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  1. Hi, I just wanted to ease my mind regarding the effects of stopping birth control pills especially on the skin which is usually acne breakouts. I have been on Alesse 28 for 4 months only. I am just wondering if anyone who took pills for a few months still got bad acne breakouts? I’m quitting BC pills this week but I’m also scared about its side effects. Please help me. Thanks : (

  2. Take vitamin D and K to begin with, that will help rebalance your retinoids. Anxiety is probably one of the main causes, as Accutane completely messes up your stress and sex hormones, so right now your body probably feels a tonne of stress. People who take such a limited dose recover much better, and one of my friends took 80mg for 15 months and he is good now, though it knocked him around for a fair bit.

    One of the ironic things about accutane is it makes your body react poorly to stress, then creates a fuckton of it.

    My full recovery advise is:
    "Buy creatine, fish oil, coq10, zinc, multivitamins and a decent protein powder, take the recommended dosages for all of these, and try to meditate for 20 minutes a day"(if its early days take some k2 and vitD as well, that will get your retinoids in check post tane)


    Anyway, even if you are a random healthy male the things I've recommended would only improve your health, all would probs be available if you went to your local discount chemist 
  3. Hi! This is my first time on this website because I’ve never experienced acne breakouts before. I’m 19 years old and started my freshman year of college in August 2017. After the month I began seeing light, but constant breakouts along my chin, which have never been there before. At the time I was on lo-ogestral birth control. I would occasionally get pimples on my forehead, but nothing too severe. In January 2018 I stared sprintec birth control and my breakout became worse than ever. I wake up everyday with a new pimple on my forehead or chin. They take forever to go away and leave dark marks. My chin and upper part of my forehead is the worst. There are many white heads on my jawline and painful red pimples along my hairline and at the top of my forehead. I am just now finishing the 2nd month of the sprintec pill and I’m not sure what to do! Should I wait it out and see if my body adjusts to this pill (since it is suggested for acne) or should I try to change it! I’m become more insecure of my face everyday and it sucks because Ive never had this problem before so I don’t know what to do! Any help or suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you so much!
  4. Hi gang! My background: Lurker for close to 10 years, almost as long as I have had acne. I am a mid-20s college student raising a sibling. In other words, I have no time. I want to look presentable, though. This is why clearing my skin naturally is so important to me. I also don't wear makeup.. so it's magnifies the issue. I'm a hard INTJ, if you dig MBTI. That means I'm typically anxious and tense, which I'm sure is a big part of my acne. BCP (Yasmin) cleared my skin in my teens. Went off of it because of some of the possible side effects, then went on Spiro, which worked perfectly. However, I want to heal my body. I don't want to be on medication forever. Both my parents have adult acne, so I could be looking at hard cysts on my face with other inflamed red rolling hills until I hit menopause. I was going to do Accutane, but stopped when I realized I would have to go back on Yasmin (i.e. my skin would be perfect on yasmin so I doubt the accutane would cure me.) I am using the Neutrogena light therapy mask right now. It is helping but I doubt it will help as much as I need. I eat a diet of chicken, vegetables, and glucomannan/oat fiber (non-soluble fibers that fill you up and pass right through.) I have always had chronic constipation, so I take Miralax. When I don't take it, the inflammation gets worse. I have noticed that if I eat a ton of vegetables, my skin can get inflamed. This worries me. When I don't eat, or eat tiny portions to keep myself from starving, acne is reduced. But how can I sustain that? It doesn't seem possible. I know tanning and sweating/working out have helped in the past, but on this diet I have no energy to work out. I am scared of how hungry it would make me. No, not anorexic. I'm 5'6 and ~140. If you have read this far, my heartfelt thanks. I am so grateful for this community. Acne is such a difficult disease to deal with in the modern world-the shame, I mean. MY QUESTION: Is there anything else I can do for my acne naturally? Should I just suck it up and go back on Spiro?
  5. Where do I even begin. I took birth control (portia 28 I believe) for the first time because I was sexually active at the time. I had clear skin prior to this, I don't think I ever got huge breakouts since high school- anyway, fast forward to a few months after stopping birth control I had comedonal acne. It's gotten progressively worse, and it's been 7 months now and my skin is the worst it has ever been. I have horrible (sore and painful) white heads and just really bad acne. I went to my GP and he prescribed me Alesse 28 about a little over a month ago but 5 days in I stopped taking it because I felt like it was breaking me out even more and I had terrible mood swings. It was awful. I went back to my GP and now will be starting a very low dosage of Accutane Roche, however I just noticed that he prescribed me Alesse 28 AGAIN! I sat my butt down for a good amount of time doing extensive research and found that Alesse was horrible for acne and that it may actually aggravate hormonal acne even more. I'm going back to my GP on tuesday to discuss this with him and also give him a list of all the other BCP's that have more anti-androgen properties (i.e Diane 35, Ocella, Zarah, Yasmin etc). I guess I have two questions: 1) What is the best BCP to take while on Accutane? I've done extensive research and I haven't really found a solid answer. I'm just tired of my skin suffering so much- it's taken such a toll on my confidence. I have hormonal acne and in the past have taken: Portia 28, Aleese 28. I've done diet changed, drank (still do) buckets of water. I've tried taking Omega-3's, Probiotics, Vitamin B. I've tried topical medicine (Dapsone gel 5%). 2) Will I break out if I discontinue taking BCPs after Accutane? And is it possible to take Accutane without BCP? I will be taking a low dosage of Accutane (10mg) for the course of 2 months, just to see if it works with me, but I'm so frightened to take BCPs after my past two horrible experiences with BCP that led me to take Accutane. I also live in Canada, so no iPledge here. I am single, and have been abstinent for 7 months now and do not at all intend to be with anyone for the next year. Will not taking BCP while on accutane effect the way it works on my skin? Do I need to take it for my hormonal acne to disappear, or will Accutane be enough on its own? I would immensely appreciate any sincere advice given. I'm sick of waking up to my aching face and new pimples all over. I'm tired and fed up. I want to start my journey with accutane as soon as I possibly can (and yes I do know about the side effects of taking accutane; I watched a lot of videos and read many things but I've solidified my decision to take accutane) Wishing everyone the best, x K
  6. Yasminelle - what to expect HELP

