Birth control and acne :(

Birth control and acne :(

Blinker Blinker
Has anyone noticed a link between their birth control method and acne? I've been on NuvaRing for 6 months and I'm beginning to suspect it's the reason why I'm having such bad breakouts. I use Proactiv religously, change my pillowcases twice a week, try desperately not to pick and touch my face, stay away from makeup unless I'm going out, blah blah blah but DAMN. It's really starting to bother me. I have begged my doctors to put me on Accutane, but due to the birth defects it causes, I have to sign a paper verifying I use two forms of birth control. I am NOT going on another freaking form of birth control, dammit.

And if you do or have had acne, what works for you? I'm getting sick of Proactiv. It's so expensive and it seems not to be working as well anymore. But believe me, I have tried everything short of napalm. Neutrogena, Clearasil, Stridex, Phisoderm, Clinique, Murad, Philosophy, you name it. Glycolic acid peels really help but they are so expensive.

Aaaand THIS is why birth control works. It makes you break out so you feel miserable and kills your libido so you won't even WANT sex. Nothing to do with hormones
07/14/2010
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Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I'm sorry you're having such a bad reaction to the ring! I've mainly stuck to the pill, but I've been on about 12 different ones. Some of them DESTROYED my complexion. I changed one or two of them because of that, a few because of mood swings, two for killing my sex drive, and a couple more for severe bleeding issues (two periods a month - fun!). My only option was to keep switching until I found one that worked, which I now have. Only problem is, if I go off of it at all now, my face breaks out.

I've tried most of the products you've mentioned above when I'm off the pill and trying to get my skin to calm down. I have a friend who went through the same thing as me and her doctor actually has her on a super low dose of antibiotics because it turns out it's some sort of hormonal cystic acne - yuck! May be bring up rx options other than accutane? Hope you find something that works!!!
07/14/2010
PassionQT PassionQT
I was on my first birth control from 18 to 26. That one did not kill my libido and I had beautiful skin. I think it was TriLevelin-28 or -21.

After I had kids, I could not tolerate BC any more. The patch gave me flu-like symptoms, the pills made me spot, and this Implanon has given meed mood swings, blotchy skin, non-stop spotting/bleeding for 6 weeks, and pimples, not to mention plenty of other side effects, which is why I'm having it removed in 3 hours. Yes!

I'm using Paula's Choice on my skin along with some other things I'm finishing up. I like it, but I can't say that it completely controls the acne because I still get some pimples, but it's not hurting it. One of the products is an exfoliating gel I put on nightly and the other is a lightening cream

I agree on your comment that birth control is called such because it kills the libido!
07/14/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
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Originally posted by Blinker
Has anyone noticed a link between their birth control method and acne? I've been on NuvaRing for 6 months and I'm beginning to suspect it's the reason why I'm having such bad breakouts. I use Proactiv religously, change my pillowcases ...
I was on NuvaRing for 3 months and I didn't notice any change. BUT, I am one of those people who never gets acne. Like rarely a pimple ever. I'm hated by a few of my girlfriends for that lol. I actually thought NuvaRing was non weight gain, non-acne causing. I wouldn't have gone on it otherwise.
07/14/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Try Herbaria soaps - a lot of them help calm the skin down. All natural ingredients - I suggest the Biotherapy Skincare bar for acne. link
07/14/2010
Alicia Alicia
For me birth control always HELPED my acne.

For me though proactiv didn't work either. Turns out it was too harsh for me. What I do is use a basis cleansing bar in the shower and then aveeno's clear complexion moisturizer on my skin. And that's it. If I have an actual pimple I use bye bye blemish which works awesome, but I ust it just on the pimples themselves. If I do anymore than this it's too harsh and I break out like crazy. I also can only use the moisturizer once a day. If I need to use a lotion more than that I use aveeno's calming lotion on it. It doesn't cause me any breakouts and it's soothing on the skin.
07/14/2010
kck kck
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Originally posted by Blinker
Has anyone noticed a link between their birth control method and acne? I've been on NuvaRing for 6 months and I'm beginning to suspect it's the reason why I'm having such bad breakouts. I use Proactiv religously, change my pillowcases ...
Blinker, I usually use Neutrogena.

