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Old 02-19-2003, 12:42 PM   #1
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Question Going off OrthoCyclen, what will happen with acne?

I have been on Ortho-Cyclen for about 8 months now. I love the fact that it almost instantly changed my acne. I went from horrible breakouts to smaller bumps. Recently though, my acne has been getting worse, big red marks that take weeks to go away, instead of little bumps. I am thinking of going off the OrthoCyclen because I am getting tired of taking the pills, and I'm not even sexually active right now, so it's a big waste of money for me. I pay $40/month for the pills.
My question is what changes might occur in my skin? Has anyone gone off OrthoCyclen or other BCP and not seen a change for the worse in their acne?
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Old 02-20-2003, 08:57 PM   #2
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I had a bad reaction when I stopped taking OTC. I quit taking it because it got to be too much when I didnt have insurance. My face was ok until about month 5 of being off of it. Then all hell broke loose. When I got insurance again, I started it back up just so my face would be clear again. Im now on month 5 of being on it again and its barely making a difference.

 
Old 02-21-2003, 09:50 AM   #3
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Hi there.. i too was on Ortho .. i just went off it last month when i thought that i was pregnant.. ever since then my face has gone retardet.. im broke out more now than ever i think.. i dont mean to scare you but make sure that you have some kind of substitute for acne before going off the BCP... i have tried everything to calm my face down and every day a few new pimples keeps popping up.. im thinking of going on Diane 35 when i go to my doc..
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Old 02-22-2003, 10:18 PM   #4
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I really would not recommend going off of it. For 40$$ a month it is worth clear skin. Ortho cleared me up for over a year. when i moved I started breaking out again and I switched to diane 35 which is working quite well. Switching B\c pills or going off of them can wreck havoc on your face. Hope this helps

 
Old 02-26-2003, 02:55 PM   #5
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I agree with strawberry. Going off BCPs can be really bad for your skin. I have been taking BCP since I was 19 -I am 23 now- and I had to quit a few times and I experienced bad breakouts and painful periods in each of them. If you really really need to stop, then I recommend taking a Vitex Supplement. It is an herb that regulates your hormones. It is recommended in Germany by doctors for this purpose.

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Old 02-26-2003, 10:02 PM   #6
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In most places you can get free birth control from the county health department. Here if you take a prescription from your doc they'll give it for free. You might need to tell them that you are sexually active even if you aren't so they'll do it.
just a thought....

 
Old 02-27-2003, 08:00 AM   #7
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I *thought* that any BC would clear up acne (at least, that's what I've read).

When I started ortho tri cyclen, I was on it for 6 months with no improvement. It wasn't till I got a retin-a prescription that things really improved. I have recently switched to a different birth control pill (low-ogestrel). I still use the topical prescriptions. I too was worried that my skin would go bad, but I read on Web MD that any birth control will improve acne.

Interestingly enough, in the few days I've been off Ortho and taking low-ogestrl, my face is not as swollen. (Water retention - in my cheeks!) Weird. Skin is oily though, but I believe that's due to stress and lack of sleep.

 
Old 02-27-2003, 09:20 PM   #8
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I can't speak for everybody (obviously, hehe), but the other month I started my Yasmin a week late after my period (due to problems with my mail order pharmacy) and started breaking out in that short time.
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