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  1. I used spirolactone and it didn't work very well for me. Have you tried a birth control?
  2. Sorry you have been going through this! I've been using Yasmin for about 1 year + 0.05 Retin A for about 6 months now and my skin is clear than never. Curiously, my skin only got 100% better when I added the Retin A (with the pill alone, I only got rid of cystic acne, but was still getting oily skin and small pimples). I really think that, when it comes to acne, a combo treatment is important: birth control and a topical cream. I already tried some vitamins and diets before for 3 years with n
  3. Hi, Jennifer! I'm sorry you are facing some problems with oil production, but I think it's a natural process of your skin. How old are you? Younger than 25, I guess? So, I think it's pretty normal to have some ups and downs even if you're taking birth control pills. One thing I really recommend is to use a topical help to control the oil production. I've been using Retin A (0.05) for about 6 months with amazing improvements now. Not only the oil is in control, but my skin texture feels great.
  4. Here in my country you can find Retin-A on drugstores without the need of a prescription. I'm currently on my 4th month using this product and have to say my face is so much better now. I'm using the 0.025 formula and in the beginning it was a little difficult the handle all the peeling and dry face, but it's worth in the end. If you have any question about the product, feel free to ask me. Lol, doctors are the most adorable people in this world!! Such charming creatures.
  5. I'm on the same boat! I have PCOS and my testosterone levels were so high, that my doctor told me I could be a teenager boy, lol. Have you ever used Retin-A? It's the best topical treatment for acne in my opinion. That and benzoyl peroxide, as Jennifer pointed out. Might help you control your cysts until the bc kicks in.
  6. Yaz is a great birth control! However, if your acne is not improving after 3-4 months, try to switch to Yasmin, since it has more estrogen (I don't think uping the dose of spiro will work in this case). Yasmin really did the trick for me! Sometimes our body needs more estrogen rather than more anti-androgens.
  7. Acne is basically a hormonal problem, so until you don't solve this, your acne will not go away. I think the best thing you can do is to see a dermatologist and ask for a skin regimen that will actually work for you. I know it's frustrating to read that and we want an online solution, but I can speak for myself. My acne issue only resolved when I went to see a doctor -- you can try a lot of products, ask people here on the forums, but only a professional will know what to do, really! Good luc
  8. Hi there! NuvaRing contains etonogestrel, which has high androgenic activity. If you already had problems with acne, I wouldn't suggest you to keep using the ring. You can try other birth control pills, such as Yaz, Yasmin or Diane, which won't make your acne worse and will help with the excess of androgens in your body.
  9. Well, triphasic pills usually make acne worse in women who already have this problem because your hormones fluctuate more. I would suggest you to try Ortho Cyclen or Yasmin, since the pills have the same dosage of estrogen and progesterone.
  10. I'm currently taking the generic form of a birth control called Yasmin.
  11. I don't know exactly why. I myself took birth controls for about four years, recently got back taking Yasmin and, honestly, never got that "worse before gets better" phase. My skin just had ups and downs during the first 3 or 4 months, with my skin being clean and, then, having flare ups here and there -- but never worst than before I started taking the pill. I think the reaction is very individual.
  12. Hey, Laura! Coming off birth control can be hard in terms of acne. Give a few months until your body adjust to the changes. Also, I would see a doctor to find out how is your hormones going. Maybe you have PCOS and that's why the acne isn't going away.
  13. Hello, Cita. Nexplanon contains etonogestrel, which has androgenic properties and might worse acne. I suggest you to try another thing, such as anti androgenic pills. Talk to your doctor about that to know the best option! Good luck!
  14. Making your acne worse while on the pill depends on the kind of birth control you're taking. Women with PCOS should try pills such as Dianette, Yaz or Yasmin, since it contains anti androgenic progesterones and won't make you produce more oil. Also, keep in mind that even taking such pills your acne might get worse before your body fully adjust to the hormones -- give it 3 or 4 months and your skin will be fine, though. I agree with Chloe on the Accutane subject. This drug should be your las
  15. Hey dear I'm on Yaz too but I'm only on my second pack. Do you still have fairly oily skin while on it? I have considered switching to Yasmin too because my skin has been super dry on Yaz! But not sure if Yasmin with a higher dose of esteogen will give me even drier skin :S Hey, Jennifer! Yes, I was still having problems with acne while on Yaz (not too much, but was getting tiny, annoying little bumps on my face). Recently switched to Yasmin and my skin improved a lot. In your case, I don