(Closed) Getting off the pill = acne?

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Did you get acne after getting off the pill?

    Yes..until I got back on the pill/other prescription acne drugs

    Yes, but only for a few months

    Nope

    Other

  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I never had any skin issues before the pill…went off it in February and my forehead has been ridiculous(it isn’t really THAT bad, but never having any skin issues before I think it is worse than it is.) It is just beginning to clear up…I think…I didn’t vote because I don’t know when it will clear up, and it is only on my forehead!

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    LOL… I have more acne on the pill then I had off it.  I think it’s very unfair. πŸ˜‰

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee

    i get it. πŸ™ my acne is hormonal, and if i am not on the pill my hormones don’t know how to regulate themselves. proactiv, neutrogena, it doesn’t matter. even my shoulders have started to break out πŸ™ i don’t want to be on the pill forever so my choice is to deal with it, or go back on it.

    Post # 6
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    Blushing bee

    yup. i went off about a year ago and it is just starting to settle now. tried proactive for a while then realized it had parabens and other nasty stuff in it that i couldnt use once we TTC anyways. tried the oil cleansing method.. YUCK worst forehead of my life. back to origins cleanser and trying to drink lots of water!

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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @cherrycoke: That is all hormonal…I have PCOS and it happens as soon as I get off of the pill.

    It is called cystic acne and it scars so go to the dermatologist to see if the can help you prevent it.

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

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    @cherrycoke:poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. comes with a lot of irritating and gnarly symptoms. 

    I was tested for it and don’t have the cysts, but I have a lot of the symptoms. I’ve always had terrible cystic, hormonal acne. 

    Hopefully I do have PCOS because if I have to have all the symptoms I might as well get the benefit of infertility, lol.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @cherrycoke:Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which there is an imbalance of a woman’s female sex hormones. This hormone imbalance may cause changes in the menstrual cycle, skin changes, small cysts in the ovaries, trouble getting pregnant, and other problems (weight).

    I copied and pasted it.

    I’ve gone off b.p. for medical tests…I follow a very strict skin care protocol. I wash in the AM with an exfoliator (St Ives) and the I do Clean and Clear Exfoliator and then and the the Clean and Clear deep Action cleaner because my skin gets super oily. And I gently wash it at night with the last two.

    Post # 12
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I just went off the pill a month and a half ago.  I’ve never had more than one or two zits and only around my period.  A week ago I woke up and my face was covered in acne, and a couple days later it spread to my chest.  (It is definitly severe…google image “acne” and you will get an idea of what I look like.)  I went back on the pill a few days ago, hoping this was what was causing it.

     

    Being in the midst of what feels traumatic, (I hope in the future I will be able to look on it more light-heartedly), I understand your feers.  Just remember, even if it takes a year for your skin to even out, your babes will totaly be worth it! πŸ™‚

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    hmm i havent had a ton more acne… a few zits here and there…. but i have noticed that my skin is super oily… weird

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Yeah, I feel like a teenager, it’s really freaking annoying.

    Post # 16
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I’ve been on a variety of BC.  While on them, my usually acne-prone skin was *flawless*. Before coming off the pill a year ago, I researched for hours and hours on ways I could prevent my nasty acne from returning after I stopped taking my BC.  A month before I was to official “end” my cycle on the pill, I started taking a crapload of vitamins and supplements.  I started eating fresh, organic, unprocessed foods (whenever I could…). I planned an exercise routine (I read that exercise could benefit your skin, but I am a lazy bum and never did…).  

     

    Surprisingly, after I got off the pill my face stayed clear! For 6 months. Then sh*t hit then fan!  I had been using the Acne-Free 3 Step deal for a few years, and decided something had to change.  I kept the same regimen, but instead of using the Acne Free Toner (step 2), I made my own from 3 parts green tea + 1 part apple cider vinegar.  After about a month of using this toner, my acne got drastically better.  However, the MAIN thing that I have found that triggers my acne is STRESS.  No matter what I do (eating healthy, washing/treating my face, vitamins), if I am stressed out (be it from getting engaged, going on vacation, work stress, dealing with family loss) my face will show it.  

     

    Since I don’t have BC to maintain my acne anymore, I’ve got to do it myself, and these days that means “fixing” things that stress me out.  If it is something that I can’t fix (ie: scary medical bill) then I just have to look at it in a way that doesn’t stress me out: “Yes, this bill is $600, BUT things could be worse, and maybe I’ll just have to cut back on my fancy booze for a while to save up the money to cover this expense.  And, at least I have access to medical attention…”

     

    Wow. Sorry for the ramble….Hopefully it was somewhat helpful. πŸ™‚

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