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Hey there, I know what you mean about not wanting to screw with your hormones any more than necessary. A couple months ago, I decided that I wanted to switch from Ortho Tri Cyclen; but I couldnít get into see the doctor for a new RX until like 2 weeks AFTER I was supposed to start taking my new pack. So, I went in to this new doctor with a sheet of good b/c pills for acne that I found on the internetÖ, I also told him that hopefully I wanted one that wouldnít affect my sex drive as much. Well, he couldnít have cared less what I had to say and was no help to me. He gave me an RX for Demulen 1/50 which is supposedly good for acne; but on reading more about it I decided I didnít want to take SO much estrogen (like twice as much as most pills) AND it probably would have made my sex drive worse. Those pills are prescribed a lot for people that have break through bleeding and really irregular periods, and mine have always been fine.

Anyway, so by then it was going on like 3 weeks of not taking any birth control pills and I figured that I would just wait for my period to come and then Iíd start on ortho tri cyclen LO (I figured it wouldnít help with acne, but might help my sex drive, and I needed to take SOMETHING). (Figured I would do that until I found something else to try.) Well, because my body was so used to taking the pills; it decided not to have a period without themÖÖÖ, which in turned FREAKED ME OUT. I thought that I was pregnant, stressed out like crazy about it, got a pregnancy test, tested negative, didnít believe it, made an emergency doctorís appt to get tested there, and that test was negative. This doctor bascially just told me that who knows when my body would naturally have a period again and that I should just start on a new pack of pills. So, I took the OTC LO for a month and Ĺ, was getting worse, so decided to start taking the Yasmin.

So, here I am screwing with my hormones; stressing out like crazy, and I wonder why my face has these weird break out patterns Ö. I think youíre smart for not skipping your period.

I really do like the St. Ives clear pore wash; itís not harsh on me and I really think that itís helped with the oil. It has tea tree oil in it. Maybe you should try it out. What wash do you use?

For a moisturizer Iíve been using the Oil of Olay Regenerist serum. Supposedly this stuff is meant to go on under moisturizerÖ., but it does such a good job of moisturizing when I put it on and itís so soothing that I donít need a moisturizer. Iíd say that Iíve noticed that my oil slick has improved this past week. Iím hoping that the yasmin will help that also, Iíve read that its very possible that it may (fingers crossed!!!)

What grade do you teach?

About spot treatments and the acne cure:
Iím not sure what type of skin you have exactly, but I am very, very fair, and have sensitive and oily skin. I feel like the sensitive and oily combo is weird; but, thatís what I got. I did try the ďacne cureĒ for about two months (started like in August). I washed my face, used Paulaís choide BHA and then put on 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, over my whole face. I felt like the bha really got down into my pores and I thought that I was getting betterÖ, but then I never really cleared up; always had these nasty patches around my chin. Then, despite what I was doing, I started getting really, really bad. I started using 10% BP on my bad areas, and tried switching up to a harsher cleanserÖ.., neither worked, and proably both of them made my face worse. I was just getting desperate. So, I stopped EVERYTHING and started washing my face with a new Dove cleanswer for sensitive skin. The redness and inflammation calmed down, but I was really, really, really oily. That is when I found the St. Ives cleanser and I like that a lot.

Now, at the same time; I was trying to use tazorac as a spot treatment. (Iíve used tazorac before, as a cream all over my face. It took about a week or so of a red, peeling face; but then it started to work. My face always seemed red, but the peeling stopped )

Well, using it for a spot treatment was a bad idea. Tazorac is so harsh and exfoliates so much, that instead of helping my spots, it would make them really red and then ďpeelĒ. Like, so I had this big red bump that had this circle around it; if that makes any sense to you. So, I donít do that anymore; and I found out that BP does nothing for me; so I figured I just wouldnít do anything for spot treatmentsÖÖÖÖ.., BUT, then I read in a couple of places that people with my type of skin can still use tazorac and it could actually help more and not give you the redness/peeling if you apply it, leave it on for like 2 minutes, and then rinse it off. So, Iíve done this for a couple days (like at least 10 minutes before putting on the regenerist serum), and so far so good. Face is still clearing up and no redness.

