Post # 1
I’m 30 and have been off BC for 1 year now while TTC. While on BC for nearly 10 years my skin was very clear and I barely ever had a blemish. When I stopped taking BC last July I started getting acne and with each cycle since it seems to get worse and it’s literally just out of control now…I am so embarrassed!
I plan to ask my doctor at my next appt, but in the meantime was wondering if any of you have experienced something similar and what you’ve done about it? I don’t want to go on any medication that would get in the way of TTC, but I’m not sure what is safe/natural yet still effective?
Post # 2
There are certain meds that are safe for pregnant women. I had been on BC and on some prescription face meds (all topical) for a few years but when I went to my last derm appointment I asked to be switched to meds that would be safe while TTC. He switched me to finacea gel that I put on after I wash my face. I also had to go back to over the counter face wash and I decided on cetaphil after asking aroudn here. Seems to be helping somewhat — but I agree, I didn’t realize how much of my acne must be homone related and had been calmed down by my BC!
This past month I tried convincing myself that the 7 or 8 zits that popped up were because I *must* be preggers….even though they were just the pre-AF zits ……
The finacea gel seems to help them only last 1 day vs when my zits used to last a week or so. They are also more topical than deep cystic acne…….. I’d recommend asking your doctor for topical meds but be clear that you are TTC so they can prescribe accordingly.
Post # 3
lastlastfirst: My acne would flare up after I quit BC, but my skin was super oily. The best thing I did for myself was prenatals and washing my face once a day. There might be other natural medicines you can take to help clear it up though, but I’m not sure what else you could do.
Post # 4
O yes, I broke out like crazy when I went off the pill. I just started up with my teenage regiment – frequent washing, Clean & Clear acne products (or Neutrogena). My doctor was comfortable with me staying on it while TTC.
Post # 5
meadow_jersey: I think I am at the point where I need to scheduled a derm appt, not just ask my OB or regular dr. My acne is definitely hormonal and was calmed down by BC too! I’ll try anything at this point! Thanks for the advice 🙂
megz06: I’ve been taking prenatals for nearly a year and not only wash my face in the shower first thing in the morning, but also before bed after taking off makeup as well. I need something else in my regimen to help. You’re lucky prenatals and washing your face is enough!
kate02121: I feel like a teenager all over again! Clean and clean worked back then…a trip to the drug store is in need if a doctor says that ok during TTC!
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I am exactly like you.
Never broke out as a teenager. Got on BCPs and never broke out at all. Stopped the pill and BAM! Acne city! It has never stopped unfortunately. I was on Retina-A for the wedding and that did clear me up after about 5 months. But you can’t be on that when TTC, so I stopped it about 6 months before we started trying. 6 months after that I finally got pregnant. My acne has been horrible again ever since about 2 months after stopping Retina-A. I hate it. I use over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid stuff. It doesn’t help. I can’t wait till post-baby so I can go back on Retina-A!
Post # 7
I had the same problem.
I was off birth control for about four months and developed cystic acne. I never ever had a pimple before this.
I freaked out and jumped back on the pill.
I stopped again about six months later. I had acne again but not a as severe. After a few months, it almost completely cleared up. =)
Post # 8
Oh girl I soooo feel your embarrassment. I’m ten months off BC and it’s finally almost gone, except on my back. It’s never been like this on my back, so bad I can’t wear low cuts shirts/dresses unless my hair is down. I have no new advice, I’m using a ton of OTC stuff, I even leave the benzoyl peroxide on as a mask lol. Just here for support! Hope it goes away once you’re KUed! 😉
Post # 9
lastlastfirst: Yeah – def worth a derm appointment……….whatever meds they offer you I would still run past your OB — but acne is more of their expertise than a regular doctor.
Post # 10
lastlastfirst: I have been taking zinc supplements (in addition to my pre-natals) to help my skin because I had HORRIBLE skin before BCP and knew I would get it right back. So far, my skin has been in check (other than the random pre-AF 1-2 zits which I got on the pill too). I’m a believer. I actually learned about it from another Bee who posted a thread swearing by zinc for her skin.
Post # 11
Andthepupmakes3: Thanks for the zinc recommendation! I’m going to look into it…I hope it’s as easy as just taking another vitamin!
fridaythe13bride: So glad I’m not alone! I think a BP mask in your honor is in order tonight! 😉
Christy42213: I’ve heard great things about that stuff…too bad it’s not good to take while TTC or pregnancy. Congratulations on the pregnancy…a healthy baby is worth the acne! 🙂
Post # 12
lastlastfirst: My skin was horrible after coming off BC…first i thought for sure it must be a sign of being KU. WRONG. After a few cycles I was incredibly embarrassed of my skin and sick of looking like a teenager. I tried zinc. It helped a little, but nothing great. After getting my blood tested, my doctor told me I had a hormone imbalance and thats what was causing all my problems. I started taking I3C since it can help with estrogen dominance. I started taking it a month ago – and I feel great! My skin is much clearer, I lost a few pounds, my boobs arent swollen anymore, and my hair looks more alive!
Post # 13
lastlastfirst: I experienced this in my early 20s when I went off of BCPs. It was awful and left me with some hyperpigmentation scars that are taking forever to fade.
My holistic doctor suggests some herbal routes for balancing out the excess of testosterone your body may be producing now that you aren’t putting estrogen into your body.
Licorice root extract can help with this, and also chaste berry, and evening primrose oil (there’s a great mix at Whole Foods that is Fish Oil with evening primrose oil in it). You may also ask if taking spironolactone, a prescription, is acceptable while you are TTC. It can help reduce the amount of sebum your skin is producing.
Also, you might look into blue light therapy, either at a clinic or over the counter with a device like Tanda.
If oil is also an issue, you need to have a facial cleanser with BHAs, beta-hydroxy acids, NOT alpha-hydroxy acids or glycolic acid. Beta-hydroxy acids target build up oil production and help your skin shed so your pores don’t get clogged.
Also, think of drinking licorice root tea, dandelion tea, and nettle tea. They are diuretics and help flush your system out. Good luck!