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YAZ users - ???
Dec 20, 2008
I'm 15 and I've been taking Yaz for about a month and a half now. My face is like good one day and bad the next and I'm just so fed up with it all. I just want to start the new year with clear skin :( . Im getting really discouraged so I'd really appreciate it if you could share your experience with Yaz and when you started to see improvement. Thank yall so much and Happy Holidays!
Re: YAZ users - ???
Dec 27, 2008
I've been taking Yaz for a while now, I think i'm on my 7th pack. The first month i was clear and then the second month my face went crazy and then it started to where id be clear off and on, kind of like what youre saying. I started to notice that usually when i started a new pack it was the worst but when i started this last pack i only got one new pimple and thats it and no more than that for like the last 2 weeks so hopefully *crosses fingers* its starting to work now cuz i heard that for a lot of people it took at least 6 months on yaz and yasmin. stick with it and ill check back and let you know if i stay clear. It might just take longer for you like it did for me. Btw, i didnt weight gain either... lost weight!:-) I love that about yaz.. good luck!
it took you til your 7th pack to improve to that level?
my acne has been like through all the different types. it all started in about 4th grade, it was tolerable but it was still a little embarrassing being the like only one in my grade to have skin problems, you know. and then i started wearing makeup around 6th grade and my skin would always get really shiny(oily) and so that became another insecurity. now the acne is mainly on my jaw line but ever since iv started yaz it seems to be on my cheeks more. iv been really depressed with it, feeling like im never going to have clear skin since its been an issue for so long and i cant take it any more.
i just finished my second pack of yaz so im hoping good improvement starts to be evident this month, im really counting on it.
what kind of acne did you have and when did you start seeing improvement? thanks so much, i really appreciate it
hi i am new to this board. I have used loads of different creams and stuff and none really do anything for me, instead they make my face really dry and my skin all crumbly. What is yaz? ive never heard of that before. I have just got a new cream and its called clindamycin phosphate aqueous lotion. Have you guys ever heard of it?
I really want it to work because i am sick of being tormented at school and stuff over it.
yaz is a birth control. it is supposed to help with acne, mood swings, premenstral weight gain, and other things we women have to put up with once a month. talk to your mom about taking you to the doctor and getting on this. she will have a stroke when you say birth control but show her the board and tell her that is why you want to be on the pill.
my derm had put me on clyindomicin in the morning and retin-a at night. but i was using a 3 set - cleanser toner cream - as well so after about 2 weeks i stopped using clyndomicin because it seemed like i was using too much stuff. so im not really sure how effective it was or would have been. sorry i couldnt help you out with that one. but yaz is a birth control pill that is known to improve/get rid of acne.
Hi Everyone...

I am new to this site, and I am using Yaz currently to battle acne. I have been on alot of things from creams to antibiotics. I am currently on an antibiotic, a topical cream, and yaz. I am about to start my third month of yaz, and I still have not seen an improvement. My face seems worse than I started off with, and I am just so depressed and decided to turn somewhere where maybe people can relate to what I am going through :( even anyone can offer come advice or anything please do..

thanks
Believe30, I feel like were in the same boat.

I'm currently on Yaz, Doxycycline, and Retin a micro.

I'm starting my 3rd Yaz pack on Monday (Jan 5th). During the first month I just felt like my skin was getting worse and the second month wasn't much better.

I'm also getting acid peels at the derm once a month (3 total) and I think they may have been responsible for my skin worsening as well (the purges afterward). But in the long run I think they will help alot by getting all of the existing acne out now instead of later. I got one yesterday and my face is looking a bit better and so far, no purge this time :) . Maybe you could consider mentioning the acid peels to your derm, exfoliation is a key to improving acne.

But as far as Yaz goes, I've heard that 2 1/2 months is a popular time to start improving alot so im really counting on that being the case for me, and hopefully you as well. I know many people say 6 months but I'd like to be optimistic. And I believe 6 months was when they became clear? so improvement is all I need right now to start being more hopeful about Yaz, because honestly, I've been feeling a little doubtful...

Keep me updated, I'd love to know how you're doing.
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thanks alot savemeplease...

you made me feel alot better knowing that I am not alone. It is has been rough, and I am also trying to be optimistic. I start my 3rd pack of yaz tomorrow, so I am hoping that I will see some improvements. It's hard to tell with yaz, i mean one day my face looks better and than the next iam back to square one :/ I wish the best for both of us...and i am glad someone can relate! I'll keep you posted and do the same as well.

