R.D. asks from Haysville, KS on June 23, 2011
Birth Control... - Haysville,KS
I am looking for birth control that will help clear up my acne and maybe lighten my periods a little. Before I was pregnant, I was on Ortho Tri Cyclen (sp) and from what I remember, had no real issues with it. I have never really had a problem with acne, but the last year or so it has been horrible! It's getting really bad along my jawline from ear to ear. I have big bumps and I just really can't stand it. After DD was born, I was on Mirena for two years, which made me crazy! I did like that I only had a very light, 1 to 3 day period, but that was about it.
I called my dr and asked what they could do. She was going to prescribe something called Micronore (again, sp)?? I have never even heard of it. I called my pharmacy to see how much it would cost. We have insurance, but are on a HSA and we are STILL paying out of pocket....that plan didn't work out for us like we though! I already take a medication that is $160 every month, plus my Synthroid, so I really don't want to spend a whole lot of money. They Micronore is $130!!! I just called my dr. back and asked if we could try something else; still waiting to hear back on that.
Now, I know everyone is different and how they react to medication is different, but what birth control do you love? What one do you hate? Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks!
B.P. answers from New York on June 23, 2011
Yazmin or Yaz is the best for controlling acne but its very expensive. See how much it is for you. I am on Tri Sprintec, which is the Ortho generic. Its ok for controlling acne, not super. I take that and use ProActive once a day and my skin look pretty good.
K.A. answers from San Diego on June 23, 2011
I use an amazing face cleaner that has tea tree oil in it and castor soap as the main ingredients. Mine is Trader Joes brand but I don't believe there are stores in KS. They used to carry another brand until they started only carrying their own brand http://www.desertessence.com/skin-care/thoroughly-clean-f...
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and helps clean out the pours and kills bacteria.
Maybe try something like that before trying another medication.
edit:found a better link to the actual company instead of amazon.
B.E. answers from Jacksonville on June 23, 2011
You can get birth control for a reduced rate (or free even) at your local health department.
Is the birth control you are talking about Ortho Micronor? aka the mini pill? I was on that after I had my son and it was only $30 a month without any type of insurance. $130 is outrageous!
M.M. answers from Topeka on June 24, 2011
I'm on Levora. I also had tried a couple that weren't helping my acne. It was BAD after I had my son. I had never really had acne issues before so this was all new to me. My doc has me take 3 packs without taking the placebo pills so I skip my periods those months. On that last 4th pack I take them so I only have a period 3 to 4 times a year. I'm only about half a year into them so my body is still trying to adjust and I will have some spotting here and there. But for the most part this has worked really great for me. Plus with my insurance it's only $5 a month!!!
J.B. answers from St. Louis on June 24, 2011
I have had a battle with acne since my pregnancies - always at the week before my period, so I know it's hormones. I have found that the Arbonne acne fash wash is great. (I don't sell it, so I'm not making a promo. ) I've tried so many different brands, etc, but this is the only one I've found that reliably keeps it under control. My main problem is just remembering to use it! As a mom, you know how that goes - you just crawl into bed and realize that you didn't wash your face or brush your teeth all day. :)
M.M. answers from San Antonio on June 23, 2011
I just got on Ortho after being off of it for 7 years. I have (had) that AWFUL jawline acne you just described. It's the worst, the pimples are cystic and very painful, red and deep. It's your hormones!
I went to my doc and she prescribed Epiduo, not birth control, but a dermalogical cream. She also gave me a rebate card because the insurance wouldn't cover the cost. The cream costs $35 w/ the card. Clear up my acne within the week!!! YAY
Maybe stay on the ortho and have your doc write you a prescription for the Epiduo. Google the Epiduo and google Epiduo rebate for more info.
BTW - you can NOT use this if you are nursing!!!
Good luck! :)
S.W. answers from Minneapolis on June 23, 2011
I would check on the price of Ortho Cyclen or Tri-Cyclen. There is likely generics of these, too. These worked wonders for my stepdaughter's acne.