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Re: Yaz and acne
Oct 9, 2006
Just wondering if anyone else was on the birth control pill Yaz and wanted to know their experiences......anything would be helpful. I am 28 years old and just am finishing my 1st pack of Yaz. I was put on it to help with my acne, but so far, have not noticed much difference. My dr said the magic number is 3 months, but I wondered if anyone had any experiences to share
Re: Yaz and acne
Oct 23, 2006
I just started my 3rd month of YAZ. Before starting YAZ I would get the occasional pimple, usually around the time I got my period. I asked my OBG to perscribe a pill that would not cause acne or weight gain and would help with my severe cramps. She suggested YAZ. Unfortunately for me it has seemed to increase the amount of pimples I am getting. My OBG suggested I wait a full 3 months before I decide to change pills so I am waiting till the end of this pack before I decide to stay on it or change. Other than an increase in acne the other side effects that I have noticed are, trouble sleeping(I wake up alot at night, didn't before the pill), sore breasts and being very emotional (cry easily)during my period. It has really helped with my severe cramps and my period is now very light and only 1 to 2 days.
Re: Yaz and acne
Oct 24, 2006
[QUOTE=soccermomof2]My dr chose Yaz because I wanted a low does birth control because I have not done well on others in the past (headaches, stomach pain, etc). It seems like there are A LOT of good things about Yasmin. How long did it take for your daughter's acne to start clearing up to see an improvement?[/QUOTE]


I would say she saw a change right from the start. She broke out some in the 2nd - 4th months and now in the 5th, one side of her face is virtually clear. This is a huge change because her cheeks have been mostly broken out in the last couple of years. I only see her month-to-month because she is away at school and I could tell this month that there was a big improvement over last month. They say to give bc pills a good 6 months before making a decision and I can see that this is true. Yasmin has had a totally different effect than ortho-tri-cyclen which did not work for her plus she gained weight. I feel that the spironolactone has also helped a lot. It would be interesting to see if a lower dose pill such as Yaz would work as well.
Re: Yaz and acne
Oct 25, 2006
Hang in there with them for at least six months! I am 25 and started getting really bad acne on both of my cheeks and down my neck last year. I am on my 5th pack of Yaz and the difference is amazing. One side of my face is completely clear and the other has two pimples that are in the process of fading away. Prior to starting them it was really bad I looked like a teenager with full blown hormonal problems. It did take about 3 months for me to start seeing a difference and then this 5th pack has really made the difference. I have had no other symptoms from the pills at all and my cramping is much lighter. I have not gained weight on them but I did have breakthrough bleeding during my 2nd pack but have not had it since. Hope this helps a little.
Re: Yaz and acne
Oct 25, 2006
yes, that information REALLY helps me A LOT! I just wanted to hear positive experiences, so that I would know whether or not to keep giving the YAZ another month. I truly hope I have the same results. I am 1 1/2 months into taking the pills and the only change I can see so far is that I have a little less oil on my face at the end of the day. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. They truly mean a lot.
Re: Yaz and acne
Nov 2, 2006
Please keep me updated too on all of your progress. My doctor just gave me YAZ to start this month to clear up acne and PMS symptoms. She says I should see big changes in 1-3 months. From the sounds of things this may not be true...although I sure hope it is!!! May just take a little longer. I've also read LOTS of negative reactions to YAZ...have you guys had any negative side effects??? I'm trying to decide whether to take this or not and any insight is sure appreciated!
Natalie
Re: Yaz and acne
Nov 3, 2006
I just had to post to this topic! I have been on Yaz for almost 3 months, I still have 1 1/2 weeks till I finish the 3rd pack. My acne has gotten better, right now I only have one large pimple on my chin and it's only bad because i picked and picked at it! I have mild cramping at the beginning of my period and it only last approx 2 -3 days, which is great. I have lost 2 lbs and I definately notice that I'm not as bloated before and during my period, which is also great. The only bad side effect (not sure if the pill is causing this or not) is my hair is thinning out. I have had problems with this before I was on Yaz. I seem to shed a lot of hair if I get really sick and some medications do this to me. Hopefully this info has helped you and try to stick with it.
Re: Yaz and acne
Nov 3, 2006
August95:

How bad was your acne before? I would say that I have mild to moderate acne. More moderate lately. when did you start to see results to help with your acne? My dr keeps telling me that 3 months is the key, but then I read some of the posts and they say more like 5-6 months.
Re: Yaz and acne
Nov 3, 2006
soccormomof2:

I would say I started seeing results after 2 months, but definately better results just recently. So 2 1/2 months for sure, I hope mine continues to get better and better as the months go by. Hope this helps.
Re: Yaz and acne
Mar 1, 2007
Hi. I'm now starting my 4th month of Yaz. So far it is going really really well. I did spot through the first 2 months and that about drove me CRAZY and then I made the decision to bicycle (not to take the white pills) between my 2nd & 3rd month because I got married and was on my honeymoon and didn't want to be on my period. So, in doing that I started early this month (about 2/3rds the way through my 3rd pack). I just started my 4th pack last night and have hopes that I won't have spotting this month.

As far as the acne. I'm in the exact same boat. I decided to go on Yaz to help with moodiness/emotional swings & acne. It is helping, but I also think that the new face products I'm using are REALLY helping too. It's the best stuff I've EVER used. If you are interested in trying it, you have to order it online. It is an Arbonne product line called Clear Advantage and it is the best face wash/toner/acne lotion I've EVER used. I'm hooked. Between that and the Yaz, my face has almost 100% cleared up. It is SOOO nice and I do know what you mean about having acne and it making you feel down. Back to the Arbonne. If you want to order some, you have to have a consultant number. You are welcome to use mine. It's #16713659. All you have to do from there is sign up for an account and then you can order. If you want to know how you can order at a discount (35% off) let me know and I can tell you how you can sign up to do that.

Good luck and best wishes!!!! Natalie

[QUOTE=teagirl16;2827217]I am new to this and I have just started my 3rd week on yaz, and so far no side effects, i had slight spotting a couple days ago, but nothing serious. I have had acne on my cheeks and jawline only and my doctor thinks its hormonal. i pray that this works, i hope so. has anyone had acne on their cheeks only? if it is hormonal i hope the yaz will clear it up. time i guess. i just hope it doesnt get worse, my acne isnt that bad, but enough to make me deppressed. i also started this organic herbal caffeen free tea, that is for hormonal balance, and i have been pretty relaxed. i am just curious to see what happens. i have had a bad experience with orthotrycyclen GENERIC. i think that pill made my acne worse.:confused:[/QUOTE]
Re: Yaz and acne
Apr 14, 2007
[QUOTE=teagirl16;2827217]I am new to this and I have just started my 3rd week on yaz, and so far no side effects, i had slight spotting a couple days ago, but nothing serious. I have had acne on my cheeks and jawline only and my doctor thinks its hormonal. i pray that this works, i hope so. has anyone had acne on their cheeks only? if it is hormonal i hope the yaz will clear it up. time i guess. i just hope it doesnt get worse, my acne isnt that bad, but enough to make me deppressed. i also started this organic herbal caffeen free tea, that is for hormonal balance, and i have been pretty relaxed. i am just curious to see what happens. i have had a bad experience with orthotrycyclen GENERIC. i think that pill made my acne worse.:confused:[/QUOTE]

Hi! I've been on Yaz for 4 months now. I was also on Minocycline which I stopped a month ago to see if I really need both or not. I haven't experienced worsened acne although it did seem to stick around for a while. I'm not seeing TREMENDOUS results just yet but I do believe the amount of acne is slowly getting better. The oiliness in my face and back is gone! My periods are certainly lighter, there's no cramping and I haven't gained any weight. I'm not sure if I cry a bit more readily now but that hasn't been a problem either. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied as I've never had steadily 'ok' skin off Minocycline so Yaz must be doing something. Perhaps, I'll write back with "NO ACNE AT ALL!" in a few months time -- let's hope so.

