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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  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. 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?
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Hi all so...my 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
  9. 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?
  10. Yasmin log for mild-moderate acne

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    After being severely depressed about my face, I finally went back to the doctors to be put on something else. A little history first. I have had acne since I was 12/13. It was worse back then than it is now, which is weird because when I was 12-15 I didn’t care about my acne. It was never “severe” but I still had quite a lot. When I was 14 my mum asked if it bothered me and that I could have it treated. I didn’t care too much and I was like eh why not? And was put in zineryt lotion. That cleared up the majority of my acne, and I was on it for about a year and a half. I still did get some bad break outs though. Around 15/16 they stepped me up with a stronger form of the zineryt. It didn’t improve anymore. I still had acne, not as bad but still present in large amounts enough to bother me. I also was on the contraceptive pill which helped a little, especially with my forehead. This year March I went to the doctors again and they gave me lymecycline and benzoyl peroxide. It did nothing. I was on it for 6-7 Months and my skin is still the same. So a few days ago (I’m now 17) , I went back and they were shocked that it didn’t work considering my acne “could be worse”. So the doctor gave me the Yasmin option along with duac gel. I am currently on my 2nd day for the first pack and will be logging my progress down below Day 2: large spot on jawline has gone down, less painful too. Closed comedones on right jawline are healed, just scarring left. Spots next to eyebrows are still healing, just scabs now and dry skin on cheeks. My mum said my face is less red in affected areas and looks as if it is healing
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    This is 9 months into taking Yasmin. Please excuse my zero makeup face.
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  14. Hi everyone, Firstly let me say thank you for taking the time to read this. I'm seeing a really expensive derm in the hope of curing long standing adult acne. Recently, I sent this email to her and thought I would copy it in here to see if any of you could offer any insight. I understand how painful adult acne can be and wondered if any of you had had a similar experience or could offer any advice. Hello, That's fine thank you. I understand this a really long query but obviously you understand it is a risky medication and I would be grateful if you could help me with my concerns. I'm going to leave off taking the tablet for today until I hear back from you. So, I've been taking roaccutane for about 1-2 weeks. My skin has suffered an initial breakout. This hasn't happened before on roaccutane but that's fine, I had known this would happen. However, additionally, I've had an increase in anxiety and some headaches. Yesterday, I went to bed early as my head did feel quite heavy but when I woke up I was fine. I've had a feeling of what can only be described as pressure in my head for the last several days. I also experience a tightness in my chest and panicked feelings but normally only when I start to worry about taking the medication. I think this is because this is my third time taking the medication and I'm starting to worry about encountering long-term serious side effects. I did some of my own research online and read that headaches and "pressure" in the head, akin to what I've been experiencing, could be indicative of pressure in the brain which would lead to long term damage to sight. I had read an account of a girl whose retina (or attachments in the back of her eye, it was something like this) had detached and she had gone blind in that eye. I've also experienced some joint pain but I've taking calcium osteoporosis supplements as well and they seem to relieve the pain. In this respect, I am worried about osteoporosis as I am quite an active person. I sometimes cycle over an hour and a half around London & go to fitness classes at the gym. I did explain to the Professor that this was my third time taking it but I've provided some details below about the previous times I've taken the medication. Does taking it a third time increase my risk of long-term side effects and is the fact that I've had to take it a third time indicative of how it's not working long-term for me and I should try other medication? (2014- 15: 5mg building up to 20mg for 6-12 months with an odd couple of months after treatment when the acne came back.) (2016- 2-4 months on 40mg building up to 60mg where I did experience some anxiety in the beginning but this soon went away within the first week.) I should have explained this to the professor but basically my acne isn't random, it does have some triggers but they seem to be the majority of things; -makeup -sun -alcohol -excess of sugar -excess of carbs or unhealthy food -excess of dairy -any hormonal changes big or small (except just after a period where the acne improves) -stress If I avoid all of the above, I'd have mild acne as opposed to moderate but it would be embarrassing as I wouldn't be able to cover it up with makeup as that would cause it to worsen. Hormones in particular appear to be a massive trigger as stress causes it to get very bad and the first time I went on roaccutane was due to having come of the birth control pill. The reaction to the withdrawal of