BC aftermath


Anonymous
on Sep 27, 2016 @ 10:46 am

I've always had teenage acne nothing too severe and at 18 I went on birth control to help the lil bit of acne I was getting... it was working for a lil bit but the main time that I was on the pill my acne was just getting worse than before the pill. I At age 20 I decided it was no help at all and it'll be best to get off of it, before the switch I consulted with my dermatologist who gave me doxycycline and a night time gel for about the first 60 days my face was clear and I thought finally!!! I also take vitamins, fish oil, probiotics, and drink plenty of water. However no w around 90 days after the pill my skin is breaking out so much!! I wonder how long this will last?? Has anyone had a similar experience?? I feel awful :( Thank  you girls 
 


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sandhur
I know how feel on Sep 27, 2016 @ 04:25 pm

My acne started in grade 7 or 8. I hated it, everyone else had perfect skin. My dr. prescribed topicals, told me which face cleanser to use, I got no results. My dad saw pro active and ordered it. It did nothing for me. All through high school I had acne and I was the only one in my group to have it. In school no one said anything about my acne, family members were the worst. My parents, aunts & uncles were terrible. They would always say "look at your face, look at the size of that one" & their faces would be in disgust. A few years after hs I saw a dermatologist, he prescribed some pills, (wasn't allowed in the sun when taking them) & a gel topical. It helped a little. I wanted Accutane, but my family dr & dermatologist said no. In my 20's I still broke out. One day I was watching that makeup geek lady on YouTube, I think her name is Marlene. She talked about Starbucks, stomach pains & breakouts & her viewers wrote it's the dairy from her Starbucks drink. I figured hey why not give up dairy and see what happens. I had no more breakouts, face started clearing up, I do have scars. All these years dairy was my issue.
I know others noticed a difference when they gave up dairy. You could cut out dairy from your diet & see what happens or it could be some other food/drink.
My dermatologist said to me "this isn't your fault". Anonymous this isn't your fault. It will get better.
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xoliana
. on Sep 27, 2016 @ 05:02 pm

May I ask what type of pill you were on? I ask because some pills are formulated differently, with different hormones and strengths. In order for a birth control pill to help with acne, it needs to have a mix of estrogen and progesterone to lower androgens in the body. If you're taking something with a different formulation, it can actually make things worse.

I do agree with sandhur, though. It may be worth looking into an elimination diet to see if you have unknown food intolerances. These can wreak havoc with your body not only externally, in terms of increased breakouts or things like eczema, but also cause some problems internally.
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Anonymous
Thank you :) on Sep 27, 2016 @ 06:35 pm

I have gave up dairy for over two years now I only eat fruits and have been on a healthy diet and like I said now I'm having acne issues again :( Thank you for your kind words!

& I was on 3-4 different kids of birth control all which they said were for acne Trinessa, othro and a couple others I can't remember I feel like nothings helped
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xoliana
. on Sep 27, 2016 @ 06:49 pm

When you say you "only eat fruits", what do you mean by that? Fruit is good for you, but it shouldn't be the only thing you're eating. Although it's all natural, it does contain higher amounts of sugar, which you may be sensitive to. Alternatively, some people can have an intolerance to citrus fruits.
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Anonymous
:) on Sep 27, 2016 @ 07:12 pm

I eat apples, strawberries, avocados, oranges, bananas. I also eat grilled chicken I eat 2-3 times a day with an occasionally a salad, with plenty of water.
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Anonymous
Also on Sep 27, 2016 @ 07:15 pm

I also cut down from eating white bread, I only buy wheat now since he has less sugars
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xoliana
. on Sep 27, 2016 @ 07:22 pm

Then my next suggestion would be cutting out gluten and seeing what happens. I had a gluten intolerance and had no idea about it until two years ago. It caused me a whole bunch of issues. Now, if I eat it, I break out immediately, even if it's just a little bit.
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miamiaxo
Thank you :) on Sep 27, 2016 @ 07:42 pm

I'll look into that! is gluten called gluten in the ingredients description?
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prettyrainbow
. on Sep 27, 2016 @ 08:27 pm

I agree with @xoliana in that gluten may be causing an intolerance in which it manifests as acne. Why not try an elimination diet to see whether or not you see a difference. Consult your doctor first, of course, but it could be worth a try!

@miamiaxo - Unfortunately, gluten is not listed as "gluten" in the ingredient list. It's basically in any wheat-based product, including rye and barley. Here's a link you might find helpful. It includes a list of foods where gluten is commonly found.

http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/gluten-free-diets/what-foods-have-gluten.html

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miamiaxo
:) on Sep 27, 2016 @ 08:53 pm

Thank you alot of stuff that I eat is gluten free since my family members can't eat gluten but maybe those other rye and barley are whats getting me in other stuff that I eat thank you, I do think my acne is more a hormonal thing though since my period is also irregular but i can be these other things thank you and I'll be taking all the advice because you never know until you try it.
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