One thing I will say is make sure you take your BC everyday and on time!! My year with Mirena was horrible. Without birth control I have cystic acne all over my cheeks. But this is where it gets tricky. The only negative thing I have to say about it is I have stretch marks on the inside of my arm in which the implant was placed (but none on my other arm), which I'm almost certain was caused by the implant. Thank you so much for your post! However, the side effects of the birth control, mostly the nausea, were too strong for me to remain on the pill so sadly the hormonal acne is back. It took 3 months for the acne to go away once I started and my face has been pretty clear since then. Results: maybe a bit skewed because I had a baby in August last year and my hormones were all effed up until recently, but my skin is more or less clear of breakouts now. Hormonal treatments seem to have worked the best for me; topical treatments help, but can't prevent acne nearly as well as Spiro has. I got my nexplanon out a week ago after 2 years and I had a really similar experience. Found out that certain types of contraceptives can indeed help decrease or aggravate hormonal acne. Switched to Ortho Tricyclen (basically the lo + estrogen) and I finally feel the permanent cysts getting smaller. Is Spiro like BC pills in the sense that your acne comes back after you stop? I did try several different types … After your doctor decides you're a good candidate for birth control, you'll have to decide if the possibility of clear skin is worth the potential side effects and risks. I almost don't recognize myself. The way that one med affects you may be wildly different than the way it affects someone else, and your best partner in that journey is your doctor. Learn more about how to handle acne while taking birth control pills. I got cystic acne from the nexplanon too! On the flip side, sometimes birth control can be implicated as the cause of acne or other skin conditions. However, anecdotes are inherently biased. This link could be helpful too! I always have very oily skin and at least some acne, so it's hard to tell if something is marginally improving or worsening. And yo girl just can't cope with that ruining her sex life. As a skincare sub, this is a pretty natural topic for us to talk about. Anecdotes are compelling. It took forever to find a BC that didn't have bad side effects AND cleared up my remaining acne. The hormonal IUDs contain levonorgestrel, which is one of the more androgenic (male hormone-like) birth control hormones. Absolutely! For some lucky folks it’s smooth skin sailing after adolescence. Obviously YMMV, what works for me might not work for you and vice versa. Sigh. Holy hell, my back broke out so horrendously for those next few months, with my face getting a little more zitty than usual too. Specific name of birth control: Levlen ED. The list of medications that require a lookout for the content are Norgestrel, Norethindrone acetate, and Levonorgestrel. Levlen ED was the first BC I took and I do wish I'd done more research on this stuff before I got the prescription. Very depressed. Hello people I am new with acne and I would like to have some advice. Just make sure you're consistent with it. If you develop it, a few simple changes in diet and a zinc supplements can help you get rid of it faster. The first time I came off the pill was a DISASTER for my skin, I broke out like crazy. Now while my acne is "cured" since removing neplanon I feel my skin has been permanently altered. It was mostly because I never got my period but it helped with my acne and oily skin. I had a stressful time when I turned 19 after taking on two jobs. Just ask Redditor malequ, who shared eight photos of her skin between June 2013 and now on Reddit … The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. I did try several different types of the pill and was nauseous on each one. It's an anti-androgen that reduces the amount of testosterone in your system--similar to how BC works for acne. So, birth control is a common treatment that doctors default to when they think acne may have a hormonal cause. Pick the right BC before you go! In fact, many young women turn to birth control pills to treat their hormonal acne. The first two weeks on it, I was an emotional mess - I was sobbing all the time and losing it on my boyfriend. "Patients who do not have a personal or family history of clotting disorders or blood clots, fall within a healthy BMI, do not smoke and are under the age of 35 are the best candidates," says Krishnan. BC: Yasmin for 6 months, stopped for a year, now on Yaz (pack 3). I would be the only person to notice this though. Next, I decide to try Ortho TriCyclen lo per Pocketderm recommendation which didn't have a