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Sounds like it might be a reaction to you coming off the bc hormones. When I stopped taking the pill a few years ago, I had horrible, horrible breakouts. I'm talking cystic acne all over my face. I always had acne when I was younger but it wasn't really that bad until I came off the pill. I'd suggest keeping track of when you breakout. I still get occasional breakouts, but it's specific to my cycle. My face is clear when I'm on my period, but for some reason the hormones when I'm ovulating make my face breakout. If it's hormonal, there's not a whole lot you can do about it, as iroc said. You might want to see a dermatologist as well.

Like others have said, never put coconut oil on your face. NC has an article that lists other products that can cause breakouts or make acne worse:

Hair products that cause acne

You really just have to find what works for you. While the products I use don't have the best list of ingredients, they help balance the oil production on my face. I shower in the morning and washing my face is always the last thing I do before turning the water off. I then put whatever products I'm going to use into my hair, plop, and then take a cotton round with a gentle toner and wipe my face to remove any hair product residue. Immediately after, I spot treat with either tea tree oil or salicylic acid and then mix a tiny amount of a tinted, physical sunscreen with my moisturizer. Before going to bed I do a similar routine: wash face, toner, Acanya (prescription topical cream with benzoyl peroxide 2.5% and clindamycin phosphate 1.2%), and then moisturizer.
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Quitting Yasmin could well be the culprit. I believe it's approved to treat moderate acne. And, while it usually takes 3 months for your body to adjust to starting or stopping a bc pill, August to December is still close to that range at 4 months.

As for OTC acne treatments, they can be very tricky. While they may contain "active ingredients" known to treat acne, they're very often formulated in a way that makes these ingredients ineffective. The acidity may be off, the concentration could be too low, and often the product just doesn't stay on your face long enough to do anything (face washes are a big culprit here). And even when two treatments work individually, combining them may neutralize one or both.

I agree that you should see a dermatologist. You've gone through the OTC options, so the next option is professional treatment. Some dermatologists are better than others, so be picky. There are the usual issues of finding a doctor who's personable and respectful. But on top of that, a lot of dermatologists are in the business of selling skincare products, and some even sell their own brands. Make sure your dermatologist doesn't push retail products or exotic treatments on you. She should see herself as a doctor, not a salesperson.

Before you go to the dermatologist, try to think of all changes you've made that could have affected your acne. This includes medications and supplements, as well as everything that comes in contact with your face. A lot of people neglect to tell their doctors about natural products and home remedies, but these are often part of the problem. Haircare products can also mess up your face, especially if you use heavy products or wear your hair down.
I know how you feel. I recommend the following

1) Wash: Herbiclens and/or Phisoderm. Both are gentle enough not to strip your face but are deep cleansing. Herbiclens is considered the best as it's what doctors use to clean their hands in the hospital.

2) Tone: Witch hazel. This will work as an astringent.., can add tea tree oil to this as well.

3) Treatment: Queen Helene Mint Julep Facial Mask! It's cheap, natural (mostly), and VERY effective.
Do not let coconut oil touch your skin. I started using it for a while after a long stretch of clear skin and it was a disaster. I can use other oils, like jojoba, but not coconut.

Diet has been the big thing that keeps most of my acne under control, but for many people it makes no difference.

For skincare I use a really gentle cleanser--and if I don't wear makeup that day, I just use water. PSF's BHA solution is great for keeping my pores clear.
Originally Posted by legends
See, coconut oil never broke me out. I've used it to moisturize in spots and also for OCM. No problems.
Originally Posted by The New Black
I wish. Before the breakouts started I loved how it made my skin feel-so soft. I can use it on my body without getting bacne, but my face hates it.