:)
I cant show her the board because i go on other boards and i am a good size so if you gain weight then ill be way to fat
I've gone through 2 packs so far and I haven't gained any weight, just lost some. My boobs did go up a cup size tho, but that wasn't anywhere near upsetting haha.. So everyone reacts differently. I'd talk to your mom and derm about it, and if you decide to try it I hope you the best.
I've taken 1 1/2 packs of yaz and my breasts have been extremely tender nearly every day. Is this normal? and do you think it will go away or should I try a different type of pill?
I just started my 3rd pack and my boobs went up a cup size recently. They were only tender the 1st week or so. In your case, I'd wait a few more weeks because it takes a while for your body to adjust to the pill. So if they're still tender by the end of the 2nd pack I'd talk to your derm about it. Maybe try sticking it out until the 3rd month, and if they're still tender and bothering you, I'd consider switching then. Apparently after 3 months is when your body is fully adjusted to the pill. Best of luck.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 10, 2009
just an update. i really think the 3rd pack is the trick. i started the 3rd pack on monday and my skin has gotten alot better. so for all you who are on the 1st and 2nd pack and are feeling discouraged, don't worry. just stick it out, things will get better soon.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 11, 2009
hey savemeplease....

I just recently started my 3rd pack, and I think it is working also. My face seems to be getting alot better. The only thing is I have been getting alot of migraine headaches, and I am not sure if it the yaz...has anyone expereinced this?

believe30
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 11, 2009
hey believe 30. i dont think i have had any migraine headaches, i dont really know what those are like, but yesterday i was really light headed. so the migraine headaches could be connected to yaz. if thats the case im sure they will start toning down and eventually stop.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 12, 2009
i was on dianette, which is pretty similar to yaz (or so i've heard) and it completely cleared up my skin within the first two months. sometimes around my period id get one or two awful zits but it was nothing compared to before.

good luck, bcp were really the only thing that worked for me long term and i was on accutane!
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 12, 2009
whyfish, thanks for your post :)

The first 2 months of taking Yaz I really thought it wouldn't work for me, just like so many things haven't. Now going into the 3rd pack, I've had such great improvement in just the first week of it. I'm so excited because now I have so much faith that my skin will be clear soon. Good luck to all of you Yaz users. And for those of you struggling with acne and nothing seems to work, give bcp a try.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 12, 2009
[QUOTE=savemeplease;3845190]just an update. i really think the 3rd pack is the trick. i started the 3rd pack on monday and my skin has gotten alot better. so for all you who are on the 1st and 2nd pack and are feeling discouraged, don't worry. just stick it out, things will get better soon.[/QUOTE]

Hi, your message is really encouraging. I almost felt like giving up. I am like on the edge with my acne. I've tried eeeeeeeeeeeverything. (doxcycline, retin a, differin, clindamyzin, benozmycin, chemical peels, kiehls, clean and clear crap, cetaphil, purpose, neutrogena, hydrating masks, extractions, omg I can go on and on). I even eat super healthy, four to five bottles of water a day, tons of leafy greens, fruits, nuts, soymilk, teas rich in antioxidants. When NOTHING seemed to improve my face I turned to YAZ. I just started my second pack and my face broke out in a few painful pimples. It started when I began taking YAZ. I'm just hoping that it clears my skin by the third month because I am on a verge of a breakdown. It's comforting to know that others are in my position. So far so good with Yaz (PROS: bigger boobs, lighter periods, weight loss, mood is more calm) although i did start my period day 3 of the white pills and I got severely bad cramps that I was kneeling over most of the time at my job trying to mend the pain. I just started month 2 and im still on my period but it seems to be fading. I take vitamin b-complex twice a day in order to restore my vitamin B because YAZ depletes it which explains the mood changes in most women. I am also taking alpha lipoic acid 300mg for my acne scarring and it seems to be fading the red marks. Anyways, I'm just praying that my face gets better because I've tried everything!
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 13, 2009
Hey Arelias, I'm really glad it made you feel better. I know during the first 2 months that's all I really need to hear. I eat really healthy too because I've noticed when I eat sugar and unhealthy foods I break out on my back and chest. My food intake doesn't control my face as much since it seems to be mainly hormonal. I had taken a saliva test that showed my hormones to be way off balance. That's probably why all those other products you used failed to work, because they can't balance out you hormones. So i really think Yaz should do the trick for you. Let me know how it goes for you :) I wish you the best.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 13, 2009
[QUOTE=savemeplease;3848270]Hey Arelias, I'm really glad it made you feel better. I know during the first 2 months that's all I really need to hear. I eat really healthy too because I've noticed when I eat sugar and unhealthy foods I break out on my back and chest. My food intake doesn't control my face as much since it seems to be mainly hormonal. I had taken a saliva test that showed my hormones to be way off balance. That's probably why all those other products you used failed to work, because they can't balance out you hormones. So i really think Yaz should do the trick for you. Let me know how it goes for you :) I wish you the best.[/QUOTE]


