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  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. 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!
  4. 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 acne.org 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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?
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. 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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    Before I started taking Yasmin
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    Before I started taking Yasmin
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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!