generic and I decided to switch to Sprintec after that (generic for Ortho Cyclen). No difference for me. Worth it: I can sorta manage my hormonal acne if I'm careful with my diet & ensure I got enough physical activity regularly, but ehhh... too much work! I still had cystic acne for three plus years after having it removed and just went on accutane as a last resort. Also, as expected with contraceptives, my periods were extremely regular. I used Seasonique for years because I really enjoyed having period only 4 times a year and I've always had acne since puberty so I didn't think much of it while on Seasonique. I got Mirena last year. No negative impact on my sex drive. That's what your doctor is there for, after … Anecdotes are something we all naturally put a lot of trust in. My biggest problem right now is just closed comedones and dark spots and that is why I started a proper routine recently, but besides that, I don't get much acne anymore. If you seem to get more acne after getting an IUD, the usual acne treatments, especially Curology, should treat it effectively. The graph below is a summary of the pooled data showing the average reduction in different types of acne after three and six months of treatment with either antibiotics or birth control pills. So when I was about 16 my doctor put me on birth control to regulate my hormones. BC is very much ymmv. So I haven't really noticed a difference because of that. Granted, the birth control pill is no miracle worker for all skin problems, or even every kind of acne. I’d like to take a second to talk about anecdotal evidence. I’d heard of people using birth control pills for acne but never really understood the connection between the two. No more acne and clockwork periods! I thought discussion was a tag but apparently not! Specific Name of Birth Control: Layolis, Mirena, How long you've been on it: Layolis (2013-March 2017), Mirena (March 2017-). Some people don’t get acne while they’re on birth control, but they begin experiencing breakouts when they stop taking it. Type of acne: my acne is generally pretty mild; many of them are whiteheads or smaller CCs that heal within a few days. I took TriSprintec years ago and I started getting lazy with it, taking it sporadically or missing every couple of days. It really messed with my skin and gave me a horrible breakout. How Much Can Birth Control Pills Reduce Acne? Get more info here about using birth control for acne. So, birth control is a common treatment that doctors default to when they think acne may have a hormonal cause. or if my skin is too dry/oily. NO SEX DRIVE. No daily pill but no crappy IUD effects (mirena gave me severe mood swings, facial hair, an ovarian cyst, and extreme extreme extreme vaginal dryness - NO THANKS). as with all birth control, it will take a few weeks to adjust emotionally.. you might feel a bit psycho or you might be lucky and bypass the craziness. BTW, the copper (non-hormonal) IUD isn't typically linked to acne—but if you switch to the copper IUD from a hormonal birth control pill, which may have been keeping breakouts at bay, that change, in itself, may also lead to breakouts, explains Dr. Garshick. Slight amounts of hormonal acne, but frankly I had acne before getting on hormonal BC so I have a hard time attributing it to the implant. Now that I'm back on it, my face and back have definitely cleared up. My sex drive was drastically reduced and I experienced a huge increase in depression over the time I was on the pill though I think that was largely incidental. Also, birth control pills contain both estrogen and progesterone, which lower the number of androgens in a woman’s body, resulting in less sebum, and less acne. It also made my crippling unbearable period cramps a lot more tolerable (I used to not be able to leave my bed for a whole day on the first day of my period, now I can work through the cramps). Now, it seems like my acne is largely hormonal, centred around my chin. I've never had suicidal thoughts until I was on this birth control. Unfortunately I was insanely emotional and gained a lot of weight, had swelling in my legs on it so i stopped it. I'm on Loestrin 1.5/30. I also didn't realize how hazy/boarderline depressed it made me feel until I got it out. Results: Wonderful! Very reactive. As always, YMMV, but I definitely want something low dose. Worth it: YES. I found out I had sensitivity to fatty alcohols and sls so I got rid of everything in my closet with that. Just to show that everyone's different - my breakouts returned when I took a short (1 month) break in between implanon replacements. My acne has gotten so bad that there are times I will not even leave the house. I know it's common to start getting hormonal acne in your early 20s, but the timing