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  1. Hi! So I was on Gianvi (generic of Yaz) for almost a year and my skin was looking great. Still a few breakouts here and there. Then my pharmacy switched me to a different generic of Yaz. It didn't have a name, it was just labeled "Drospirenone Ethynil Estradiol" by the brand Glenmark. Even though it was the same hormone, within the first week of using it it gave me a minor break out. My skin was much more oily and my pores were very clogged for the whole month. Then, around my period it got worse. I figured if I switched back to Gianvi after finishing that pack it would go back to normal. For the majority of the month it was okay, but I did get a few cysts here and there (I assumed it was because I was taking sudafed, which I read could cause acne). Then the week before my period, my pores got very clogged, skin was super oily, and now, about 3 days before my period, I have 4 cysts on my chin, one on my cheek, and one coming in on my forehead. Does anyone have experience with switching generic brands of birth control, and if so, did it affect your skin like this? Is this just another initial breakout of switching birth controls, even though it is the same hormone? How long do you think it will take my skin to adjust back to normal? Or do you think I should just get off the birth control all together and try a different method? Wouldn't be opposed to trying something new, just would hate to have to go through another 3-4 month initial breakout TIA for anything you have to offer!!!
  2. My skin is worse... I wake up with around 2 cysts every day and they are leaving behind brutal scarring that can't be covered with makeup. I have also noticed smaller closed comedones popping up everywhere. It doesn't help that I am so stressed about this. I am really unsure of what to do... I am scared that my hormones have been permanently fucked from stopping mid pack and taking a break. I see my dermatologist in 6 weeks...which is a lot of time for things to either improve or worsen. I feel like it might head for the latter though. I have no self confidence. Anyone gone through something similar?
  3. So a year ago I started taking Spironolactone 100mg and Birth control. I had really oily skin, VERY oily, and my acne was hormonal, around the jaw, cheeks and my chin. It took about four months for me to see results. I have had nice clear skin for about 6 months and the oil isn't there anymore and I don't even have to was my hair all the time because i have a less oily scalp. Well all of a sudden this week my hair and face got super oily again and i got one cystic pimple on my chin. I was so happy before, because i had nice skin and literally all of sudden this happened. So I don't know if i need a stronger dose of spironolactone or what, but It just really upset me this week. Any help would be appreciated
  4. I AM SO CONFUSED

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    Long Story: Bare With I started taking Yasmin a few months ago. I noticed that I broke out during the active pills and cleared up during the placebos. I was so frustrated that I went of the pill mid week in the third pack, and while things seemed okay, I started to breakout again. Two weeks later, My gynecologist and dermatologist both recommend that I go back on the pill and wait another 3 months. Its only 1.5 weeks in and I'm breaking out more than I was on the pill previously. I wake up with 3/4 new cysts daily and they won't seem to go away! I keep noticing these small almost like little blackheads forming underneath my skin, and they keep pushing up and causing pimples. I know this is the Yasmin because its never happened before. I'm not sure what to do? Is this normal? Anyone have a similar experience with Yasmin?
  5. So I've been on the pill, being Ortho Tri-Cyclen a combo of progestin and estrogen, for just about 3 months now (I'm in the middle of my third week) and my skin was doing a lot better than my pre-pill skin. I was getting less extreme breakouts and not as often. However, out of the blue I broke out in two painful blind pimples, one on the start of my eyebrow and one on my chin! Not long after, my forehead (which was my main area of my face with acne previously) started to breakout more than normal! Any ideas on why this could be? My diet hasn't been the greatest but ever since going on the pill, my diet has not had any effect on my skin so why would it now? I did miss the pill by accident a week ago but I doubled up the next day to fix it. And i have been thrown off my usual scheduled time to take the pill (usually I take it around 3pm, recently it's been 4-5pm due to work). Please if anyone had any ideas as to why this is?? This surprise breakout has thrown me down a hole of low self-confidence again :((
