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    Here goes nothing: So I was put on Ocella in July. And I took that for a little over 2 months. I noticed that whenever my placebo week came around, my skin would instantly clear up. I was so frustrated that I stopped midway through the third pack. I was still breaking out on and off for two weeks after, and so my dermatologist and gynecologist both recommended me to re start the pills for another 3 months. I am on my third week of Ocella, and my skin is even worse than the first time around. I wake up with a new cyst on my face daily. My confidence has taken a knock and my skin is scarring badly. I am really unsure of what to do. I was going to skip the placebos, to help my skin adjust, but now feel as though I should see if the placebo week clears me. I want to quit so bad, does anyone have any similar experiences?

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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?
  3. 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
  4. 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 many pills have you all had to go through to find the right one? Any suggestions?
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. Just started my seventh week on Ocella, and up until this point each week my skin has been getting progressively worse. It has reached the point now where my skin is extremely oily and I am getting a new set of breakouts every day. I'm not sure what to do. My acne had not been this bad in years before this pill. Should I wait it out for three months? I am so scared to stop the pill for fear that it has fucked with my hormones and will make my acne worse.
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. Hi! So I was wondering, what is the difference between spironolactone and birth control? In my case I'm talking about the yasmin birth control. You can also share your experiences if you want Thanks in advance
  13. Hello, I'm 19 and still suffering from hormonal acne. I have tried accutane and different kinds of antibiotics & topical creams but in the end nothing works. My last hope was the yasmin pill since I've discovered that my acne is hormonal. I've almost finished 2 months now, however my skin only got worse till now. It hasn't been this bad for 2 years. Should I still have hope? Does anyone have experience with yasmin pill for hormonal acne, and if so; how many months before you saw a difference?
  14. I started the Yasmin pill on the 26th of April in order to clear my hormonal acne which I only started to develop this year at the age of 22! But look at my poor skin it's only deteriorated, the full face image is when I took my first pill, the other couple of images is today while ending my second pack. I had blood tests and everything was perfect apart from low estrogens so I know it's hormonal. Should I continue to stick it out?! Or change to another pill? How long did it take you to clear your acne on the bcp? I'm losing faith!
  15. Hi, I recently gave birth to my son almost 3 months ago. Before pregnancy and during my teens I always experienced mild acne. Before I was pregnant I came off the cerelle pill and after a few months my acne pretty much cleared up. When I got pregnant my acne remained calm in the first trimester then BAM second trimester and third it got bad and now I’ve had my son it’s worse than ever before. My spots used to clear up after a few days but now they take SOOO LONG to go then I just get more. I’ve tried everything over the counter, 5% benzoyl peroxide, duac, apple cider vinegar. Zinc and vitamins. I eat clean and drink loads of water. I’ve now been on Lucette pill (aka Yasmin) for around 5 weeks and I’ve got acne down my neck which I have NEVER had before. It’s around my mouth chin and cheeks and little on my forehead. I have now ordered the regimen. I feel so down I don’t want to go out or put make up on. It’s effecting my life. My question is... is this hormonal? Do I stick with the Yasmin pill as I’ve not been on it long enough? Do I go on antibiotics as well as the pill? When does postpartum acne calm down? Please help, thank you
  16. Hey guys, I need some skincare advice as I am extremely upset with my complexion. I have always had clear skin up until March this year when I broke out massively, at the age of 22, I am talking twenty plus spots not one or two! Due to having anorexia for six years, I have never really had my periods regularly and I am still having them rather infrequently. I went straight to the doctors and I had blood tests done. My vitamins were all fine and my liver/gut both came back healthy however my estrogen levels and testosterone levels were both low, my estrogen levels being super duper low! So I have a testosterone dominance. I have been prescribed the Yasmin Birth Control Pill and I was told it would bring up my estrogen levels to make them balanced with my testosterone levels, clearing my acne. However, I have been on them for more than a month and my acne has not cleared and is still very persistent. If you have any advice or have been on a birth control for acne please comment below. I had to move back from university for a while as I wouldn't leave my room due to the acne and this has led to my depression returning. I also quit my job as it was very face on face and I just couldn't take it:( I just want to peel my face off. Thanks, Ells Other things I am doing: cut out dairy, eating more fruit and veg, started using Clinique Three Step Blemish Kit (hasn't seemed to help at all), using topical treatment Zineryt nightly (decreases acne by morning but acne will become worse during the course of the day), cut out coffee and soft drinks, drinking water and peppermint tea daily, already vegetarian, wearing non-clonogenic makeup (cut down on using foundation so much), switching pillowcases every few days, taking supplements which contain omega3 and zinc. Ive been doing this since march AND NOOOOOOOOO IMPROVEMENTS!