was too coincidental to not have nexplanon at least exacerbate it. Age: Specific Name of Birth Control: How long you've been on it: Results: Worth it: Side Effects: Type of Acne (I get obviously hormonal, but CC's, blackheads, etc.). So now I am on my third pack of Yaz which has helped clear up my skin again. Results: On Yasmin, I had the best skin of my life. YMMV but please please keep your emotional reactions to BC in consideration when you start a new one. I was completely miserable. Hi!! You've tried to treat acne on your own and it won't go away. https://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/330166-good-bad-birth-control-pills-and-implants-for-acne/. Very informational! Dermatologists share why people develop cystic acne and break out around their chin and jawline after they stop taking birth control pills. I'v found that my hormonal acne issue was almost completely solved by starting birth control. I usually have a forehead full of whiteheads and a few CC on my cheeks. I was on an Aviane which gave me horrible pizza face everywhere, and switched to Ortho Tricyclen lo too which worked for a while on my cramps but left me with minor cysts on my jaw line. For many years, doctors have been prescribing birth control pills to help with acne in women of all ages.. To find out if birth control pills that help with acne may be right for you, it is important to understand what causes acne in the first place and how birth control pills work to fight it. I'm not on birth control currently but am looking to get script tomorrow so I have alternative motives for this post. My point is: take everything in this thread with a gigantic grain of salt. Finally, bleeding for 1.5 years straight.Type of Acne: When I look back at old pictures I am shocked, my skin was absolutely perfect. Post birth control acne is common, but you don’t have to put up with it. I wanted to give you some action steps and support around how to treat acne after stopping birth control pills, because I’ve been there and I know you might be there too. They were already pretty regular before, but my next period would occur exactly on the same day every month. I also felt like maybe my libido went down a bit, especially in the beginning? Although not all the birth control pills promote acne, medicines that are rich in androgen progestin escalate or worsen the acne situation. You've probably heard of instances where birth control actually aggravated someone's acne instead of helping it get better. "While teenage or inflammatory acne is commonly treated with oral antibiotics if appropriate, for hormonal acne, the failure rate of antibiotics is 70% to 80%," Dr. Kanchanapoomi Levin tells us. Taking birth control pills, or other forms of hormonal birth control decrease hormonal fluctuations, delivering a steady dose of hormones throughout the month. I really wish I had done my research.Side Effects: Besides the onset of acne, which was so severe I was about to get accuntane before I put two and two together, there was a lot of other negatives I didn't realize till after it was removed. As a teenager I did not have a lot of acne, however within a few months after coming off of the pill, I experienced acne after stopping birth control. Acne after stopping birth control is a big question that I'm asked. Type of acne: Without the pill, acne is not the worst, but uncomfortable for me (lots of PIH). Accutane, generically referred to as isotretinoin, is generally reserved for the most severe of acne--in particular, those with significant scarring and/or intractable to other therapies. Skin still produced large amounts of oil on face, scalp and torso. I'm breaking out now because I experimented stopping the Spiro. This went on for much longer than I hoped for, but I hope this is helpful! I've started Spiro about 3 weeks ago and while I see an improvement, my skin hasn't returned to how it was before my Mirena IUD. Also, didn't know what tag to put on this! Question about Spiro, can it be used with a hormone IUD? Permanent scaring on my face I am still dealing with years later.Worth it: Absolutely not, one of my biggest regrets. Worth it: It's a god-send more me. However, the second time I came of the pill was a SUCCESS, acne free! Type of acne: T-zone breakouts (cystic or CC, depends), Specific name of birth control: Cyestra-35 (I think it's the same as Diane?). Side effects: It regulates my otherwise very heavy and highly irregular period (I spent so much on pregnancy tests when my period only comes every 2-6 months). If anything I would say the acne still happens just not as bad. However, the side effects of the birth control, mostly the nausea, were too strong for me to remain on the pill so sadly the hormonal acne is back. It was a transitional