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    I went off the BC pill about a year ago, and slowly, since stopping, I have gotten acne like I never had before. I'm 26 and was on the pill since age 15.

    I asked the doc about it, and she said that since BC pills help prevent or stop acne, that stopping it probably meant that my body returned to its "normal" state, not necessarily that my new form of BC caused acne. Makes sense I guess. I'm currently using Mirena.

    Now, my face randomly breaks out, as does the back of my neck. And they are like cystic, deep into the skin, sore, red, nothing to "pop" so to speak. I'm not a pizza face, it's not breaking out ALL over, just randomly and with very sore deep acne spots.

    I tried doing the oil cleanse facewash, and that did nothing. I can't use Clearasil because it makes me break out even more.

    The doctor recommended using Cetaphil and gave me a prescription for Tretinoin (topical) but that doesnt' seem to be helping at all. I've been using it for two weeks, adn just over the weekend the back of my neck (just below my hairline) has about 4 spots that are deep cyst like zits.

    HELP?!
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    Do you have a dermatologist you can go to? In my experience, GPs are not so great at this kind of thing.

    My skin does not stay clear without prescription help. I have been on a variety of different things throughout my life, but if I stop taking them the acne comes back. People look at me and think I have great skin, but it's only because I take medication for it (usually an antibiotic, in the process of switching to something different right now).

    I never took Accutane, but I think it is still on the market. It's a super serious drug, but it has worked for the people I know who have used it. It is usually the "last resort" drug if nothing else has worked, but it does work.


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    I have an appointment with a dermatologist...in August. :-) That was the earliest they could get me in!
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    I had plenty of acne when I was ON BC. I started using Proactiv about 6 or 7 years ago. Cleared my face within two weeks and I only get a random pimple every six months or so and it isn't a biggie.



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    Ugh - August is a long time to wait.

    Until then, try PanOxyl face wash (http://www.cvs.com/shop/product-deta...h?skuId=412505). Cetaphil is a nice mild face wash, but it just doesn't cut it. I have to go to CVS or Walgreens to get PanOxyl - I usually go to Target for such things and my store doesn't carry it.

    Not sure if your other doctor would be willing to do it, but you could see if they will prescribe an antibiotic to help clear your skin sooner rather than later.



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    I'm in the same boat as you--pimples that are underneath the skin. I went to a dermatologist and they have prescribed me topical stuff but now I'm getting peeling/flaking and I still have acne. Proactive did not work for me. I'm hoping something I can't take orally will help but I don't know...
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    Cystic acne is often a sign for something much larger. In my case, PCOS.



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    Tea tree oil as a spot treatment clears up anything I've had practically overnight.



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    Since trying Proactive a million years ago I haven't had any skin problems. Love the stuff!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by calico jack View Post
    Cystic acne is often a sign for something much larger. In my case, PCOS.
    What is PCOS?

    I didn't have cystic acne until I stopped taking birth control pills.
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    I get the cystic acne and as an adult it is particularly frustrating. I've seen three different derms and the last one suggested using a chlorhexidine surgical scrub to wash the chest and back with. It's not really drying, and has actually worked. Something to try in the meantime, it sucks



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    My insurance wouldn't pay for the prescription version but my dermatologist recommends La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Treatment. I order it from Amazon (cheapest place I find it). A little goes a long way and I'm still using the same bottle I bought in October 2011.
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    Cystic acne can often be hormonal in nature, I get them in line with my cycle and I know others that do. If you can afford it might be worth a shot to have your doc or gynecologist run a hormone panel, I'm betting the pill was giving you enough of one or the other to keep you balanced.
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    I don't have a cycle now with the Mirena.

    I was on the pill (Cyclessa) for years, had a regular cycle, no acne.

    Tried the NuvaRing for a while to avoid having to remember to take a pill, the ring was annoying but I didn't have acne.

    Was on the ring for almost a year, then tried the Depo shot. Had no cycle at all which was fine, but that's when the acne started. Had other side effects that were common with the shot, which I didn't want to live with, so I had the Mirena put in about mmm...a few months ago...March maybe?

