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  1. Has anyone tried this antibiotic. I am having such a bad time with meds. I took Bactrim for 4 days and then started breaking out in hives. Then she gave me Zithromax, you know the one for 5 days just to see if that would help, got hives from that too. I never broke out in hives from meds before. So now we are going to try Ampicillin. I also tried ortho tricycline which wreaked havoc on my stomach. I already have gastritis so it aggravated it. I tried Dorax 4 months ago and had a stomach
  2. I'm in my early 30's and I have the worst acne of my LIFE! Right now I'm dealing w/ 2 HUGE whiteheads (biggest ever) plus 3 cysts that are about the size of a dime. I have blackheads around the T-zone and then ](*,) something just grrrreat, I developed them along my jaw the last 6mos. I have been on Accutane, full course, twice. Lately I have not been on any topical or oral meds (as of 5-6yrs) but I started OrthoTriCyclenLo to help w/ the skin (yeah, right...now, it's worse) and I go to the
  3. I started taking ortho tri cyclen a few weeks ago to help with my acne. My face is actually broken out pretty bad at this point. But I was just curious, how long does it usually take to start getting your hormones regulated? Thanks...
  4. I heard of two types of birth control pills for reducing acne. It sux that it takes so long to work but it will hopefully be worth it in the end. I'm not on either and will be going to see my doc on the 18th. (I hate that my problem won't be cleared up before school.) So which one is more effective do you beleive. Ortho tricyclene or dianette. Thanx so much!!
  5. I've been on Benzaclin for almost 2 years, and just recently I started developing stomach/intestinal problems which I believe are from it. So with that said, has anyone else had any experience like this from Benzaclin? And what are some other topical meds that may help with cystic acne in addition to Ortho-Tri-Cyclin pills?
  6. I've been on Ortho-tri cyclen for just 6 days, and every time after I take it, a few hours later, I feel soo sick to my stomach. I get really nauseated and feel like I will throw up. I've never thrown up from it, but this stomach upset is really bothering me. Anyone else experience it? And if so, when did it go away?
  7. I started my Accutane treatment 10 weeks ago (you can check out my log in the personal regimen section) and now I am practically acne-free! What made me break out in the first place was a birth control shot called Depo-Provera. Granted, I've always dealt with acne, but the Depo made me break out horribly (I'm talking 50+ pimples). My depo has since worn out, and since Accutane requires two forms of birth control, my doc has prescribed me Ortho-tricyclen. She says that it clears skin, but no
  8. A while ago here I asked for anyone's advice on treating hormonal acne. Well, either a miracle has finally occured, or my medications have finally clicked and kicked in!!!! :)/ Here's what I've been doing/using: PRESCRIPTIONS: Orthotricyclen birth control pills Benzaclin gel (clindamycin-benzoyl peroxide gel) Adoxa (doxicycline - spelling?) tablets - 100 mg twice daily CLEANSERS: I alternate these because I have sensitive skin and the second cleanser is drying -- Neutrog
  9. I've heard that Tetracycline causes birth control pills to be less effective. Is this true? Is there any antibotics that don't do this? I was thinking of going on Tetracycline but I don't want it to interfere with the birth contol I'm taking (Ortho-tricycline). I'm just interested in hearing about meds don't don't interfere with birth control. Thanks for any help.
  10. I have never been on birth control before but I hear it works great for skin. I believe Orthotricylen is best but I have read that the side effects include hair loss...eek...and my hair falls out in chunks if I am stressed so I am scared. Anyone have any testimony before I make an appointment at the you know what?
  11. My doctor put me on birth control (ortho-tricyclen) after my first period in middle school. Fast forward - clear skin for almost my entire life until I turn 19 and decide I don't need to be on synthetic hormones. Three months later, cystic acne all over my cheeks, jawline, and neck. Sound familiar? Straight away I go to the derm. Get put back on ortho-tri. I stayed on the ortho tri only to experience mediocre results, then moved onto yaz for three months which caused a literal facial explosion
  12. I have been on OCPs for a long time (ortho tri-cyclen low) and while my acne was not under control with the pill only, the addition of spiro about 1year ago really helped (skin almost perfectly clear). Now about a month ago I stopped the OCP because I wanted to give my body a break but kept going with the spiro 100 mg/day; I am already noticing that my skin is a bit olier than before. My breakouts are still controlled but I am afraid to start breaking out again. Had anyone had a similar experien
  13. will the initial break out be as bad if i am still using other medication? i am starting ortho tri-cyclen soon, but i won't be discontinuing my use of duac and tretinoin and mondox (pills.) also, two more questions: how far along do you typically experience the ib? how long does the ib typically last?