BUT the BEST thing I have EVER tried (like literally makes my acne go away by the next day) is this Pomegranate Cleansing Bar from Whole Foods' Teens Going Green line. I may not be a teen anymore, but DAMN I love this soap! One side of it has bark particles to help exfoliate; the rest of it's pure organic goodness. It's $10 a bar, but I've had mine for about a year now, so it's cheaper than ProActiv and *definitely* worth it. I usually get a wash cloth wet and then lather it up a bit with the bar, so as not to waste the soap. Trust me, it's awesome.
07/14/2010
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Blinker
Has anyone noticed a link between their birth control method and acne? I've been on NuvaRing for 6 months and I'm beginning to suspect it's the reason why I'm having such bad breakouts. I use Proactiv religously, change my pillowcases ...
Hmmmm the mini pill I am on actually cleared up my skin...but I'm also pushing 40 so it could simply be age and hormone change. Sorry to hear this is such a horrifying problem...maybe another form of contraceptive?
07/14/2010
Blinker Blinker
Thanks, everyone for your suggestions

I would loooove to find another pill or form of BC but my boyfriend's gonna be gone for like a year so I'm going to just stay off it until he returns. Maybe my skin will clear up but I know I'll always have these damn scars
07/14/2010
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Blinker
Thanks, everyone for your suggestions

I would loooove to find another pill or form of BC but my boyfriend's gonna be gone for like a year so I'm going to just stay off it until he returns. Maybe my skin will clear up but I know ...
You could try Mederma for the scarring it worked wonders for me. I figure if your skin clears up with BF gone for a year then you have amunition to take to the doctor when looking for another form that won't cause such horrible side effects! Sucks that he's gonna be gone so long though...
07/14/2010
Blinker Blinker
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
You could try Mederma for the scarring it worked wonders for me. I figure if your skin clears up with BF gone for a year then you have amunition to take to the doctor when looking for another form that won't cause such horrible side effects! ...
Yeah well, that's what I have sex toys and Skype for
07/14/2010
kck kck
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Originally posted by Blinker
Yeah well, that's what I have sex toys and Skype for
I know that routine too well!
07/14/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
Blinker, there are other, less drastic prescription medications to try before Accutane. The side effects of Accutane are really awful and many docs don't prescribe them unless you have Cystic Acne, and absolutely, positively cannot get pregnant, because it can do horrible, unspeakable things to the fetus.

Here are the other drugs, there are more, but these are the most common.

Retin-A,

Differin (topical ointment, my kids and their freinds used to trade it at school, it was so valuable)

Cleocin A liquid which is swabbed on the skin. works REALLY well
Clindamycin (generic of Cleocin)

Novacet

Azelex

Retin-A

When I was in college we used to call Cleocin or Clindamycin "the Water of Lourdes" because it worked miracles.

Some doctors will also prescribe oral antibiotics, but the ones they use can often really upset your intestinal flora (the good bacteria in your body) and they cause digestive problems, but it could be a last resort before Accutane.

I know all the BC pills I ever used made my face break out, as did my period and pregnancy. Some of us just don't clear up under the influence of some hormones, and only suffer more. Talk to your skin doc about these other medications. You probably should be seeing a Specialist, not your Internist, if your acne is severe or impossible to get rid of.