thing between getting the Implanon out and getting back on the pill). The next morning my head felt so clear. Certain birth control pills contain hormones that can help reduce or eliminate acne. Also, do you have a source that says drosperinone is the best for acne? This way you can prepare your body and get it as healthy and balanced as possible so whatever post pill symptoms get thrown your way, your body is in the strongest possible position to keep things calm and under control. You can minimise the chances of getting it by opting for contraceptives with the new generation of progestins and exfoliating skin regularly. I know it's common for acne to change (for better or worse) on birth control but it never made a difference for me either way. I'm going to piggy back on this...it cleared up my skin. So, a NP put me on a standard Loestrin Lo which did nothing and I was still breaking out. I had a great experience getting it inserted (not fun but definitely bearable), and after a month or so of spotting, I don't have to give birth control any thought at all. Here are some interesting articles that discuss this conundrum further. It was almost a year without me seeing a change, and this was frustrating to say the least and I was about to return to taking the pill, but then decided to take a look at some natural options. I freaked and asked my gyno what I could do to get rid of it and she suggested switching BC to ortho-tricyclin since I had been on the Lutera for so long. Curing severe acne can be a long process. I found my skin got worse on the pill though this may be due to puberty's natural progression. Still, breaking out after years of having the occasional pimple was devastating for my confidence. And for many women—present company included—birth control can be a powerful tool used specifically to treat acne. I mainly started bc (Yasmin) 6 years ago to control my hormonal acne. Here are the 5 most important steps you can take to start to heal hormonal acne after birth control: 1. I was depressed, so horribly depressed. Switching to the IUD I was worried my skin would get worse but it looks great now. I'm back on it now, and thinking of going on BC as well just to give my skin an extra push. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the SkincareAddiction community, Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I'v found that my hormonal acne issue was almost completely solved by starting birth control. I know that for most people, the pill improves their acne so I'd say it's definitely worth trying if you don't want to commit to a longterm birth control method like the implant or an IUD. I have had almost perfect results with this implant. Though not a serious medical condition, it can damage to your perceived self-image and confidence. It's made my skin a lot less oily, and for a straight year, I didn't get a single zit. Birth control and acne breakouts are linked, but it's usually in a good way. Wondering if genetics are a greater contributor to my oiliness than hormones are. I recently have switched birth controls and found that my cystic acne has been disappearing (though it's still far from perfect). Your doctor or OB/GYN is your absolute best source for info on birth control. Besides obvious birth control, it got rid of my very stubborn acne. So is it basically like a lifetime commitment if you want clear skin? Specific name of birth control: Ortho Tri-Cyclen (it's one of three BCs that are FDA approved to treat acne). It's funny how different pills affect everyone so differently. My periods were regular. My skin is looking great and for once in a long time I may have good skin! I finally had to come off all BC to control my acne. Home Acne Birth Control Pills for Acne Prone Skin, Brands, Before and After Birth Control Pills for Acne Prone Skin, Brands, Before and After. However, each month after that my acne kept getting worse and worse. If any other acne treatment like topical creams and antibiotics are not effective in reducing your acne, you can opt for birth control pills to control acne after consulting your doctor. Results: It eliminated pretty much all my acne. Find out which pills are FDA-approved to treat acne. For the most part it stayed in the same spot and never got to bad. I have some cysts below my jawline about every month. Looking bad my acne was never too bad or too out of control. Worth it: To me. (Interestingly, he noted, combined hormone birth control pills ― that is pills with both estrogen and progestin ― are a common treatment option for acne.) I've been on accutane twice but I still get some hormonal acne. Results: everything was great, except I started getting hormonal acne because of it - which I was never prone to prior. Went back on Lutera and I still