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Following this is a list of the products I've been using for about 9 months. It's working really well for me. You'll notice on the list that I take Yasmin Birth Control which is fairly new to the U.S. Prior to taking Yasmin, I took Diane-35 (also known as Diane). I've found that Yasmin has been more effective in treating my acne. Like Diane-35, Yasmin contains an antiandrogen. Over the years I've come to realize that the antiandrogen is what clears up my skin. A birth control pill without the antiandrogen does nothing to clear my acne. I've suffered from severe acne since I was a teenager. It only got worse as I got older. I've taken 3 courses of Accutane. This was very helpful in clearing up my acne as long as I stayed on the Accutane. Within weeks of going off Accutane, the cystic acne and oily skin came back. For me, Yasmin has been as effective as Accutane without the awful side effects associated with Accutane. I'm not anti-Accutane. But after 3 courses of Accutane, I had to find another option. I learned of Diane-35 online and ordered from overseas pharmacies for a few years. When my pharmacist told me Yasmin was about to be approved by the FDA in the U.S., I got a prescription for Yasmin from my gynecologist. In addition to taking Yasmin, I also take 1000mg of MSM each day. This seems to reduce the oil production (Yasmin reduces oil also). I use Progesterone cream (purchased at a health food store) in place of a moisturizer. Retin A Micro is used every day or every other day. As a result of using these products, my skin is as clear as it was when I was taking Accutane. Hope this helps!


Yasmin Birth Control (contains antiandrogen)
MSM (1 tablet daily)
Progesterone cream
Retin-A Micro

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