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Postby kate_turner2000 » Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:46 am

thanks heaps for the comments. will keep that conditioner one in mind for sure madz even though my hair is shoulder length i get some breakouts on my neck and everything. i also notice that if i go to bed and put a lot of pressure on the pillow with my face it causes breakouts.

ive been using clearisil ultra and today i have realised it is burning my skin to the extent that layers are coming off where there are no breakouts :shock: the cycle is that its drying out my face, so i have tried different moisturisers and then the moisturisers are making my face break out.


i drink about 2 litres of water a day so i know that is well flushed, however i have made an appointment at the dr's next friday the 21st at 9am and i am going to ask for the Yasmin pill. does anyone have any experience with that type of pill? i know metformin would really help things but i have such a bad reaction to it i dont want to go on that again. im hoping that a pill helps me better than my normal pill im on now

im so sick of having bad skin, its embarrassing, and i feel like a teenager when im a woman now. doesnt help my confidence at all
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Postby sassi » Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:49 am

hi kate

i haven't usedv the yasmin pill (i don't think) but i have used a pill that also helps acne for quite a few years.

i use the diana/estelle pill (one is the cheaper, generic version - which i usually choose). i've found it to be really good - i certainly don't get the nasty (painful) hormonal breakouts like i used to.

i found my dr was really good in discussing it with me - we talked about the sort of pimples i got & whether it was linked to my period etc and she decided that this was the best pill for me. overall i found it a very consultative process.

it did take a couple of months for it to really kick in and make a difference, but now i hardly ever get those pimples & sometimes when they do start, they just go away after a day.

my dr also recommended an antibiotic lotion (because i didn't want to take anti-biotics - a dr had put me on them for over a year for my skin previously & then when i had to take them for tonsilitis a couple of years later my stomach was upset constantly) to help with any breakouts that did happen & to help take redness & irritation out of my skin.

i find now that my skin has changed & i recently had to start using products for dry skin - which is a huge turnaround for me! i bought ella bache products - they're not cheap but i went to a beautician and she looked at my skin with the special ultra violet light etc to show me where it was dry or oily etc and then recommended products to suit (the consultation was free). i found this took my skin from no breakouts (courtesy of the pill) to looking really healthy (because of the moisturiser). having improved the quality & look of my skin has improved my confidence heaps.

i think overall it's a combination of things that have improved my skin.

sorry for writing an essay. i hope it helps a little!

good luck at the drs next week :)
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Postby Misstoodles » Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:55 am

I'm meant to be taking Yasmin right now. I havn't taken any though so I can't say what it would do for me, I sort of just gave up on medication. For me right now I'm just trying to take care of my skin as best I can, and I figure I can put up with not having my period be regular. I'm taking care of the weight issue and the only other symptom that really bothers me, the most, infact, is the hair. My Mum has said she will get me laser done, but I want to wait til I've lost my weight. So really I couldn't see much point being on the pill.

One thing said about Yasmin though is that it's meant to not have the side-affect of causing weight gain.
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:38 am

yeha ive also heard yasmin is a mild diuretic as well and because i am suffering from fluid retention it might help. im also going to get them to check my thyroid again. my sister is a nurse and midwife and she said there must be a reason why i am having the fluid retention and to get them to check it out. i will also ask about the antibiotic stuff for my skin as well. all in all i am not leaving the dr's surgery until we have a plan of action! my dr used to just sort of shrug it off and now he has moved to england there is a indian dr who has replaced him who last time i saw him when my dr was on holidays was when i was diagnosed with pcos and he didnt know how to use the computer to type a referral to the specialist and in the end did it by hand but didnt explain jack to me! :roll:

so in summary, im sick of feeling this way and i want something done about it :) thanks for your advice girls
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Postby sassi » Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:51 am

i always wanted a dr/gp that i felt comfortable with and who i felt like i could discuss anything with. i know in theory that sounds a bit silly - because they're a dr so you should be able to...but i didn't find one that i really liked.

then one of my friends went to a women's and family clinic and she said they were really good. i went & i finally found the gp i'd been looking for! the dr was really open & honest, didn't make me feel bad for anything i said about medical history/lifestyle etc.
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Postby lng86 » Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:00 pm

I have been on yasmin before. I essentially went on it for period pain and for my skin. It is low dosage... And it worked properly for quite a while... But then I noticed I was having irregular bleeding. I stopped it immediately.

The good thing about yasmin, however, is that you don't gain weight from it. A huge plus!!!

I am actually wanting to go on the pill again for contraception. Supposedly a new pill is out that combines the best of both yasmin and diane. Maybe you should consider asking your doctor about that?

It's tough. I think there will always be good and bad stories about absolutely everything. The best thing you can do is speak to your doctor and decide what suits you.

Oh - I almost fogot... You should try differin. You apply it to a pimple to clear it but is gentle to your skin. It's SO good! My doctor actually gave me a sample (That is still going). Maybe your doctor will have a sample too! I highly recommend it.
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