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GAH help my face!!

NarniaNarnia Posts: 1,770Registered Users
I have NEVER in my life had acne, maybe a zit here or there but never acne. I went off my BC pill in August of last year, and starting n December my face started to be really bad. The last couple of weeks it has been UNBEARABLE.
I feel like I've tried everything - organic, honey masks, tea tree oil, proactiv, regular drug store face wash that I used to use all the time, coconut oil, toothpaste, steams. NOTHING. It's getting worse. It's like a few large red pimples, and some smaller ones around.
I'm so frustrated/embarrassed/self conscious.

Any experience here would be greatly appreciated.
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  • KurlyKaeKurlyKae Posts: 3,413Registered Users
    It sounds like you've done what you can on your own, I think it's time to see a dermatologist.
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  • SayoonSayoon Posts: 432Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Last semester I had crazy acne that lasted for 5 months , iv tried everything organic and chemical but u know what really worked..!
    Not washing my face
    I swear this cleared up my skin, for the days I know I won't go out I dnt come near my face , and for other days is just use water or organic wipes.
    Just let ur natural oils kick in and solve the problem.
  • ursulaursula Posts: 1,461Registered Users
    I've been having problems with acne in the last couple of years too (even though, like you, I never had acne problems as a teenager). I feel like my Clarisonic has helped. I still get the occasional pimple but my skin has cleared up a lot.
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  • curlisue1curlisue1 Posts: 491Registered Users
    I got some peels from MUAC and they seen to be helping mine.
  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    Here are some general tips I've picked up, some of them on these boards, that really have helped me.

    1. Be consistent. A product isn't going to make a difference with one use, or even a couple uses. Zits don't actually develop over night. It takes time to develop, and it takes time to clear them up.

    2. Don't do anything that damages the skin barrier. So, no harsh scrubs or anything. I know they're tempting, but they're harmful.

    3. Don't do anything that really dries out your skin--your face should never have that tight feeling. EVER. If it's dry it'll overproduce oil to compensate and make you break out even more. It's a vicious cycle that so many acne products are SO drying.

    4. Pay attention to things that aren't skin-deep. How's your diet? How much water do you drink?

    5. Make sure you wash your face BEFORE you exercise/sweat if you're wearing any makeup. And also immediately after, regardless of what's on your face. This is just one of the reasons you need some super gentle non-drying face wash...you can't use the harsh stuff this often!

    6. There's really only a few ingredients in any acne products. Salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide are in most drug store brands. You can also find tea tree oil, sulfur, and glycolic acid, more often in more upscale brands. So don't just go buying products all willy-nilly...you don't need 10 different salicylic acid products!
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  • LuuuuucyLuuuuucy Posts: 146Registered Users
    I've been down this road and I hate to say that the only thing that helped my adult acne was the pill. I know you said you just went off of it.
    I had zero luck with my dermatologist. He gave me antibiotics, which worked great at first and then my skin was ten times worse. Antibiotics kill off he bad bacteria AND the good, so then the bad can take over. :/
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    This may not matter, but I'm curious what type of bc were you on?

    I was on Yaz last year (2 years ago?) and being on it wasn't working but going off if it was horrible. The after effects of it leaving my system lasted about a year and it sucked. My face was definitely a huge mess.

    It eventually calmed down, but I had good luck with Ponds cold cream at night, rinsing w water in the morning, Dove soap for sensitive skin in the shower, and just a little vitamin E oil on the dry spots and under my eyes.


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  • NarniaNarnia Posts: 1,770Registered Users
    Thanks everyone, I'm at my wits end.

    iroc, I was on Yasmin. I have also noticed that I sweat WAY more than I ever did now that I'm off of it. Like after 20 minutes of wearing a shirt I'll have wet marks under my arms and this is a girl who barely even sweat at the gym before. Is pretty clear that my body is in an adjustment period, and it scares me to see what the pill had done to my body! It didn't even click for me that it was because of the pill until about two weeks ago when I started thinking "I should go back on the pill, maybe that'll help." Lol, duh!
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Narnia wrote: »
    Thanks everyone, I'm at my wits end.

    iroc, I was on Yasmin. I have also noticed that I sweat WAY more than I ever did now that I'm off of it. Like after 20 minutes of wearing a shirt I'll have wet marks under my arms and this is a girl who barely even sweat at the gym before. Is pretty clear that my body is in an adjustment period, and it scares me to see what the pill had done to my body! It didn't even click for me that it was because of the pill until about two weeks ago when I started thinking "I should go back on the pill, maybe that'll help." Lol, duh!