  6. I'm basically at the end of my rope now, and I need advice. I've seen so many doctors for my horrible cystic acne, and I'm so frustrated that every one of them wants to just put me on a pill and not look at what's causing my acne. I feel so alone in this struggle. If my story sounds like yours, please just take a minute to help me out. I started out with mild acne when I was about 13 and used acne treatments like Proactiv. But that began to not be enough, and I went to the dermatologist, who quickly put me on amoxicillin and a million topical treatments I can't even remember. My skin did well on that, but as soon as I went off the antibiotic, my acne came back a bit worse. My doctor then put me on a host of other antibiotics. I was put on Solodyn, which worked until it made me break out in a bad rash. I was then switched over to doxycycline, which ended the same way. All this time, I'd been hesitant to try Accutane or birth control, since they seemed so invasive. So I went back on amoxicillin for some time, but when I went off of it, this terrible, terrible cystic acne reared its ugly head, and my face is still scarred from it. I'd have a dozen red, painful, inflamed cysts covering my T zone. I'm convinced it was the overuse of the antibiotics that caused it. I've had to take ibuprofen some days because it's so painful. I've had to go to the doctor because my acne has caused my lymph nodes to swell up, causing me to go on more antibiotics. I've had problems with anxiety, feeling like I want no one to see me, because of my acne. Finally, I'd had enough. I'd heard so many success stories about Accutane that I stopped fighting it and went on it. Within the first couple of weeks, I had horrible pain in my hip. And one morning, I woke up to find my lips swollen to twice their normal size. I immediately went off Accutane. After that, I lost total confidence in the doctors I'd been seeing. I wanted someone to look at all my symptoms, not just my acne. I stopped seeing the dermatologist, went off my harsh topicals like Tazorac and Acanya. I think my body was so overloaded with chemicals that it was fighting me. And this actually helped somewhat, though I still get two or three cysts a month. I've tried natural treatments like probiotics and garlic and even spearmint tea, which help to some extent. I'm better, but I want a cure. I want to stop worrying about whether I'll break out before a wedding or a social function. I want to be able to go makeup free and feel good about myself. So now I'm at a crossroads, and I don't know where to go. I have other symptoms that scream PCOS, like irregular periods and hirsutism. But I've had ultrasounds and blood tests and the works, and the doctors have been giving me a clean bill of health, leaving me feeling like there's something wrong, but no one can find it. Should I try natural supplements? Birth control? Acupuncture? If you're out there listening, I'd sure appreciate your help. I'm desperate.
  7. Hi, I've been on Yasmin (birth control) for 6 months now. And I notice that I always break out around my placebo week. My GA told me that skipping my placebo week would solve the problem. My fear is that it will aggravate it even more since there is no week for everything underneath my skin to come out (if that makes sense?). Also sooner or later I have to take a placebo week, so won't I have acne anyways? If anyone have experience with skipping your ''period'' week on birth control. Did it make your acne worse? better? the same? Even if you're in the same situation as me please share whether it's normal to still break out on birth control and what I can do. Thank you so much in advance
  8. I’ve been off Accutane for 8 months with no hiccups or anything. I was used to tiny pimples that would appear once in a while and disappear the next day. However, recently I’ve started breaking out heavily again from before. I believe I am relasping as my acne from my body is back as well. Now my friend reccommended I try birth control since that was never an option my dermatologist gave me during our trial and error of acne medications. Is it wiser for me to go back on accutane?
  9. Hi everyone! So basically the first birth control I ever took was Levlen but I had to stop that within two weeks because it gave me severe stomach issues. Then my doc prescribed Microgestin Fe 1/20. At first it worked like a charm. My skin totally cleared within the first month! I noticed that as each month went by, I would break out a little more before my period, but nothing ever like I used to get... until 4 months in when I got a full blown cystic acne breakout and I was advised to stop. My dermatologist switched me to Ocella and that gave me horrible cystic breakouts. I noticed that every time placebo week hit my skin cleared up and so I finally stopped. I'm still recovering from a horrible breakout from that pill and my skin is still having smaller breakouts. I feel so discouraged! I feel like my skin can clear on birth control because I had decent luck the first few months on Microgestin...how many pills have you all had to go through to find the right one? Any suggestions?
  10. Hello all, I had another derm. visit today and they told me they want to put me on accutane. i was almost in tears because honestly, I don’t think my acne is severe enough for it. I’ve only tried Aczone, benzoyl peroxide (which irritates my skin like crazy) me Retin-A. If you read my other post, you know that I am currently taking Ortho Tri Cyclen-Lo. It’s been almost 3 months and I have basically seen 0 improvement. so, I would much rather try another birth control pill like sprintec or the regular Ortho Tri Cyclen. I’m not necessarily scared to go on accutane, I just thought it was a last resort. I have attached a picture of my skin so you can see how severe (or not) my acne is. It is all on the sides of my chin, the rest of my face is completely clear. This isn’t extremely hard for me to post, a ive never really come into acceptance of my acne and felt comfortable sharing(or even taking) photos of my face. If anyone went/is going through a similar experience please please let me know what helped. Thanks a bunch.