Yeaaaa, I know, I've began to realize that my acne is hormonal because I've tried everything. I'm just sick of it! SO hopefully I can make it through this month and see improvements real soon. I cured my chest acne using Neutrogena body wash with 2% salicylic acid and I put 5% benzoyl peroxide. it worked like a charm.. i still have some bacne and I'm hoping my back and face will clear as the YAZ kicks in. Thanks so much, I will let you know. thanks again.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 19, 2009
Has anyone been having any luck with Yaz?
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 20, 2009
Yaz is overall working well for me. I lost weight, my boobs grew, my face is slowly clearing (I stopped breaking out on my cheeks but I'm still breaking out on chin and jawline), some mood swings, short light periods. It takes time...
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 26, 2009
[QUOTE=savemeplease;3855507]Has anyone been having any luck with Yaz?[/QUOTE]

Hi!
I just started Yaz six days ago and I am definitely breaking out more. I decided to start taking Yaz after another winter is tearing up my skin. I went through this last winter and then in the summer my skin was perfect. I have been on every type of medication you can think of, spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars but nothing can stop it in the winter. I've dealt with acne for about 11years. It's hard to give it some time when all you want is results!! When has everyone been seeing results?
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 27, 2009
I'm on the last week of my third pack. My skin has been so much better this month. During the first 2 months my skin defiantly got worse. I was getting a bunch of cystic acne on my jaw line and my cheeks broke out a lot. Recently my cheeks and jaw line have cleared up, I still break out, but they are a lot less in number and much smaller. It's much more tolerable now and I can't wait for it to get even better, hopefully with the next pack. The first 2 months might make you feel really doubtful, but from about mid 3rd pack and on it should only get better. I hope it goes well for you! And if you don't already, drink lots of water and try to eat healthier...you can never go wrong there.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 28, 2009
[QUOTE=savemeplease;3864407]I'm on the last week of my third pack. My skin has been so much better this month. During the first 2 months my skin defiantly got worse. I was getting a bunch of cystic acne on my jaw line and my cheeks broke out a lot. Recently my cheeks and jaw line have cleared up, I still break out, but they are a lot less in number and much smaller. It's much more tolerable now and I can't wait for it to get even better, hopefully with the next pack. The first 2 months might make you feel really doubtful, but from about mid 3rd pack and on it should only get better. I hope it goes well for you! And if you don't already, drink lots of water and try to eat healthier...you can never go wrong there.[/QUOTE]

Thanx! I'm gonna try to hang in there! It's definitely hard especially when you have to get up and go to work everyday and face the world.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 29, 2009
Hello everyone,
I'd have to say good news with my skin. During the second week of my second pack my skin has been clearing. I'm not completely clear (breaking out with one or two pimples instead of 6-8) but i'm getting there. I've been eating healthy and been drinking a gallon of water a day and that seems to be helping as well. The only thing, i have a lot of acne scars and I was wondering if YAZ fades the appearance of them. The third month should be a charm and hopefully i dont break out at all and my scars fade!
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 29, 2009
I think my scars have faded alot, but I still have really light and tiny red spots on my cheeks. Last time i was at my derm she wanted to do a laser treatment and gets rid or redness but i didnt want to because i was still breaking out alot at that point, but now that im not breaking out as much, I think I might do it.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 30, 2009
[QUOTE=savemeplease;3867095]I think my scars have faded alot, but I still have really light and tiny red spots on my cheeks. Last time i was at my derm she wanted to do a laser treatment and gets rid or redness but i didnt want to because i was still breaking out alot at that point, but now that im not breaking out as much, I think I might do it.[/QUOTE]