hormones made the acne become "severe" with scarring. However, I tried to go back on birth control a couple years later (Yasmin) as an alternative to accutane but within 1 week my face was covered with moderate pustular, comodonous (sorry I'm spelling that wrong), and some cystic acne. It was very painful to touch it. I had been having a mild breakout so I don't know if it had a roaccutane like effect, suppressing the oil and therefore causing everything to come to the service. I wonder if this would be a potential option again or it would be worsening the problem. The pic of my face after yasmin 2 weeks. The professor said she didn't think the acne was hormonal and I just wanted to know why she thought that was? I'm really sorry for the length of the email but I thought I'd let you know all of the facts. Hope you understand and please let me know what you think. Best, Jess ----- If anyone can offer any advice this would be really helpful as I've been waiting several days for my derm to reply so I doubt she thinks it's that serious or is perhaps too busy.
  15. I've been dealing with progressively worsening acne for about a year now. I'll get the occasional blemish on my forehead, but there's always a clump on both of my cheeks. It's always worse on the right cheek, not sure if that's a factor but I thought I'd mention it. I'm at the point in my acne journey where I've tried everything. Essential Oils, Natural Remedies, Skincare Products, Weekly $100 Facials, EVERYTHING, yet nothing has helped. I'm wondering if there's potentially a hormonal imbalance? My mom suffered from severe acne, as well as my older brother. Has birth control helped anybody in similar situations? If so, which ones? I read the best are Yasmine, Yaz, Ortho Cyclen and Diane-35, any particular ones you'd recommend? Or any other suggestions,- honestly, I have no idea what to do at this point.
  16. Hi im a 17 year old girl and ive had acne for the past 4 years but ive been getting spots since ive been 11. Its the usual story, ive tried everything including zinteryt, benzoyl peroxide, duac, lymecycline, tetracyline ( been on antibiotics for the past 2 years) and also differin cream and 3 types of birth control. My acne was never on my cheeks until i started using birth control and now its only gotten progressively worse. Ive tries microgynon which gave me headaches, the implant which made things much worse and im on gedarel ( same as marvellon) for 4MONTHS NOW. So i dont know if i can still consider this a inital breakout. my skin got much better in month 3 and now month 4 it seems to have started again my gp was suppose to refer me to a dermatologist because i want accutane but its been 2 months and the letter hasnt come though and things are getting much worse, idk how to hold on im getting so depressed and even missing school when my exams are coming up, please help!
  17. Hi all, I have suffered from acne on and off since I was a young teen, and I am now nearly 25. Over the years I have tried a lot of products. In my teens benzoyl peroxide worked wonders, but as I've got older it wrinkles my face if it comes near it. I also have a patch of excema which I believe is from years of BP. I have also been on and off birth control since I was 16, most recently lucette which I believe is similar to Yasmin. I had a 6 month break from the pill and my skin was BEAUTIFUL...but after a 2 month 'where's my period?!' Pregnancy scare I went back on it. I have also also in the past tried Isotrex gel (did nothing) and lymecycline (quite good, but not long term). For the last 3 months since, I have been breaking out horribly, on my cheeks, chin and upper lip. I have been using cetaphil gentle cleanser for sensitive skin, which is amazing!! But felt I needed some extra help. I tried skinoren, which made me oily, so went on the Internet and found skn clinic. I purchased a cleanser and spot treatment which i have used every evening for a week. My skin is worse!!! Red, with lots of new little spots on my chin. The products contained glycolic and salicilic acid. I'm at the end of my tether!! My skin is so dry and red.....I have made an appointment with my GP for a weeks time, but I think I've exhausted all options. Any cream seams to just make me sore!! Help and advice needed please
  18. So I've been reading all sorts, and decided to come on here to see if anyone has been in a similar position! so about 7-ish months ago, I got diagnosed with pcos. I have had acne since 13 (19 now) which has shifted from mild/moderate/severe. Since being diagnosed with pcos, I very rarely get anything active on my forehead, everything is mostly on my cheeks/jaw/sometimes chin, so I am pretty confident my acne is purely hormonal (i'd also like to note that I haven't eaten dairy in over a year which has helped clear some of my acne, but not helped completely). Anyway, I'm thinking of going on Yasmin birth control pill to help my skin, but I'm worried at the amount of people saying their skin got worse and they suffered bad side effects. I've already had that fate with roaccutane! I have events and special occasions coming up in the next few months as well as school and work 7 days week. This is why I really really do not want the pill making my skin worse if I were to try it because I know I won't want to leave the house I did actually try this pill when I was about 14/15, but saw no changes however my lifestyle and diet were different and I didn't have pcos. has anyone had experiences of taking Yasmin for the same reason and can share their side effects and how long their skin took to clear? thank you!! ps. I Don't have irregular periods which is odd for someone with pcos, I'd be taking the pill just for my skin.
  19. yasmin!!!

