So, you’ve come off the pill and your skin is freaking out? Don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone. ‘The pill’ was originally designed as a hormone-based contraception method, however, doctors also often prescribe the pill to women dealing with acne. But how do you come off the pill safely?
Just like weaning yourself off any other substance, coming off the pill safely requires a detox phase. For many women, their bodies will respond to this drastic change in their hormone levels with changes in energy levels, fluctuations in weight, and the dreaded ‘post-pill acne’.
Once you stop taking the pill, your body has to revert back to making its own hormones and as your body tries to rebalance your hormones, acne is almost inevitable. While everyone’s journey is different, there are a few steps you can take to make coming off the pill easier on your body and your skin.
Reduce the number of products you use
Keeping your skincare routine simple and gentle is really important during this time. If your skin is irritated and sore, any harsh, chemical-based or unnecessary products may actually end up causing you more trouble. Try to avoid excess scrubbing, exfoliating, peeling, or over-washing and stick to the basics: a good cleanse and moisturiser. You can look at it as a detox for your skin!
While you’re at it detoxing your skin, it can also be a good idea to try and avoid excess toxins that can cause inflammation. Common suspects include sugar, alcohol, gluten, and dairy. Make sure that you are also drinking plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated while flushing out any excess toxins from your system.
Seek out a professional
Whatever your reasons are, coming off the pill can sometimes seem like a scary and daunting process. If you are worried about how your body will react or are dealing with acne and any other hormonal imbalances, it’s always a good idea to connect with a health practitioner like a naturopath to help you rebalance your hormones.
*This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.