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    From the album Yasmin

    This is 9 months into taking Yasmin. Please excuse my zero makeup face.
  2. I am desperately seeking out success stories from people who have dealt with acne after stopping birth control! I'm 22 and was on Yasmin for about 5 years. I went off it 7 months ago due to the risk of stroke. I immediately started breaking out although I have never in my life had issues with acne. It has gotten worse in the past 3 months & I seem to get new pimples every day. I'm starting to lose hope & going back on birth control is not an option for me. I really would like to hear stories from people who have had a similar experience! Especially those who feel their acne is clearing or cleared. thank you!
  3. Hi everyone, I'm 20 years old and have been suffering with mild acne on my face since I was 16. It flares the week before my time of the month and is very inflamed (hard to cover up). It takes a good 2-3 weeks for it to clear and then it's back again before my period! It looks like ortho cyclen or ortho tri cyclen could work for me. I've heard far too many horror stories about Yasmin that it's put me off. Apparently ortho tri cyclen isn't good if you have pre-menstrual flare ups though? Can anyone confirm this? This will be my first BC and I'm nervous about my skin getting worse/other potential side effects. I'm already self conscious about my skin and I'll be starting the BC during my first semester at university. Any advice would be appreciated!
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    From the album Yasmin

    Before I started taking Yasmin
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    From the album Yasmin

    Before I started taking Yasmin
  6. Acne after BC

    I've only been on the pill for about a month to regulate my period and help my acne a little (Norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol tablets). However, I've been reading around and I read that people who went on bc then stopped experienced really bad breakouts. I'm really worried because I used to deal with bad acne, but I got it under control about a month before starting the pill. I'm wondering if only one month on the pill and then stopping could cause my acne to come back or flare up really bad. I'm scared about having to deal with that again.
  7. A lot of the info I see online is of people still in the thick of having stopped birth control pills or they ended up going back on them when stopping the pill made them break out or have even worse cystic acne. I'd like to hear from those who have stopped for a long time now. I started the pill over 10 years ago and never really noticed it helped me much but stayed on it. By this time I was using good cleansers etc. In the end my oily skin was under control and I had minimal breakouts but was getting headaches from the pill. I always have had some cystic acne. Now that I've stopped the pill in March, I had super super oily skin (worse than normal) felt I was losing hair for a few months, and of course I've gotten cystic acne which is similar to how my acne was in my early teens to pre-teens before using good products. This is going back like 20 years (I'm 32). If you actually STOPPED birth control over a year ago (or more, even better) did your skin ever settle down? My next Derm appointment is in November but I'm really curious to hear from others.
  8. 1. Type of Progestin Every birth control uses progestin (a synthetic form of the progesterone hormone). There are many different types of progestin. It is very important that the type of progestin is LOW in androgenic activity, meaning it doesn't send your testosterone into overdrive and create acne. Here is a list to help choose a birth control. Neutral (won't affect acne either way) No hormones. Copper Paraguard IUD Good (can reduce acne) Drospirenone. Anti-androgenic. Used in Yaz, Yasmin, BeYa, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Zarah Norgestimate. Low androgenic. Ortho Tri Cyclen, Tri Sprintec, TriNessa, Ortho Cyclen, MonoNessa, Sprintec. Cyproterone acetate. Low androgenic. Diane-35, Dianette. Chlormadinone. Low-medium androgenic. Belara. Not-so-good (may not make it worse, but probably won't make it better) Ethynodial diacetate. Medium androgenic. Zovia, Demulen. Desogestrel. Medium androgenic. Mircette, Apri, Reclipsen, Desogen, Kariva. Gestodene. Medium androgenic, Femodene, Femodette, Millinette. Norethindrone. Medium androgenic. Estrostep, Ortho Novum, Loestrin, Minestrin, Brevicon, Synphasic, Ovcon, Cyclafem. Bad (pizza face alert!) Levonorgestrel. High androgenic. Enpress, Plan B, Mirena IUD, Seasonique, Lutera, Portia, Amethyst, Alesse, Seasonale, Triquilar, Triphasil, Aviane. Nogestrel. High androgenic. Cryselle, Ovral, Ogestrel, Ovrette. Etonogestrel. Medium-high androgenic. NuvaRing, Implanon, Nexplanon. DMPA. Medium-high androgenic. DepoProvera. 