs Round 2 of Yasmin/ Ocella 1 comment

    Just thought I'd let you know what my skin looks like right now before I start documenting my progress: 


    Forums General acne discussion 3 replies

    Hi guys! So I was prescribed Ocella to help combat my nasty period breakouts. I noticed that during the placebo week, my skin would clear up and then break out on the actives. So  I stopped in the third month. I stopped the pill, but am still breaking out. I went to the gynecologist, and he advised that I restart the pill and wait it out for another 3 months. I'm terrified. Having to deal with such horrendous breakouts was horrible...idk what to do! I'm still breaking out so if I'm breaking out might as well at least do it while trying something? 

  12. I give up.

    Forums General acne discussion 12 replies

    Hi; I've been losing hope each day too, but please remember that every problem has a solution! Looking at your acne, it seems as though you have taken a very mild approach. I would schedule an appointment with your dermatologist and look into a course of antibiotics as well as a topical retinoid. Also avoiding dairy could help with inflammation! These things helped to keep my quite clear until I pulled a dick move and went on birth control- hormonal acne is almost impossible to get rid of! 

  13. I know that mine is hormonal because it flares up around my period and is deep and cystic. I also know its hormonal because I reached clear skin on Microgestin for around 2 months when all of a sudden I started breaking out again. 

    I have cleaned up my diet quite a bit, and although it has helped those nasty fuckers still find a way on my face. It has gotten worse now that I've started and stopped bc (my body is just out of whack) so I know that whats happening to my face rn is hormonal. 

    Did u immediately clear up when you stopped taking those pills? Have you considered a birth control with a less potent progesterone? Or maybe spironolactone?

  14. How is everything going? I am having skin complications from birth control and I feel super discouraged. I have been perusing through your account and have noticed that you and I both suffer depression from our skin - just wanted to make sure you were doing okay!

  15. OHMYGOD THE SAME SHIT IS HAPPENING TO ME. My doctor put me on Ocella and I noticed that I would breakout really badly on the active pills and totally clear up on the placebo week. So into the third month, I quit. My skin was still breaking out a little but not nearly as bad as on the pill.

    Its been a 1.5 weeks now and my skin has totally just like exploded. I am so fucking scared... I think it might be from the estrogen drop?? I just really dont know what to do. 

    I emailed my doc about a new pill so hopefully she can give me something. 

    FYI I cleared for about two months on Microgestin and then just started randomly breaking out. Is there anyway you can give me more information about ur time on Sprintec. I am nervous that I shouldn't have stopped Ocella. 

  16. Clear Skin on Placebo Week?

    Forums Hormonal acne 5 replies

    I'm not sure if anyone is still following this, but I stopped Ocella about a week ago and it really seemed like things were improving, and all of a sudden- like literally overnight I broke out like crazy. I emailed my doctor for a new pill, but I'm petrified. 

    I dont know what to do!

  17. I was prescribed Ocella to help combat nasty period breakouts. I noticed that on the placebo week, my skin would totally clear up. Second placebo week and I had no new actives popping up. When I continued into the third pack, I broke out again so I stopped. 

    However this time, my skin is taking longer to clear. It has been about 1.5 weeks and although my skin is not as bad as it was on the pill, I am still get really random zits (the kinds I haven't had in years).

    I'm starting to panic. I emailed my gynecologist for a new pill, but am wondering if I should go back on Ocella??

    Has anyone had a similar experience? 

  18. Hi everyone! 

    So basically the first birth control I ever took was Levlen but I had to stop that within two weeks because it gave me severe stomach issues. 

    Then my doc prescribed Microgestin Fe 1/20. At first it worked like a charm. My skin totally cleared within the first month! I noticed that as each month went by, I would break out a little more before my period, but nothing ever like I used to get... until 4 months in when I got a full blown cystic acne breakout and I was advised to stop. 

    My dermatologist switched me to Ocella and that gave me horrible cystic breakouts. I noticed that every time placebo week hit my skin cleared up and so I finally stopped. I'm still recovering from a horrible breakout from that pill and my skin is still having smaller breakouts. 

