(Closed) HELP!!! Off birth control and dealing with breakouts! :(

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would wait a while and just say off the BC even if you aren’t planning on getting back on it later.  It sounds like your plan is a little too basic, you should try using something geared toward acne and make sure to moisturize and use SPF during the day!

Post # 5
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If you have the type of breakouts that are red and inflamed, I would use Cetaphil or Purpose or another mild cleanser and I would use a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment.  I have even used a bit of hydrocortizone cream to help with swelling.  I would also exfoliate a few times a week too, but be careful that you aren’t using anything too harsh.  Also, don’t use products with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide together (I’ve heard they can “cancel” each other out) but it’s fine to use one at night, the other in the morning, etc.

Your body may take a few months to readjust.  If it keeps up, consider going to the dermatologist.

Post # 6
1714 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Tea tree oil. Helps me SO much. Though I don’t get bad breakouts, it’s just good for clearing up the odd few spots here and there. And it’s worked for people who’ve had big breakouts too!

Post # 7
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I went on BC for acne at 17 and have been off an on for years. Whenever I went off for ~ 9 months or so last my skin was fine at first but awful 3-4 months in (it takes a while for it to leave your system.)

I’ve been to lots of docs. Unfortunately in my case, the primary problem is genetics. My sisters/mom all have acne well into their 30s. My mom gets it sometimes in her 60s still. I have tried every different medicine or regimin short of accutane, but antibiotics seem to have the only real effect–minocycline, primarily, though it made me nauseated. So, I’ll probably be on BC for life!

Post # 8
1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Go see your dermatologist.  I had bad breakouts when I went off of hormonal birth control and the derm gave me a topical prescription that cleared it up right away.  I did have to try a couple of different prescriptions, but ultimately found a combo that worked for me.

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