2. Level of Estrogen Most birth control pills add in estradiol, which is a synthetic form of the hormone estrogen. Generally, skin is clearer when a pill has a moderate to a high level of estrogen. The new "low-dose" pills basically take an existing pill, and cut down the estrogen, so you have way more progestin circulating in proportion to estradiol. It still works for birth control, since you can prevent pregnancy with progestin alone. But cutting the estrogen is bad news for acne most of the time. This isn't a comprehensive list, but some common low-dose BC you should avoid: No Estradiol, all Progestin Depo Provera Implanon NuvaRing Mini-pill Mirena IUD Nexplanon Ultra Low-Dose Alesse (Aviane, Lessina, Lutera, Sronyx) Levlite Loestrin Fe Mircette Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo Low Dose Cyclessa Desogen Levlen21 LoOvral Microgestin Fe Nordette Orthocept Seasonale (Seasonique) 3. Hormone Stability For many, the right progestin type and the right estradiol level will clear them up just fine. For others, however, an extra step is needed. Some acne sufferers have breakouts every time their hormones fluctuate, such as at ovulation (when testosterone rises), or leading up to menstruation (when progesterone rises). Many pills, since their primary purpose is to prevent pregnancy as invisibly as possible, try to replicate normal hormone fluctuations. So each pill has a slightly different set of hormones, to put your body in a cycle. Some people just cannot get clear with their hormones changing all the time. If this sounds like you, please consider trying a "monophasic" pill, which keeps your hormone levels at an even keel throughout the month. Example: Ortho Tri Cyclen is a "triphasic" pill which varies your hormones. A better option would be "Ortho Cyclen", a "monophasic" pill that keeps them stable. Monophasic Pills (NOT a comprehensive list, same colors from Progestin Type List) Alesse Brevicon Diane-35 (Dianette) Kariva Ortho Cyclen (MonoNessa, Sprintec) Yasmin Yaz Demulen (Zovia) Make it easy for me, what do you recommend? For some of you, this is just way too much information. However, don't just go to your dermatologist and tell him/her you want birth control. Many dermatologists, however educated they are, don't make very informed choices about hormonal acne. They'll just give you whatever brand is giving them free samples that month, or else their knowledge of hormonal acne is 10+ years old (concurrent with when they graduated medical school). So, if you just want an easy answer, this my Top 6 list. 1. Yasmin (or Ocella or Zarah) • best type of progestin, monophasic, 30ug of estradiol 2. Yaz (or BeYaz) • best type of progestin, monophasic, but only 20ug of estradiol 3. Ortho Cyclen (or MonoNessa or Sprintec) • good progestin, monophasic, 35ug of estradiol 4. Diane-35 (or Dianette) • good progestin, monophasic, 35ug of estradiol 5. Demulen 1/35E or Demulen 1/50E (or Zovia 1/35E or Zovia 1/50E) • okay progestin, monophasic, 35ug or 50ug of estradiol 6. Ortho Novum 1/35 or Ortho Novum 1/50 • okay progestin, monophasic, 35ug or 50ug of estradiol Frequently Asked Questions What about the mini-pill? There are several different brand names for the mini-pill. A mini-pill uses only progestin and has no estrogen at all. Mini-pills are a terrible choice if you have acne, as they frequently cause acne in people who never had it in the first place. Some of the implant types of birth control, such as the Mirena IUD, also only use progestin, and can increase acne. But my friend is on ______ and her skin is great! Even though it's on your bad list! Look, I am just here to provide information and some general principles. There are always exceptions, and new information is coming out all the time. Feel free to ask questions, but in the end, you're gonna do what you want...if it doesn't work out in the end, well I won't say I told you so.
