(Closed) Stopping BC pills and acne

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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luckyiminlove:  I am in Canada and I use a brand called Jamieson, which I just get at the drugstore. I think any brand will do.

For the Vitamin A – 10,000 IU Gelcaps, and for the Zinc – 50 mg Tablets. I take one each before bed every night religiously!

I also use the Neutrgena pink grapefruit face wipes, which contain anti-acne ingredients. Another poster correctly said that if the acne is along the chin and jawline then it is hormonal. That’s why I have and the vitamins really helped!!!

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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luckyiminlove:  I don’t have any studies to quote but I’m pretty sure it’s been proven that the hormones from BC pills leave the body pretty fast (Like, within days). It just takes a month or so for the ovulation process to start again. The main reason people have difficulty conceiving after birth control is that their cycles aren’t (and likely never were) “normal” but they didnt know that because they’ve been on BC for so long. Honestly, I’d stay on the pills until your wedding and just stop right after. Just so you don’t have to deal with breakouts for the wedding.

Post # 21
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Helper bee

I find that a combination of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide works best. I have a wash with the salicylic and a lotion/cream with the benzoyl. 

I also take zinc when I remember to, lol. 

I’ve been doing this for a long time; in my teen years it kept it in check but not completely cleared, but when I passed 20 it got better and it’s been really pretty good ever since. Not perfect, but fine. 

I have never been on the pill. 

Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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luckyiminlove:  I understand. Hopefully Proactiv will work for you. I didn’t have any luck with it but then again I had to take Accutane to clear mine. I doubt you’ll need anything that crazy since it sounds like yours is just hormonal. Good luck!

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

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luckyiminlove:  if its painful and on your chin, it’s hormonal.  In my experience (and I know I’m only one person) with hormonal cystic acne, Proactiv, benzol peroxide, and salicylic acid didn’t work.  If you’ve only just stopped BC within the past few weeks, I would give your body time to regulate its own hormones.  But if the problem persists, its unlikely over-the-counter acne meds will be able to do much.  I used a retinoid medication recently to completely clear up my cystic acne, but since this medication causes severe birth defects, that’s clearly not the path for you.  Prior to going on the retinoid medication, though, I had been controlling serious cystic acne on my chin/jawline for years using cetaphil/cerave mild, hydrating facial cleanser twice a day and cetaphil facial moisturizer.  Too many active ingredients on your face can trigger the excess production of sebum and make cystic acne worse. 

TLDR: stick to the mildest cleansers and moisturizers you can find to control outbreaks and inflammation.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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luckyiminlove:  I, too, have noticed some acne since getting off BC.  I’ve been keeping with the same fash wash and routine.  Also, my hair has gotten more wavy/curly. 

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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luckyiminlove:  I just went off BC last month, and was very concerned with this – as that was main reason I went on BC and I sufferred from BAD acne for a long time. My skin was probably the best for the last 5 years. I remember in 2008, it was god awful again – and has been pretty clear since then besides a small flare up around my period.

I have had a couple bad ones come since then, but don’t know if they’re related to my period or from not being on the pill anymore. I have seen more of my body though, back and chest. Other than that (knock on wood), it’s been OK.

I found success with using a couple products I got samples of in a Birchbox awhile back from Evologie. Their serum and blemish cream. Wow. They work awesome, even for the cystic kind under the skin – which I occasionally still get. I also use the Acne Stress stuff from Neutrogena – toner and spot treatment.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

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luckyiminlove:  I’m glad you’re finding something that works! It took a while for me to experiment and figure out what was right for my skin.  But the general theme was that OTC meds weren’t the answer.  Good luck with your baking soda masks!

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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luckyiminlove:  I just stopped taking my BC pills last month.  My achne isn’t so bad right now… I’m hoping it doesn’t get worse.  My mood swings did change a lot.  While I was on BC they were bad.  This month I was fine.  Also while I was on BC I felt so bloated and right before I got my period I would feel nauseous.  This month everything was fine.  I am never getting on those pills again!

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