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.

About birth control pills




I realized some time ago, that I’ve been eating birth control pills for seven years.  Seven years!

That is crazy. The more crazier is that I started them when I was 14, so all of my teen years I was on heavy hormones. I’m scared of what will come underneath all of that now? Besides, I don’t eat unnecessary drugs, I prefer organic food and cosmetics, I’m careful with who I hang out with and alltogether I try to live my life as full and good as possible. Why would I eat pills that I can’t be 100% sure of? I don’t know the negative side effects. Sure they’re “easy” and they make those days  disappear, but that just doesn’t seem good enough reason to eat a pill that makes my body work wrong.

Maybe I’m getting old, but I wanna think about this in the long run. Healthy habits go far, and you don’t always remember to think of your medicine use as well.

After I stopped using birth control pill I’ve been very relieved. I feel pure and natural, although it must be a long way to go to that. How did I not get this sooner? Suddenly not taking the pill seems like the most logical thing to do.

After not taking the pill I also feel sad, angry and a little crazy. I feel like it’s constantly the day before periods or the first day of periods. Or them two mixed. Today a sweet potato was grown moldy and I started to cry. I thought about that sweet potato the whole week and how I was gonna cook that but when I finally took it to my hand.. it was gone.  Seems only logical to cry?

Luckily under all the pms I know where I’m going. That I’m fighting seven years of hormones out of me. That I’m getting pure. In half a year I will look back and laugh to this. And also, I’m getting a trophy for my man. “This is quite heavy..” he may have slipped between his teeth earlier.

I first started birth control pills for my acne. That is actually the biggest reason I didn’t stop sooner. I’m afraid of acne. But maybe I’ll write about that later.

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