Post # 1
I have never had acne in my life… ever. In June I had surgery and was diagnosed with endometriosis. The doctor put me on a pill, which helped, but it literally sent me into menopause… I was moody, depressed, no sex drive and horrible breakouts. He switched me to the depo-provera shot and everything has gotten better except for the breakouts (and the sex drive, but that isn’t the point of this topic lol). Thank goodness I have nearly a year until my wedding, but I’m not sure how soon before my wedding I should stop taking the shot in order to give my skin time to get back to normal? I’m also hoping y’all can recommend me a good acne treatment to begin using. It’s not just my face that’s breaking out, it’s my chest and back as well and I just can’t stand the thought that I’ve made it through the first 25 years of my life acne free and now I’m going to get married covered from head to toe. Any help is greatly appreciated!
P.S. Pregnancy isn’t an issue, I wasn’t on BC before the diagnosis so if it happens it happens, if not it doesn’t. I am only on BC right now to help with the pain of the endometriosis. However, I don’t want to get pregnant and be SHOWING before the wedding so that’s another factor to consider when getting off of the shot.
Post # 3
Neutrogena’s Body Clear Body Wash – Pink Grapefruit works really great for me to combat occasional breakouts on my chest or back. It’s pretty inexpensive and a bottle lasts a while, so it’s worth trying out to see if it works for you! I used it religiously leading up to my wedding.
I don’t have personal experience with endometriosis, but I’m so sorry you’re going through this. It may be worth trying out some different BC to see if you have a better reaction to anything else? I know there are definitely ladies on the board who are going through/have gone through what you are right now, so hopefully they can chime in and help too!
Good luck hun!!!!!!
Post # 4
Hmmm no advice really except see a dermatologist!!
Post # 5
Thanks! I just ordered a huge Proactiv kit, but I will try the Neutrogena also! The doctor said there aren’t really any more options to help the endometriosis except for a $600 monthly shot that causes bone thinning… even if I could afford it, there has been bone cancer and osteoporosis in my family so that’s not an option. Or I can get pregnant and he said that usually helps endometriosis more than anything, but I don’t want to do that until after the wedding lol… thank you both!
Post # 6
I also get birth control related acne. It sucks, but for me the annoyance of having acne is far worse than the pain associated with not being on birth control.
I have tried everything and found that little helps to prevent and some stuff helps to treat. What I found that helps to prevent is cutting out hormones in my dairy and meat. Trader Joe’s, Safeway, and Whole Food’s products are all hormone free (including store brand). It really helps. I also cut down on soy.
To treat, it is hit or miss. I generally use CVS’ Cetaphil twice a day and an aveno scrub every other day. Good luck!
Post # 7
@Pollywog: Thanks for the tips! Unfortunately we don’t have any of those stores here, but I do try to eat pretty healthy so maybe that helps. I will write down the products that you suggested and try them as needed!
Unfortunately, before I was diagnosed and got on the pill the main time I had pain was during intercourse, now I don’t usually have as much pain, but I have no drive to do it in the first place so I’m really not sure if it’s worth it at all.
Post # 8
@jamielb: I agree with RunnerBride with the dermatologist advice. The doctor who put you on your medication should also be able to help you with any problems. If not, seeing a dermatologist is the way to go. In the long run, it might help you save money… You might waste more money by buying OTC products that might not work for you. I still sigh when I think back on how much I spent on drugstore acne products. The reason why I had acne was different from yours. I had to get on Accutane for a year to clear up my cystic acne.
I hope things clear up for you! I tried the depo shot two years ago and I didn’t have a good experience. I was very moody and my period wouldn’t stop! I had it for 3 weeks. Yikes! Anyway, I also broke out while I was on depo, but my face and back cleared up one month after my first (and only) shot.
Post # 9
Drink lots of water and ask our doctor about vitamin A cream. At 35 my skin changed and after having a whopping 3 pimples to that point, started acting all wonky. The vit A stuff will make it seem a little worse at first but it will get better! I found using a harsher cleanser actually made it worse, but SpectroJel (you can get it at any drug store) was awesome.
Post # 10
@kaysbigjump: Unfortunately I have no insurance so I am really trying to avoid seeing professionals lol… if nothing OTC works I will ask my doctor for suggestions when I go back for my next shot. I tried the depo many years ago and bled the whole time and that’s the only side effect I remember. As for this time, I haven’t bled since my surgery in June and acne is the only thing I’ve noticed. So weird how these things effect us. Thanks!
Post # 11
@anothersmith: Thanks! I’ll keep that in mind!
Post # 12
My doctor put me on the prescription anti-biotic Soladyn. It’s a form of minocyclin. Within the first month I noticed a huge difference in the amount of break outs I had. I wash my face with Thursday Plantation lavender and tea tree bar soap. (It’s about $5 a bar at the health food store, but it lasts forever..) I also have been using Thayers All Natural Witch Hazel Toner. It’s alcohol free and is mostly witch hazel and aloe vera juice, it doesn’t have much of a scent and doesnt dry me out. Everyone’s body is different, but I credit these three things to helping my skin change from having consistent, moderate acne to being clear. My skin has been clear for about 3+ months now. Good luck!
Post # 13
I’d try to get in with a dermatologist. A Clairsonic is an amazing investment, if you have some cash to spare.
Also, don’t just wash your face. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize. You really do need all three.
And be better than me, and don’t pick!
Post # 14
Yup birth control related acne over here too! I went on BC 2 months ago and within a few weeks had a big breakout of cystic acne all around my chin. I found a great product at Winners for $8.99 (probably around $15 at a chemist) called Alpha Hydrox Enhancing Lotion with 10% glycolic acid. It helped almost overnight and now 2 weeks later my skin is looking waaaaaay better. I still have a couple of little spots but not acne. The reviews on MUA are great:
Bottle looks like this
Edit: I would NOT recommend a Clarisonic. It will just stimulate already irritated skin probably making it worse.
Post # 15
Ha! I went the opposite route from all of you guys…i got off of bc and now i’m getting acne!!! Ugh.
I’m doing the gentle cleanser (Boscia purifying cleansing gel), moisturizer (clinique moisture surge) and occaisonal salycilic exfoliation (neutrogena makes several that are AWESOME). If i’m feeling particularly acne prone, i’ll also soak a cotton ball with Neutrogena Pore refining toner and just hold it on the “trouble spot” for a while. I also use steivamyacin which was Dr. Prescribed to help exfoliate the skin’s outter layers.
1) use a gentle cleanser. If Boscia is too pricey ($27.00 at Sephora), cetaphil is always a top contender. Don’t strip away all of the oil on your face because that will confuse your skin into making more oil to compensate!
2) use a gentle oil free moisturizer.
3) get a toner and an exfoliator
4) salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are your new best friends.