    Forums Hormonal acne 2 replies

    Hi! I just started takling yasminelle 5 days ago. My doctor prescribed it because I am really self concious about my mild acne. I have been reading such horrible things in here about this pill, so I want to know this; if I my skin reacts badly to the pill, when will that happen? would it have happened right away? I am very nervous and considering to quit it already because I am scared that my skin will freak out. please help, thanks
  7. Hi guys, so yesterday was my first day of taking Accutane or Roaccutane as we call it in Europe. My dermatologist prescribed me only 10mg of Accutane daily, so i decided to do weekly logs, not only because I noticed that not many people get such a low dose as 10mg daily, but also for me to note the progress. I will be taking Accutane for 6 to 8 months with possible increase of the dosage to 20mg daily after the first month. My dermatologist said 20mg is maximum that she'll ever give me. Just a quick history of my acne: My acne started as I turned 15 and I am 20 now. I have never had severe acne, but mild to moderate (depends on the part of the year). Each summer my skin was clear, I had BABY SKIN EVERY SUMMER, but as Fall/Winter came I would get baaad breakouts. I've changed 3 Dermatologist and tried everything - from topical treatments to antibiotics. Doxycyclin cleared my skin completely, but as I stopped using it acne came back. Minocyclin did something only when taking 100mg daily (50mg daily did NOTHING). Azithromycin which I have been taking until yesterday did nothing at all. After 4 years I started getting acne on my chin area which I have NEVER had before. I have always had them on the inner part of my cheeks (which I do not anymore!). So after going to a gynocologist last year he told me I have mild PCOS! And wanted me to take bcp which I refused until a month ago. I am now taking Belara and have started seeing small results after 3 weeks. Unfortunately my acne is not only hormonal, which is why I will be taking Accutane. My derm explained to me that each year after summer (because I spend the whole summer at the seaside and a lot of time under the sun) comes to thickening of my skin which is why I always start breaking out each Fall. So she thinks the only solution is Accutane and I believe her because she is the ONLY dermatologist that accutally made an effort to take a look at my skin and took time to explain everything to me! So this is my story, I hope someone will read it and will maybe find out something useful! :-) Each week I will post the changes I see (and the dreaded IB)!
  8. Hey all! Wow... So I can't believe I'm back on this site 10 years after I signed up. Back in 2006 when the Acne.org Regimen didn't even exist. Crazy! Well, I'm 26 years old now and sad to say I'm still not finished with this whole acne thing. Shortly after I joined in 2006, I found a treatment that worked for me - birth control pills. It was obvious that my acne was hormonal (I had the painful cystic kind around my chin/mouth area) so BCP was the perfect solution for my skin. I have been clear since. I wish I could stay on the pill forever, but I'm married now and considering getting pregnant in the next couple years. I'm freaking out about going off the pill because I know my acne's going to come back and maybe even worse than before because I'd be pregnant. I would really like to be proactive and try to prevent a war zone on my face as much as I can. Does anyone have any insight, advice or suggestions on getting off the pill and keeping my acne under control? I have thought about "weaning off" the pill and changing my diet (cutting dairy, etc). My options with medications are limited since I would have to use products that are safe for pregnancy. Thank you all in advance!
  9. Yaz - month 3, acne much worse?

