Skin update – 6 months of birth control pills for acne

skin update

acne before after

I thought it was just yesterday, when I last updated you about my skin improvement. I remember taking the photos, sharing them and thinking: “Wow, my skin is looking so good. My acne is almost all gone.”

Well… first of all, it’s been three months since that update. And since then, my skin has actually, really, improved. To the point where I would even use the word flawless for it.

Today, I can honestly say that my skin looks so good. No acne. I still have the occasional pimple – mostly on my back – but I think it’s getting better. Though there are days, when I lose my nerves with my back acne. Treating my back seems to be an impossible task compared to my face.

skin after acne

Birth control pills for acne

I wouldn’t necessarily say that my acne is cured, as I feel like I’m medicating it. I’ve been taking birth control pills for almost six months now. The pills I take are called Cypretyl and they are (I think) the strongest, and usually prescribed for acne. I am so happy I made the decision to start taking them again, because my skin problems have had a serious impact on me (and not the least, because it was physically painful).

I don’t have any side effects from the pills. Actually the opposite. I used to suffer from killer periods – and now I can manage.

birth control pills for acne

Also – don’t mind me looking like a completely different person here… Besides my acne being gone, taking botox has changed my face quite a bit. Read about the botox here.

How do I treat my skin?

Besides the pills, I also have some skincare products, that I blame (ha ha) as well for my now smooth skin. I wrote about The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth -serum, which I still use and warmly recommend to anyone suffering from uneven skin and pimples.

A serum, that actually makes a difference

I also love these three products from Lavera, that I wrote about. Especially that cleanser and day cream – so good.

New skincare faves

I do a mask once a week and usually I use one from Madara.

My favorite masks by Madara

And to get an idea of my routine, here is my old skincare routine from March. Obviously the products have changed now.

My skincare routine – 12 products I use daily

skin acne birth control pills

Are there any of you taking birth control pills for acne as well?

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.

hormonal acne birth control pills
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.

acne scars
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.