  17. Two months ago: today: So this girly needs some advice from women who have or are suffering from hormonal acne and have used birth control to control their acne breakouts. Background: I have suffered from anorexia for the last 6 years (since I was 16) and due to this I have never properly had my periods, only the occasional one every now and again. However since maintaining my weight, still low but healthy enough (BMI 15, if that is any help to anyone), I have had a massive hormonal breakout. I am guessing it was hormonal as I broke out a month ago at the same time as I was experiencing blood spotting and my boobs had swelled that week. I went to the doctors and he prescribed me Yasmin as I have been having weak periods every now and again since September last year and he thought this would regulate my periods and help my acne settle down. Now when I say I had a breakout I don't mean 3 or 4 spots on my chin, I am currently sitting here with around 20 spots on my face! I have never had a breakout before only the occasional pimple. I am unsure whether to go on the pill I am worried that it will cause my acne to get worse as it has been slowly getting worse and worse since the breakout in early march. I'm already vegetarian but over the month I have cut down on dairy, I'm drinking more water, taking vitamins, drinking green tea, eating more vegetables, I've been using a topical cream named Zineryt (for the last week) and all has led to no results so far! I'm feeling lost on what to do and I already suffer from body dysmorphia, all I now see when I look in the mirror is a girl covered in spots and I need to find a way out of this mess. I'm extremely distressed, cancelling on friends, hiding away, finding myself skipping university lectures etc. Also, it is making my anorexia hard to deal with again as it keeps telling me to just lose weight so my body won't be able to have the energy to produce the hormones. I DON'T WANT TO RISK EVERYTHING I'VE WORKED SO HARD FOR IN RECOVERY, I know I'd be put back in rehab. So any advice would be very much appreciated! Should I start on birth control? Would that be advisable? What were your experiences? I mean the doctor thinks so but he only chatted with me for five minutes so he doesn't fully understand my situation at all.
  18. Hey guys, so my GP just prescribed me Yasmin for my moderate-severe nodular acne which is on my face, back and chest. Up until about a month ago I was controlling my acne with Retin-A but after 1.5 years of around 80% clear skin my acne came right back I'm not using the Retin-A anymore because I don't see the point in putting up with the side effects if it's not keeping me clear anyway, I was wondering if you're generally supposed to use something topical in conjunction with Yasmin? My GP told me to just use a basic cleanser and non-comedogenic moisturizer so that's what I've been doing, just trying to see what other peoples' experiences are. Thanks!
  19. Hey! I’m hoping to get some advice.. I’ve been on Lymecycline for 4 months and my skin was 95% clear, however I’m now also 10 days into the Lucette pill and my acne has started to come back.. I had the contraceptive implant before which worked ok for me, but made me quite miserable and I hated the fact that I couldn’t control when I took it! I was just wondering if anyone else has had the same effect using Lucette? If so did it get better? And could anyone recommend how long I should stick with it before I go back to the doctors? Last question, is there any other recommendations of a pill which doesn’t cause acne? (I know this is supposed to help it). Thanks in advance! X
  20. 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
  21. 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?
  22. Went to the docs today to change my pill because I’ve noticed my acne began when i started taking it (am currently on ovranette) and it settles on my pill free week. Done some research and a forum on here suggested yasmin to be the best for acne due to the anti-androgen progestin and ovranette to be the worst due to its progestin. Asked my doc for yasmin and instead she has given me marvelon which is categorised as one that doesn’t worsen or treat acne. Has anyone used this pill? Don’t know whether to call back and ask for yasmin or to give it a try
  23. Hi everyone Sorry I havent posted in a while, I have been a bit down! so my skin is not amazing at the moment. In fact, it’s really shit! ok my diet hasnt been amazing, i’ll admit but it hasnt been horrendous at all! Still barely any dairy.. maybe a bit too much sugar but nothing major! I currently have about 6 bad spots! All around my mouth, so my chin, left of mouth and right of mouth. The little ones seem to have gone (fingers crossed). They are very red and angry. I have only been taking Yasmin for 13 days can I really be that so quickly? The Acnecide does help I think to clear it quicker but I don’t think it quite prevents them. Can anyone tell me their experiences of using Yasmin? Will write back with another update... I really hope with positive news! Porsher xx
  24. Hi all face is on the up again which is good! I have a lot less redness and no new spots which is good! The 2 big cyst like spots on my chin are still there but much smaller. One of them has almost gone now it has reduced so much. The other is still there but had a head this morning (sorry to be gross but I popped it) not much came out though so i would imagine it will come up again! My skin doesnt feel that dry I have been using number 7 moisturiser and it’s great i have always loved it. I am also gluten free at the moment which is not that bad actually. That could be helping too! I don’t have a smoothie today so will have to go and get some fruit at lunch instead as I think the fruit and veg really helps. I havent had any side effects from Yasmin yet really... i’m tired and my boobs hurt but that’s about it which I can stand. Hopefully my boobs hurts because they are getting bigger?! Will write back tomorrow Porsher xxx
  25. Did you have an intial breakout on yasmin (birth control pil)? If yes, then how long did it last (so I mean how long did you continue to break out), when did it start and how long did it take for you to get clear, so even for the scarring to start fading. Any tips for managing the breakouts?