  9. Hey guys! So I am 24 and have moderate acne I would say. It's mainly on my chin, around my mouth, and the lower part of my cheeks; essentially all the hormonal areas and I am prone to cystic acne (joy). My gynecologist prescribed me Junel fe birth control for my acne in April, but I didn't feel like it was doing anything. I went to my dermatologist and she put me on spironolactone and prescribed me retin-a micro .08. I'm still on the Junel fe birth control though because my dermatologist told me that spironolactone works better when you're on birth control and helps with not getting irregular bleeding. It seems to have worked because I've had no bleeding between periods. I've been on both of these (the spironolactone and retin-a) for about 2 months and things arent really much different. I know she's takes a while to see results though so I'm not planning on quitting. I'm struggling with whether or not the retin-a is a good idea for me though. I feel as though it is just making my acne a bit worse each time I use it. I definitely went through an initial purge, but I feel like it just not really helping anything. I'm just wondering if anyone else tried this combo for a sufficient mount of time and what your experience was? Good or bad? Also wondering what skincare you guys use? My skin gets pretty oily on days when I'm not wearing makeup and my dermatologist recommended the cerave moisturizer. I know it's supposed to be safe for everyone but when I use it during the day without makeup on top my skin is soooo greasy and I feel I like that's not great for already acne prone skin. Would love to hear yall's feedback if you can relate to any of this!!
  10. Hey guys. I'm new here. Anyways, as most of you-- I basically tried EVERYTHING there is to offer in the market but nothing ever worked for me. Ever since I was 10 (which was when I first started having my periods and now I'm 19 nearly 20), I was already experiencing acne breakouts. My mom would send me to the best dermatologist every Saturday in my city 'til I was 13. Constant extraction from the doc. Constant shit on my face and it would never ever stop! So my dermatologist then suggested Accutane when I was 14 since my acne was on and off and if it was on, it would just be unbearable. For the whole 6 month period on accutane, my face and lips went dry, it went worse before it got better and well, alcohol will never be your best friend since you'll get easily drunk (It wasn't wise i know since accutane is a strong drug and you gotta be extra careful with your liver). Anyways, accutane DID help but only for a maximum of 2 months then my acne got bad again like shitface bad. I got depressed and so on, who wouldn't? My dermatologist even wondered why it went back.. My brother was on accutane too but never resurfaced. Then she just continued doing the norm and extract to the point that even her products which were clindamycin toner, some basic orange color cleanser, night cream and sun cream gave up on me too. So I went online and researched what would help me because of desperation. I tried masks from oatmeal, white eggs, coffee, and allll those shit. Coconut oil-- I regret you. So from the age 15 'til this day, I've been on constant search. AcneFree facial cleanser & their sulfur mask helped me out, the only problem was, it's not in my country and shipping and everything else is really expensive. I opted for Neutrogena since my lil brainyhead at 15 thought it would be the same since its orange liquid cleanser too but nope! Neutrogena just broke me out badly. I wanted to give my life up. My teacher, who claimed to have the same bad skin few years ago, told me to go into this facial center because its what helped her out. I remember my dermatologist telling me that if you have acne, don't do facials but hey, I was desperate-- blahblahblah. Few sessions past, like probably 3 sessions if i remember quite well, no kidding... my skin was soo clear like no mark of any acne from the past. Everyone was shocked on how the hell it happened and so on.. which is what I regret now. With all those facial acne peels and stuff they placed, it left the skin of my face more sensitive and thinner (as what other facials say).. So I became more prone to acne than ever and more prone to sensitivity of products used. Sooo as you guessed it-- IT BROKE ME OUT MORE 3 months later and more worse!!! So I stopped getting peels from them and all those crazy facials and decided to live with my acne and try not to care..... I lost hope. So I was just sticking to honey facial cleanser, the facials