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Sometimes you can balance your hormones out by the birth control pill. I would suggest Yasmin because the progestin in it will not cause acne, unlike most other birth control pills. It does take about 2-3 months for the Pill to suppress your own hormones and balance out your body. You don't ovulate when you are on the pill so that would be a plus for you. And if you wanted to, you could take the pill continuously for 3-4 months and get your period only 4 times a year. Some women just don't want to be on the pill, but there are so many out there that I don't think we should label all of them as having bad side effects because almost all of them are different. The RIGHT pill may be the answer you are looking for.
I would also suggest trying a b/c pill. I had always had a clear face until I got off of the B/C pill and had a tubal. After that, my face started breaking out horribly. I hated it. I tried everything, and nothing worked. My acne was also on my cheeks, jawline & chin. About two months ago, I finally decided to try the B/C pill again. And just after two months on Yasmin, My face in totally acne free. I do have a few marks left over from the previous acne, but that seems to be getting better too. I have been washing with Olay Totaly Effects Cleaning Cloths, & St. Ives Clear Pore Cleanser, follow with Mary Kay Blemish Control Toner (2% Salycic Acid), then put aloe on my face (just cut off a piece from the plant), and moisturize with Olay Total Effects fragerance free. My face hasn't looked this good in years. I am soooo happy about that. So if you try the pill, keep us updated and let us know how it goes for you. Good Luck!!!!!
Accutane may or may not work. I had hormonal acne and I was accutane twice. While it helped to reduce the acne, it did not completely go away. Hormonal acne tends to be more resistant to accutane therapy.

I thought since spironolactone had to be taken in conjunction with a birth control pill because it has strong progestational effects?

Hormonal acne responds well to birth control pills. Yasmin and Diane 35 both work because the progestin in them has anti-androgenic effects (reducing sebaceous oil production and testosterone levels in the blood). Yasmin is also touted as having a diuretic effect which means the weight gain associated with taking a birth control pill is negligent.
Thank all of you so much for all your advice...I went online beofre and found a website and bought a 3 month supply of Diane 35...I'm a little nervous because i don't usually like to put things in my body that i don't know a lot about, but i'm gonna give it a try...Do you think it would be better for me to start on Yasmin though instead, since it is approved, whereas Diane 35 is not? I'm not sure...I'll definitely keep you posted about how it's going I'm not sure how long it'll take to get here...probably within 2 weeks or so..thanks again so much!!!!
You ordered a birth control pill online? Do you really trust that? I personally would never purchase a medication online...just ask for a prescription from your OBGYN for Yasmin.
Normally, you're right, I wouldn't have ordered the Diane 35, but a lot of people from this board seem to swear by it and a few have been on it for years with little to no side effects...maybe I will try the Yasmin first from my gyno and save that as a last resort because even after all the good reviews, i still am a little nervous about it...I have a prescription for Ortho Tricyclen but i've maybe heard 2 people with good experiences from the stuff, so i don't think i want to try that =)
~stacey

[This message has been edited by stacey0422 (edited 10-18-2002).]

I agree with sunshin919...just because a BCP works for some people, there could be some things about your individual health that would not coordinate well with the particular BCP. It could even be potentially dangerous! That's what the ob/gyn is for -- to look for any dangers or risks, and then to help match you with the most appropriate pill. I'd agree that you would be better off asking your ob/gyn about Yasmin!
I think that is what i'm going to do...I just sent an email to the people at the site i ordered the Diane 35 from asking to cancel the order...Who knows if they'll let me but if they don't, it's my own fault...I am going to make an appt to se my gyno...Could he prescribe me that Sporo-whatever(can't remember how to spell it!) =) stuff to go along with the Yasmin or does that have to come from a dermatologist? Thanks!!!
~stacey





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