    Forums Hormonal acne 1 reply

    Hi everyone - I'm on Yaz and am almost halfway through my third pill pack. In the first two months, my back and chest were clear and face was experiencing mild-moderate cystic acne in the chin/jaw area. Now, my back is getting a few cysts again and my cystic acne on my face is basically the worst it's ever been - a new cyst or two a day on my chin. I wanted to know if it's normal to experience an "initial breakout" this late? Should I stick with Yaz? I'm also on 50mg per day of Spiro but am hoping to increase the dosage to 100mg soon.
  10. I've dealt with problematic skin for most of my teen years, only now at 25 I am seeming to get the hang of it and have had very clear skin for quite some time. A big contributor to my skin finally clearing was Spironolactone. I was put on spironolactone 100mg for about 4 months which worked wonders for me but I was nervous staying on a medication for too long so after my major breakouts went away and my skin was finally looking beautiful I went off the Spironolactone and just stayed with Yasmin. I had great results with just Yasmin and took it for a year with NO BREAKOUTS. It was amazing. A week ago my pharmacy offered me the "generic brand" of Yasmin called Zarah saying it was the exact same BCP but about $10 cheaper. I decided to give it a go seeing as I was saving myself at least a little money. Well let me tell you it was not worth it at all. My skin completely freaked out. I had a terrible hormonal breakout on the left side of my jaw, mood swings, angry all the time (which is not me), pains in the left side of my lower abdominal area, and even some break outs on my cheeks which I've never ever had. I told my pharmacy and they wouldn't change me back to my old faithful Yasmin, they made me pay for another 3 months again! I was so disappointed and stressed which probably just made my skin worse. Because of the severity of my acne I am back on Spironolactone 50mg. I need to know if anyone else has made this switch from Yasmin to Zarah. Are they really the same? Here is a picture of my skin at its absolute worst. Which is right now.
  11. I have struggled for acne longer than I can remember and have finally reached my breaking point. I am reaching out to the community for a little guidance on the situation. I have struggled with some form of acne since I was 18 years old. At 18, I had the worst breakout of cystic acne I have ever experienced over the course of 4 months. After trying several topicals, my derm finally prescribed me Accutane which remedied the problem for about 3 years. From 21 on, my acne slowly began reappearing but was manageable with OTC cleansers and washes. When I was 24, my acne returned with a vengeance. I started using the Nuva-ring BC which controlled my hormonal acne and got it to a manageable level (but never fully clear). About 3 years later I had to quit using it due to other health issues and I was on the hunt for a new BCP. I went to see my OBGYN, who informed me I could no longer used oral BCP due to my high blood pressure and my only option was a Mirena IUD. I asked several times whether the Mirena would cause my skin to get worse and was assured that although it would not make it worse it would not make it better either. For the last two years with the Mirena, my skin has been an uphill battle. I have gone to my derm more times than I can count and tried everything from months and months of oral antibiotics (minocycline), .05% tretinoin cream which was later bumped up to .1%, sulfur sulfacetamide and clindamyacin foam/gel. Nothing worked, and worse of all..the array of topicals and antibiotics aggravated my facial eczema that I havent dealt with since I was a child. As a last resort, since I cannot take Accutane since I would like to have a child in the next 5 years, my derm prescribed me Spironolactone. I started on Spiro at 50mg daily for the first month and saw no improvement. I did some research and decided to add Inositol in my regime in the hopes this would combat my hormonal acne. This helped and I had two weeks of amazingly clear skin and 2 weeks of standard breakouts. This past month the derm upped my dosage to 100mg daily and I had clear days here and there, but when I brokeout it was in places I never use to get acne and it was more cystic, which I havent dealt with since pre-accutane. Going into my third month of Spiro, continuing to take 100mg daily, I currently have 7 large active pimples on my cheeks, countless small whiteheads on my foreheadand 2-3 whiteheads on my lower chin. It is nowhere near my time of the month so if anything this should be one of my clearer weeks. I am reaching out in the hopes someone can give me some advice. Have you take sprio and had similar problems? Could it be the mirena? Is it safe to supplement while taking Spiro? I also recently added fermented cod liver oil and zinc to help with my eczema..should I stop those as well? Any input would be great!
  12. I just started taking a new prescription of Spironolactone (100mg a day) and I've been on Ocella birth control for years. My period is always on time. This month, since starting spiro after my last period, it seems to be late by a day. I could get it tomorrow and have but I always have a sign of it by today at the latest. I have only read that people take bcps to make their periods regular while on spiro. Could it still be the spiro? Im sexually active so I would like to know what's up. Thank you for any wisdom!
  13. Hi, so I've never posted on one of these before but here is my story. I'm an 18 year old female. Everyone in my family has beautiful, clear skin, maybe a few zits during puberty, but perfectly cleared up by 18-19 years old. My skin was getting really good during the winter of last year, finally clearing up from teenage acne. I started birth control in March of 2015, right after my 18th birthday. The first brand I used was Orsythia. I used it for 3 months, and my skin was fine on it, but I kept getting my period for two weeks at a time, so my doctor switched me to Sprintec. Immediately I started breaking out on Sprintec, but at the time it wasn't terrible, it was just a few zits on my chin and on my cheeks. I have never had cystic acne before either, so I didn't know what it was. Since I started it in June and was working 3 part time jobs over the summer, I just assumed that it was due to the heat or to stress. I moved into my freshman year of college in September out of state, and that's when my skin got even more out of control. Huge, cystic acne on my chin and cheeks and jawline, scarring, leaving redmarks. It's been a huge blow to my self esteem and I was 100% sure it was caused by Sprintec because that's when things started to get bad. I stayed on Sprintec for 6 months and stopped taking it about 3 weeks-1 month ago. It doesn't make any sense for me to have bad, cystic acne when everyone in my family has flawless skin. I'm personally convinced that Sprintec started it, but after being off of Sprintec for a month I haven't really seen any difference and I'm still developing severe cystic pimples. Can anyone else relate to having Sprintec break them out? How long should it take for my skin to go back to normal? I've been using BP and Clindamycin and ACV toner topically, washing twice a day, and cutting out dairy only to see no difference. This is having an enormous emotional toll on me. Please help!
  14. Switching from Yasmin to Lucette