toner, and a simple moisturizer. When I turned 17, I went to a different facial center, had collagen pimple extraction thing and blah. It was okay. It did help but I had this thought of, no matter of how many times people try to extract my zits, it always learns to come back and even worse at some point. Why don't I just stop this and let it be... which I did. Then I met some chemists which are now my friends... NOTE: Don't use raw honey as your cleanser/mask. I learned that it just does more harm than good in your skin. If using honey, use the ones intended for your face or formulated by derms and such. If you wonder why, I can just explain it if you'll ask. tehee. Anyways, still nothing worked so I went on birth control. Took a lot of hiding. I was switching on 3 different birth controls for the past 2 years. Some were okay, some were neutral. I even ended Vegan for like 4 months because my boyfriend that time was blaming some breakouts that occur from "bad diet". I mean, it was partly a factor but me turning vegan for 4 months, didn't really do much for me. I couldn't handle being in birth control for a long time, it scares me. To the fact that, when I get off it, I'd get superrrr bad breakouts, and if I'm on it, I'm easily hot tempered. I hate it. If there was another way to help my acne, I'd grab it than use birth control! So at this point, I was using honey cleanser, ACV toner, benzoyl peroxide 5% and tea tree oil. At 19, I stopped birth control completely. My skin was "okay" but still bad so I gave Korean skincare a go. 'Til this day, I still use it but not too exagge, just the simple things because it was already a huge hole in my wallet to switch to this skincare and the things I'm still using now are VERY VERY much of a holy grail for me. I can't deny, some of these "famous" Korean stuff broke me out so badly that I went to step 1 of acne depression real quick AGAIN but this time it was much more worse to the point I'd be too much ashamed to go out of my room. I'd even wear surgical face mask to school and everyone would wonder why I'm wearing one. I just tell them I'm sick as an excuse. Not 'til my cousin introduced me to the glutathione. I've heard about this for yeaaaaaaaaaars now but only knew about it as a thing actresses and actors use to get that lighter skn color. I'm I'm taking it as a glutathione push instead of oral since taking it orally takes forever because it goes through your digestive while push/IV goes to your veins and blood and gets consumed 100% right away. It was my second session yesterday.. Glutathione+Vitamin C+Placenta. The first session made my skin purge, the second session made my skin softer and glowing and my acne is super duper duper duper less!!! If any of you decides to go through this too, please please please, make sure the shop you buy the glutathione vials,vitamin c vials, and placenta vials are legit. So many fakes out there! I'm very tan and never dreamed of being white. I do love love love my tan skin, but for my acne... I decided to give it a go. Glutathione is an antioxidant. Only the excess of it makes your skin lighter like when everything else is clean, the excess will just lighten your skin as what ive known 3 shades maximum i guess not sure. Skincare: Morning -CosRx lowph good morning gel cleanser -CosRx oil-free moisturizer -CosRx Sun Cream Night -CosRx Salicylic Exfoliatng cleanser -AHA/BHA Cosrx toner / ACV -CosRx Rice Mask -Etude House Tea Tree Mask (I swear by this mask!! Everyone I've introduced this to, never ever used any other. I use it 1-2x a week especially on breakout days) Routine: Every 3 days, 1 Glutathione 600mg vial + 1 Vit C 500mg vial + 1 Placenta 2ml Everyday 1000mg Vit C oral. Placenta: -stimulate renewal of epidermis (this is for acne, wrinkles, dull skin, eye-bags) -Improves Blood circulation -Helps attract and hold moisture in the skin -Normalize hormone production thus lighten pigmentation and freckles that's caused by hormonal imbalance Reduced Glutathione: -Fights Oxidative Stress -Antioxidant -Detoxifies -Anti Aging -May prevent stress and depression (This is true. I'm more happier and my energy level is high) -I sleep soo well every night too! -Helps reduce acne Everyone knows VitC is essential.. and well, I'm thinking of adding collagen too. But we'll see after all of these 10 vials what the results will be! Cause so far, the results had just been amazing! Also please note, if you'll have it done in a shop near you, it will be much more expensive than buying the box of vials alone and having it done by a professional Nurse/IVT/Doctor.