    Ya, those two (Yaz and Yasmin) are horrible. I had the same thought, about going back on it, but thats such a bad decision.

    The first 2 or 3 months I was on it was really great, and I lost 10lbs - but after that it just got worse. I gained that weight back, plus some, and my face was broken out, my vagina itched constantly. Seriously, sorry about the tmi, but it felt like I had a chronic yeast infection, and I had debilitating migraines constantly. Oh, and I practically hemorrhaged at my period. If you google it you'll actually find message boards and support groups for women coming off this pill. Its bad.

    Around 7 months after you stopped you should even out.

    Again, sorry bout the nasty info.


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  • NarniaNarnia Posts: 1,770Registered Users
    There is no info too nasty for this forum Cori!! Ha.

    Yea I started googling, and found that I was not alone in my experience with that brand. Ugh. I had great results in other ways while on it. No crazy mood swings, better periods. I had tried other pills before it with really bad experiences. Particularly Alesse, I turned into crazy devil woman. My BF at the time was like "if you keep up with this attitude, you won't have anyone around TO have sex with." LOL. He was right, though.
    I had headaches the first 2-3 weeks coming off of it, and then was fine so I though, wow, that was easy! I also noticed my libido went WAY up and I was far more laid back and pleasant. Then about three months later the outbreaks started, a month after that the crazy sweating. Now with a new BF in the picture, I want some kind of BC again, but I'm terrified to go back on the pill! Did y find another brand that has been better for you?
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    No, I have horrible reactions to bc. Lo Ovral made my skin glow, but I was such an insane person. Once I punched my (ex) boyfriend in the head and jumped out of a moving car! Another one made me constantly hungry and I gained like 40 lbs. Even progesterone only pills made me nuts.

    I had an iud put in, but I got the copper one bc I do so horribly on hormones. But my body didn't respond well and I had reactions with that as well.

    My last resort was a diaphragm. It toom some convincing to my gyn bc they're so old fashioned. She kept trying to push other methods.

    But seriously the diaphragm is the best bc EVER for me. I LOVE it. The fitting process was a little awkward. It took a couple of tries to get used to inserting it but now its super easy. I put it in if I plan on 'starting something', otherwise I may have to do a little 'hang on a second, lemme put my thing in' lol. Your supposed to use it w a spermicide, but that stuff is like acid to my cervix. *shudder*. Unless its a few days before or after my period, we use withdrawal too to add extra protection. Its good to use during your period too bc it catches the mess.


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  • NarniaNarnia Posts: 1,770Registered Users
    I can relate to the crazy person thing! I freaked on my ex in a movie store for touching my arm (in a loving manner) and then literally sat on the floor IN THE STORE crying in the fetal. #nutso.

    Condoms for me are like spermicide for you. I have a latex allergy, and I'll definitely use them in a pinch, but in a committed relationship I prefer to not use them. The latex free ones are like winter mittens, I swear.
    I'll talk to my doc about the diaphragm, thanks for the tips!
    I am 8 months pill free, so I'm hoping that this current bad breakout is the worst one, and that I'll notice some changes after this. I'm going to stick with a honey/cinnamon/baking soda mask daily and hope that helps calm my skin a bit. It's such a catch 22 because now I've started wearing foundation and concealer which I've never needed, to cover the acne, and I feel like I need to work harder to get the makeup off which might damage the skin further. I also have no luck with powder products because my skin is dry as it is.
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I think I have all of the above problems as well.

    Noxzema is like my cure all. A lot of people are totally against it bc of the waxy feeling it leaves, but it always clears up my skin when it freaks out and its awesome to shave with.

    I know when I was post bc I had half a dozen skin products in my bathroom trying to find what would work.



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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    Sayoon wrote: »
    Last semester I had crazy acne that lasted for 5 months , iv tried everything organic and chemical but u know what really worked..!
    Not washing my face
    I swear this cleared up my skin, for the days I know I won't go out I dnt come near my face , and for other days is just use water or organic wipes.
    Just let ur natural oils kick in and solve the problem.
    This helped me once too. I had bronchitis in high school and was laid up in bed for over a week. I don't recall eating or getting up to pee, so I certainly wasn't washing my face. My skin cleared right up.
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Sayoon wrote: »
    Last semester I had crazy acne that lasted for 5 months , iv tried everything organic and chemical but u know what really worked..!
    Not washing my face
    I swear this cleared up my skin, for the days I know I won't go out I dnt come near my face , and for other days is just use water or organic wipes.
    Just let ur natural oils kick in and solve the problem.
    This helped me once too. I had bronchitis in high school and was laid up in bed for over a week. I don't recall eating or getting up to pee, so I certainly wasn't washing my face. My skin cleared right up.


