Ortho Cyclen

on Feb 23, 2014 @ 12:35 am

I started ortho cyclen 2 weeks ago for acne and I've noticed a ton of break outs :( is it eventually going to get better? & how long????

plss help 


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Hope this helps on Feb 24, 2014 @ 09:18 am

It may be a coincidence, but is not an uncommon side effect. Have you spoken with your doctor?


birth control on Feb 24, 2014 @ 08:15 pm

yeah I told her to give me the birth control for acne and she gave me this one

uhm on Mar 01, 2014 @ 02:35 am

does it come in a pink boxÉ Im pretty sure my doctor put me on those before too and that stuff is terrible. It made my hair fall out and gave me migraines, did not do help skin issues at all. Switch to tri cyclen, its a lot milder on your body and wont fuck up your skin. Also, for skin issues, try taking good quality vitamin a e, it works a lot better then birth control pills and without the mood swings.

From a HCP's POV... on Mar 02, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

Cyclen is commonly prescribed for treatment of acne. Of course, like all medications, it does not work for everyone. I would certainly give it more than 2 weeks to work itself out in your system... probably a month at minimum, since your menses AND skin will cycle within 4 weeks. If you do decide to switch, I would avoid Diane-35 (and all generics such as CyEstra) at all costs, even though it is indicated for acne control. It is known to increase the risk of blood clots.

Aside from taking an oral contraceptive to treat acne, you should try different skin car regimens to find what works for YOU. For over-the-counter options, you can try cleansers/moisturizers/spot treatments containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. SA will dry out oily skin and help slough off dead skin that can trap bacteria causing breakouts. BP works more by killing the bacteria. For a more natural antiseptic alternative, some people use tea tree oil.

There are also other prescription options, such as oral antibiotics and topical preparations.

It will be useful to you to identify your skin type, so you will have a better idea of how much you need to wash and moisturize your face.

For myself, I have found that over-washing was a problem. Also, I wear very little makeup - and that 'weaning-off' transition took a long time for me! I learned that the more makeup I wore, the more I needed to cover up the blemishes it caused. Now, I only go fully-made-up for date nights and special events, and it's good because it makes me feel more glamorous for those times :)

Hope this long-winded response helps a little!


:) on Mar 03, 2014 @ 11:21 pm

It did help me ALOT thanks for all the advice :) I will wait it out

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