Good luck!
Re: Yaz and acne
May 29, 2007
I am into my third week of active Yaz pills (1st month) and tomorrow is my last active one before I start the 4 blanks. Today I have some cramping and a bit more breakthrough bleeding than usual. I went on Yaz primarily for acne, recommended by my dermatologist and prescribed by my ob-gyn.
I've really only gotten hormonal, cyclical, unpredictable acne sans the pill, and this month I have had none, with the exception of a blister-like zit that I think I've gotten from too much sun/allergic reaction to sunblock so it's unrelated. In the past I've been on accutane & it works for awhile but my acne always returns, which is a clear sign that mine was hormonal. For the most part, my skin has been consistently better.
The first week on Yaz I had anxiety and nausea, had to pee more, plus some wakefulness during sleep, but now that has subsided. I have not gained any weight but unfortunately my boobs haven't gotten much bigger - maybe a little more filled out :rolleyes: I've been on Aviane/Alesse in the past and my boobs were bigger on that one, then again, so was my budonkodonk. :p
The only problem I've had so far on Yaz that has been a real ongoing drag is breakthrough bleeding. Some days it's just staining, others it's like a substantial flow and it doesn't matter if I take it the same time of day or not. I called my ob-gyn about it and basically if it doesn't stop by the end of the 2nd or early 3rd month, I should come in. I know 3 months seems to be the average waiting time, but it's such a DRAG to have to wear some kind of tampon/liner every day this month. I really hope it stops. I'm taking the longview and staying on it because I don't want to waste the time I've already invested and my skin HAS been much better. If anyone else has had ongoing breakthrough bleeding on Yaz, please let me know if/when it stopped.
Re: Yaz and acne
Jun 9, 2007
is yaz all that great? cuz i was actually happy with my face. like i didnt have really any zits or anything at all for like months (i know!!!!) and now that i have started apri i...well...yeah. not so pretty. =( i was just wondering since i have only been on it for a month that does it get better after a while? or is it cuz of the BC? cuz wondering i guess.
Re: Yaz and acne
Sep 30, 2007
Yaz has spironolactone in it. It takes about 4 months for the spiro to do its magic. When I was on spiro, it made my skin worse before better, but it does give you nice skin. I made me less irritable as well and I had zero cramps and no bloating. Unfortunately, I am allergic to it so I had to stop. You just have to be patient.
Re: Yaz and acne
Oct 16, 2007
My 14 year old DD has been on Yasmin for 1 1/2 months and her face looks horrible. I keep telling her to stay with it and give it more time. She is really upset and keeps threatening to quit taking it. She says she is giving it this last month and that's it. I know 2 or 3 mths for her is a lifetime. I really hope that it starts working for her by the months end. I am printing out some of your replys about 3 or more mths. It breaks my heart to see her going thru this. Of course this year is difficult anyway w/it being her 1st year in high school...she feels like everyone is staring at her face. She plays volleyball and sweats and I'm afraid this is contributing to her acne problem. I don't know how else to help her. Please keep us posted w/updates and progress. Thanks!!

Jo -
Re: Yaz and acne
Oct 16, 2007
I have been on Yasmin, I think for 4 months now, PLUS Keflex which rids all bacteria in your body and my face is great! No new breakouts, just trying to get rid of old red marks.
Re: Yaz and acne
Oct 16, 2007
[QUOTE=JoTX;3260707]My 14 year old DD has been on Yasmin for 1 1/2 months and her face looks horrible. I keep telling her to stay with it and give it more time. She is really upset and keeps threatening to quit taking it. She says she is giving it this last month and that's it. I know 2 or 3 mths for her is a lifetime. I really hope that it starts working for her by the months end. I am printing out some of your replys about 3 or more mths. It breaks my heart to see her going thru this. Of course this year is difficult anyway w/it being her 1st year in high school...she feels like everyone is staring at her face. She plays volleyball and sweats and I'm afraid this is contributing to her acne problem. I don't know how else to help her. Please keep us posted w/updates and progress. Thanks!!