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    Wondering if anyone can help me.. I have been on Yasmin for nearly 8 months for birth control and to help with acne. However, when I recently went to get another pack of pills, they told me Yasmin is now called Lucette. After some research I found out that Lucette is actually a completely different pill that has the same active ingredients as Yasmin but is much cheaper to produce and therefore more cost effective for the NHS. At first I was annoyed that I was lied to by the doctor, but I'm willing to give them a go. Has anyone experienced any side effects changing to this pill? I'm particularly worried about my acne coming back
  15. getting off of BCP after accutane..

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    A little background - I'm 23 and am currently on my second course of Accutane. My first course was completed when I was 17 and it kept me clear for about 5 years. I started taking birth control during my first round of Accutane and have stayed on it ever since. I really want to get off the pill when I'm done with Accutane in about 2 months but I'm extremely worried that I will start breaking out and that going through Accutane will be for nothing Has anyone had any problems when they stopped taking the pill directly after their Accutane course? I'm just concerned since I've been on birth control for so long that my hormones will be all out of whack, thus resulting in acne. Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated !!
  16. Yaz vs. Spiro

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    I'll skip the novel about my 15 year battle with acne and fast forward to 2015. I have mild to moderate cystic acne on the lower part of my face- mostly the chin and jawline. In March I was prescribed Spiro by my derm, but quickly developed severe cystic breakouts. After 3 months of being miserable and peeing constantly, I gave up. There was no sign it was getting any better- and a few weeks after I stopped, my breakouts calmed down to pre-spiro level. In August I went on Yaz (not generic). I now have the clearest skin of my life, I really can't ever remember a time my skin was this clear!! My question is, I don't understand how spiro didn't work and Yaz did- Yaz has spiro in it (although a smaller dose). Does anyone know why this is? I'd really love to know!! I don't want to be on BCP's forever, but I will if it's the only thing that will keep me clear!
  17. Hey guys..which of the above is the stronger anti androgen? Spiro or Diane-35 (Cyproterone Acetate) Tried researching it but there's not much info.
  18. Dianette To Yasmin