I was thinking about doing a microdermabrasion as well but I heard it doesn't help with existing acne, so I think I might wait until I'm completely clear. If you do it, can you please let me know if it was a success? Thanks alot. Good luck savemeplease!
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 30, 2009
Yeah that was my concern. I didn't want to break out after and have the redness all back again, but I'm starting to break out alot less so I think I may give it a go in like 2 weeks. I'll definatly let yall know!
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 30, 2009
I know it is extremely bad for your skin and health but does anyone go tanning and if so, has it helped or made your acne worse. I definitely tan in the summer outside and at the tanning salon and my skin is great but in the winter it's gross and was wondering if tanning would help. I have gone since i was on yaz and have broke out with a few the next day but i dont know if its from the yaz (cuz since i've started i've broken out with at least 2 everyday) or tanning.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 30, 2009
I actually went tanning at a salon about 6 times during the first 2 months of Yaz. It always made my skin super dry and flaky but that was because I was using retin a then, which I recently stopped using. I was breaking out a ton then so i dont really know if I had a breakout afterwards from it.

I've heard that tanning beds help the appearance of acne because the redness goes away but that it actually blocks your pores? so you will en up breaking out later. I'm not sure if that's true or not...

Although when I was in Florida this summer, I got really sunburnt (I always burn and then it turns into a great tan) and it made my skin so much better. I didn't wear any makeup the entire trip! It looked like I never even had acne! I didn't notice any breakouts that would have been caused by the tanning, just went back to my normal breakouts.

But if you're going tanning at a solon, I would only tan my face for part of the time and then cover it with a towel for the rest.. moderation. but that's primarily if you are using certain (harsh) face creams.

Sorry if none of this helps.. that's just experience with tanning. I'd love to hear what others have to say.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Jan 30, 2009
Tanning wouldn't be the best option for your skin because (as savemeplease said it can make your skin super dry) if your using acne products. When I tanned, my acne worsened and the acne scars darkened! yikes. It was not pleasant but some people react different, I guess you would just have to keep trying and see!
how is everyone's results coming along?

i've had a rough few days and i'm feelings really down, i'd really like to hear how yall are doing.
Hey savemeplease....

After my third month of yaz, the birth control has really done wonders and i hope it stays this way. Along with the bc I am using topical medication that the doctor gave me: Aczone (quite new on the market) and tazorac every other two days or so depending on how dry my face gets for the stains left behind from old pimples. Tazorac is suppose to help fade those marks and build new skin. I remember a little ways back you were doing alot better, maybe your hormones are just going out of whack again...stay strong dont give up.

I hope it gets better, and if you need to talk I am here.

Believe 30
Hey savemeplease/everyone...

I am still on my first pack of yaz. I was trying not to get too excited but for about a week or so I had not one breakout which is a long time to go with no break out for me. Well, good thing I didn't because for the past 3 days I've broken out a little again. Definitely not as bad as when I first started and before but I'm hoping as I get closer to my period I don't start having massive breakouts again. Keep me posted and hang in there!
Re: YAZ users - ???
Feb 11, 2009
Thanks guys!

I went to the derm. today and I got a glycolic peel (30) to help with the surface marks. I also got a sample IPL (Intense Pulse Light) because I had been worried it would be painful, but it was very tolerable. So I'll see if that helps with the redness in that area she did, and I'll probably get that done later on.

Yaz has improved my skin this month (4th pack), although it wasn't very consistent and still not too great, just 'improvement'.

I had also been taking doxycycline, but that hasn't seemed to be working at all so im switching to Bactrim tomorrow. It's a more potent antibiotic.

Hopefully that will do the trick, and I hope you all the best.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Feb 15, 2009
[QUOTE=savemeplease;3882200]Thanks guys!

I went to the derm. today and I got a glycolic peel (30) to help with the surface marks. I also got a sample IPL (Intense Pulse Light) because I had been worried it would be painful, but it was very tolerable. So I'll see if that helps with the redness in that area she did, and I'll probably get that done later on.

Yaz has improved my skin this month (4th pack), although it wasn't very consistent and still not too great, just 'improvement'.

I had also been taking doxycycline, but that hasn't seemed to be working at all so im switching to Bactrim tomorrow. It's a more potent antibiotic.

