Post # 1
Hi all! I have been off BC since November and am now starting to see the affects of it on my skin. My chin keeps popping up with blackheads/bumps and same with my forehead. Any advice on how to get rid of these? I want to stop them before they get worse. I don’t want to squeeze them to make them worse…
Post # 3
A side of effect of some BC is that it helps with acne. You can go see a dermatologist and get a prescription for a topical lotion or soap that might help.
Post # 4
@cherrycoke: I’ve struggled with acne ever since puberty and am now 26(!) When I was on BC, I literally got compliments from strangers on how great my skin looked. But I can relate to you in that it went to sh*t right after I came off the progestin-type one and almost to sh*t after I got off the low-estrogen one. I was so embarrassed that I didn’t even want to go out or anything, and I would Photoshop out the acne before printing my scrapbook photos! I definitely think it takes a little while for your body to adjust back to its normal complexion and hormone levels.
I’ve been off BC for a couple years now (2 or 3 maybe), and my skin is not bad, but definitely not great in the winter months during PMS time… My skin is certainly better in the summer from the sun I think, so sometimes I will do just a ten minute tan in a level-one tanning bed like once a week in the winter. I do think that I may just have to deal with issues of adult acne forever, unlike some other lucky b*tches lol… However, I have found that salicylic acid products make my skin very even and “fresh” looking (Stridex, etc.). I also use Proactiv in the mornings. The one other thing I will suggest is to make sure to moisturize your skin after washing or after any acne cream has dried! It may seem counter-intuitive if you have oily/mixed skin, but definitely use either a light moisturizer (Clean and Clear dual action moisturizer I think it’s called) and/or put an even more moisturizing one (Aveeno) on over any acne products at night. Sulfur-type masks are also good.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 5
ugh! I am having a horrid time with my chest/back/shoulders!
I have been using neutrogena body wash, it seems to help, but I’m not as clear as I was when I was on bc.
Can you go to a derm?
Post # 6
I’ve had to change up my facial cleansing routine since I switched birth control methods this past November, and now that I am off hormonal BC completely, I am making a few more changes. I’ve had acne since I was about 12 and while it never went away, it was much better on BC for thirteen years! I worry about it worsening again, but so far it hasn’t. My skin is a lot oilier than it was on BC but I think my cleansing regimen is at least keeping the acne regulated and I don’t get it as bad as I did before. Here’s what I do:
- Clarisonic with sensitive skin brush, using Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash
- Boots oil-free toner
- Bliss Oxygenating Moisturizer, sparingly
- Too Faced tinted moisturizer/primer/foundation combo with SPF 15
- Clarisonic with deep-pore cleansing brush, Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face wash
- Boots moisturizing toner
- Bliss Oxygenating Moisturizer, a little more this time
- CVS eye cream/gel combo (forgetting the name right now)
- Neutrogena acne spot treatment as needed
Once or twice a week I use the Clarisonic with the body brush head in the shower to do my shoulders and upper back. I just use my regular body was (Bliss Lemon & Sage) when I use the brush and with a regular loofah all the other times.
You may not even need a dermatologist’s treatment, some simple tweaks might improve things. Treating my skin differently morning and night has helped me. Good luck!