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Terrible acne after stopping Birth Control [Jun. 27th, 2013|06:34 pm]
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I was put on a birth control to help my PMDD (Beyaz) a few months ago, it ended up working really well, my minor breakouts disappeared and my skin was perfect. I lost my insurance and had to stop taking it... a month later my face was the worst it had ever been in my entire life. I even had acne on my neck. I got put on a free birth control a month ago (this time it's Sprintec), since I had become sexually active again, and I thought my acne would disappear again. Wrong. Although the acne on my neck is mostly gone, my face is even worse! It ITCHES like a yeast infection that's on my face. It's all basically on my chin. Lots of little red bumps and white heads, even tiny little white flakes?

I've been using tea tree oil for about a week now, and things started to seem like they were getting better, but now it's back to where it was before. It's seriously making me suicidal... I already have mental issues, anxiety and depression, now I'm too embarrassed to interact with people or go in public.. I break down into tears a couple times a week because of this.

Since it seems like it's hormone related, could Wild Yam Oil (http://www.etsy.com/listing/58323959/wild-yam-oil-100-vegan-natural-and?ref=v1_other_1) help? Does anyone have any experience with this or know of anything that will help?


[User Picture]From: love_thief
2013-06-28 05:17 am (UTC)
I feel for you, I had the same problem when I quit birth control and it totally ruined my face. Quitting was one of the worst mistakes I've ever made in my life and I'm not kidding. It's been a little over a year since I started birth control again, and I still have the scars and I still get a pimple every once in a while, even though my skin was perfectly clear for the 9 years I was on it originally. Sucks.

Anyway, give it time... it'll take about 3 months for your skin to clear up, if the pill you're on now is a good one. The thing that might help in the meantime is quitting dairy... that's what I've read... personally I've never been able to stay away from it. But a lot of people have found this works. Another thing would be to go on spironolactone... I think it's pretty cheap without insurance, but I think it might take the same amount of time to work (a few months), so you might just have to wait it out.
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[User Picture]From: northernwalker
2013-06-28 12:57 pm (UTC)
I'm on spiro and it's been a lifesaver. It did take a couple of months to work, in conjunction with a week of antibiotics because my face was so bad. However, it, combined with retinoids, have totally cleared things up. I've gotten one pimple in the last six months, and that lasted 48 hours max.

I pay $75 for a three-month supply.
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[User Picture]From: herwordss
2013-06-28 12:30 pm (UTC)
I read an article in Cosmo about a girl that went through this same thing, and if I remember correctly it took a while for her face to go back to normal :/
Check Cosmo's website for the story, it might have been the January issue but I can't remember for sure either way she did discuss the steps she took to clear up her acne but it was only after meeting with a dermatologist. This is why I'm afraid to stop my birth control, not that I probably ever will because I really enjoy being in control of my period but when I finally do decide to go off of it I know the effects are going brutal.
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[User Picture]From: the_fairy
2013-06-28 02:31 pm (UTC)
it sounds like you have a candida overgrowth. it happens if you take antibiotics or take birth control. it means the beneficial flora in your gut is messed up which manifests in all sorts of different symptoms. what do you eat? i've been on a candida diet for over a month and it consists of no dairy, gluten, sugar of any kind including fruit. and a lot of ferments like kombucha and kefir and kimchi. and i feel so much better! you need to cut out the food that the candida eats and up your beneficial flora. it's not an easy thing to do but i promise it will help with every bad symptom you feel including anxiety and depression. good luck!
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[User Picture]From: apolliana
2013-06-28 05:52 pm (UTC)
I'm about to try progesterone cream myself (skipping the yam for now because reports on its hormonal qualities vary). For natural anti-androgens there's spearmint tea or saw palmetto. Haven't had luck with either myself yet, though I've only given spearmint tea a fair chance. It's pleasant enough, but I haven't noticed major improvement. Saw palmetto upset my stomach.

Also about to re-try oil cleansing, on the off-chance that it will help. (Reasonably sure my acne's hormonal. It's entirely around my mouth, hairline, and on shoulders. But I have migraines so I've never been allowed to take estrogen containing birth control. Have had 2 rounds of Accutane--successful, but relapsed in both cases.) And tweaking my vitamins hasn't been helping.
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[User Picture]From: westcoastred
2014-03-04 09:35 pm (UTC)
If you drink coffee or smoke cigarettes, those could be major causes. Wheat is also a pretty serious acne exacerbator.
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