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  1. implant induced acne

    I am 22 years old and up until last year have perfect skin and no history of spots in my teenage years or anything (other than a few small ones in t-zone). But In february of last year (2017) I was persuaded to get the contraceptive implant nexaplanon. before this I have been on the bc pill for three years. Two months after getting the implant I started getting acne, specially deep painful cysts. I stuck it out for a while but got it removed in August (after 6 months). It is now January (2018) and my skin has got no better even after 4 months of its removal, every time I think its maybe improving a new wave hits me. Ive read that the progestin in nexaplanon basically eliminates your bodys progesterone which causes acne so I assumed I was estrogen dominant. I have been taking DIM and Vitex for about a month now but no improvement yet my periods came back to normal very quickly after the implant was removed (I only got one while I was on it) and weirdly my skin is normally very good right before and during my period but it TERRIBLE the week after it has ended. has any one else has experiences with acne induced by the implant ? or good stories about DIM and Vitex? desperate to know when my hormones will go back to normal
  2. 60 Days of No Skin Picking

    I have dealt with acne for the past 4-5 years (I am now 25). My acne started when I went off my birth control. I know some people go back on it to fix their acne again, but I was didn’t want to use a band-aid and I knew one day I would want to have kids so I bit the bullet. The first 2-3 years I believe the acne was my hormones adjusting, but this past year and a half I don’t get anything cystic and I notice my breakouts get really annoying once I’ve been on a picking spree and squeezing all of my pores. I have been browsing this website for these past years and today I finally decided to make an account to share my story because I’ve noticed a lot of people have tried to stop picking at their skin, but I didn’t see many make it all the way through to their goal date. I have tried to quit picking numerous times and kept failing. NOT THIS TIME. This time I mean business and that’s why I am posting this. I don’t want to post everyday if people aren’t really interested so if no one replies to this I will post an update once a week of every day that week and how it went. This is my day one and as of now the left side of my face is fairly clear with one big pimple mark and the right has clusters of pimples and lots of red marks by the jaw line. I really want to do this not only for myself, but for all of you because I think you all deserve to really see this be followed through!
  3. 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.
  4. Hi! Ok so a background on my skin / experience with acne. I developed acne around the age of 15, every year come September it would pop up on my chin and around my eyebrows. Then in march it would go again and I would be pretty much clear. I've taken antibiotics (which worked 1st time around) but they are a short term fix. And I used to use DUAC. (My strong advice would be if you have naturally dry skin STOP with the DUAC!!) Anyway come august 2016 I had had enough and was reccomended diane by a friend of mine. So I got a prescription didn't read anything about it and started taking it. It fixed my skin. Took 3 months and even then it wasn't perfect but my acne had always been somewhat mild anyway. It just made everything easier, putting on makeup was more pleasant and I didn't feel ashamed of myself without it. So from month 4-6 I would say I had some break outs but rare they weren't acne they were like "normal" people's skin. I also think a lot of them were stress related and probably due to my skin care routine. At the time I was using murad to take of my make up and I would NOT reccomend this. I used it for over a year but as soon as I cut it out I realised that it really is paint stripper. I now use deemalogica medibac clearing wash. MUCH BETTER. Any way blah blah blah I was on dianette all going well and then I got too fussy and decided I didn't want ANY spots at all so I Came off it after 10 months. Please people never do this - if I had just googled it I would have seen it was the worst decision I could make but there you go. So for the next 2 months my skin was the best it has ever been and then the acne came back. So here's where it all goes wrong. I start taking dianete again and my skin of course FLARES. Now the problem for me mentaly was that unlike the first time I had now been used to clear skin and had forgotten how to mentally handle acne. It broke me completely. I picked at it I let it get dry I just did everything wrong. And that went on formonths. In month 4 I got a hold of my self. I stopped using shitty face masks and just stripped everything down. I use Clinique moisture surge and germolene on my skin with the wash I mentioned. THAT IS IT. And I think the combination of being on the pill for 4 months and healing my skin has given me results. Im currently on the 2nd day of the break in month 4 and have 2 pimples (not cysts!) so a recap on this month. week one - skin was good i had lots of marks left from spots but it was smooth and I didn't develop any cysts. Week two - now my acne knowledge in terms of terminology isn't great. But I developed I guess small cysts along my jaw line - flesh coloured. I also had one or two spots on my forehead. I got really down this week thinking it would never improve. Week three - skin was good again, developed one or two spots but mainly there's were ones that had been lingering for a while and needed to come out. And like I said I'm now on week four so let's see what it brings. I'm still extreemly fragile about my skin and any spots can make me anxious or upset but (and this won't work for some people) I have a log and photos of each day from month 3 and I look back on it to see just how shitty it was then compared to now and it brings me right back up. I recently deleted the photos because I wanted to leave it behind me but the log helps. This website helped me so much and I just want to talk to anyone else going through this so we can compare and help each other. Side note- i drink about 1l water a day i take vitamin d i wear bare minerals concealer i cut dairy out to begin with all love xxx
  5. Ladies! I am curious to know which birth control helped with your acne if it is something you have tried. I was on Loryna (generic for Yaz) for the last 9 years for my acne and I had trouble getting my prescription refilled so I stopped taking it in February 2017. While on Loryna, I had beautiful skin! You couldn't even tell I ever had acne. After getting off the pill, by July I had full blown cystic acne. My OBGYN put my on generic Loestrin 1/20 in October 2017 because I was getting migraines from the Loryna. I am also using Differing gel and on minocycline 100 mg twice daily. I would gladly trade take the clear skin and deal with migraines.. I haven't seen much improvement from the Loestrin, I mean my face isn't as bumpy as it was but I am still getting cysts and I have taken 3 packs already. I'm curious if I should switch back to the Loryna (which I was worried about because of all the hype about Yaz being dangerous, but I was also on it for 9 years with no problems..) or stick it out on the Loestrin or if there is another pill that might be better for me. Thanks for sharing any of your experiences!
