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User Reviews for Gianvi to treat Acne

Gianvi has an average rating of 7.3 out of 10 from a total of 54 ratings for the treatment of Acne. 61% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 19% reported a negative effect.

Gianvi Rating Summary

7.3/10 average rating

54 ratings from 54 user reviews.

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Reviews for Gianvi

LuLu · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 11, 2019

“I didn't realize that I had depression until after I started taking the medication. This tiny pill has changed my entire life, I am able to be the person I have always wanted to be without feeling mentally exhausted from being kind, energetic, or optimistic. I have been able to lose and maintain a healthy weight (was able to lose about 5 pounds, I am 5'3 weighing 123 so it's not like I have tooo much to lose, but still) ANDDDDD for the first since I was 11-years-old, I no longer have acne. After a decade of trying medicines and topical solutions and being a very healthy eater and exerciser, this pill is the only thing that has gotten rid of my acne for good. I know some people have a horrible experience on their birth control and I personally had no expectations of it, in fact I didn't think it would change anything. I can't imagine my life now without this medication and would recommend anyone at least give it a shot.”

10 / 10
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Anon · Taken for 5 to 10 years September 11, 2019

“The Gianvi pill is the best of the best for acne!!!! I had painful cysts for almost 20 years and absolutely nothing worked. They wanted to put me on spirolactone, but my blood pressure is too low to take it. Gianvi was basically my last hope. It cleared the cysts themselves quickly, and then I had to go on a presciption cream to get rid of the scarring. My skin is now completely clear, and I even get comments about it. HOWEVER... Huge downside to the pill: I have no sex drive at all. All I feel when I have sex is friction. Its awful. Now that I'm almost 40, I'm talking with my dr about alternatives.”

8 / 10
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Fox · Taken for less than 1 month April 13, 2021

“I started this birth control for acne around my chin and jaw line. It was mainly whiteheads and clogged pores. I would get about 2-3 break outs a week. I’m on week 2 of this medication and I’m definitely experiencing the WORST breakouts. Lots of cystic acne on my jaw and chin (like 8-10 spots). Legit embarrassing to go in public type of break outs. I’m praying it’ll clear up in the next couple weeks but I’m absolutely one of those who is experiencing a worse before better (hopefully).”

7 / 10
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BellaMaya · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 2, 2019

“Aside from preventing pregnancy, my goal on this pill was to eliminate my horrible adult acne. Months 1-3 I noticed no improvement in my skin. Then, at the end of month 3, I was bleeding for weeks on end. By month 4, my skin dramatically changed. The heavy bleeding stopped and my skin was flawless. I like to think my body was ‘purging’ with the heavy bleeding and my body was adjusted to the pill. My skin remains clear, and my period always comes around the 3rd or 4th pill.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous April 15, 2012

“I was very apprehensive to take this medication because of all the negative reviews on this site and others, but I'm telling you, TRY THIS PILL. I've literally tried every product, been to multiple doctors and dermatologist, have had facials, treatments, etc., etc... NOTHING has worked. Except this. PROS: Started to control my acne(less "patchiness", less breakouts), made my breasts grow almost a whole cup size bigger in the first 2 packs, made me more relaxed and chill then I already was, 4 DAY PERIODS. CONS: the first pack I experienced constant spotting and really bad mood swings (only the first month, after the first pack I am more in control than ever) I can now go to the dermatologist to fix my scaring and my skin will be perfect! good luck!”

10 / 10
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Iggs August 27, 2013

“After trying almost everything to treat my sudden/severe cystic acne (diet changes, topical and internal antibiotics, regular aesthetician visits, other birth controls) this is the ONLY thing that has worked. My acne was isolated to where a man would grow a beard which indicated I had higher than normal testosterone levels. No initial breakout either! Within the first month, I noticed less breaking out. I broke out during my first period, but I'm in month two and my skin is almost totally clear of active breakouts and no cysts! Seriously a miracle, this medication saved my sanity, social life and self esteem. It costs me $85/month with no insurance but worth it. Still experiencing spotting but it should dissipate after a few more pill packs.”

