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Old 02-04-2003, 12:58 PM   #1
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Question Painful cystic acne / antibiotics / birth control pills

Iíve suffered from acne / cystic acne since early teens (Iím 31 now).
Took antibiotics in teen years which didnít help much. About 1990, dermatologist prescribed Accutane. Iím pretty sure I took two rounds of it. Dried me out horribly but at the time, it worked, although I always wonder if it caused me to have ďgeographic tongueĒ, if anyone here has heard of that.
When I got married I went on Tryphasil birth control pills and was on them for 7 years.
The pills helped a lot with the zits, but I am been off them now for over a year. I was off them for only a few months when the cystic acne started to get very bad again (painful cysts on my face / back / chest / neck). Went to a dermatologist and he prescribed Amoxicillin. It worked GREAT. Well, now I wanted to go on birth control again and of course, you canít take antibiotic or it cancels out the pill. The pill is Levlen 28 which is a lower dosage, since I did not like the side effects of the other pill.
Now that I cannot take the amoxicillin anymore, I am getting the painful cysts again. I am thinking of calling the dermatologist to see if there is anything I can take topically or orally without it affecting the birth control pill.
I thought I would post here first to see if anyone else is in the same situation, and has found something that has worked for them.
Since they are deep cysts, will anything topical even help? I already have a problem with dry skin in the winter.
Any advice?
Thank you!

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Old 02-04-2003, 02:47 PM   #2
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A lot of women (including myself) have been helped by the BC Pill Yasmin. You can do a search on this board and see all the positive responses. I had never heard of it till I came to this board - and I am so grateful to everyone who shared their stories. Also, what topical things are you doing? There are tons of remedies that people use on this board. You could also consider taking the Vitamin B5. I have not taken it but people on this site swear by it.

PS - Years ago I was on both Tetracycline and BC Pills and it worked out fine for me. But if it would be terrible for you to end up pregnant then maybe you don't want to chance it. But I took Tetracycline for years so maybe my body was immune.

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