  6. Cystic Acne from Birth Control

    Hello! So I was recently prescribed the pill by my doctor (one with gestoden and ethinylestradiol) due to having some recent slight hormonal disturbances which I had never experienced before. I was having some slight cystic breakouts before starting the pill, maybe 1-2 cysts per week for a month prior. I am naturally prone to cystic acne but my skin had actually been completely clear naturally for the past year or so after discovering I have an odd intolerance/allergy to chocolate which would give me cystic acne without fail. The acne from chocolate would appear mainly on my cheeks while this acne seems to be mainly hormonal as it's confined to my jaw/around my mouth and chin. So now ever since starting the pill my skin has been going insane with a new cyst every single day. I am becoming a little desperate and I'm not quite sure what to do. I've just finished my first month so I'm not sure if maybe I need to just stick it out for longer with this brand or if I should try and switch to a brand that's used more specifically for treating acne? Thank you to anyone who can offer some advice or their own personal story!
  7. Red bumps cheeks

    ok so I came off the pill 5 months ago and skin was fine untill end of October.. Started to flare up! And now I keep getting just these red raised bumps with no head just on cheeks mainly these started about a month ago.. Had one or two and eventually i get more and more.. I went to doctors and they put me on lymecycline cause I didn't really wanna go back on the pill.. Was on them For 2 weeks and kept getting hot flushes and rashes on my neck and looked like spots were getting worse so I went back to doctors and they said to stop taking it if things ain't getting any better.. So I recently decided to go back on the pill ( rigevidgon) it's been 11 days now but no change yet.. Doctor has said I need to give the pill time as it's probably hormones since it happen after I stopped the pill.. But every day new ones appear there hot and have no head on them.. When they go down they leave red marks but as soon as some go down more come up at least 2-3 a day! Really worried I went to the doctors and they said need to give the pill time To adjust hormones..I'm using duac gel tea tree oil face masks, steaming face.. but nothing helps! I haven't got any on my forehead just's seriously making me really depressed and stressed out Isit normal to get them every day? Will it ever stop? I usually only use to get spots that have whiteheads.. And once popped they go away.. Im starting to think these could possibly be bites maybe? Its been a month and they ain't stopping. I just hope it's to do with hormones and will sort itself out once the pill kicks in! Anyone else have something similar??
  8. Hi everyone, So for the past six years I've tried diet, naturopathy, visualizing, and birth control to get rid of my cysts and whiteheads that appear mainly on my jawline. Birth control was the only thing that totally cleared it, but made me so depressed I couldn't enjoy it. So for the past two months I've been on Estroblock, which consists of DIM and Indole-3 carbinol. And WOW. I can't recommend this stuff enough. With birth control, I'd generally have to wait two to three months to see results. This stuff took about two weeks for me before I completely stopped breaking out. It freaking WORKS. And no mood-altering side effects. Also, I've been eating whatever the hell I want, including dairy and sugar. Still clear. Feels like a miracle pill and SUCH a relief. I had to spread the word.
  9. 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?