10 / 10
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Jessicakes · Taken for less than 1 month January 25, 2019

“I was on Zarah which is a generic for Yasmin and it was working for me all this time for years, then all of a sudden in December 2018 my mail order pharmacy started sending me Syeda ( a generic for Yasmin) Immediately after I took that I started breaking out on my chin. Ladies, there's a face map on acne and if your chin is breaking out that means it's related to hormones - research acne-face-mapping Anyway, I called my Doctor right away and she prescribed me Gianvi which is the another generic for Yaz (same hormones as Yasmin but one of the ingredient is a lower dose). Immediately after a day my skin was getting better and the bumps were going away. I am on my second day and my skin is getting better and better. I am very happy with the results and I thought I'd write this review as I have never written a review on BC before.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous girly · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 22, 2019

“Okay so first off I LOVE Gianvi. It’s helped me so much with my acne , I’m currently 18 and been dealing with hormonal acne since 6th grade . I don’t have complains about it at all . It did make my skin worse at first but now I’m acne free ! After so long of dealing with hormonal acne it’s done me so good and now I’m more than confident with myself and my face mostly ! As the pill it’s self with preventing pregnancy I’d also give that a good 10/10 . My boyfriend and I both love it we’re very active in sexual activities and no pregnancies scares at all or any of that . I’m very happy with my experience now and i will continue taking Gianvi for a real long time . I do recommend it !”

10 / 10
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DD · Taken for 1 to 2 years November 13, 2019

“Prior to Gianvi birth control pill, I was taking Zarah and it was a godsend. No issues at all with Zarah birth control until Walgreens pharmacy stopped carrying it. I've tried a bunch of other generics but feel like Gianvi is my best bet. I don't get headaches or extremely dry during intimacy. My skin is pretty flawless except for these tiny bumps on my chin- a lot of them too. I never had this issue before, and they're not closed comedones or cysts. If I try to pop them, they come out like hard seeds. Even with a chemical exfoliant like BHA, it's hard for these to leave my chin.”

7 / 10
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Lexi · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 15, 2020

“I was put on this for my acne after having acne for 10+ years and was on Nikki/ Gianvi a little over TWO YEARS. After a year, I started to feel very sick as if my immune system was attacking itself every single day. I would wake up with a sore throat, was getting sick all the time for long period of time, and just felt overall so tired and not like a healthy 22 year old. After spending close to a year seeing doctor after doctor, various blood tests/ procedures, the doctors could not find anything. I was convinced I suddenly had an autoimmune diseases. After doing immense research on birth control, I discovered it can cause an increased risk of autoimmune diseases, cause NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES, ETC. After stopping birth control, I cannot even begin to tell you what a change I have seen. I no longer feel sick on a daily basis which is insane and I also have so much energy!! This birth control MADE MY ACNE WORSE, and CAUSED MUCH ANXIETY.”

1 / 10
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J · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 31, 2019

“I started taking this because I would get one or two cystic pimples near the time of my period that would lead to bad scarring. I figured I would give Gianvi a try since it is known for treating hormonal acne. I only have been on it for two months. Although I have read that it can take at least three months or longer to fully adjust, I am going to stop taking it. I’ve tried a few different birth control pills before but this one has been the worst for me. I have experienced irregular bleeding, bad headaches that can last days at a time, weight gain, and the worst acne I’ve ever had in my life. All of these symptoms have made me depressed. Maybe I should’ve waited another month to see but it wasn’t worth it to me. Everyone reacts differently so you have to try it out for yourself. I’ve read that some girls had their skin clear up in two weeks. Sadly I did not have a positive experience on this birth control.”

