Due to questionable blood pressure issues
, I went off birth control several months ago. Since then, I've dealt with horrible periods, but worse (in my opinion) is the onset of acne.
Because I was on birth control from age 16 until 23, I never really dealt with teenage acne. I definitely had my share until then, but luckily have had relatively clear skin for years. Two months after going off birth control, it's been active again.
I have a section of my jaw that consistently breaks out- and I have been diligent about cleaning phone surfaces and pillowcases, washing my face with gentle cleansers, using topical benzoyl peroxide. I have to be careful about my choice of products, because I also have eczema
on my face and body.
My dermatologist suggested spironolactone but I am naturally a little concerned about jumping into a pill treatment- I would love to go back on birth control for many reasons but am worried about blood pressure issues. I considered progestin-only options, but hear they not only aren't recommended for acne treatment, they may worsen it.
Have you dealt with adult hormonal acne? What treatments helped for you? I realize experiences are individual, but would love insight regardless- and I can always use them to bring up other options to my doctor.
This has really been killing my self-esteem, coupled with the eczema flare-ups and my generalized anxiety.