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  1. Isn't that what we tell all the dermatologists who we see, now? "Sooo, it all started when..." blah blah blah. So my story sounds a lot like what I've already heard so many times on this site. I'm 25, female, and have battled acne on and off since middle school. In high school, proactiv controlled it somewhat so that it was manageable. But my freshman year in college my periods went crazy, I got ovarian cysts, and my skin opened up a can of whop ass on me. Proactiv was no match for th
  2. I'm 19 and I have been battling acne for the past five years or so. Like most my skin dips up and down constantly, some years are worse than others. This past year I had a flare up, and so I went back to Retin-A. While that did help my skin a lot, I was still left with pretty tough and extreme breakouts right before my period. In an effort to combat this, my doctor suggested Birth Control. Took Levlen for a month and that screwed up my stomach so I stopped. Then I started Microgestin Fe 1/20, wh
  3. fade95

    4th week on Yasmin

    The first month is over (: It's my first day on my stop week after 21 pills. My skin is still the same, haven't noticed any major improvements of my blemishes. In the last 2 weeks I've only gotten a few big pimples on my forehead. On my cheeks are still the blemishes from my initial breakout. I'm starting today with a new skincare product, Paula's choice 2% BHA lotion. It claims to brighten up my post acne marks. Hopefully it will do his job. Overall it was a good first month and I hope my perio
  4. Hey again everyone. I'm almost at day 16 now and I thought I'd check in. I don't feel as down in the dumps about the initial breakout anymore, since a ton of it has calmed down and cleared [touch wood...it gives me hope]. I have really crappy PIH marks from the cheek breakout and two small nodules remaining [one near the left corner of my mouth from the hormones, a super tiny one on left cheek that was a comedone but got inflamed ... thanks Spiro!] but it is what it is. They won't scar, and they
  5. Today sucked for a lot of reasons. I've been having a ton of stress from moving soon and not sleeping well and I'm sure that did nothing to help my face. The Neutrogena cleanser is necessary to prevent worse acne, but I'm just so dry...and it's making me way more oily than I ever was, plus cold weather isn't helping. I haven't looked this bad in at least 2 months. I feel beyond down. I never had this awful cheek acne until I began Spiro and it still hasn't subsided. It's like almost all the cc
  6. Hello people I am new with acne and I would like to have some advice. I was taking birth control pills for two months and I stopped them because they caused me acne (I am 24 years old and I never had acne before). I stopped the pills in December and my skin was ok for one month. After that, breakouts came back and they are worst than when I was on the pill. I have been around one month having breakouts. The first days I felt really depressed but I went to the doctor and she recommended me
  7. 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
  8. Well, after some much needed moisturizer and jojoba, my skin is back on its way. The swelling is completely gone, and the redness has gone down significantly. Also, the popped areas are still healing. They're not completely gone, but they're looking a lot less angry! I did have to exfoliate with jojoba oil this morning, though. I rubbed a good amount of it between my hands and massaged my face with it in the shower. It works better for me when my flakes are wet; they just come right off
  9. 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
  10. 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 i
  11. I’ve been off Accutane for 8 months with no hiccups or anything. I was used to tiny pimples that would appear once in a while and disappear the next day. However, recently I’ve started breaking out heavily again from before. I believe I am relasping as my acne from my body is back as well. Now my friend reccommended I try birth control since that was never an option my dermatologist gave me during our trial and error of acne medications. Is it wiser for me to go back on accutane?
  12. So I have been using the regimen for almost a year now and my skin has finally cleared up. I have recently decided to start birth control as a form of protection, however, I am really worried that my skin will go back to how it was. I was prescribed Tri-sprintec. If anyone of you have tried that brand and have advice that would be great or any birth control and have advice and opinions I’d love to hear it!
  13. So I stopped tri-sprinted (birth control pill) about a year ago and since then, my skin has been out of control. Based off what I’ve read, I’m pretty certain it’s hormonal. It was good for a couple months, and then had been progressively getting worse. It’s also unlike any acne I’ve ever had before. The texture is really gross looking, small bumps, lots of blackheads. I don’t know what to do. I’m awaiting an appointment with a dermatologist, and in the meantime I am using Beauty counter cleanser
  14. Im just about to start roaccutane which I heard causes an initial breakout. However I’ve been on dianette/teregezza/co cyprindal for 2 months and this is targeted at acne which reduces oil production too and gave me an initial breakout. So is there any chance this will prevent my breakout from accutane ?
