Mirena and acne treatments
I'm pissed, so please excuse the rant.
I've been using LUSH soaps: Coal Face and Dark Angels. Phresh Pharm doesn't clean the make-up off my face, and I don't like it. Thayer's lavender witch hazel, which is alcohol-free. And tea tree oil, either straight or in a 20% or less solution with the witch hazel. Thank god my BF likes the smell of it. Benzoyl peroxide makes my face break out into dry scales that bleed if they get peeled off, and makes the skin underneath bright pink and crackly dry.
It's impossible to search for Mirena and acne online because everyone who mentions them together is complaining, saying Mirena causes acne and it's eeeeevil, when more than likely, they were on the pill for years and don't have that positive side effect anymore.
I think I'm just bacteria-friendly. I had raging yeastie beasties on the pill every other month, and at my first annual since getting the Mirena I ended up having mild BV. The NP gave me an oral antibiotic for the BV and within a week my face was nearly clear (but my tongue got fuzzy and I got a YI). Two weeks after stopping them, my face is breaking out again. I hate antibiotics but at this point I'm not beyond asking for them as treatment.
I do NOT want to get the Mirena removed, and if acne is the side effect, I'll take it over the migraines, moodiness, forced periods, daily maintenance, yeast infections, vag dryness, and cost of the pill.
So, I've never had the luxury of a dermatologist before. I have good insurance, so cost really isn't a factor. What should I tell them? Has anyone here had any experiences with Mirena and Accutane? Other retinoids or so on? Any products in particular I should be aware of?
edit: I have been moisturizing like crazy. Sometimes I use Vaseline Intensive Care around my mouth and on my cheeks, because those are the worst places. It helps the dryness and doesn't seem to make the acne worse, so no harm done there.