    I think the correlation was going off a BC that contained estrogen.
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    I was just mentioning the cycle because that's how I can tell it's hormone-related. Very well could be you naturally need some extra estrogen to keep the acne away.
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    The only thing I've had any luck with is accutane. Unfortunately for me, it only works when I'm actually taking the drug. As soon as I stop the acne comes back gradually over a few months until it's as bad as before. I hate being on accutane, but I'm seriously considering doing *another* course of it. I take excellent care of my skin and can't stand having my entire face and neck covered in acne
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Grey_hunter View Post
    The only thing I've had any luck with is accutane. Unfortunately for me, it only works when I'm actually taking the drug. As soon as I stop the acne comes back gradually over a few months until it's as bad as before. I hate being on accutane, but I'm seriously considering doing *another* course of it. I take excellent care of my skin and can't stand having my entire face and neck covered in acne
    Although I don't have great skin now, I had really bad skin as a teenager. A friend of mine was on Accutane for bad acne, and I was sooo jealous of her clear skin until one day I was at her house after she'd had blood drawn to check her kidney (liver?) function, a suggested test for those who were taking Accutane. She went to remove the Band-Aid the phlobotomist had put on her arm, and her skin tore.

    It completely scared me off Accutane forever. Well, that and the birth defect stuff.

    I've had great luck personally with the Cetaphil that's for dry skin. It comes in a bar. I don't like the lack of suds that the regular stuff has; my face never really feels clean. I wash 2x/day with the Cetaphil bar for dry skin, and put Benzyl Peroxide on as needed (usually a dab under a round Band-Aid, as needed at night).

    My skin is also EXTREMELY oily, and applying Milk of Magnesia in the mornings (after washing face/before applying makeup) is extremely helpful in controlling the oil and therefore the breakouts. If your face is oily, I can assure you this is a life-changer.



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    I've had acne for about 7 years - it was really bad in HS, and has gotten a lot better since. I was on BC - Desogen - and it didn't help clear it up at all, so I stopped taking it.

    Now, I've noticed I tend to get two to three breakouts when I'm ovulating - possibly something BC might fix, and I'm tempted to try Ortho Trycyclen (sp) and see how that works. As soon as I start my period, they almost seem to completely disappear over night. (Grrr!! lol)

    I also tried Proactiv and it didn't help me at all. Now I use Clean & Clear or Oxy face wash with 10% benzoyl peroxide and Clean & Clear's moisturizer. I also put a honey/cinnamon mask on my face (not nightly like I SHOULD, but every other day or so!) and it seems to help!



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    The fact that you were previously on a birth control that was providing estrogen to you that you are now not on could be why your hormones are now going a little crazy.

    If you are on a topical prescription use the cetaphil as anything made for acne might interact badly with the topical prescription. Also, two weeks is not enough time to deem whether or not it is working. I believe especially for individual who have deep cystic acne that these things basically have a 4-6 week cycle. That you don't see real results for about 6 weeks.

    I know this because I too as a teen up until 21-22 had horrible acne. I finally did Accutane and had a wonderful experience on it.

    However, after going off birth control I've seen a gradual return of some acne along with some issues with my cycle. Come to find out I have PCOS so hopefully by getting that under control my skin will calm down too!

    For any deep cystic zit especially if it is on your face go to the dermatologist ASAP (not August please try and find someone else) and they can put a tiny shot of cortisone in it and within a day it will be gone! I wish I had known this through my teen years but alas I didn't learn this trick until 20-22 years old.

    Good luck and I know our pain!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jjgg24 View Post
    The fact that you were previously on a birth control that was providing estrogen to you that you are now not on could be why your hormones are now going a little crazy.
    Other than the acne, everything else is normal.

    If you are on a topical prescription use the cetaphil as anything made for acne might interact badly with the topical prescription. Also, two weeks is not enough time to deem whether or not it is working. I believe especially for individual who have deep cystic acne that these things basically have a 4-6 week cycle. That you don't see real results for about 6 weeks.
    Yes, I only use Cetaphil to wash my face. So, say I give this 4-6 weeks with the Cetaphil and the topical and it helps...I don't want to spend my entire life having to use prescription topicals...it seems like this acne is coming from the inside (as opposed to it being oil skin causing an issue).


    Come to find out I have PCOS so hopefully by getting that under control my skin will calm down too!
    Can someone please tell me what PCOS is?

    For any deep cystic zit especially if it is on your face go to the dermatologist ASAP (not August please try and find someone else) and they can put a tiny shot of cortisone in it and within a day it will be gone!
    It doesn't work like that when you have ONE dermatologist in your area. You can't just go ASAP to get some cortizone for a zit. I am on the cancellation list at their office, but really, when you have one specialist servicing the entire central Vermont area, what would you suggest I do?
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