    I feel so discouraged! I feel like my skin can clear on birth control because I had decent luck the first few months on Microgestin...how many pills have you all had to go through to find the right one? Any suggestions?

  19. Clear Skin on Placebo Week?

    Forums Hormonal acne 5 replies

    Exactly! Its been really difficult for me. Some days I'm like "I should just quit birth control all together" and other days I'm like "There are so many pills keep experimenting!". It's a little unnerving considering this pill did such a number on my skin, and so I'm nervous that the same will happen on another pill. I scheduled an appointment with my gynecologist in a few days-I'll let you know what we do from there! I'm sending you lots of positive vibes!

  20. Clear Skin on Placebo Week?

    Forums Hormonal acne 5 replies

    Hi! Just letting you know that as soon as I started the next pack, I broke out again as in like three days in I had a huge whopping cyst-so I stopped mid pack :( I am having  a bit of a meltdown though because I am still breaking out. I'm not entirely sure what to do. I feel like I need to wait it out because clearing during the placebo week gives me some sort of hope that it will clear up. How is everything for you?

  21. Ocella was causing horrible breakouts, and I noticed that on the placebo week, my skin would clear up. As soon as I started the next pack, I'd break out again. I stopped three days into this past week a few days ago, and my skin hasn't calmed down. I'm freaking out. I can't remember when it was this bad! I don't typically get blind scarring cysts :(
    Anyone have  a similar experience? 

  22. Clear Skin on Placebo Week?

    Forums Hormonal acne 5 replies

    I switched to Ocella about two months ago and since the third week on the pill, I have seen an increase in the amount and severity of my breakouts. I have never experienced an IB on bc before. I skipped my placebo pills during the first month, and now I am noticing that on the placebo pills this month my skin is really starting to clear up. I went from breaking out every day, to literally nothing at all. Should I stay on this pill for another month, or is this  a sign I may need to stop? 


  23. Just started my seventh week on Ocella, and up until this point each week my skin has been getting progressively worse. It has reached the point now where my skin is extremely oily and I am getting a new set of breakouts every day. I'm not sure what to do. My acne had not been this bad in years before this pill. Should I wait it out for three months? I am so scared to stop the pill for fear that it has fucked with my hormones and will make my acne worse. 

  24. Hi I was put on Ocella (the generic form of Yasmine) around 6 weeks ago. A little background on my skin - I have suffered acne for around 5 years, with extreme progress on retinoids. I do however notice that I am extremely oily and have pretty bad breakouts around my period. As a result, I am taking Yasmin. This past month and a half has not been good. First month was okay, but I had horrid breakout right before my period. The second month, my skin has been getting more oily and I have been breaking out in more whiteheads and cysts (especially in areas that I normally breakout before my period). I just want to know if this is consistent with anyone else's story? Will it work for me? I leave for college in 6 weeks, and I am terrified. Thank you!

  25. Yasmin is making me oily?

    Forums Hormonal acne 2 replies

    Thank you so much for your response! How has your progress been since then? I'm feeling extremely low and can't imagine another two months like this! I am using Ocella because I have mild acne (not extreme) but have oily skin and am known to break out in cysts around a week or week and half right before my period. 

  26. Yasmin is making me oily?

    Forums Hormonal acne 2 replies

    I'm on Ocella (generic form of Yasmin) and have been taking it for the past 6 weeks in an attempt to clear up my period breakouts. I've noticed that in month 2 my skin has gotten a lot more oily, resulting in white heads, clogged pores, and a few cysts of week. I am aware I need to wait it out- but has this happened to anyone before? I knew my skin would get worse, but I didn't think it could get even more oily!

  27. I follow an extremely healthy diet, and am currently on Tazorac (just switched from Retin A) about a week ago. My doctor just prescribed antibiotics to help my skin as it adjusts to the birth control. I know I need to wait it out, but I am just a bit confused- my skin is getting more oily. Isn't that unusual for birth control? Has anyone else experienced this?