So you’ve decided to stop taking the pill and you are excited about the prospect of not having to diligently pop that pill anymore every-single-day.
Most women are completely aware of the fact that there are probably going to be some repercussions as your body adjusts to this sudden change of events. But the one thing most women are anxious about is how on earth their skin will react. The pill is a very effective way to manage hormonal acne because unfortunately acne and unbalanced hormones go hand in hand. But fear not, just because you stopped taking the pill doesn’t mean you are going to be one pimply mess for the rest of your life. Experts says post-pill acne will peak 3-6 months off the pill but don’t lose hope!!! Besides bucket loads of patience there are some other natural remedies you can try:
What causes post-pill acne?
(1) Birth control suppresses sebum (skin oils) and once you stop taking the pill it’s like the flood gates have opened with a sudden overproduction of oil.
(2) Your ovaries start producing androgens (male hormones) again.
(3) As mentioned before whacky hormones and acne do go hand in hand. Up until now your pill synthetically controlled your hormones to maintain (or fake) perfect and unchanged hormones. Hence your crystal clear skin.
Now sit back, sip that H20 and have a look at your game plan below. I’ve done all the hard work for you and did all the possible readings and research you can think of to give you these expert tips from professionals to help you manage post-pill breakouts.
(1) Take zinc: Zinc reduces keratin production, so it keeps pores open. It also kills bacteria and reduces testosterone.
(2) Reduce toxins: What you eat and drink has a huge effect on your skin. Known foods such as lots of sugar, dairy and alcohol cause inflammation and increase consumption of water and natural whole foods
(3) Skincare: Keep your skincare as simple and neutral as possible. Avoid thick moisturising creams (and yes you have to moisturise), oils, full coverage foundations and anti-acne treatments. In fact, try your best to spend a couple of days completely makeup free, your skin will love you for it.
(4) Sleep sleep sleep. When you're in deep-sleep mode catabolysis (the natural purification of cells) is most active. That means while you are sleeping your body clears out all the rubbish from your cells. Dermatologists at the Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, carried out a series of tests on good and poor sleepers ('poor' means regular five hours or less sleep a night; 'good' means seven or more hours every night), and found that those who got more sleep lost less moisture from their skin and were better able to recover.
(5) Exercise. Exercise increases blood flow which helps nourish skin cells. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin.
(6) Gentle cleansing: Don't over cleanse and scrub so hard that you strip your skin of its natural oils. If your skin feels dried out after cleansing, then it will make your skin worse.
(7) No touching: No popping, pricking or touching. Basically keep your hands off your face.
(8) Holy sheet: Keep your pillow case clean and while you're at it, disinfect your phone too.
(9) Tea tree oil: Decreases inflammation and should be diluted with a carrier oil such as jojoba.
(10) Alpha hydroxy acid: AHA's are plant acids derived mostly from citrus fruits. AHA's can help remove excess dead skin cells clogging pores. As a bonus, AHA's can help minimize the appearance of acne scars. Treat yourself once a month and visit your favourite salon for an AHA facial.
In summary, you need to remember that your body got so used to synthetic hormones that it will take a while to gain its own natural rhythm again. Be kind and patient with your skin, after all, additional stress will only hinder progress and slow down improvements.