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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 couldn’t 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 internet…, I also told him that hopefully I wanted one that wouldn’t affect my sex drive as much. Well, he couldn’t 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 didn’t 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 I’d start on ortho tri cyclen LO (I figured it wouldn’t 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 them………, which in turned FREAKED ME OUT. I thought that I was pregnant, stressed out like crazy about it, got a pregnancy test, tested negative, didn’t believe it, made an emergency doctor’s 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 ½, 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 …. I think you’re smart for not skipping your period.

I really do like the St. Ives clear pore wash; it’s not harsh on me and I really think that it’s 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 I’ve been using the Oil of Olay Regenerist serum. Supposedly this stuff is meant to go on under moisturizer…., but it does such a good job of moisturizing when I put it on and it’s so soothing that I don’t need a moisturizer. I’d say that I’ve noticed that my oil slick has improved this past week. I’m hoping that the yasmin will help that also, I’ve read that its very possible that it may (fingers crossed!!!)

What grade do you teach?

About spot treatments and the acne cure:
I’m 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, that’s what I got. I did try the “acne cure” for about two months (started like in August). I washed my face, used Paula’s 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 better…, 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 cleanser….., 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. (I’ve 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 “peel”. Like, so I had this big red bump that had this circle around it; if that makes any sense to you. So, I don’t do that anymore; and I found out that BP does nothing for me; so I figured I just wouldn’t do anything for spot treatments………….., 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, I’ve 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. I’m 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!!!! I’m 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 don’t know his family or friends all that well. I’m 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. I’m TRYING to.

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