  10. Hi everyone. As some of you know on here, I have had a really tough time with Spiro for hormonal cystic and comedonal acne [see my post about the eyebrow/eyelash shedding]. I feel the anti-androgen effects were not just working for me, as it seemed fine at first but in reality it caused more of a hormone imbalance vs fixing one...hence the shedding and body acne I also developed. Thankfully, I haven't lost anymore hair since stopping Spiro. That means Yaz and Yasmin are also out. Anyway, I called my dr. and she recommended Ortho Cyclen...the pharmacy prescribed Sprintec, the generic. I am all for trying this since I am considering low dose Accutane in January and you need BC for it. I also have mild bipolar/cyclothymia and my dr. said this pill has a steady dose of hormone so it won't make me go insane every other week. What have your experiences been like with Sprintec? Has it helped your acne? I'm at my wit's end here, so any success stories would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you so much!
  11. Today marks a new chapter in my acne journey with PCOS. I have found this forum incredibly helpful throughout my decision-making/research process and would like to contribute as well. Let's call this a little experiment shall we... To begin, a bit of backstory: I started getting acne when I was seventeen years old due to fluctuating hormones and diet (isolated to my forehead thankfully). However, upon cleaning up my diet by eliminating processed junk foods and sugar, I was fine in a year or so. With that being said, I have never had a regular "time of the month" (I'm currently 22). It got especially bad this past year, and that is when my bad hormonal cystic acne began forming (only on my forehead, chin and jawline are all clear). I was determined not to go on the birth control pill, as I wanted to deal with the problem naturally. I went to a holistic doctor, worked with acupuncturists and special facial treatments. Nothing seemed to help. I eliminated dairy, gluten, refined sugars and ALL processed foods. It got to the point I even eliminated any inflammatory foods (ex. tomatoes, citrus fruits...even strawberries for goodness sake!) But there was absolutely NO improvement. In fact, this past week...everything has worsened. *It's also worth noting that I have not had a visit from mother nature in over three months. Ever since this cystic acne breakout on my cheeks, my menstrual cycle has been horribly irregular* SO...I went to see my doctor and explained my troubles. She recommended seeing a dermatologist (as if I haven't already tried every topical ointment and cream in the universe and been seeing a dermatologist for years). She diagnosed me with PCOS due to my acne, irregular cycle, some excess facial hair starting, depression, and a few other symptoms (I am very thin however and have never struggled with weight- so we shall see how the birth control pill affects my weight). I asked my doctor if I could go on the birth control pill for an extended period of time. I am aware that things get worse after getting off the pill, so I intended to stay on it for fifteen to twenty years, or until I decide to have children. This is a completely personal choice of mine, as I am in an on-camera career where acne is simply not acceptable. I am quite nervous to start this pill, but I have so much hope that this will work out in three months or so. I am completely aware of the side effects, but this is so important to me for so many reasons. I have heard it gets better before it gets worse, so I will be seeing a wonderful woman who does facial treatments (specifically designed for healing the skin and not just extracting pimples) twice a week until my hormones balance out. I will also be continuing to manage PCOS symptoms as if I weren't on the pill by eating a low GI diet, getting sufficient exercise and undergoing acupuncture hopefully if I decide to come off it sooner, I will have an easier time stabilizing my hormones. I will try to post some photos of my progress and I intend to keep weekly updates here for anyone interested. I know for me, the infamous "initial breakout" was a huge fear of I will be sure to document exactly when that affects me and how severely. Also FYI, the pill I am going on is Yasmin. I have heard great reviews about this pill for acne and PCOS, but of course only time will tell if it works well with my own body. I wish you all the best of luck with your own acne journeys. Despite all the emotional struggle (and DAYS I have spent crying over such a superficial issue), we are all beautiful and special human beings. We'll get through this together! Love you all xoxo
  12. Hi guys! I just went to my 3 month Dermatologist appointment last week. This was my first time there since I got prescribed my medications. She ended up telling me we probably didn't need to reschedule and I am guessing that is because she really thinks I am on a good treatment plan. No, I still am not clear. I have seen definite progress and reduction in acne, but I still get pimples pretty often. I still have small pimples on my forehead, a couple nasty ones on my right cheek, and some random ones in other places. It is much improved, but I still would say I have acne and not a few pimples. When I went to my appointment, she said we could up the dose if my blood pressure was at a healthy number. I was textbook perfect for my blood pressure three months in. I upped my dose to 150 MG from 100. I am confident this will knock out my acne completely by Month 6... I hope sooner! She gave me the option of adding a new topical or an antibiotic to speed up the process. I am proud of myself for saying NO. One month ago I would have for sure taken her up on that. I am trying to learn patience and I think I can wait this out. One month ago, I would say my acne was significantly worse. I am so so happy I hit the 3 month mark. This is when the work should really start kicking in. I have been saying lots of positive affirmations and learning a lot about myself dealing with acne again. I have finally tried to see a positive side to this. I now know that my boyfriend still loves me with bad acne, I am still beautiful and strong, and I know that quitting my birth control was a big reason for my acne returning. Speaking of birth control, I love my Orthto Tri Cyclen. I feel so happy and stable compared to the Nuvaring. I am in the middle of my second pack of the pills, and I have had a pretty small initial breakout. My emotional stability was worth the switch. I can't wait to see how this combo continues to work in the next 2-3 months. I can do this!
