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A 20-year-old female asked:

Can hormonal acne only be cured by using birth control?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
No: There a many ways to control acne. Hormonal acne is best treated with oral hormonal therapy like oral contraceptives or spironolactone. To this (or if patient dose not wish use of OC), we add the use of a topical retinoid like adapalene, tazarotene or tretinoin, +/- an oral antibiotic. Talk to your cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist specializing in acne treatment to review the best options for you.

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A female asked:

How does it take for birth control to clear hormonal acne?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Estrogen: Hormonal acne is caused by high levels of androgens ( male hormones like testosterone). The estrogen in bit control pills increases the production of sex hormone binding protein which binds these androgens making them unable to cause acne. Hope this helps.
A 25-year-old female asked:

Is there a way to manage my hormonal acne without taking birth control or antibiotics?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Some ideas: Benzoyl peroxide is your best friend. Topical clindamycin may help as an adjunct. Spironolactone is another choice.
Last updated Jun 1, 2014


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