Good luck.
07/15/2010
kck kck
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Blinker, there are other, less drastic prescription medications to try before Accutane. The side effects of Accutane are really awful and many docs don't prescribe them unless you have Cystic Acne, and absolutely, positively cannot get pregnant, ...
Retin-A works very well. I've used it to spot treat acne before
07/15/2010
Kim! Kim!
I've been using stuff from my kitchen and it seems to be working really well! I have some local raw honey that I use as a scrub and leave it on for a bit. Since honey is antibacterial that majorly helps! It also tastes delicious if it drops into your mouth. Then I mash up strawberries and sometimes add sour cream too and smear that on my face. Strawberries will help lighten the spots among other things and I guess something about the lactic acid in the sour cream I guess is good for your skin.
And Biore strips, I absolutely need those.
07/15/2010
Blinker Blinker
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Originally posted by kck
Retin-A works very well. I've used it to spot treat acne before
I might try that because I've tried Benzaclin and Epiduo and it seems anything with benzoyl peroxide just bleaches my clothes and makes me break out but it's in like EVERY acne medicine.
07/15/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Kim!
I've been using stuff from my kitchen and it seems to be working really well! I have some local raw honey that I use as a scrub and leave it on for a bit. Since honey is antibacterial that majorly helps! It also tastes delicious if it drops into ...
Wow...how do you avoid pets or bugs going after your face?
07/15/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Blinker
I might try that because I've tried Benzaclin and Epiduo and it seems anything with benzoyl peroxide just bleaches my clothes and makes me break out but it's in like EVERY acne medicine.
Most of the OTC stuff has benzoyl peroxide in it but the prescription stuff is different. Retin A takes a while to work, but Clindamycin works in just a few days. It's a topical antibiotic, and it works really well. But, you do need a prescription for it.
07/15/2010
Blinker Blinker
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Most of the OTC stuff has benzoyl peroxide in it but the prescription stuff is different. Retin A takes a while to work, but Clindamycin works in just a few days. It's a topical antibiotic, and it works really well. But, you do need a ...
Thanks, P'Gell

I might try just plain Clindamycin instead of the bezoyl peroxide/clindamycin concoction. Or Retin-A because I remember the ads for that from high school but I guess they've taken them off the air.
07/15/2010
Kim! Kim!
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
Wow...how do you avoid pets or bugs going after your face?
I try to keep the bugs out of my home.
07/16/2010
Annemarie Annemarie
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Originally posted by Kim!
I've been using stuff from my kitchen and it seems to be working really well! I have some local raw honey that I use as a scrub and leave it on for a bit. Since honey is antibacterial that majorly helps! It also tastes delicious if it drops into ...
That sounds... tasty.
07/16/2010
Volund Volund
Accutane works really well, my girlfriend went on it earlier this year, birth control pills and condoms were acceptable to the program..... and if your boyfriend is going to be away, there you go, 2 forms of BC.
07/19/2010
fatesrelease fatesrelease
I use clindamycin phosphate gel 1% on my face twice a day (This is prescription only) Once at night and once in the am. I also use neutrogena facial cleansing formula fragrance free twice a day. Once in the shower in the am and once before bed before I put my gel on. Then in the am I put on neutrogena spf 15 facial moisturizer after the gel and neutrogena sensitive skin moisturizer on before bed after I put on my gel. I've been doing so for years and years and rarely have pimples even though I am on bc. I've always found using harsher products on my face makes it worse for me. Also touching my face is a no no and I try to keep my hands away from it at all times. Making sure my hair is clean and off my face helps too. Wearing less-or no make-up always helps since it clogs pores. I'm always being complimented on my complexion. Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you. Have you tried seeing a dermatologist?
07/19/2010
Blinker Blinker
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Originally posted by fatesrelease
I use clindamycin phosphate gel 1% on my face twice a day (This is prescription only) Once at night and once in the am. I also use neutrogena facial cleansing formula fragrance free twice a day. Once in the shower in the am and once before bed before ...
I just switched insurance companies and it's going to take months for me to see a dermatologist, and I've gone this long without one so I might as well stay away lol.
07/19/2010
Coralbell Coralbell
Birth control pills with a higher estrogen potency and lower androgen potency can actually improve acne. My doctor suggested Ortho Tri Cyclen or Yasmin.
07/19/2010
Blinker Blinker
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Originally posted by Coralbell
Birth control pills with a higher estrogen potency and lower androgen potency can actually improve acne. My doctor suggested Ortho Tri Cyclen or Yasmin.
I've tried both and they killed my libido. I'd rather have acne than a low libido.
07/19/2010
Midway through Midway through
I am on Nuvaring and I have severe acne when I first put it in, and after it comes out. I basicall go about 6 days out of every month with clean skin. The rest of the time I'm fighting horrible breakouts that I have to cover up with makeup on a daily basis. It's miserable, but it's the only birth control compatible with me due to some issues.
07/20/2010
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