  13. I've been on birth control since May (now December) and it's been working amazing for my acne but now it seems to be raising my blood pressure and i might have to get off of it but I'm terrified. The birth control is the only thing that has worked after over a year of trying different things so I have no idea what my other options are if I can be on birth control. My GP seems to think everything will be fine with a progesterone only birth control but I've only ever heard bad things when it come to its reaction to acne. Any thoughts, anyone else have this issue? What did you do?
  14. 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.
  15. Hej! Is it normal to have initial breakout with bc pills, where your acne gets a lot of worse than it was before? I'm on my 4th month and still have some cystic acne on my cheeks. I feel horrible and sooo ugly.
  16. 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?
  17. Hello everyone, I am new here would like some advice. I am an 18 year old girl and have been experiencing some mild acne flareups for the last few months. I have been birth control pills (Alyacen 1/35 which is generic Ortho-Novum) since the summer, I would say either July or August maybe and its now the end of November. This is my first time being on birth control. I have never had acne in any form before, maybe be pimple here and there but never more than one or two white heads at a time. Up until the the middle of October my skin was perfectly normal however afterwards it started breaking out. It started out as having large red bumps that didn't come to a head, around my mouth and nose- usually in the creases of my nostrils or on the upper lip or chin that took a while to heal. Now there seem to be more small pimples, some that don't come to a head and a few white heads still around the same area. Its usually the worst around my period but continues to a lesser extent all month. My skin is has always tended toward normal to dry but now I would say its more dry. I seem to barely produce any oil anymore and I'm noticing that I'm starting to have small eczema flareups on my back and stomach- if I don't moisturize my skin gets extremely itchy. It's come to the point where if I wash my hair more than once a week my scalp gets dry. My skin has always been sensitive and seems to be about the same sensitivity. My skincare routine hasn't really changed. I use Noxzema Classic Clean for a cleanser morning and night and Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer as a moisturizer. I do this morning and night and have never had any issues with it breaking me out so I don't think its those products. I started using Thayer's Witch Hazel toner a few days a ago because I heard good things about it. I tend not to like using benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid on my acne because it leaves my skin very dry and flaky and seems to make it worse sometimes. I am on the pill to help with my painful period cramps and heavy flow, added contraceptive protection is a plus, but if the pill is whats causing my acne then I would be more than happy to go off. I'm here for some advice on what I should do and up to suggestions as to my skincare routine. Should I wait it out and try to seem if this will eventually die down or should I switch pills? Recommendations for other birth control pills? Am I doing something wrong with my skin that is causing this? Any suggestions as to products I should try? Please help, I am desperate and miss my old skin
  18. Hi! I am fifteen and I've been struggling with mild to moderate acne on my face and back since I was twelve. About two months ago I went to a dermatologist near where I live and had a pretty bad experience. The derm didn't even look at my skin or ask questions about it. She just shoved a bunch of prescription meds in my face and I left prescribed Epiduo Forte, and spironaldactone. I used the Epiduo for four weeks and it made my acne way worse than it had ever been before. I normally only broke out on my chin and around my mouth but my entire face was broken out by the end of the month. I ended up not taking the spiro and was prescribed a birth control so I have been taking that too. I decided to stop taking the Epiduo so I went back to my old routine. My skin has improved slightly, but is still very broken out. I don't know if I should go back to the Epiduo, keep hoping for the best, or see another dermatologist. I just am not sure what to do at this point, and my self esteem is at an all time low. Help!!
  19. hi! i've battled acne since i was teeny - from creams prescribed by my doctor to four years on antibiotics (lymecycline) to today. i have been prescribed levest (birth control, it's a combination pill of levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol) two weeks ago and i am on my 12th pill so far. over this time, my acne has gotten significantly worse - much worse, it has never been this bad before, i have broken out all over the sides of my face and my forehead. i am unsure of whether this is normal and if i should proceed with these pills - should i give it some time and see what happens? other than this, i believe that my body is responding to the pills well. my face sure isn't though! not only is it completely horrifying to look at, it's also extremely painful and very irritating. please help - should i give it some time to see what happens and has anyone had experience with levest before?