  11. Clear Skin on Placebo Week?

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    I switched to Ocella about two months ago and since the third week on the pill, I have seen an increase in the amount and severity of my breakouts. I have never experienced an IB on bc before. I skipped my placebo pills during the first month, and now I am noticing that on the placebo pills this month my skin is really starting to clear up. I went from breaking out every day, to literally nothing at all. Should I stay on this pill for another month, or is this a sign I may need to stop?
  12. Hi, First of all I want to thank any input, I really need to gather information / thoughts so I would really appreciatie that. My dermatologist doesn't do anything for me. I was planning on switching but that is going to take too long and I have an appointment in about 2 weeks. So I wanted to prepare myself and instead of expecting anything from my dermatologist, come up with my own plan. Little story (*You can skip*) I've had acne for years, tried antibiotic and topicial. I did a round of accutane for 6 months, cleared me up for around a year. However I still suffer from acne. Here's my full backstory: SO, ACCUTANE FOR POSSIBLE HORMONAL ACNE? I've been on Yasmin (birth control) for 5 months now, at first I had a bad breakout but then my skin got to where it was at the first place: moderate persistent breakouts but sometimes bad pustules, whiteheads, cystic acne... Now after 5 months I've discovered the following: A strip of birth control has 3 weeks, the fourth week is the placebo week. I always have clear skin the first 2 weeks but when the placebo week comes near my skin breaks out really really bad for around 2 weeks. The following weeks I have to deal with the scars mentally and psychically, it's a never ending cycle. It gets bad and I'm assuming those 2 weeks are when I won't even show up at university. You can imagine that it really bothers me. I'm not sure why this is happening even tho I'm on birth control, but I know now that it's something probably hormone related however can't be completely treated by birth control. (Please correct me if it doesn't make sense what I'm saying) So at first my opinion regarding a second round of accutane was a big NO, however seeing that this has been going on for months I'm willing to try it again. I even went paleo and had a clean diet in the meantime. Do you think a second round of accutane would do anything in my case? (since my acne may be hormonal, even though birth control didn't get rid it of). Maybe a lower dose? Or should I try a higher dose since the first round probably wasn't enough. I'm really torn, does anyone have an input perhaps? Thank you in advance. * I thought about going on spirolacton but in my country it's 'against' the laws and can't be used for acne. Sure, I could try and find a dermatologist. But mentally the risk that spiro won't work after months isn't worth it. I'd rather have more side effects but have more certainty. Even though accutane can fail, even if it's a second time. ** PICTURE of how my acne starts before I get to my placebo week. I thought it was perioral dermatitis at first but it always happens at a certain time. This was just the beginning, trust me. A week later I got really bad cysts and pustules all over my face. I don't have a picture of that right now, I'll insert it later.
  13. Yasmin is making me oily?

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    I'm on Ocella (generic form of Yasmin) and have been taking it for the past 6 weeks in an attempt to clear up my period breakouts. I've noticed that in month 2 my skin has gotten a lot more oily, resulting in white heads, clogged pores, and a few cysts of week. I am aware I need to wait it out- but has this happened to anyone before? I knew my skin would get worse, but I didn't think it could get even more oily!
  14. Hi, First of all, a small rant: My first year of university starts in about 2 weeks and it sucks that after years of being insecure I still have to deal with this. I'm even considering not going at all, because when I get bad breakout I'm not able to go outside anyways. Backstory: I'm 19 years old (female) and I've had acne for years since I was 14. I've tried topical creams, antibiotics, peelings and even a whole 6 month roaccutane cure. Nothing helped in the end. Okay so I've been on the Yasmin pill (birth contol, generic) for 4 months now. The initial breakout was horrible and lasted for 2 whole months, it's a wonder that I got my diploma at all. At first I thought it was getting better but I'm in my placebo week and once again I'm still getting the worst chin breakouts (yes it happened before this week) and also between my eyebrows. Like really bad, I can't go outside. Just as bad as before I started the pill. So now I'm even regretting starting birth control since it feels like I just added scars from the initial breakout for nothing (mentally and physically). Does anyone have an opinion or did anyone go through something similar?? My doctor told me to wait for 4 months so I did, should I conclude that it doesn't work or give it some time once again? It really feels like a hopeless case and I don't know what I'm doing wrong or should be doing
  15. PLEASE PLEASE I started Ocella about six weeks ago and since my last cycle my skin has been hell- it has been getting progressively worse. My skin is so much more oily that in usually is, resulting in small white heads all around my face. Normally, I only get cystic pimples right before my period and now they are popping up randomly and weekly. I am losing hope - my skin has not looked this bad in a long time. I have been canceling plans with friends because I am so insecure I really do not know what to do.
