(Closed) Acne after getting off BC

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@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
650 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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!

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