    Forums Prescription acne medications 1 reply

    had to share!!!! anyone who is struggling with hormonal adult acne...try Yasmin!! I've been on it now for nearly 8 months & it has really made my life with acne easier! Although it hasn't cured it completely and I do still use bp at night it is way easier to deal with! I strongly urge anyone who is as down about it as I was to try it...at one point it even made me feel suicidal...it takes a good few months to work and does get abit worse in the beginning but one once it starts working is worth it. Good luck, and hugs to anyone feeling low. Xxx
  20. acne after stopping birth control

    Forums Hormonal acne 1 reply

    I am desperately seeking out success stories from people who have dealt with acne after stopping birth control! I'm 22 and was on Yasmin for about 5 years. I went off it 7 months ago due to the risk of stroke. I immediately started breaking out although I have never in my life had issues with acne. It has gotten worse in the past 3 months & I seem to get new pimples every day. I'm starting to lose hope & going back on birth control is not an option for me. I really would like to hear stories from people who have had a similar experience! Especially those who feel their acne is clearing or cleared. thank you!
  21. Skin friendly pill

    Forums Hormonal acne

    Advice required please! I stopped taking Yasmin 6 months ago as I felt it made no difference to my skin. Since, my skin has been lovely, pretty clear with the off spot. No problem! However in the last month I've started breaking out, particularly around my jaw, not somewhere I usually get spots! I'm considering going back on the pill as my periods have also been all over the place! Any suggestions for a skin friendly pill?
  22. stopping benzoyl peroxide

    Forums General acne discussion 4 replies

    Hi! Really would like some advice, I've been using benzoyl peroxide for the past to years...ive also been on Yasmin for 6 months....really would like to stop bp at this point ...im sick of how it feels at night ...whats the best way to reduce it ...ive started using boots tea tree night treatment gel instead...whats others experiencers of stopping/reducing Bp...is making me really anxious and confused of what to do....thank you, love to you all
  23. Hi Guys Thoughts encouraged My dermotologist says my next step is Roaccutane however I have reservations (naturally). I've had bad skin since my young teens, tried most topical and oral antibiotics under the sun. Contraceptive pills as well. At 17 I went on Dianette and stayed on it until 22 and a bit years with incredible success. Still occasional spot but it was a god send and made me have confidence at Univeristy and Travelling. However my blood pressure rose and rose on it gradually (bought my own monitor), to the point where I was on High Blood pressure tablets in my last year of taking it at 22 and dianette at same time (convinced my GP it was up to me to take the the risk) but on 5mg and dianette my bp didnt drop so eventually they insisted i came off. Then within 2 months off dianette and still on bp tablets my blood pressure was so low it confirmed that dianette caused my hbp. As you can imagine my acne returned with a vengence gradually. Cysts under the skin white heads, blackheads like before. But GPs wont let me touch yasmin or dianette. Ive tried cilest, microgoyen (sp) and others to no avail before Dianette days. It's hard because contraceptives are basically a no go for me. The copper coil causes heavy periods with no control over timing plus more pain (already heavy ish). The implant and other coil ive been told will 99% cause my skin to worse. Combined contraceptives will spike my BP and other progestrogene only contraceptives will worsen my acne and lets be honest condom sucks. I'm now 24 and have a very patient boyfriend whilst I experiment with more acne treatments and stick to condoms. Currently on 0.1% differin, 3% Duac and Tetralysal capsules, have been since November. Ive seen improvement but no miracles and have been warned as soon as I stop tetralysal it might come back. Still get some spots about 1 new one a day that last 3 days each, now mainly jawline, chin, below mouth and along cheekbone. I have polycystic ovaries hence Dianette being great and wear contact lenses hence putting off Roaccutane for so long and the fear that as well as using condoms Roaccutane dries everything up... (is this true??) Im contemplating a lose dose pill loestrin instead of Roaccutane as I miss a regular period and enjoyable sex and quite frankly feel like its a losing battle 9 years in. Any Roaccutane takers, or post Dianette gurus? Or Loestrin lovers out there able to help? thanks xxx
  24. YASMIN

    Forums Prescription acne medications

    hI all, ide like to know some of your experiences on yasmin....im at the end of month 5...my skin has improved buy i do still get some pimples...so it hasnt gone completely....im also feeling very tearful and upset when i get to the end of the pills before it stops for a week...i never had there kind of emotional problems before around the time of periods i just got on with it. i do suffer with anxiety and depression with also gets worse when i worry about my skin,,,,im not sure if these feelings will get worse or pass...please share some of your experiences....thankss xxx
  25. In short: 1) Changed skin routine dramatically 2) Stopped using Yasmin and any contraception In a bit more detail: 1) I tried a whole range of different products, I was using toners, moisturisers, cleansers, spot treatments and expensive ones at that. I got rid of them all and just started using one product: Garnier Pure Active Charcoal Scrub. Morning and Night. It has worked wonders. I worked out that excessive sebum (aka very oily skin) was what was causing my acne. The product contains salicylic acid and charcoal which eliminates the oil from your face. With continued use (in my case 2.5 months now) it has kept my skin less oily except for certain times in my menstrual cycle. Before my acne was accross my forehead, red raw around my chin/jawline and occasionally on my cheeks. Now I will get the odd spot maybe once a week. My scars are also improving by the day and because they are not just being replaced by new spots it looks far better. 2) Yasmin made my issues ten times worse. Since coming off it and all other contraception my moods and emotions have levelled out and my skin has improved dramatically day after day. My advice based on experience: Simplify your skin routine. If you have oily skin, use an exfoliator daily. Give a product a 2 month trial. Keep your face clean. Quit hormonal contraception if possible! I hope this helps some people.