Skin update – Taking birth control pills for acne

It’s already been over three months, that I started to take birth control pills again for my acne. I thought it would be a good time to show you the results.

Looking at these photos and my skin, it just goes to show how slow it is to treat acne. No treatment is quick – especially when the acne is as bad as it was with me. It takes a long time for the skin to heal properly and it takes a lot of patience. However, the pills have been working for me, as I had anticipated, since I’ve already gone through this once as a teenager.

The pills I take are called Cypretyl and they are the strongest one (I think). They are especially made for acne.

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Hormonal acne. This was my skin in November – it was even worse than in this photo, but this is the best photo I could find. Then this is my skin now, in February.

So how does my skin look and feel now?

Well, most of the acne is gone. I say most, because there are still some stubborn ones. Not so much on my face anymore – and the ones on my neck are also kind of fading – but the part that is healing the slowest is my back. But it is healing too. And no, I don’t have any pictures of my back acne, I haven’t documented it here. I trust that showing you my bare face is bad enough. Haha.

Obviously for these photos I got a new zit on my face, but believe me when I say that it’s rare nowadays. Even though my face might not look like it in the photos, it’s so smooth. Honestly, I still shiver when I think about my acne at it’s worst: it was super painful and applying makeup or lotions or removing makeup or touching my face in any other way hurt.

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My skin now, after taking birth control pills for three months. Active acne is gone (besides a few zits) and all that’s left is scarring, which is fading pretty quickly.

My acne scarring is fading pretty quickly too. I was a bit scared about that part. At first the scars were so red and I could feel that my skin was uneven on those areas. But day by day they have faded and it’s getting easier and easier to hide them with makeup. And as I said, my skin feels smooth. So I’m pretty optimistic that I will have a good-looking skin by Summer. This year I need to be even more careful with sunscreen though  – my skin has gone through a lot and is sensitive to sun damage right now.

The pills don’t only take away acne. They also adjust the skin type a bit. My skin is not as oily as it has been before, it’s more of a dry combination skin now, especially since the weather has been super cold here. Treating my new skin is fun – it can take more lotion and it doesn’t break out as easily as it did before.birth control pills for acne

Altogether I can say that I am super happy with my skin. Making the decision to start taking birth control pills again was hard and I had some regrets in the beginning, but right now I feel like it was the right decision. I had forgotten how it feels to have my skin back. Even though I worked on my confidence during acne, I still feel more confident now that it’s not that visible and startling anymore. And one of the things I am super happy about, is that I also have found my love of makeup again. Having acne I just didn’t even feel like wearing anything on my face and nothing seemed to look good on me. And taking makeup photos for blog posts was torture – when I tried to take photos of my makeup the only thing taking all the attention in the photos was my red, bumpy acne. Well, no more.

I am so relieved, happy and feeling a lot more like myself.

This journey has also affected my skin care routine, and treating those acne scars is super important – so I will update you about that soon.

Any other acne victories? Or are you still searching for the cure? 
However it is – I hope your skin gets better too and I send you a lot of hugs, because I know how hard it can be to battle acne.

This week I…

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… cried a little, when my head felt like it was gonna explode and altogether I just felt awful – thanks to the flu

… smiled when I saw Risto looking at all the different kinds of flowers in the grocery store and trying to decide which one to get me (he chose red roses)

… ate a lot of candy and chocolate, whils at the same time, decided to be in the best shape I’ve ever been this summer

… was disappointed, when my valentines’ day plans were ruined by the flu and I welcomed Risto home in my pyjamas crying (makes me laugh now though)lifestyle

… read a book from my childhood about Pippi Longstocking and loved it as much as I did as a child

… tried new hair products specifically made for naturally curly hair and succeeded in making my curls look very nice (and yes, I am working on the post about curly hair, it’s just super complicated and I want the post to be simple and easily understandable)

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… bought new shoes and a new dress from Zadaa – I just couldn’t help myself, when I found the perfect things

… cleaned up the house a bit, which I shouldn’t do, since I’m sick, but it just goes to tell I’m really not good at relaxing when it comes to certain thingspopsocket phone

… got addicted to my popsocket, which is more like a fun stress relief than an actual necessity for holding your phone

… was delighted when I heard that one of my best friends is coming to Finland next week from Australia (I’m probably gonna cry at the airport, it’s been a year since we last saw each other after all)

… made plans for today and can’t wait to spend some time with Risto’s goddaughter, who is awesome and always makes us smile.

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What were you up to this week?