Yes it’s been forever and a day. Life is hard, I’m suffering through adulting pls help 🤐 😂 But I am back to share news from the outside world with my fellow strugglers in the skin life!
We all know the different treatment options available from Roaccutane to retinoids, and I have tried the lot of them- except birth control. There was a stigma associated with them because of the community I grew up in. I was honestly scandalized when I first heard my friends at uni discussing it #JustSmallTownThings 😅 Now that the concept of birth control scares me less, I decided to give it a go based on recommendations from a few girlfriends.
After consulting with a doctor and answering some awkward questions (“how sexually active are we talking here, like third base?” 🤔) I was prescribed YazPlus to try and even out my hormones- apparently that’s why my skin never listened to topical treatments for very long, the issue was internal 🙄 So did going on the pill change my life?
- My skin done cleared!
I’m not even gonna type anything, just have this picture:
I do get a mild pimple now and then, because PMS is generous like that, but its nowhere close to what used to happen when I’d breakout.
2. My cycle is predictable af
No more nights spent wondering how to tell my parents I got pregnant after making out with a boy, I appreciate this new peace of mind😂
3. My period is super light and cramping is minimal
(Still not gonna exercise while I’m on my period tho, get out of here with that overachiever lifestyle 🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️)
4) Side effects have been minimal
I was super stressed about bloating, mood swings and other infamous side effects of birth control. It’s been a few months and all I can really report is that I get one day of absolutely excessive emotion (like bawling in the car because your housemate ate the last yogurt two days ago and you feel unappreciated because you always have to buy the damn yogurt #TrueStory). But after that day is done (usually the first day of my period), sanity returns and all is well again XD
5) It’s expensive 💸 💸 💸 💸
It sets me back about R200 a month 🙃 Which sucks- but for a while I avoided dairy and processed food to help my skin. It did help my skin, but it also severely limited my food options given my student budget #AlmondMilkPricesMustFall 💩 The pill is a better fit for my current lifestyle and is kinder on my pocket.
Overall I’m definitely happy with my choice to go on the pill and I’m living for this newfound skin freedom 🙋🏽 Let me know if you are on any hormonal treatment for your skin, or would you ever consider it? I’d love to hear about your experiences 🙂
PS- Always consult a medical professional before going on any prescription medications!👩⚕️