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    Hey users! Been on Dianette for 11 full months now, starting my month 12 tomorrow. However, this is my last month and will be a full year on Dianette so my doctor now wants me to change back to Yasmin. Prior to Dianette I was on Yasmin for 2 and a half years, 2 of which my skin was great but the last 6 months it was really quite awful! Preying my skin won't go back to the bad stage and it was just a random blip of my hormones, however, just wondering what other peoples experiences of the Dianette to Yasmin change was? Thanks so much! Please reply with any experience/questions/anything at all
  19. Hej there! I'm currently very frustrated about my skin But first, my story: I had great skin until the age of 16 or 17 when I started to develop mostly tiny pimples and clogged pores. My forehead was full of clogged pores and my cheeks covered in small pimples and clogged pores as well. When I went on the BCP at 18 (in 2010) my skin became perfect but I had to get off it (bc migraines and mood swings) in September 2014. In December I got very oily skin and it got gradually worse. Now my forehead and parts of my cheeks are covered in comedones (i think), I also recently started to get very few kinda cystic ones below my cheekbones and on my chin and some whiteheads. And it is so annoying!!! I really don't know what to do right now. I don't know if what I'm expiriencing right now is just side effects from getting off BC or if that's just the natural state of my skin without any hormones I try to eat as healthy as possible (I'm vegan anyways, eat hardly any fast food, try to avoid refined sugars and eat loads of fruit and some vegetables), drink lots of water and get some exercise (currently 1x/week, working on that part …). Skin care wise I just switched to the Avene Cleanance series roughly 3 weeks ago and I like to think that the comedones on my forehead are slightly less raised but my cheeks are getting worse I haven't been to the dermatologist yet bc I don't really want to take antibeiotics or anything. But I'd really like to know the cause of my acne, I have no clue. Since BC helped so much I would think it's hormonal but I hardly break out on my jaw-line and only a bit on my chin, right below my bottom lip. Sorry for rambling, it's just so frustrating right now that I'm seriously considering going back on BC, but monthly migraines and depressive mood swings aren't that amazing either. I thought I might wait until it's been a full year without BCP and see if my skin clears up … I really don't know what to do right now … I don't even know what I expect you to answer but all help is welcome I guess (P.S.: English is not my first language, I hope you understand me anyways!)
  20. From the album Quitting Birth Control Pill :)

    So it's Day 43 and divided between the good and bad news. Good news; the left side of my face is basically acne-free and I only have the red marks left from past acne. So yay! My right temple acne cysts have started to surface so they don't look so great now but hopefully will be fine in the next week. Bad news; the right side of my face has started to break out tremendously into skin-color cysts that have started to become red and inflamed. They're mainly located on my right jawline and cheek area, but mainly jaw. Such stubborn acne. I've never experienced these jaw cysts before but since stopping the birth control pill (and the latter of using it) there's just been so many of these flare-ups. I don't know if it's because I sleep on the right side of my face or what not but the fact that they're focused into the jaw/lower cheek area really makes me think they're hormone induced. So I'm going to watch what I eat more strictly. Basically foods that don't trigger hormone imbalances (but it's weird because my left side is FINE :/) For those newly viewing my gallery, I stopped the pill 43 days ago so a month and a half ago and these are the flare-ups I'm experiencing post-quitting. Hope you can gain some insight if you're planning on stopping the pill or considering it! Till next time
  21. From the album Quitting Birth Control Pill :)

    I don't know if my hormones have started to stabilize but my face is definitely improving! Only a few active pimples on my cheeks and others on my right temple. Those temple pimples took sooo long to surface; I don't even know why they are there in the first place -___- Small whiteheads around my mouth (hormonal) but that's no biggie compared to the deep-rooted hormonal cysts I used to get on my cheeks. The red marks have SLIGHTLY started to fade on my cheeks which is great. Also. I didn't apply benzoyl peroxide for two days because my face was so dry (but not breaking out). It actually kind of helped I think in terms of my redness overall. I think it's good to take a break from benzoyl peroxide if you feel your face is SUPER dry and red. No pimples emerged during this time I didn't apply BP
  22. From the album Quitting Birth Control Pill :)

