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  1. I've been on the pill (Alysena) for about a month and a half but it's been breaking me out super badly! In areas that I've never had issues with before, I now have multiple whiteheads that end up leaving me with hyperpigmentation after they heal. How long do you think it might take for my skin to return to normal? I read that the hormones should be out of my system within 2 days, but I'm not sure about the impact it'll have on my skin. I'll deal with the hyperpigmentation no problem, but I need
  2. I probably won't post in this blog very much, but I wanted to share my journey with everyone and have my whole story in one place so people know where i'm coming from. My battle with acne started years ago, probably when I was 11 or 12. I hit puberty early (I was 9) so I got to go through the awkward phase even sooner than most. Yay! I started out with the typical solutions to acne- when you're 11, mom says 'Just wash your face and you'll grow out of it soon enough'. When it became apparent
  3. Background story: I've always had nice skin. I've used depo provera and the Nuvaring as birth control methods in the past which have made no difference in my skin. In October 2014, I got the Mirena IUD inserted. It made my skin horrible. I tried all sorts of topicals but nothign really helped. I removed it in June 2015 and it got better but never fully cleared up. Last month, I started breaking out again and my skin care regime/ life style/ diet hasn't changed. I was using Clindoxyl and glycol
  4. Hey guys! Sooo I've been on Sronyx (which I believe is basically Alesse) for 3 months now. It hasn't wreaked havoc on my skin, but it hasn't been helping it either. It's hard to say. I've been seriously considering switching birth control, especially because I'm afraid of the higher androgen levels affecting me. I've read so many mixed reviews on BCP, but would a switch to Ortho Tri Cyclen-Lo maybe help? I have no idea where to go from here.
  5. So, a couple of years ago, I started taking Yasmin to help with menstrual cramps. It worked wonders my cramps and did a great job of keeping my acne under control. I switched to Alesse three weeks ago on the suggestion of my doctor after Yasmin was shown to *possibly* have a higher incidence of blood clotting. My acne has gotten unbelievably worse - it's all over my chest, there's some on my neck (never had this before), and I think I'm starting to get cystic acne on my chin (never had this be
  6. Okay, just a heads up, I am EXHAUSTED in these photos. I took them the minute I woke up, not sure why. Try not to be too alarmed. Anyway, yesterday was pretty brutal. I went about the usual day with what I referred to as my "oatmeal face," which was kind of humorous, but also came from a place of grief. My boyfriend reassured me that my whiteheads weren't that bad before I left to go visit my parents, but I was still bummed about it. I knew they were going away, but they could've been a
  7. Literally I found my cute after YEARS of constant acne. No, it's still not flawless or perfect skin but 100000 times better than it used to be, so much so that I am sometimes excited when I look in the mirror at my skin. Okay, let's get to it! I went on Alesse birth control, now, WAIT A FULL THREE MONTHS before judging this pill and jumping to conclusions. It didn't help my skin at alll the first three months, in fact it may have made it worse (which makes sense since hormones are trying to
  8. Hey guys... I'm writing this because I really need some advice or explanations. I have insanely oily skin- I wash in the morning and I'm oily by 10. I also have clogged pores- NO inflamed breakouts ever, but clogged pores and blackheads which is a result of my oily skin. I've always had a few clogged areas and oily skin but it got way worse when I started seasonale birth control in january- and came off of Alesse which I had been on for 5 years. I also got body acne which I never had with Ales
  9. Looking for advice from anyone who might understand which hormone is most likely to relate to overly oily skin and clogged pores! Tonight is the night I'm going to be starting the Ortho Cyclen! I'm doing some research on which hormone relates to overly oily skin and clogging- and I keep coming across Estrogen dominance. How people with too much bad estrogen will see in increase in sebum and therefore skin issues. Is it possible at all that the increase in estrogen from the Alesse(0.2) and Season
  10. I had been taking Yaz since I was 16 (now 20) and I was happy with how my skin looked and I had no bad reactions. However 4 months ago I decided to change my bcp because of all the bad hype around this pill. The doctor prescribed me Allese. Sigh. I do not know why he would have put me on this pill because it is shown not to improve acne, which is my only reason why I was put on bcp when I was a teenager. SO 4 months later being on Alesse my skin FREAKED OUT I am getting cystic acne on my chi