    Hmm, I also noticed when I'm sick, my face is very clear. I think it is due to washing less and no makeup.
  • legendslegends Posts: 3,073Registered Users
    Do not let coconut oil touch your skin. I started using it for a while after a long stretch of clear skin and it was a disaster. I can use other oils, like jojoba, but not coconut.

    Diet has been the big thing that keeps most of my acne under control, but for many people it makes no difference.

    For skincare I use a really gentle cleanser--and if I don't wear makeup that day, I just use water. PSF's BHA solution is great for keeping my pores clear.
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  • coilynappcoilynapp Posts: 4,233Registered Users
    Coconut oil is comedogenic. Don't use it on your face. It'll make things worse

    Have you tried benzoyl peroxide? Is that what it's called? Lol


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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Btw, if its hormonal, no product is going to fix you, so I would just use a very gentle cleanser and a light moisturizer that you know doesn't break you out.

    If you have a particularly evil zit, I'd suggest spot treating with a Neutrogena zit zapper cream. Either the regular or the rapid clear, either one says it clears in 8 hours, and it does. It works.


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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    legends wrote: »
    Do not let coconut oil touch your skin. I started using it for a while after a long stretch of clear skin and it was a disaster. I can use other oils, like jojoba, but not coconut.

    Diet has been the big thing that keeps most of my acne under control, but for many people it makes no difference.

    For skincare I use a really gentle cleanser--and if I don't wear makeup that day, I just use water. PSF's BHA solution is great for keeping my pores clear.
    See, coconut oil never broke me out. I've used it to moisturize in spots and also for OCM. No problems.
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  • Keltey1031Keltey1031 Posts: 115Registered Users
    Sounds like it might be a reaction to you coming off the bc hormones. When I stopped taking the pill a few years ago, I had horrible, horrible breakouts. I'm talking cystic acne all over my face. I always had acne when I was younger but it wasn't really that bad until I came off the pill. I'd suggest keeping track of when you breakout. I still get occasional breakouts, but it's specific to my cycle. My face is clear when I'm on my period, but for some reason the hormones when I'm ovulating make my face breakout. If it's hormonal, there's not a whole lot you can do about it, as iroc said. You might want to see a dermatologist as well.

    Like others have said, never put coconut oil on your face. NC has an article that lists other products that can cause breakouts or make acne worse:

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    You really just have to find what works for you. While the products I use don't have the best list of ingredients, they help balance the oil production on my face. I shower in the morning and washing my face is always the last thing I do before turning the water off. I then put whatever products I'm going to use into my hair, plop, and then take a cotton round with a gentle toner and wipe my face to remove any hair product residue. Immediately after, I spot treat with either tea tree oil or salicylic acid and then mix a tiny amount of a tinted, physical sunscreen with my moisturizer. Before going to bed I do a similar routine: wash face, toner, Acanya (prescription topical cream with benzoyl peroxide 2.5% and clindamycin phosphate 1.2%), and then moisturizer.
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    Hello! I'm procrastinating again, so I have a bonanza of internet medical advice for you!

    Quitting Yasmin could well be the culprit. I believe it's approved to treat moderate acne. And, while it usually takes 3 months for your body to adjust to starting or stopping a bc pill, August to December is still close to that range at 4 months.

    As for OTC acne treatments, they can be very tricky. While they may contain "active ingredients" known to treat acne, they're very often formulated in a way that makes these ingredients ineffective. The acidity may be off, the concentration could be too low, and often the product just doesn't stay on your face long enough to do anything (face washes are a big culprit here). And even when two treatments work individually, combining them may neutralize one or both.

    I agree that you should see a dermatologist. You've gone through the OTC options, so the next option is professional treatment. Some dermatologists are better than others, so be picky. There are the usual issues of finding a doctor who's personable and respectful. But on top of that, a lot of dermatologists are in the business of selling skincare products, and some even sell their own brands. Make sure your dermatologist doesn't push retail products or exotic treatments on you. She should see herself as a doctor, not a salesperson.

    Before you go to the dermatologist, try to think of all changes you've made that could have affected your acne. This includes medications and supplements, as well as everything that comes in contact with your face. A lot of people neglect to tell their doctors about natural products and home remedies, but these are often part of the problem. Haircare products can also mess up your face, especially if you use heavy products or wear your hair down.
  • LovemenappyLovemenappy Posts: 332Registered Users
    I know how you feel. I recommend the following

    1) Wash: Herbiclens and/or Phisoderm. Both are gentle enough not to strip your face but are deep cleansing. Herbiclens is considered the best as it's what doctors use to clean their hands in the hospital.