  16. Hello everybody, I'm an 18 year old female who is currently on depo-provera. My skin is normally oily, acne-prone, and sensitive, but recently I've dried it out completely by overusing benzoyl-peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. My room was very hot at night until I got an air conditioner, so I was sweating a lot in my sleep. I would wake up to 30+ pimples; most were tiny and cluttered all over my face, but I had about 5 painful, cystic ones along my jawline. I was too impatient/fidgety with my skin and wanted instant results, so I overused products. My chin, nose area, and jawline is extremely dry now. I've laid off the products; I only use Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash twice a day (in the morning I use less), and to moisturise I use Pond's Dry Skin Cream. I've also been exfoliating twice a day using St. Ives Gentle Oatmeal Scrub/Mask. I think my acne is actually improving. I don't pick my skin!! The skin dryness is the problem. You could not believe the hell I went through trying to choose a facial moisturiser. I tried Neutrogena Grapefruit Acne Moisturiser, but it burned and dried. I tried Neutrogena Deep Moisture Day Cream, but it also burned me! I knew the burning was due to my skin's recent abuse, but I NEEDED a moisturiser or else my face would hurt too bad from the peeling. In the end, I chose Pond's. However, my skin has yet to recover from the acne treatment abuse. After I moisturise in the morning, my skin is dry and flaking again in 30 min. so I reapply. The greasy feeling is better than the pain/stiffness of my jawline. It's dried out again completely by evening. I also suffer from hyper pigmentation, where the redness/bump from previous acne doesn't fade (at least not very fast). My neck/chest have been getting tiny pimples every now and then, too. I know that my acne is likely a combination of environment/hormones/genetics (my dad has moderate acne and he told me that his skin is very sensitive to stress). I plan to stop the depo-provera shot (it can cause acne) and start the pill again. Here's everything personal about me that could affect my skin: - I suffer mildly from anxiety/depression -I try to stay away from dairy/refined sugar (if I do eat it, it's in moderation) -I eat healthy foods for skin, like berries and dark greens -Sometimes I use black tea bags as a redness spot treatment and drink the tea for the antioxidants - I drink lots of water Bottom line: Please tell me how to fix my skin's moisture, I 100% prefer my oily skin to this dry skin. When I have the money, I plan to incorporate more products (toners, serums, masks) into my routine. Also, it feels as though my breakout is never ending. Although I don't wake up to 30+ pimples anymore, there's plenty of bumps and new pimples replacing old ones. Any advice would be appreciated.
  17. I'm 19 and I have been battling acne for the past five years or so. Like most my skin dips up and down constantly, some years are worse than others. This past year I had a flare up, and so I went back to Retin-A. While that did help my skin a lot, I was still left with pretty tough and extreme breakouts right before my period. In an effort to combat this, my doctor suggested Birth Control. Took Levlen for a month and that screwed up my stomach so I stopped. Then I started Microgestin Fe 1/20, which at first was a godsend. By month three, I was having an extreme cystic breakout and had to stop. SO naturally I schedule an appointment with both my dermatologist and OB/GYN. OB suggested I switch to Ocella, which is a generic form of Yasmin. My dermatologist enthusiastically agreed with this choice, she also switched me to 0.1% Tazorac and 4% Hydroquinone to combat acne scars. I want to blog my journey - because I want to finally overcome my acne once and for all.
  18. I'm on my sixth week of Ocella and my skin is suffering from weird under the skin bumps and some of the most painful cysts I have ever had. I was originally put on Ocella to help my skin. I typically break out around a week before my period, and then the breakout begins to heal as soon as I start bleeding. My morale is so low. I feel like I am losing hope. I am not sure If I can finish three whole months on this for it to not work. What were your experiences on Ocella, especially during the first few months?
  19. Hello everyone! I started my fourth pack of Loryna birth control exactly a week ago and have noticed a great amount of improvements in my skin. As mentioned previously in my other posts, I had a terrible initial breakout after starting the BC. Sadly, I took the pills solely to get rid of my cystic hormonal acne so it is unfortunate that my face reacted so terribly. I am glad, however, that it has completely gotten rid of my original acne and the acne from the initial breakout period. The only thing left to do is to lighten the post inflammatory erythema (PIE for short). The scarring is pretty bad—what are some ways to speed up the removal process? I just starting using Vitamin C serum so I'm hoping that'll do the trick. The first photo was from a little over a month after starting the birth control, the second is from almost a month ago, and the third is from last week. The first picture wasn't even when my acne was at its worst (hard to believe, right?). Regardless of the scarring, I'm really happy that my skin is starting to get better.