  15. I have dealt with acne for the past 4-5 years (I am now 25). My acne started when I went off my birth control. I know some people go back on it to fix their acne again, but I was didn’t want to use a band-aid and I knew one day I would want to have kids so I bit the bullet. The first 2-3 years I believe the acne was my hormones adjusting, but this past year and a half I don’t get anything cystic and I notice my breakouts get really annoying once I’ve been on a picking spree and squeezing all of
  16. hi! i've battled acne since i was teeny - from creams prescribed by my doctor to four years on antibiotics (lymecycline) to today. i have been prescribed levest (birth control, it's a combination pill of levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol) two weeks ago and i am on my 12th pill so far. over this time, my acne has gotten significantly worse - much worse, it has never been this bad before, i have broken out all over the sides of my face and my forehead. i am unsure of whether this is normal and i
  17. I am a 24 y/o female with dry/combination skin. I have had great skin my whole life, never an issue with breakouts. Enter Mirena IUD. I got the Mirena in March of 2016, and that December (about 9 months later), I started getting cystic acne around my jaw, mouth and cheeks. Never on my nose, forehead or temples, so purely hormonal cystic acne. I thought it was weird and had to be something to do with my diet, after I made a quick call to my OBGYN about my IUD (the first thing I thought of that mi
  18. So I’ve been taking a generic form of yaz birth control continuously (meaning I take only active pills to not get a period) for a few months, and my skin has been unbelievably clear after a long struggle. Recently I had to take an antibiotic for a UTI. The antibiotic interfered with my birth control and decreased its effectiveness, which I knew because I started bleeding and continued to bleed for almost a week and half. This was about three weeks ago. Since the antibiotic and the bleeding, I h
  19. Hey guys. I'm new here. Anyways, as most of you-- I basically tried EVERYTHING there is to offer in the market but nothing ever worked for me. Ever since I was 10 (which was when I first started having my periods and now I'm 19 nearly 20), I was already experiencing acne breakouts. My mom would send me to the best dermatologist every Saturday in my city 'til I was 13. Constant extraction from the doc. Constant shit on my face and it would never ever stop! So my dermatologist then suggested Ac
  20. hello friendes. I am 27 and i had moderate acne near 10 years. recently i decide to take 100 mg spironolactone every day. and now after 22 days i breack out so bad. i hadnt breack out like this before. pimpels are every where of my face big and cystic! i am very penitent but i dont know what can i do? if any one have spironolactone experiment please tell me about ib. i need to know existe hope for me to see good results. every thing is awful! sorry for my weak english
  21. Hey guys! I was hoping to just start a convo about acne stories and what has helped you. My acne used to be quite bad and I managed to really clear up my skin by cutting out dairy, going on birth control, and using Retin-A. However, the past month, it's been acting up. Not nearly as bad as it once was before treatment, but more breakouts than I've had since almost a year of mostly clear skin. I really don't mind getting little whiteheads that take a few days to clear up, but I've been getting ba
  22. 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 t
  23. Hey guys, I really want to crete a conversation about life after acne (once you cure/temporary fix your acne). This is a topic that is not discussed a lot and i think its important. I have been acne free for 1 year and i no longer have any pigmentation either. I no longer find the need to wear makeup, and i never worry about my skin anymore. I remember when i had acne i was self-conscious and i would tell myself "when i have clear skin i will have no worries." The truth is yes you may not
  24. Before i started taking YAZ I had mild acne, I started and my skin is HORRIBLE. I just want to know if going off of it would make my skin worse or better? I do want to stop I'm just afraid but I'm also afraid to keep taking it.
  25. I'm currently on Yaz and was also on Spironolactone for ~5 months and my acne was completely clear. I was then diagnosed with vasculitis and had to get off spironolactone to take prednisone to manage flare-ups. I was on and off Prednisone for about a month and a half. Once I started tapering the second time I was on it (which was for a period of about a month), I began breaking out in mostly small, flesh-colored pimples on my forehead, some on chest, and some on the center of my back. My dermato
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