  11. Hey guys. I'm new here. Anyways, as most of you-- I basically tried EVERYTHING there is to offer in the market but nothing ever worked for me. Ever since I was 10 (which was when I first started having my periods and now I'm 19 nearly 20), I was already experiencing acne breakouts. My mom would send me to the best dermatologist every Saturday in my city 'til I was 13. Constant extraction from the doc. Constant shit on my face and it would never ever stop! So my dermatologist then suggested Accutane when I was 14 since my acne was on and off and if it was on, it would just be unbearable. For the whole 6 month period on accutane, my face and lips went dry, it went worse before it got better and well, alcohol will never be your best friend since you'll get easily drunk (It wasn't wise i know since accutane is a strong drug and you gotta be extra careful with your liver). Anyways, accutane DID help but only for a maximum of 2 months then my acne got bad again like shitface bad. I got depressed and so on, who wouldn't? My dermatologist even wondered why it went back.. My brother was on accutane too but never resurfaced. Then she just continued doing the norm and extract to the point that even her products which were clindamycin toner, some basic orange color cleanser, night cream and sun cream gave up on me too. So I went online and researched what would help me because of desperation. I tried masks from oatmeal, white eggs, coffee, and allll those shit. Coconut oil-- I regret you. So from the age 15 'til this day, I've been on constant search. AcneFree facial cleanser & their sulfur mask helped me out, the only problem was, it's not in my country and shipping and everything else is really expensive. I opted for Neutrogena since my lil brainyhead at 15 thought it would be the same since its orange liquid cleanser too but nope! Neutrogena just broke me out badly. I wanted to give my life up. My teacher, who claimed to have the same bad skin few years ago, told me to go into this facial center because its what helped her out. I remember my dermatologist telling me that if you have acne, don't do facials but hey, I was desperate-- blahblahblah. Few sessions past, like probably 3 sessions if i remember quite well, no kidding... my skin was soo clear like no mark of any acne from the past. Everyone was shocked on how the hell it happened and so on.. which is what I regret now. With all those facial acne peels and stuff they placed, it left the skin of my face more sensitive and thinner (as what other facials say).. So I became more prone to acne than ever and more prone to sensitivity of products used. Sooo as you guessed it-- IT BROKE ME OUT MORE 3 months later and more worse!!! So I stopped getting peels from them and all those crazy facials and decided to live with my acne and try not to care..... I lost hope. So I was just sticking to honey facial cleanser, the facials toner, and a simple moisturizer. When I turned 17, I went to a different facial center, had collagen pimple extraction thing and blah. It was okay. It did help but I had this thought of, no matter of how many times people try to extract my zits, it always learns to come back and even worse at some point. Why don't I just stop this and let it be... which I did. Then I met some chemists which are now my friends... NOTE: Don't use raw honey as your cleanser/mask. I learned that it just does more harm than good in your skin. If using honey, use the ones intended for your face or formulated by derms and such. If you wonder why, I can just explain it if you'll ask. tehee. Anyways, still nothing worked so I went on birth control. Took a lot of hiding. I was switching on 3 different birth controls for the past 2 years. Some were okay, some were neutral. I even ended Vegan for like 4 months because my boyfriend that time was blaming some breakouts that occur from "bad diet". I mean, it was partly a factor but me turning vegan for 4 months, didn't really do much for me. I couldn't handle being in birth control for a long time, it scares me. To the fact that, when I get off it, I'd get superrrr bad breakouts, and if I'm on it, I'm easily hot tempered. I hate it. If there was another way to help my acne, I'd grab it than use birth control! So at this point, I was using honey cleanser, ACV toner, benzoyl peroxide 5% and tea tree oil. At 19, I stopped birth control completely. My skin was "okay" but still bad so I gave Korean skincare a go. 'Til this day, I still use it but not too exagge, just the simple things because it was already a huge hole in my wallet to switch to this skincare and the things I'm still using now are VERY VERY much of a holy grail for me. I can't deny, some of these "famous" Korean stuff broke me out so badly that I went to step 1 of acne depression real quick AGAIN but this time it was much more worse to the point I'd be too much ashamed to go out of my room. I'd even wear surgical face mask to school and everyone would wonder why I'm wearing one. I just tell them I'm sick as an excuse. Not 'til my cousin introduced me to the glutathione. I've heard about this for yeaaaaaaaaaars now but only knew about it as a thing actresses and actors use to get that lighter skn color. I'm I'm taking it as a glutathione push instead of