Jo -[/QUOTE]

Is she seeing a derm? A short course of antibiotics might help her get over the hump till the bc pills kick in. Bactrim and sal. acid peels worked wonders for my daughter at that age. The bc pills should work in time. Also, consider adding some spironolactone in. She might need more hormonal control than just the yaz. Acne treatment requires great patience. My daughter had more than me fortunately. I know how hard it is to watch your kid go through this.
Re: Yaz and acne
Oct 24, 2007
[QUOTE=linsmom;3274084]Well, I wish I could report improvement for my daughter, but it is getting worse. She has completed 1mo on Yaz, just started the 2nd pack this week. Is is normal for the acne to get worse...wondered how long on bc before your daughter saw improvement. Do you think antibiotics with bc is helpful? She is very depressed about the acne getting worse. Thanks for any reply.[/QUOTE]

I can only comment on the Yasmin because my daughter never took Yaz. So she started in May of 2006. The first two months there was not real noticeable improvement although she says she thought her skin texture changed. Into the 3rd month is when things took off. By 6 months she was virtually clear but had scars and red marks. She also added spiro in the 2nd month. I still don't know how well she would have done just on the Yasmin alone. I think a short course of antibiotics would not hurt just to get her over the hump. My daughter STILL takes them. I don't like it but she is afraid to get off. I think she would be OK without them now and she is trying to wean off of them. tell her to hang in there. One month is not enough to see any real improvement.
Re: Yaz and acne
Oct 25, 2007
I hope someone can help me out. I am 28 years old and I am currently taking yaz for about 5 months now. (I was on aleasse 28 for 8 years and they stopped making that pill) I have never had any skin problems but since I started taking the pill I have adult acne. Nothing severe but small bumps under my skin around my jawline and neck. I have went to the derm. and she said that it shouldnt be from the yaz and that it should actually clear up acne. She proscribed retin A and rosula face wash.The strange thing is that when I am not taking the pill for the four days my skin seems to clear up. My only other complaint with this pill is the breast tenderness. I have had no weight gain and my periods are very light . If anyone has any advice please let me know, my concern is that I am getting married in 8 months and I dont want my skin to be a problem for the wedding.
Re: Yaz and acne
Oct 26, 2007
[QUOTE=nizzygirl;3275481]I hope someone can help me out. I am 28 years old and I am currently taking yaz for about 5 months now. (I was on aleasse 28 for 8 years and they stopped making that pill) I have never had any skin problems but since I started taking the pill I have adult acne. Nothing severe but small bumps under my skin around my jawline and neck. I have went to the derm. and she said that it shouldnt be from the yaz and that it should actually clear up acne. She proscribed retin A and rosula face wash.The strange thing is that when I am not taking the pill for the four days my skin seems to clear up. My only other complaint with this pill is the breast tenderness. I have had no weight gain and my periods are very light . If anyone has any advice please let me know, my concern is that I am getting married in 8 months and I dont want my skin to be a problem for the wedding.[/QUOTE]

most the side effects caused by birth control pills should start going away from the 3rd month.. if u are still experiencing the side effects then that probably means ur body is not compatible with the current birth control pill. Best thing to do now is talk to ur OB/GYN maybe she/he can give u something else especially when ur big day is coming up soon. Also.. even though Alesse brand is not on the market anymore, the generic still is available. The generic for Alesse is called Lutera. Maybe u can give lutera a try since u took Alesse for 8 yrs and lutera has the same ingredients as Alesse just a different manufacture that's making it.

Im on my second month of Yaz. The acnes that I got from it seems to be less bothersome...
Re: Yaz and acne
Nov 27, 2007
Hi I have been on Yaz for about 4 months now and I did notice one good thing.
My face is less oily. It used to be SUPER DUPER OILY.
Now reading your comment about the Acnes on the Chin and Jaw makes me wondering.
I also noticed recently that I have been breaking out more on the jawline right on the chin on slightly above it.
What makes them worse, even when the pimple subsides, the bump won't go away. They will be there forever and red. Now I can't even hide them anymore since it's so there in the open.
I don't know if it's a coincidence or not I don't remember.
Maybe I have had them before I started taking Yaz in July/Aug of tis year.

Anyone else noticing the Acnes on the Jaw/Chin or even near that area ever since taking YAZ, please share with me. I would like to know.
I'm considering switching to Yasmin.

I used to take Ortho Tri Cyclen (not the low dose one, but the normal one) and it worked WONDERS ON MY ACNES.
The bad thing was. It made me gain almost 15 lbs.
But I have had other friends that takes it and not gain a single pound.
But Ortho Try Cyclen are generally known to make you gain weight.
That's why they came out with the Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo; I tried that too for my acne and it did not do anything.