  20. I've always struggled with hormonal acne along my jaw, having at least one along that area at all times. I've been on birth control (min ovral) for about 2 months now and my acne around that area has gotten really bad. I wake up with 2-3 new painful cysts on my jaw every day now. I don't know if this is still the initial breakout from starting the pill or if the pill is just worsening it all together. At what point can I expect my acne to get better?
  21. So yesterday I was prescribed the specific Tri Lo Marzia Birth Control pill for my acne. The nurse told me this pill helps really well with acne and her experience but before it clears up your, the acne gets worse. My acne is already pretty bad and I do not want to worst acne than what I have now. Are there any other methods to get rid of acne without it getting worse before gets better? I’m way too nervous to take this pill because I start school in two weeks and I don’t want to have huge breakouts on my face. One of the common main side effects of this pill is acne and that’s what I’m worried about. Does anyone have experience with this birth-control pill and can give me some advice,
  22. Hello! It has been awhile since I have posted here. My acne, for the most part, has been manageable for the last couple of years but in recent months has become quite bad again, so I am looking for some insight. Here is some background: I am currently taking a generic brand of Ortho Tri-Cyclen for acne treatment as well as my method of birth control. I have been taking this for about 3-4 years. It was sort of my last resort before going on Accutane/Isotretinoin. I started on it around age 16 (I am 20 now), and initially saw some great results. Prior to the pill, I had moderate to severe acne with some cystic acne flare-ups from time to time. For about 3 years, I never had a cystic pimple again. Mostly whiteheads and small red bumps, localized mainly on the cheeks. Overall, much more manageable and less destructive to my self-esteem. I finished high school with a pretty clear face - yay! For maybe the last 6 months or so, I've noticed things progressively getting worse again. This is also about the same time I started working third shift (11pm-7am) - I have heard this might be partially to blame. Cystic pimples every now and then, bigger and more persistent breakouts that have spread to other spots on my face. Definitely transitioning from mild-moderate to moderate-severe. Now, my face is the worst it has looked in years. White heads and bumps EVERYWHERE, including cheeks, jaw, forehead, eyebrows, lip/chin area, etc. 3 giant, ridiculously painful cysts have finally healed on my cheeks but I feel more coming. Also, for the first time I skipped the placebo pack of pills the last week of June for a wedding. For the entirety of July, my skin has been so painful and inflamed and I have seen new pimples surfacing every day. My question is - can missing that one period trigger such an intense breakout or is something else probably going on here? Has anyone else experienced this? Is it unusual for a birth control to stop working as effectively for acne treatment? I don't know if it is because of the birth control, my current work hours, stress, diet, or a culmination of all, but if this persists I will be tempted to go on Accutane and I really would like to avoid that. I have tried many topicals, Minocycline, and Doxycycline. Any input or thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.
  23. So I have been using the regimen for almost a year now and my skin has finally cleared up. I have recently decided to start birth control as a form of protection, however, I am really worried that my skin will go back to how it was. I was prescribed Tri-sprintec. If anyone of you have tried that brand and have advice that would be great or any birth control and have advice and opinions I’d love to hear it!
  24. Hey guys. I had my breaking point with my skin around 10 days ago where I had a total melt down when looking in the mirror. I went off to the doctor who rxed me 10mg of Roaccutane. I’ve had a crazy IB, my skin is actually swollen, red and full of sore cystic acne. Does anyone have any positive stories of how long the ib took to disappear? Feeling like this is making me Look so much worse.
  25. Hello, after looking at multiple threads I realized I should start my own. I’m a 15 y/o female (USA) and have been struggling with moderate to severe acne on and off since for 4 years. I originally tried Epiduo, but a few months ago that stoped working. My derm perscribed edpiduo forte, but that dried and irritated my skin. She then had me try differin gel. After 3 months and no results I went in again. She perscribed doxy, aczone, and clindamycin gel. It’s been six weeks since then, and if anything my acne has gotten worse. I’m breaking out on my cheeks and chin/jaw for the first time. Additionally, the cysts around my temples are scarring. Long story short, what is the “next step”. Is it too early to ask for accutane?