oral since taking it orally takes forever because it goes through your digestive while push/IV goes to your veins and blood and gets consumed 100% right away. It was my second session yesterday.. Glutathione+Vitamin C+Placenta. The first session made my skin purge, the second session made my skin softer and glowing and my acne is super duper duper duper less!!! If any of you decides to go through this too, please please please, make sure the shop you buy the glutathione vials,vitamin c vials, and placenta vials are legit. So many fakes out there! I'm very tan and never dreamed of being white. I do love love love my tan skin, but for my acne... I decided to give it a go. Glutathione is an antioxidant. Only the excess of it makes your skin lighter like when everything else is clean, the excess will just lighten your skin as what ive known 3 shades maximum i guess not sure. Skincare: Morning -CosRx lowph good morning gel cleanser -CosRx oil-free moisturizer -CosRx Sun Cream Night -CosRx Salicylic Exfoliatng cleanser -AHA/BHA Cosrx toner / ACV -CosRx Rice Mask -Etude House Tea Tree Mask (I swear by this mask!! Everyone I've introduced this to, never ever used any other. I use it 1-2x a week especially on breakout days) Routine: Every 3 days, 1 Glutathione 600mg vial + 1 Vit C 500mg vial + 1 Placenta 2ml Everyday 1000mg Vit C oral. Placenta: -stimulate renewal of epidermis (this is for acne, wrinkles, dull skin, eye-bags) -Improves Blood circulation -Helps attract and hold moisture in the skin -Normalize hormone production thus lighten pigmentation and freckles that's caused by hormonal imbalance Reduced Glutathione: -Fights Oxidative Stress -Antioxidant -Detoxifies -Anti Aging -May prevent stress and depression (This is true. I'm more happier and my energy level is high) -I sleep soo well every night too! -Helps reduce acne Everyone knows VitC is essential.. and well, I'm thinking of adding collagen too. But we'll see after all of these 10 vials what the results will be! Cause so far, the results had just been amazing! Also please note, if you'll have it done in a shop near you, it will be much more expensive than buying the box of vials alone and having it done by a professional Nurse/IVT/Doctor.
  12. Hey all, so back story about my acne, I've been on many forms of bc, I use to get several painful red pimples at a time. Bc seemed to really keep it under control. I was put on Loryna (Yasmin) about 4 months ago, broke me out for the first 3, but since then I haven't had blemish! It gave me no side effects, besides one. I literally cannot get wet. (Sorry if tmi). It's like the freakin Sahara desert down there. So it's like yay beautiful skin, but even with the added confidence I can't do anything without lube. So my question, has anyone found a magic pill that helps with acne yet doesn't kill your sex life?
  13. Life after acne

    Hey guys, I really want to crete a conversation about life after acne (once you cure/temporary fix your acne). This is a topic that is not discussed a lot and i think its important. I have been acne free for 1 year and i no longer have any pigmentation either. I no longer find the need to wear makeup, and i never worry about my skin anymore. I remember when i had acne i was self-conscious and i would tell myself "when i have clear skin i will have no worries." The truth is yes you may not be conscious about your skin, but other insecurities appear.I realised that i no longer obsess with my skin, instead i would be conscious about my weight or how thin my hair is. Its important to mention that i am on birth control (what fixed my acne) and i have gained 15 pounds, have a headache everyday and my hair is thin. However, the fear of going off birth control and have my acne back is still strong. I guess what i want to get out, is that i find that once you fix one problem, another becomes obvious. thats what makes us human. I have learnt to love myself and i think thats the real cure. I have been off birth control for a week and my hair is great again, my headaches are gone and i have lost alot of water weight. My acne may come back, but at this point i've decided to deal with it. I would love to hear everyone else's experience of 'life after acne' or even if you have temporarily fixed your skin issues.
  14. Hi im a 17 year old girl and ive had acne for the past 4 years but ive been getting spots since ive been 11. Its the usual story, ive tried everything including zinteryt, benzoyl peroxide, duac, lymecycline, tetracyline ( been on antibiotics for the past 2 years) and also differin cream and 3 types of birth control. My acne was never on my cheeks until i started using birth control and now its only gotten progressively worse. Ive tries microgynon which gave me headaches, the implant which made things much worse and im on gedarel ( same as marvellon) for 4MONTHS NOW. So i dont know if i can still consider this a inital breakout. my skin got much better in month 3 and now month 4 it seems to have started again my gp was suppose to refer me to a dermatologist because i want accutane but its been 2 months and the letter hasnt come though and things are getting much worse, idk how to hold on im getting so depressed and even missing school when my exams are coming up, please help!