    Hi everyone so it's Day 24 and I just finished applying my benzoyl peroxide. I can say now that my face is finally getting used to the BP and my acne is flattening out and I am seeing improvements! I didn't know how long I was going to have to deal with the red marks (hyper pigmentation) but I can see some red marks SLIGHTLY lightening. I think it's because of the dryness and the peeling of skin which sheds the layers. It's weird. My face feels tight and dry but it feels USED to it. It's kind of red overall but not irritated red. The pimples on the side of my face have decreased, I think there's only a few on each side and the rest are just marks. Then again, some clusters might flare up again so I won't get my hopes too high up! hahha Unfortunately my temples have been breaking out -_____- Might be my hair but I didn't really focus on applying benzoyl peroxide there so I'll start... Towards any makeup users out there, you'll probably understand when I say you know your acne is better when your makeup starts looking better! Of course the red marks are hard to conceal--I only use minimal Almay makeup+ its concealer--but when the pimples reduce in size, makeup looks great! Keep up with the regimen everyone! It'll pay off once you get past that initial hurdle.
  23. From the album Quitting Birth Control Pill :)

    So it's the 24th day but I wanted to make a quick collage of Day 13, Day 16, Day 17, Day 18 so you can see the very slight but existing progress! haha Had the usual flare up around Day 13+ Day 16 but by Day 18 you can see how it's subsided a little. Keep posted for more updates!
  24. Day 10 Meh.

    Gallery The Acne.org Regimen logs

    From the album Quitting Birth Control Pill :)

    So anyways. ha. I found an easy way to remember the Day # since beginning the regimen. By approximating that I started March 1, I can just look at the day # to figure out which day it is on the regimen. Yay! So it's Day 10. So this is my face so far.... A couple days ago the left side of my face broke out into a huge cluster of red pimples, all accumulating into a Y (look at photo) Which totally creeped me out the day they emerged. I thought it was from a horror movie or something, seriously... It has subsided a bit but you can still see the red Y lined clusters there... AHHH anyways... So I broke out in that horrific Y cluster on my left side and a few pimples on the right side of my face a few days ago. boo hoo and I'm kinda starting to see new few pimples arise today... T______T I don't know if these breakouts will go away soon but I'm scared for when the post BCP madness hits! (hopefully it won't and this is it) HOWEVER! since using the benzoyl peroxide, pimples have decreased in size and I can actually see them healing. Super speedy progress in recovery. And those awful trio of pimples that were underneath my mouth are GONE! left with dark marks but at hey at least they'll stop haunting me. My chin acne is completely gone (left with hyperpigmentation bleh) and my forehead acne is gone and I don't break out on my nose (thus my side photos only). So definite improvement I'm seeing! Also, my face is no longer red and irritated. Yes, it's dry but my face no longer hurts YAY! (Still once a day benzoyl peroxide and a finger length amount)
  25. From the album Quitting Birth Control Pill :)

    Hi everyone! Today I decided to start an acne.org blog on pretty much a whim. I hope by doing so, there is someone out there who can benefit or grab some insight when joining, or continuing on this challenging yet hopefully rewarding, journey. Anyways, quick recap on my skin. I was using the regimen back when I was 13 and it cleared my skin up completely, so I decided to revisit the benzoyl peroxide. I used to be horrified at my skin during that time but lo and beyond, my skin was never bad as it is now. -sigh-....I used to complain about how my skin was SO AWFUL then, and yes, maybe it was, but nothing compared to all the clogged pores, cysts, whiteheads I have now. This is my face now. I've used the benzoyl peroxide for 3 days now and my face is red and irritated and slightly painful. ALSO!! I quit birth control yesterday, which I've been taking for 2.5 years (?) mainly because I've started breaking out like crazy in the past five months. Previously, my birth control had kept my face super super clear, but it's causing nothing short of severe backlashes. What I have now is a TON of hyperpigmentation and of course the whiteheads and clogged pores. I used to never have acne on my chin but my chin is now super prone to be clogged which leads to those red, painful bumps we all loathe. The only area I don't get acne is on my nose and most of my forehead. The reason I decided to not switch the type of pill is because I really want to stop taking hormones. And before switching to a higher estrogen dosage or anti-androgen pill (which would probably clear my skin but maximize the screw up of my hormones), I wanted to stop messing with my body's natural cycle. Getting of the pill later in my life would result in a SERIOUS pizza face. Getting of the pill now, eh it sucks but hey, rather now than in my 30s. In terms of how my skin is reacting with the benzoyl peroxide now, it hurts a bit. Feels tight, red, splotchy, sensitive. I don't remember it being so irritating on the skin back when I was using it in 2008, but I probably only remember the good of my face clearing that those little side effects I deemed insignificant to even remember. I'm hoping my skin is the same as 7 years ago in a sense that it can overcome this initial detriment. My current regimen: 1. Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser 2. 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide 3. CeraVe moisturizer Please follow me on my journey if you are interested! I'll try updating every few days or when there is some noticeable change. If you have any questions, please comment below Have a great day everyone!