SO. Iím doing so much that I can only hope that SOMETHING will work. Whether it be not eating wheat, switching to Yasmin, or using the taz cream. We are gonna be the lucky ones!!!! Iím trying to keep the faith :)

We are going back home to Virginia for Christmas this year (we moved to MN a few years ago). All of our family and friends are there; but I donít know his family or friends all that well. Iím kind of like a shy/social anxiety person anyway and of course ALL of these people are great skin people and I know I will be so self concious and not want to go if I have a breakout at the time. I mean, shoot- here I am worried about it months ahead of time; that should say how much of a worry-wart I am.

Sorry this is long again; I babble pretty well :)

Have a great day; and think positively. Iím TRYING to.
Hey JJ;
Itís goiníÖÖ, I wish that just once I could wake up with absolutely nothing brewing on my face. Right now I have this big nodule on my cheekbone, near my hairline, and I have another new lump under my lip; near where the other one showed up a few days ago. I wish that I just knew exactly what was going on and that I could foresee the future. Right now Iím not bad though. I would say that Iím 80% improved from where I was a month ago. I am just wondering if the Bactrim is holding off a much bigger outbreak that I would be getting from the Yasmin if I wasnít taking it. OrÖ., am I not really breaking out because Iím not eating wheat and taking these pillsÖÖ.., or what is going to happen when I stop the Yasmin for a week and get my periodÖÖÖÖ, or what will happen when I stop the Bactrim? I got too many things goin on here. Iíve been thinking that I may revise my diet even more and try to stop eating so many carbs and sugars. I think itís healthier for us; and has been referred to lately as the ďinflammation reducingĒ diet. Iíve been on Atkins before; and it wasnít THAT hard. It would just mean that I would have to plan and cook more meals; instead of just relying on my rice bowls,etc. Iím so tired of thinking of this. I wanna just eat pizza all day every day and Iíd be good :)

Iím glad you had a good time at the party. I spent a good part of my weekend cleaning out my closets. I have tons of bags and boxes for goodwill, and may sell some stuff to a consignment shop. I didnít go anywhere, really. Was kinda cold outside.

As far as I know, there are no side effects with Bactrim, UNLESS you are allergic to Sulfa, and in which case you could have an allergic reaction, of course. I donít know if there is a way to test for this before you try itÖ., I had been on it before so I knew that I was alright. I also read that about the blood thingÖ, and I donít really know. Maybe you could print out the comments and ask the doctor when you go. No doctor has ever said anything to me about it; but then again, Iíve never been on it long term. And no initial breakout for me. Iíd say that I see improvements within the first week, definitely the second; but everyone is different. I was hoping that by now Iíd be completely clear (I started on the 10thÖ, but again, I started the Yasmin then too). Iím anxious to hear what your derm has to say to you.

Accutane was hard for me. I remember my acne getting much worse before It got better. I got very, very dry, and literally would have patches of nasty, dry, bumpy skin, that I could just peel away after a shower. Iím sure that I did that; and made the situation worse, but I donít really remember. Oh, and my lips were so dry and my eyeballs felt like they were on fire constantly. So, for me, I the dryness was terrible, I couldnít even open my mouth because it was already cracked in the corners. Also, I had terrible back pain. But, that did eventually go away and I cleared up for a while. Donít remember how long exactly. And, my side effects Iím sure were more severe than others because Iím sensitive to like EVERYTHING!!!!!!

Have you gotten that other face wash? Iíve been using it twice a day, and putting on the tazorac at night (then rinsing it off). My face is way less oily; but itís too dry in places, so I think I will switch to washing with the dove in the morning, so that maybe it will balance out more. I mean, if I wash my face before I go to bed; I shouldnít have to really use anything medicated (with tea tree oil and some salicylic acid) in the morning. Gonna give that a shot and see if some of the dryness goes away. I definitely donít want to over dry my face; cause thatís just gonna lead to more problems, but I think that my face would more benefit from using the medicated wash at night; after Iíve been wearing the makeup and producing all the oil all day longÖ

Have a great day at school; are you having a Halloween party for the kids?

Bunny,
Did you have acne on your chin before the Yasmin; also, are you still on accutane?





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