  15. Hi everyone, Has anyone ever tried gedarel for hormonal acne? Ive been prescribed the 20/150 dose, but can't find anything about it being beneficial for skin online. Ive been on dianette and Yasmin in the past which have cleared my skin brilliantly but I had a migraine a few years back so I can't be on those anymore. Hence the doctor prescribing me this as it's low dose. If anyone has had had any experience of this, please let me know. Thanks :-)
  16. The patch

    Came off marvelon in april (as a result of side effects) and my skin has gone crazy, i'm talking painful cystic acne on my chin and jawline. Doctor suggested trying the contraceptive patch. Has this worked/not worked for anyone? I'm at my wits end!!!
  17. Hi guys. I've been considering going on accutane for the last couple of months as I tried so many topical creams and antibiotics and none of them worked. However, I got terrified of using isotretinoin when I started reading about all the possible side effects. I really dont know If going on this medication is worth it. It doesnt have a big impact on to self esteem, I've learnt to accept it, but it kind of does ruin my appearance I'm not gonna lie... Thanks in advance xx
  18. Hi, New here and just wanting some advice. I have pcos which GP has known about for years moderate acne and very oily skin. I have tried everything possible including Accutane which made me insane. I can't take birth control due to migrane with aura and nothing else is working. I'm 27 and acne seems to be getting worse. I am having no luck getting any spirolactone not one GP will prescribe me it or even entertain the idea. They have told me there is no point referring me to derm as i cant take accutane again and this is all they will offer.This is really making me depressed. Last time the GO basically said deal with it and gave me duac which I've tried so many times already. Does anyone have any ideas?
  19. I have tried so many birth control pills! I have side effects on all of them but my worst side effect that I just can't handle is cystic acne. I am 24 years old and have hormonal acne (mostly around my chin, cheeks, mouth). My last pill before going off was yaz (vestura). I had HORRIBLE cystic acne for the first 4 months then it miraculously cleared my face. I know they say stick with it for 4 months. Now my doctor gave me Lo Loestrin fe (Not Loestrin) because it has a low dose of estrogen. I read reviews and I'm terrified to start it because of all the horrible acne reviews. I mean almost every review said that it gave them acne. Im wondering if that was their body getting used to the pill just like mine did on yah and then it cleared up? Did you ever have acne before the pill? And did lo lo make your acne worse? I'm very worried to start it. The main reason I want to go on it is to get my periods back and help with acne. Thanks so much!!
  20. A couple of weeks ago a rash started to appear on my chest, neck, back and few on my face. They're really small pimples with whiteheads and tend to not itch. They tend to easily burst with a scratch. I went to the doctors and they told me it was acne but I don't think it is. I've been on birth control for 8 months now and I've noticed that the pimples only appear during the three weeks I am on the pill and the week on my period they seem to clear and this cycle is consistent. I'm just wondering if anyone else has gone through this and would suggest anything to prevent this from occcuring. I have stopped taking the pill and it's been two weeks but there isn't much of an improvement. Please help! It is effecting my confidence a lot
  21. hello friendes. I am 27 and i had moderate acne near 10 years. recently i decide to take 100 mg spironolactone every day. and now after 22 days i breack out so bad. i hadnt breack out like this before. pimpels are every where of my face big and cystic! i am very penitent but i dont know what can i do? if any one have spironolactone experiment please tell me about ib. i need to know existe hope for me to see good results. every thing is awful! sorry for my weak english
  22. Does anyone have experience with the birth control implant, and whether it causes acne flares? I have had acne since puberty. Tried the usual treatments of tetracyclines, benzol peroxide, bcp, as well as any fancy treatment system I could get my hands on. Eventually went on Accutane, which was a godsend. My skin has aged a lot since accutance, and I now have big pores and some scars. But it was worth it: the accutane brought my acne down 95% and was definitely worth it. Since then, I have been on twice daily finacea, which dampens the number of small whiteheads and blackheads I still get. Since I still get flares at irregular points, my doctor has put me on Trimethoprim 200mg/day for 2 months to see if we can tip the balance. Because of frequent travelling and headaches, I decided to try the birth control implant. I read many user reviews, looked at clinical trial data, and talked to my doctor and gynecologist. My doctors agreed that there was a small chance that my acne might reoccur. I'm still in the "settling in" phase for the implant, and have been told it will take at least a few months for my body to get use to it. 2 weeks in, and no big breakouts yet. I would really like for this to work, since not having to take a pill every day is awesome. Plus, unlike IUDs, this can't be knocked out of place and doesn't feel uncomfortable. Does anyone have experience with acne recovery and the implant? Any success stories out there?