  11. Hey ladies, I have some interesting information for you! Your doctor probably warned you about Accutane possibly causing/triggering depression or anxiety, I know mine did. Of course, the rate of this occurring is actually about 1%, so it's pretty uncommon. And yet, maybe you're feeling like you are one of the unlucky few that has fallen into this category. Just bad luck, right? The problem is, however, that doctors often don't tell you that hormonal birth control can cause these side eff
  12. Hey! So I'm starting my Ortho Cylcen birth control tomorrow..after being on Alesse since I was 17, and then Seasonale for about a year and realizing it was those birth controls that was making my skin SUPER oily and as a result- full of clogged pores/blackheads! Looking for anyone who has had luck with Ortho Cylcen?! Please share
  13. Hi! So I've always had clear skin then I started breaking out because of the Mirena IUD back in October. I started using Retinol A 0.05% and Clindoxyl and had my IUD removed in June. My skin improved a lot but my clindyoxl expired about a month ago. I started using a Khiels over the counter product instead. Lately I started to break out again so I went back to the doctor. I got a new Clindoxyl prescription and was prescribed Stieva A 0.1% and Alesse to regulate my period and because my doc
  14. Hi all, I'm new to this site but have read countless of threads on here so I thought I'd finally make an account and ask my own questions... Anyway, I have oily skin with hormonal acne and have been on antibiotics before (ceftin) 500mg a day with veltin, a retinoid gel. It worked great, went off, acne got worse, the usual. Then I started back up this time to 1000mg a day. It worked for a little but I could tell it slowly stopped working. Now I have been on birth control (Aviane) for 6 week
  15. Okay, I understand that every individual will respond differently various treatments, but here is my history with acne treatments and if you've had similar reactions to my own then I would greatly appreciate some advice. I started getting moderate, non-scarring acne when I was 15. It was mostly on my forehead, but it liked to appear around my mouth every once in a while. My doctor told me it was due to high levels of testosterone (although I was never properly tested), and subsequently put me
  16. So, I'm in a bit of a weird situation and I'm hoping that someone can shed some light on whats happening. I've had moderate chin and cheek acne since I was 12- I'm 21 now. I decided to try birth control because other factors made me believe it was hormonal acne. The doctor prescribed me Alesse when I asked for something to help with my skin- even though now after perusing the hormonal acne forum I know Alesse is very androgenic and awful for acne. I went through a 2 week initial breakout per
  17. Hey guys! SO I really want to share my journey with you and hopefully get some feedback too. In January of 2013 I started on Seasonale birth control- after being on Alesse for almost 6 years my doctor said just to " change it up". I didn't expect any changes as they both are combination pills- which means they both have progesterone and estrogen. The only difference is that Seasonale is an extended cycle pill which means I only get my period four times a year- which I thought was awesome so
  18. Almost 1 month ago today I started taking birth control pills for the first time. It was sort of a two-pronged solution- I wanted pregnancy protection and hopefully relief from some of the issues i've had since puberty (painful, irregular periods, chronic ovarian cysts, and of course acne). The doctor prescribed me Alesse when I asked for something to help with my skin- she was just a clinic doctor, not a derm/gyno and in Canada where I live Alesse is actually FDA approved for treating acne.
  19. Hi everyone, I'm starting the first of my placebo pills on Yasmin today and have a few questions. Before I started Yasmin, I was on Alesse for 2 months but switched to Yasmin because it was causing me to break out a lot and also was giving me really bad periods. Before I started taking birth control, my skin was pretty clear. But now, I have a decent amount of acne around my mouth, forehead, and cheeks. If you tried Yasmin, how long did your intial breakouts last before your
  20. So i started Yasmin (ocella) 3 months ago in hopes that my acne would clear up. I was on a generic for alesse and Spiro before that and experienced mostly mild acne. When my skin started breaking out again a few months ago I decided to switch to Yasmin and go off the Spiro. I'm finishing up the second week of month 3 and my acne is worse than before I started. I think I'm just going to give up on birth control and get an iud. I've started taking the Spiro again today and I'm going to start takin
  21. One year ago, when I was 19, I went to Planned Parenthood for birth control pills (as a contraceptive, not for acne). I was given Aubra, the generic for Alesse, which is known as one of the worst birth control pills for those with acne-prone skin (of course I didn't know this at the time!) Keep in mind, my skin was totally 100% acne free for about 2 years before I started Aubra. I took Aubra for about 4 months (mid-July to mid-October) and had no new acne at all in this time frame. I then st