Hopefully that will do the trick, and I hope you all the best.[/QUOTE]

Hey savemeplease,

The third month on yaz has been the trick! My face has improved dramatically and I only get about one small pimple. But, the only thing is that I still have bad scarring so I went to a Medical Spa and got a micropeel ( consisted of a 20-30% glycolic peel and cryogenic therapy). I was planning on getting a microderm but the aesthetician recommended the peel and then the microderm later. It has made my skin dramatically smooth and fading my scars! It also did not make me peel and make my skin incredibly dry! I'm so happy and my confidence has boosted compared to a couple of months ago. So, hopefully I can finally defeat my acne and continue to feel confident! Doxycycline works only for a short period of time and sometimes u might need a higher dose in order for it to work. Let me know how the peel and light therapy worked.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Feb 17, 2009
Hey girls,
Just wondering if you are experiencing breakouts prior or during your menstrual cycle while on Yaz.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Feb 17, 2009
I definatly did, but that was also during the first 3 months. I believe after a little more time it is decreased tremendously. Most girls on Yaz claim to still get a little pimple or two during their period, nothing upsetting.

Although, my acne has been around a long time and is very stubborn so I am now off of yaz, starting yesterday, and only taking Bactrim. After 2 months of Bactrim I'm going to take Yaz again.

I hope it goes well for all of you.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Feb 22, 2009
Hey everyone,

I just started my first pack of Yaz. I have mild acne and I'm not really sure what the cause of it is. So far it isn't any worse or better as far as I can tell (which is to be expected, I'm only on the 4th pill tonight).

I've tried many things (Purpose, AcneFree, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Clearasil, etc.) but nothing has worked completely. My skin is very odd, anything I clean it with seems to leave it with that tight feeling, and dry but it gradually gets more and more oily until I wash it again. Maybe I shouldn't use anything on it at all besides warm water, I don't know. I've also got redness in the skin on the apple of my right cheek that I can't seem to get to go away. It just showed up within in the past year-year and a half I think. Any advice?

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Yaz will do the trick for me, only time will tell though!!
Re: YAZ users - ???
Feb 23, 2009
Hi,
I've been on Yaz for about 5 months. For the most part, it's done a very good job of keeping my skin clear. I attribute the breakouts that I do experience to stress, and I think you should consider that, too. You should also remember that you're in a critically hormonal time in your life, and clear skin may not be a very reasonable expectation right now. I'm sure it won't last into adulthood.
Some tips:
make sure you use a makeup remover every night... I use Yes To Carrots Eye and Face Makeup Remover. Always keep your skin hydrated (Clean & Clear Soft "Night" and "Day" lotions are wonderful!). Don't wash your face more than twice a day.
Once a week, take a small amount of Neosporin and combine it with your facial lotion in your hands. Apply this at night, and you will see a HUGE difference in the morning. My dr said it's safe to use about once a week, but do not use Neosporin too much, since it's not meant to be used over large areas.
Re: YAZ users - ???
Mar 19, 2009
Hey everyone - an update on my experience thus far with Yaz and my acne...

I start my 2nd pack tonight. My face is actually a lot better already! It is clearing up a whole lot, I would say it's almost completely clear, and any new spots that show up don't get really bad and heal within a few days. The only things I've been using aside from Yaz are a w-itch hazel toner about once or twice a day, sometimes I'll skip a day, and every few days I'll put a little moisturizer in problem areas (like around my nose).

Also - I'm not having any problems with my skin getting too oily anymore... woo!!

I will update again whenever I see any other significant changes... but it looks like Yaz may be my skin's saving grace! :D
Re: YAZ users - ???
Mar 26, 2009
Just started Yaz and have taken two pills. I haven't been on bc for 8 years. So nauseas this morning that I missed half day from work. I just feel so tired and sick in the morning. I hope this will go away. I can tell I might be one of those that loses weight on this medication because I have totally lost my appetite. I had to force myself to eat dinner last night. I am happy about this becuase I was fearful I would immediately get hungry. I have also been extremely thirsty and drinking a lot more water which also makes me have to get up a few times during the night and pee, which disrupts my sleep. It seems 50/50 with the side effects, some women do great on it, others hate it. I will just ride it out and see how I'm doing after a month. :wave:
I've heard that Spiro (aldactone) and BCP cures acne. I am currently on YAZ and I'm getting Spiro in a couple of weeks. I'll let everyone know my skin update in a couple of months. Hopefully this works!!
Re: YAZ users - ???
May 11, 2009
If you stay above 100 mgs, then by the 5th month, you will be flawless. If you are cystic, then 150 to 200 mgs will do it





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