  14. Hi, I am a 22 year old female and have been dealing with acne for about 2 years now. It was never bad until my sophomore year of college and then I started getting it really bad on my face back and occasionally chest. It's been on and off but has been really bad now for the past year. In October I was put on Tazorac .05% cream, and it helped but not enough. Plus my chest and back are still bad. I am on Ortho Tricyclin Low and just started taking spironolactone 25 mg two weeks ago. Does any
  15. So I've got 2 pills left of my second packet of Dianette, and my skin does seem to be improving, slowly but surely. I've had less whiteheads, less pustules, and my general skin tone seems to have improved. I'm still having breakouts but they're not as bad as they were before Dianette. I'm currently going through a bad few days (not helped by picking) but I'm hoping it's all healing up again now. But, I've put on about 4 pounds during this time which is a crazy amount to put on in just under 2 mo
  16. Hi everyone, I've been looking for a birth control that will help control my acne since it seems to be hormone related as my results depended more on the birth control I was taking than the topical treatments and antibiotics my dermatologist prescribed. I've tried several birth controls with varying results. It seems like whenever the birth control works for my skin, it makes me an emotional wreck and kills my libido. This has been ongoing for several years. I am now 27. I am currently on Avia
  17. Good afternoon everybody, I have been reading the forum for quite some time and finally decided to join. I was on Ortho Tri Cyclen for 6 months and in that time my acne hadn't improved, it seemed to have worsened a bit. I always had cystic acne on my cheeks, as well as blackheads galore. Now I am getting cystic acne on my chin as well. They are very painful and unsightly as you are all aware. I was put on birth control to help regulate my periods, not for the sole purpose of decreasing my a
  18. Hi, I am a 25 years old female and I have had acne since my early teens. My acne turned to adult acne about 5 years ago and has shifted to the cheeks, jaw and area around the mouth. I have been on many different kinds of drugs for it and so far nothing has worked and possibly made it worst (ex. long term use of antibiotics and topical). Right now my face is okay....although most people would probably think it's severe.... with about ~15 cystic nodule and LOTS of little blocked pores (whitehe
  19. I want to ask people who have tried the BCP how bad their initial break out was while on the pill. I'm currently using a variety of topicals (just finished week 10), but the truth is I go back to college next semester (3 1/2 months) and I don't want to have to wash my face twice a day. I want to live life without that. So I plan to go on the Ortho Cyclen next week. I'll continue washing my face until I return to college, but what I'm really concerned about is red marks now. They are my major pro
  20. I picked up my prescription of Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo and my doctor told me to start it on the first day of my next period. That is about 3 weeks away and I am anxious to start immediately so it can help clear my skin faster. I currently don't have any significant other to have sex with, so preventing pregnancy is not my concern. Do you think it's ok to begin right away instead of waiting for period to start? Thanks.
  21. I heard so many things about zinc, and I was interested in taking it but something has stopped me in my tracks. Does zinc increase or effect testosterone? I am taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo currently because I produce too much testosterone, and sooooooooooo would zinc be a bad supplement to take?
  22. I started the Pill (orthotricyclin lo- probably spelled wrong) to combat some hormonal nodules I was getting on my chin and to help some problems I was facing with ovarian cysts. I started it almost two weeks ago, and my face is NOT doing well at all. I'm on benzaclin and Retin-A, but my face has kind of erupted. My forehead was clear before starting, and now I have six pimples on my forehead, and well as red splotches on my cheeks (not zits, just looks splotchy and gross without makeup), a nodu
  23. Hey all Well, I've been researching BC heavily lately (my bf thinks I went insane because it's all I do lately, lol). I'm not on BC at the moment because my bf and I are waiting until we get married for er..that stuff. But, we're planning on getting married next summer (w00t!), so I've been looking into BC because I want to start the long, painful process of finding one my body likes. So! I've narrowed it down to three choices. I either want the Implanon/Nexplanon, the NuvaRing, or a com
  24. Hi everyone, I've been reading for a long time but this is my first post. I started taking 50 mg/day of spiro about 1.5 months ago. (I'm also on Ortho-tricyclen and Tazorac, both of which I've used years.) For about a week, I've been shedding a lot of hair on my head. Not clumps, but lots of diffuse strands all over my head when I shower or brush my hair. Even if I'm not touching my hair, strands are falling onto my arms and clothing during the day much more often than usual. It's startin
  25. I posted about this a while ago, but it's still bugging me. Does anyone else have relatively clear skin when they're not taking birth control, but then IMMEDIATELY break out on the pill? I broke out moderately on both Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo and Ortho Tri Cyclen and SEVERELY on Loestrin 24 fe, which I'm on right now. I've been taking it for 4 or 5 months and have been taking Spiro for the past month with only mild improvements so far. From my research, I've learned that Loestrin is very androgenic,