    2) Tone: Witch hazel. This will work as an astringent..,..you can add tea tree oil to this as well.

    3) Treatment: Queen Helene Mint Julep Facial Mask! It's cheap, natural (mostly), and VERY effective.
  • legendslegends Posts: 3,073Registered Users
    legends wrote: »
    Do not let coconut oil touch your skin. I started using it for a while after a long stretch of clear skin and it was a disaster. I can use other oils, like jojoba, but not coconut.

    Diet has been the big thing that keeps most of my acne under control, but for many people it makes no difference.

    For skincare I use a really gentle cleanser--and if I don't wear makeup that day, I just use water. PSF's BHA solution is great for keeping my pores clear.
    See, coconut oil never broke me out. I've used it to moisturize in spots and also for OCM. No problems.

    I wish. Before the breakouts started I loved how it made my skin feel-so soft. I can use it on my body without getting bacne, but my face hates it.

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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    1) Wash: Herbiclens and/or Phisoderm. Both are gentle enough not to strip your face but are deep cleansing. Herbiclens is considered the best as it's what doctors use to clean their hands in the hospital.



    It's Hibiclens, not Herbiclens. Just thought I'd correct that in case anyone is looking for it and can't find it. It's generally in the first-aid section of the pharmacy, not the facial cleanser aisle. Walgreens sells a generic version without the awful pink dye that the namebrand has. Be careful not to get Hibiclens in the eyes or ears.
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    My skin went to hell when I went off the pill in 2003. It's better now but it took years to get to this point. I still have lots of redness and I've lost that smooth, beautiful glow I had while on the pill. *sigh*

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  • Gilly07Gilly07 Posts: 95Registered Users
    I had the same breakouts when I came off BC, I had been on it for many years and the breakouts were savage!
    I over reacted to it at first hitting it with everything to try and clear it but it only got worse and more angry. The thing that worked for me was:

    Wash with a VERY mild cleanser, I used MooGoo milky wash wich is amazingly mild.
    Go over your skin with either witch hazel or Biore 3-in-1 toner.
    Apply a LIGHT moisturiser, very plain, as plain as possible, something like Simple or Avene.

    Once I did this my skin really did start to clear up and within 3 weeks was MUCH better. I think the Biore toner is brilliant stuff, it has an AHA in it which helps with skin turnover but its not aggressive as many anti-acne products are.
    The important thing to remember is that your hormones will eventually sort themselves out, it will get better!:thumbright:
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Since this has gone on for several months without responding to the usual OTC stuff, and since acne is relatively new to you, I'd suggest you go to a dermatologist. You might be able to clear it up permanently with an Rx acne treatment and/or antibiotics. Once you get deeply colonized with acne-causing bacteria, it's almost impossible to eradicate it and it will become a lifelong fight. That's the boat I'm in...lifelong.

    This is what I did with each of my kids as they hit their teen years and started getting acne. I didn't want to let it go for years and hope it would clear up. I took them right to the doctor. One got a permanent cure with antibiotics. Two of them had to go on a course of Accutane, but they are all clear at this time. I don't allow acne to just fester and infect them deeply.
  • NarniaNarnia Posts: 1,770Registered Users
    Thanks for all the help ladies. I went the route of barely using any product. I used a honey/baking soda/cinnamon/coffee grind wash at night, followed by a really light aveeno moisturizer. I have already noticed a difference. I'm hoping I'm on the way OUT of this hormone adjustment period. I appreciate all the tips!!
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    One got a permanent cure with antibiotics.

    This worked me as well when all of sudden (I think it was menopause hormones for me) I started having acne issues. I went to the dermatoligist and she had me on a 3 month regimen of antibiotics. It cleared it up and I have been fine since. This was about 2-3 years ago.
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  • journotravelerjournotraveler Posts: 2,816Registered Users
    Yours definitely sounds like a hormonal reaction. I struggled with adult acne in my early 40s. I did antibiotics (they just made me sick), facials, peels, expensive serums, everything.

    What helped me:

    1. Minimizing stress.
    2. Taking a short course of Murad vitamins for acne.
    3. Doing less to my face. I use Retin A every other night, wash my face with a gentle cleanser like Cerave or one from Neutrogena's Naturals. I also use a really gentle moisturizer, Cerave.


    The less I do, the less money I spend, the happier my face.

    Good luck! Battling acne is no joke.
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