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1) Wash: Herbiclens and/or Phisoderm. Both are gentle enough not to strip your face but are deep cleansing. Herbiclens is considered the best as it's what doctors use to clean their hands in the hospital.
Originally Posted by Lovemenappy

It's Hibiclens, not Herbiclens. Just thought I'd correct that in case anyone is looking for it and can't find it. It's generally in the first-aid section of the pharmacy, not the facial cleanser aisle. Walgreens sells a generic version without the awful pink dye that the namebrand has. Be careful not to get Hibiclens in the eyes or ears.
My skin went to hell when I went off the pill in 2003. It's better now but it took years to get to this point. I still have lots of redness and I've lost that smooth, beautiful glow I had while on the pill. *sigh*

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I had the same breakouts when I came off BC, I had been on it for many years and the breakouts were savage!
I over reacted to it at first hitting it with everything to try and clear it but it only got worse and more angry. The thing that worked for me was:

Wash with a VERY mild cleanser, I used MooGoo milky wash wich is amazingly mild.
Go over your skin with either witch hazel or Biore 3-in-1 toner.
Apply a LIGHT moisturiser, very plain, as plain as possible, something like Simple or Avene.

Once I did this my skin really did start to clear up and within 3 weeks was MUCH better. I think the Biore toner is brilliant stuff, it has an AHA in it which helps with skin turnover but its not aggressive as many anti-acne products are.
The important thing to remember is that your hormones will eventually sort themselves out, it will get better!
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Since this has gone on for several months without responding to the usual OTC stuff, and since acne is relatively new to you, I'd suggest you go to a dermatologist. You might be able to clear it up permanently with an Rx acne treatment and/or antibiotics. Once you get deeply colonized with acne-causing bacteria, it's almost impossible to eradicate it and it will become a lifelong fight. That's the boat I'm in...lifelong.

This is what I did with each of my kids as they hit their teen years and started getting acne. I didn't want to let it go for years and hope it would clear up. I took them right to the doctor. One got a permanent cure with antibiotics. Two of them had to go on a course of Accutane, but they are all clear at this time. I don't allow acne to just fester and infect them deeply.
Thanks for all the help ladies. I went the route of barely using any product. I used a honey/baking soda/cinnamon/coffee grind wash at night, followed by a really light aveeno moisturizer. I have already noticed a difference. I'm hoping I'm on the way OUT of this hormone adjustment period. I appreciate all the tips!!
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One got a permanent cure with antibiotics.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
This worked me as well when all of sudden (I think it was menopause hormones for me) I started having acne issues. I went to the dermatoligist and she had me on a 3 month regimen of antibiotics. It cleared it up and I have been fine since. This was about 2-3 years ago.
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Yours definitely sounds like a hormonal reaction. I struggled with adult acne in my early 40s. I did antibiotics (they just made me sick), facials, peels, expensive serums, everything.

What helped me:

1. Minimizing stress.
2. Taking a short course of Murad vitamins for acne.
3. Doing less to my face. I use Retin A every other night, wash my face with a gentle cleanser like Cerave or one from Neutrogena's Naturals. I also use a really gentle moisturizer, Cerave.

The less I do, the less money I spend, the happier my face.

Good luck! Battling acne is no joke.
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Have you tried borage seed oil? I just posted a blog about it yesterday, it was featured on the Dr. Oz show about secrets the beauty industry doesn't want you to know. I bought some and this month when my hormones acted up and I broke out a little I used that and it helped. The second day the pimple shrank and the redness was gone and my skin looks great now. My husband even started using it and loves what it is doing for his skin. You can get it at health food stores. I don't know if it will work for you but I love it!

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Thanks Erica, I'll give that a try!!

I actually have an appointment with my doctor this morning, I want to discuss this as well as new birth control because this experience has terrified me to go back on the pill New BF and I have been using condoms but we'd like something else.
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Cinnamon is very irritating to skin, you should leave that out of your face wash. And watch out for toners containing alcohol -- also very irritating. (Witch hazel is usually formulated as an extract in alcohol).

Generally, you want to use something to kill the germs on your skin, like benzoyl peroxide, and something to reduce oil and blackheads, like salicylic acid. Salicylic acid also is anti-inflammatory and an exfoliant. Most salicylic acid preparations are the wrong pH to be effective, so you need to do some research.

Beyond that, I would suggest seeing a dermatologist.

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