2 / 10
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rawr123 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 8, 2019

“GREAT for acne! Acne cleared up within a month of using the pill. I have been on Gianvi for about 6-7 months and overall had good experience with it. No mood swings, hair loss, or weight gain. Periods are extremely light and no cramps. The only bad thing about this pill and also the reason why I will be switching to an IUD is because I have NO SEX DRIVE. Having sex is painful and I am disinterested in having sex. Me and my boyfriend have sex less frequently and usually ends shortly because I am in pain. Vaginal dryness and also chronic yeast infections!! I have had about 4 yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis after getting on this pill and I am sure that it is not just a coincidence. Very sad because besides this problem I really liked the benefits of the pill.”

5 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years January 23, 2019

“I LOVE this birth control. I used to be on Nikki and I was always moody and had terrible acne that wouldn’t go away (I was even put on accutane but found out I was allergic to it). After starting Gianvi, my skin cleared up within 2 weeks and has been clear ever since. It’s totally boosted my self esteem and I no longer have mood swings either. However, I’ve experienced some breasts tenderness and noticed my breasts have grown since being on this pill (but for me that’s an extra bonus anyway).”

10 / 10
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Michelle789 May 1, 2013

“I have never been on any pill, my acne was getting really severe so my doctor suggested Tri-Cyclen Lo. The first two months on Tri-Cyclen Lo made me get cystic breakouts and I was miserable. I finally switched my birth control to Gianvi, this has been the best alternative to cleaning my skin. I haven't had any negative side effects and my skin is finally clear! The only downside is the increase in appetite, I haven't gained any weight I live a healthy life style-eat clean and workout regularly. But I'm constantly hungry! Besides that my skin looks its best that it has in years! Now I only need to get rid of my blemishes. I would highly recommend Gianvi, your period is light, you don't experience nausea or mood swings.”

9 / 10
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amandagirl · Taken for 5 to 10 years January 11, 2014

“I have been taking Yaz, now Gianvi for 5 yrs now and still love it. Acne is pretty much gone except maybe an occasional blemish every few months but nothing severe and goes away in a few days. Also, have not had my period for pretty much the whole time which is awesome and no "PMS" at all. I would like to try and have a baby so am not excited to go off of this and scared my acne will come back. For now though, am enjoying what this does for my skin.”

10 / 10
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Haole · Taken for 6 months to 1 year October 4, 2013

“I stopped taking Gianvi two months ago and wow was that a mistake. The first period I had was absolutely horrible. It was super heavy, lasted a long time, and my cramps were really bad. It has really messed up my hormones as well. I get so mad very easily and I feel like a crazy person with emotions that I'm feeling that I never felt before. My breasts shrank a lot and my acne has come back. SO I started taking Gianvi again a few days ago so I can get back on track to normalness! I don't want to wait for my body to adjust without it. ”

9 / 10
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Amont September 10, 2018

“I was so nervous to try this after reading the reviews but I'm so glad I made the leap. I'm 35 and have been struggling for a decade with next-level awful cramps (vomiting/unhealthy amount of Advil), moderate cystic acne and PMS that made me psycho. I stuck it out since I had bad birth control experiences before but no natural remedy worked for me and it wore me down to the point where I couldn't stand it anymore. My doctor recommended Gianvi and I've been on it 6 months now. My face is virtually clear, the cramps are so mild (more like bloating), the emotional stuff is manageable and my weight has stayed the same. The first month was great. Month two and three were rough emotionally as my body adjusted (really dark thoughts) but I stuck it out on my doctor's recommendation since my cramps and acne were better. I don't know if my 25-year old self could have made it through those two months but I'm kicking myself for not having taken this years ago.”