  23. I need some advice, every 6 weeks or so, my skin breaks out really badly, and it all seems to happen overnight, before clearing up slowly in time for the next breakout. I first started with acne in early 2014, and since then i haven't felt comfortable walking out the house without makeup on. I used Zineryt for 2 years, only stopping when i went to uni and could never get an appointment to see my new doctor there for a new prescription. I have icepick scarring, but this doesn't bother me massively, at least, it wouldn't if I didn't have clogged pore bumps in between the scarring . The last couple of months have been the worst in a long time, worsening just as I finished uni and i was advised by a pharmacist to use BP 5% gel, which helped massively with the tiny bumps all over my cheeks. I also started using the pill rigevidon to help with my irregular periods and during week 3 of this I had the most recent breakout, with tiny hard whiteheads forming on my right cheek, making the whole area become full of red bumps that look bad face on, and even worse if I try covering it with makeup, as it just magnifies the bumps (my left is fairly clear as my skin goes, with only a couple of large spots). I have squeezed a couple of these (I know I shouldn't) and a hardened plug can be successfully extracted. I ended up going to the doctors crying, and was prescribed Dianette instead. I'll start the first pack on Saturday but everyone says that it makes you break out at first, even though my doctor said this shouldn't happen. Just looking at my skin is making me cry, as is looking at friends with clear skin on facebook (sad i know), so I really don't know how I'll cope if my skin breaks out again first, or how I'll be if the breakout happens whilst I'm back at uni .I start back at uni mid sept, and I was hoping that the new pill may have started working its magic by then, but now I'm not sure. I'm also becoming increasingly concerned that the breakout will cause acne on my left cheek and forehead, which are the clearer areas, and I don't want these to worsen sorry for the long post, is there anybody who has had any success without the large breakout at the beginning that i can use to keep motivating myself to take the pills??
  24. So my acne consists of small, flesh colored bumps around my mouth and mostly my chin area. It's been like this for almost or just about a year now and has increasingly gotten worse. The area where I do have acne is slightly red JUST IN THAT AREA, which is around my mouth. Not cute. I'm almost positive this is hormonal. I started getting it around the time I had developed anxiety. Now that my anxiety has been gone for months, I want my acne to be gone! I started taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo about a month ago. I am not seeing much improvement but I know this is too soon to even tell. I've been told by my gynecologist that it will take three months for my body to adjust to the pills. I'm only 18 and having acne is the worst--especially from having flawless skin to this. It takes a toll on my self-esteem. If anyone has birth control stories DEALING WITH HORMONAL ACNE ONLY--please share! I also know that hormonal acne is usually either cystic or small comedones around the chin area. Also I have a pretty good diet. I take Vitamins E, C, Fish Oil, and Biotin everyday. I drink PLENTY of water--about five bottles daily. Drink at least a cup of green tea a day. And I eat healthy, with occasional sugar to satisfy my sweet tooth! I hardly ever drink milk. I heard that Zinc and Magnesium is good for your skin also. I'm thinking about buying them tomorrow. For skin care, I wash my face in the morning and at night only and I use a facial scrub once a week. Please people share your stories and help me out! I'm desperate.
  25. I feel like my body is working against me. I have migraines. Bad ones. Often accompanied by significant aura's. Because of this, I was taken off the only birth control that keeps my acne at bay (it increases stroke risk). My face has been a disaster ever since. I cry every morning I look in the mirror and have a hard time falling asleep because my face is so inflamed. I've tried everything short of accutane (I have a history of depression so I can't get a prescription) and I'm at a point where I'm willing to endure the increased stroke risk just so that I can love myself again. My hormonal acne is really taking a toll on my self-esteem and my over mental health. I could go on for hours about all of the ways my acne is negatively impacting my life but won't for the sake of being concise in my post. I simply can't deal with this anymore. My birth control was the ONLY thing that helped. What do you think? Would you risk it?