  20. 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 :-)
  21. I am a 24 y/o female with dry/combination skin. I have had great skin my whole life, never an issue with breakouts. Enter Mirena IUD. I got the Mirena in March of 2016, and that December (about 9 months later), I started getting cystic acne around my jaw, mouth and cheeks. Never on my nose, forehead or temples, so purely hormonal cystic acne. I thought it was weird and had to be something to do with my diet, after I made a quick call to my OBGYN about my IUD (the first thing I thought of that might be causing it) and she confirmed that the progesterone-only hormones were only being released locally in my uterus, so therefore there's no way that I could have been breaking out from my Mirena (BS if you ask me). From there, I did a bunch of research, thought I was allergic to tons of foods (I still think I'm ultra-sensitive to soy, even though it never gave me an issue before the Mirena), tried essential oils, Vaseline, drinking tons of water, AHA/BHA, retinoid creams, etc. Nothing helped. I cannot go on antibiotics due to other health reasons, so that was out of the question for me. Many-a-visit to Western medicine practitioners was unsuccessful. My dermatologist prescribed a low dose of Differin and a sulfur face wash which did not make any notable difference. After many phone calls to my OBGYN, I was made to feel crazy for believing it was my Mirena (I get it, I'm not a medical professional, but I know my body and myself). My GP told me to just "wait out the storm, it will get better." No one helped. That's when I set out to figure it out myself with the help of Google (not advised, but hey, it's 2017). I started doing more research into the hormonal IUD and seeing that many people had the same issues with cystic acne. Some people said acne on Mirena was due to the absence of a balancing estrogen, which many women had while they were on the pill prior to going with the hormonal IUD. I was on a low-estrogen birth control for many years leading up to my decision to get the Mirena, so that didn't really make sense for my personal situation. Plus, the first 9-10 months I had the Mirena, my skin was completely unaffected. So, I am stumped. Does anyone know if the Mirena causes low progesterone levels in the rest of the body (even if indirectly)? Or does it cause estrogen dominance? I have read articles that say you can have: Too much estorgen Too much progesterone Normal amount of estrogen, with low progesterone (often masquerades itself as estrogen dominance, when it really is not) Any help or advice on this topic would really help me out as I search for natural supplements that are safe to take long term to combat this . I love my Mirena for everything else, so I hate to have it removed. Plus, I hear your hormones go out of whack for months after removal anyway, so I feel a bit stuck. I have tried the DIM supplement for about 60 days, has not made a huge impact. I also recently got Evening Primrose Oil (EPO), but I just started taking it so it's too early to tell if that helps. I have read about Vitex but I'm not sure of its affect on the Mirena's effectiveness, and many have said it breaks them out worse (it is stimulating a hormone they have too much of already, obviously). Thank you so much in advance!
  22. Birth control AFTER accutane

    Hey everyone! I need some advice on a situation I’m dealing with! A little back story story is I used to have horrible acne, my whole face was covered! Well I went on accutane for six months and it was a life saver! Of course during my course I was on birth control, since it was required, but after my accutane, I also stopped taking birth control. well it’s now almost a year since I stopped accutane and birth control and my skin is in pretty good shape. Of course I get an occasional breakout, which is annoying but nothing as bad as it was before. Well I just found out I have PCOS, and my doctor is wanting me to go back on birth control to help with this diagnosis. My fear though is that it will cause changes in my hormone and will trigger my acne to come back. has anyone gotten back on birth control after accutane..what is your experience or thoughts.. Should this cause my acne acne to come back, which is my biggest fear, but I also need to get my pcos under control! thank you guys!
  23. Hello, Wanted to ask if before getting accutane prescribed, you had tried birth control as a treatment? I've tried pretty much all other treatments except for that, wondering if accutane will still be prescribed at my upcoming derm appointment even though I have tried BC as treatment before. let me know of your exeperiences Thanks!
  24. So I’ve been taking a generic form of yaz birth control continuously (meaning I take only active pills to not get a period) for a few months, and my skin has been unbelievably clear after a long struggle. Recently I had to take an antibiotic for a UTI. The antibiotic interfered with my birth control and decreased its effectiveness, which I knew because I started bleeding and continued to bleed for almost a week and half. This was about three weeks ago. Since the antibiotic and the bleeding, I have been breaking out again far worse than I am used to, mostly on my chin and the sides of my face. This leads me to believe it is mostly hormonal acne my hormones must still be off from the antibiotic problem. I am still following my regular, rigorous skincare regimen and it does not seem to be helping. Has anyone been through this and have any advice on how to stop it/when it might go back to normal? I’ll appreciate anything
  25. 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!!