have acne but it calmed back down to what it was before. If you don’t have easy access to health care, try one of these resources listed in When to see a doctor: Free or low-cost clinics (http://nafcclinics.org/clinics/search in the US), Nurse practitioners (http://npfinder.aanp.org in the US) (Most insurance companies have a phone number you can call to speak with an NP to help if you can’t get an appointment or aren’t sure whether you need one), Firstderm.com can help identify your skin condition, r/AskDocs - a sub which uses verified flair to mark medical professionals, AGE: 23Birth Control: NexplanonHow Long: 1.5 yearsResults: Horrible cystic acne when I have never experienced it before. I'm considering going on yaz, but I'm nervous bc I know it has an increased risk of blood clots compared to the other 2 forms of BC approved by the FDA for acne. How long did it take for your skin to clear up? It also made my period super regular. Worth it: YES. I'm not on BC, but I have been taking Spironolactone, which is a hormonal drug. On the flip side, sometimes birth control can be implicated as the cause of acne or other skin conditions. It hasn't helped my skin but I'm carefree about unwanted pregnancy. side effects: not much with yaz, just bigger boobs. A paper published in 2014 combines data from 32 quality studies across the globe to examine the effects of birth control pills and antibiotics for acne. Any time you have questions or are unsure. Here's how one young woman who loved Nexplanon got rid of the acne. After he examined my skin, Jaber presented me with a few options, including having the IUD removed (which I wasn’t quite ready to do) and trying spironolactone in conjunction with topical acne treatments. Here’s why: This is because of the way their birth control was regulating their hormones. I'm sorry you had a bad experience! I believe that the estrogen in the pill helped to keep the skin clear. As a skincare sub, this is a pretty natural topic for us to talk about. Other peeps get adult acne on the reg. Common symptoms include acne flare-ups and hair loss . For the convenience factor alone. Type of acne: Hormonal around my chin, jaw, and some on cheeks. Birth control pills are considered a first-line alternative to antibiotics for treating acne in women, concluded a review of 32 trials. Not sure now haha. Broke out quite a bit on my chin, an area on my face I never normally break out on. Dealing with acne can make you feel frustrated and embarrassed, but you’re not alone. I didn't even last a month on that stuff. Acne after stopping birth control . I was taking birth control pills for two months and I stopped them because they caused me acne (I am 24 years old and I never had acne before). Post-birth control syndrome is a term used to describe symptoms that generally arise 5-6 months after a woman goes off birth control. My sex drive is as it was, my skin looks great, I'm happier (now medicated for depression), and I haven't had a period in months. I've gotta stick up for Nexplanon: it's been a godsend for me. Before you see a dermatologist, it helps to prepare for your appointment. Yaz only took a month to adjust. I had the Implanon taken out just over a week ago and already I'm seeing an improvement - haven't had a break out since! It made an incredible difference and I am still on it now. BC (Ortho Tricyclen-Lo, then regular Tricyclen) controlled my hormonal acne so well that I actually thought I'd grown out of it, except for a couple pimples that popped up when I really overdid the dairy. My apologies if this has been done before! Here's what I know and what I've found. Over-the-counter products and prescription medications are available to help treat acne. I read it's something about the estrogen reducing the free testosterone but overall Im feeling pretty good :). I wish this worked for me, it did WONDERS for my skin! Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, mod | sleep vs skincare routine: the eternal battle, https://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/330166-good-bad-birth-control-pills-and-implants-for-acne/. , Side effects: of course, as with any contraceptive there's side effects but I didn't experience any weird ones apart from the hormonal acne. The best way to avoid acne after coming off the pill is to start your anti-acne treatment plan 2-3 months before you finish taking birth control. Literally never wanted my partner to touch me, we almost broke up during this time and we actually did begin to live separately my moods were so bad. I had it removed after a year and a half after trying several topical meds that didn't help. I haven't heard of anyone else who has, so that makes me feel so much better! 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