9 / 10
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bean · Taken for less than 1 month January 11, 2019

“I have had severe cystic acne for a decade now since I was 13 years old and I'm now 23 so after trying many many different treatments my dermatologist finally insisted that I go on accutane but to be on accutane you have to also be on 2 forms of birth control. I was prescribed Gianvi and I swear like 90% of my acne cleared up within a WEEK. I am so happy I have had nooooo side effects whatsoever the only side effect I have is clear skin and I couldn't be happier. ”

10 / 10
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IndigoB August 18, 2017

“I am not one to write reviews, but I'm compelled to warn others about the serious side effects I've experienced. I took Gianvi after I took Yaz, and because both pills contain the same amount of hormones, I thought that I will have the same, fine experience with Gianvi as I did with Yaz. Upon my first week into the pill, I became depressed and dealt with some serious anxiety. These mental symptoms only worsened as the days progressed and as I approached the end of the pack, I suffered constant suicidal thoughts. Once I realized that this pill was the cause of my madness, I immediately stopped. It's been 2 days since I last took the pill and I feel better already. Also, the pill did nothing for my moderately to severe acne.”

2 / 10
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georgiaway January 7, 2013

“I just started on this birth control. I switched from Ortho Tri-cyclen Lo. Unfortunately I have horrible acne on my back and some on my face, especially during that time of the month. Since I started taking this birth control, I have noticed the acne on my back is starting to clear up. My face is getting better also. I noticed I'm not as hungry either. I haven't experienced crazy mood swings or depression even if I did, I'd probably stick it out because I've had back acne since I was 16 years old and I'm 21 now. I'm ready for my back to look normal again. I recommend this pill.”

9 / 10
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mamalama · Taken for less than 1 month May 12, 2019

“I started taking the Gianvi birth control to help with irregular bleeding and most importantly with hormonal acne. I haven't stopped spotting since starting the pill a week ago. It also makes me feel so nauseous and fatigued! Haven't noticed a difference on my skin yet. I really want to stop taking the pill because the nausea is horrible and I over all feel like poop. I will finish the pack and see how I feel over the next couple of weeks. If the nausea, spotting, fatigue, and skin doesn't improve... then I will stop taking it. These symptoms are not worth it for me.”

7 / 10
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MistyB April 3, 2011

“Took Yaz for 3 years and loved it. Have been using Gianvi for 6 months and have not noticed any difference at all. I skip all inert pills and start a new pack and did the same thing with Yaz. Without doing so I get bad headaches. No breakthrough bleeding. No increased acne issues.”

10 / 10
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Marie · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 25, 2018

“Can't say I'm a fan. I went on Gianvi for acne and mood swings. The first two months were a really rough adjustment. I levelled out after that and my acne seemed to calm down a bit, but my mood swings were still bad. It's been 6 months now and I'm going to kick this pill to the curb. I've had bad acne flair ups, menstruating twice a month, and my mood is up and down constantly. If the reason you are taking a medication is to help rectify a problem, and that problem becomes worse, it's not worth it.”

2 / 10
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SarahT0908 · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 2, 2015

“I am on Gianvi primarily for horomonal acne. Was on Yaz for 3 years for this but since this is free, I switched. It works WONDERS for my hormonal chin acne! There is some light spotting at first and breast tenderness before my period but that's it.”

8 / 10
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Olivia · Taken for 5 to 10 years January 20, 2021

“I was on Gianvi for 8 years (from 18 years to 26 years) and it did WONDERS for my acne on my face and my back. I was prescribed it from my dermatologist. I had a regular period every month once my body adapted to the new hormone changes. When I turned 26 I had to switch to my own insurance and Gianvi was no longer free on my new plan, so I switched to Junel Fe for all of 2020 - biggest mistake of my life. My periods were irregular / I would go months without even getting one, my mood swings were horrible, and my skin started to break out on my back and my face. Last month I went back on my insurance to see how much Gianvi would be because I couldn't be on Junel Fe anymore, and Gianvi was free again! So I immediately switched back and my skin is already starting to improve. Gianvi is one of three qualified combination pills for acne purposes, so I highly recommend this if you are having acne problems.”

9 / 10
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