So. Please anyone with the same problem please share with me.

Thanks


[QUOTE=stupiddd123;2973281]Do Not Use This Birth Control. I Went On Yaz To Help My Acne And It Has Made It Worse. I Am Breaking Out All Along My Chin And Jaw, Worse Than I Ever Had Before. It Has Made Me Depressed And I Cry About It Everyday. Never Felt So Bad About Myself. I Am Stopping After I'm Done With This Pack. Do Not Use This Pill, Unless You Want To Ruin Your Life.[/QUOTE]
Re: Yaz and acne
Jan 21, 2008
Hi! I actually went through pretty much what your daughter is going through now. I'm 18 now, but around I'd say 13 my face broke out around my chin. I immediately had low self-esteem and would avoid speaking to people if I could. My mom took me to a derm and I was prescribed different antibiotics, which would help for a couple years but eventually had an effect on my which caused some health issues from long time use. So my sophomore year of highschool I decided to go onto Accutane. The reason mainly for this was that I spent a year abroad for my junior year of highschool and did not want to be on medication. It worked out great, although for about 5 months my sophomore year it was absolutely terrible. Luckily as soon as my face cleared my confidence came back and I had a great time in Europe without even having to wear makeup. However, as soon as I came back to America my face worsed...well I wouldn't so much say it did worsen tremendously but around my period I would get one or two zits. Nothing bad really, but because of all the low self-esteem issues from prior much more terrible acne I had a hard time dealing with it my senior year. So I decided to go onto Yaz, I have only recently started it and haven't noticed too much of a change. But its not too big of a deal because im positive next time i get my period it won't there will be no zit or anything sprouting up on my face. But just to let you know, although Accutane made 5 months of my life very difficult, in the end it was worth it, it really helped me. My derm and I were talking about it and she said that had I not done Accutane and had it not helped me so much already that the BC would really not help me at all, basically I'm going on the BC just to take care of the extra hormonal issues every month. Hope this helps, and believe me I know exactly what you're daughter is going through. And the Bobbie Brown foundation stick will help with covering things, I have been using it pretty much sinc ethey came out with it and it's well worth the money! :)

[QUOTE=linsmom;3233824]Hello all! I am a "mom" on a mission to help my daughter with her acne problem. I have been researching awhile now, and have found this message board to be informative, helpful and encouraging. My initial post will probably be too long for most of you, but hopefully, one of you will hang long enough to read it through and offer some advice...
My daughter is now 14, and at this point has moderate/severe acne. Her initial acne began at 12. It has progressively worsened to overall facial acne, as well as, neck, chest & back acne.
I began addressing this issue with her pediatrian at age 12 - (he did prescribe Differin and then sent us on to the derm)...After two years of regimented care with topicals & antibiotics, by two different dermatologists, both of which continually encouraged "acne surgery" and flat-out refused to consider oral contraceptive (even after acknowledging my history-mild cystic acne early teen (15yrs old)-which BC cured at 18yrs old)....I was determined to get BC for acne treatment for my child, who was in complete misery. I researched the topic, and went back to our peditrician's office with my last attempt to attain this in an acceptable manner. Thank goodness, the female dr on staff that day, could relate to the pain & suffering my child has been experiencing, because she too had suffered with acne, knew the pain, listened to our circumstance, and finally gave us a presc. for Yaz.
I hope this will help my daughter....she is only 1 week in, but we are again, hopeful! She asks me everyday..."mom, does my face look better?"
Looking for feedback from others who have used Yaz for Acne Treatment, or from mom's with children that suffer with acne and how they have helped their children cope with it and what has worked for them.
Thanks so much for your time![/QUOTE]
Re: Yaz and acne
Jan 28, 2008
I've never tried Yaz but i've been on Yasmin for quite a while. I can't even remember really when I started. I'll have to go through some of my old posts. But I know it has been years. I haven't been on this board in a while. All this time it has kept my skin clear. I had VERY oily skin and breakouts all over, even on my back, chest, and tops of legs. I still get the occassional breakout but that's it. I used to use BP cream every day all over my face and now I only have to use it occasionally. In fact, for the first time ever I actually went out and bought some of that Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash to see if that is all I need. I love Yasmin. Only problem is if you don't have insurance it is pretty pricey. I pay $60 a pack for Yasmin and I know that Yaz is much more expensive.

REMEMBER to stick with it for at least 4 months. It took about 4 months for my skin to start clearing. It got much much worse before it got better too. A lot of people make the mistake of quitting when they realize it's just getting worse. = )
Re: Yaz and acne
May 20, 2008
I have been using Yaz for almost an entire month and I've been breaking out uncontrollably. I Doc says it will take about 3 months for the acne miracle to kick in but I really don't have 3 months to be waiting. Any suggestions?
Re: Yaz and acne
Jul 1, 2008
I've been on Yaz for about six months now. The first three to four were tough; my acne definitely got worse, a whole lot worse than it'd been before (granted I'd had pretty severe acne for about 4 or 5 months before I started). However, the medicine did start clearing it up after those initial few months. Now, having almost completed six months, I'm almost completely clear. I have three pimples on my entire face, a whole lot better than the 10-15 I'd have on either side right before I started Yaz / in my first few months.

Yaz has worked for my acne, but it took a while. If you're willing to be patient in your search for an acne reducer, it worked for me. It definitely wasn't an easy road, but like I said, I'm almost completely clear now.

Hope this acts as an encouragement. I know I relied on this board and a few others to encourage me through those first few months on Yaz when things didn't seem to get better. Given enough time, they will. It's just remaining confident in the times when you're having flair-ups and sticking it out till your hormones level out.
Re: Yaz and acne
Jul 12, 2008
I just came across this site while I was researching Yaz..and just had to write a post!... even though birth control pills have a different effect on everyone.. I have to say I LOVE Yaz. Ive been suffering from severe acne since I was in 8th grade and have used almost every product out there. I would wake up sometimes 40 minutes before school and work ect to put makeup on and would be so frustrated! I was worried about having to do that now that im off to college with a floor of girls but i dont! Ive now been on Yaz for 3 months and not only lost 10 lbs but my skin is flawless!! Ive been on proactive, clean and clear, acne pills from the doctor.. and nothing has been better than this!... the only side effect if anything is that I too am also very tired sometimes..and my first month of taking pills I had a day or two of breakthrough bleeding...but otherwise that its perfect. I was originally on ortho tricyclen lo and it made me unbelievably moody and depressed. But I dont have that problem at all now... very happy go lucky.. but maybe thats because I finally have great skin! I would definetly recommend this to everyone... even just to try... what do u have to lose except the acne!! I have to say I was very unsure when I read that 9 out of 10 women show moderate signs of improvement with their acne while taking Yaz...but it definetly worked for me! :)
Re: Yaz and acne
Jul 16, 2008
[QUOTE=limm0331;3644688]I just came across this site while I was researching Yaz..and just had to write a post!... even though birth control pills have a different effect on everyone.. I have to say I LOVE Yaz. Ive been suffering from severe acne since I was in 8th grade and have used almost every product out there. I would wake up sometimes 40 minutes before school and work ect to put makeup on and would be so frustrated! I was worried about having to do that now that im off to college with a floor of girls but i dont! Ive now been on Yaz for 3 months and not only lost 10 lbs but my skin is flawless!! Ive been on proactive, clean and clear, acne pills from the doctor.. and nothing has been better than this!... the only side effect if anything is that I too am also very tired sometimes..and my first month of taking pills I had a day or two of breakthrough bleeding...but otherwise that its perfect. I was originally on ortho tricyclen lo and it made me unbelievably moody and depressed. But I dont have that problem at all now... very happy go lucky.. but maybe thats because I finally have great skin! I would definetly recommend this to everyone... even just to try... what do u have to lose except the acne!! I have to say I was very unsure when I read that 9 out of 10 women show moderate signs of improvement with their acne while taking Yaz...but it definetly worked for me! :)[/QUOTE]
Thanks so much for this info about yaz. I am about to start yaz to help with my acne b/c i am about to start high school and i really don't want everyone to remember me by the girl with acne. Anyways i haven't started it yet but i will tomorrow and I am really scared that it is going to make it worse- I have heard some people say that the first month it is worse so did that happen to you???





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