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can birth control pills help acne?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes, some do: Please look up the name of the drug you might take. Common and serious side effects of many oral contraceptives can be found here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginformation.Html (full disclosure: this is from medline of the nlm. I was on the board of directors of friends of the national library of medicine when it launched medline. Py).
Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
Multiple ways: Research shows that these pills can clear acne by slowing down overactive oil glands in the skin. Sometimes, bc pills are used along with a drug called spironolactone to treat acne in adult females. This medication lowers levels of the hormone androgen in the body. Androgen stimulates skin's oil glands. Additionally, the estrogen helps bind testosterone and decrease its effect on the skin/glands.
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Often times they can: You need a work up of the acne, at your age you should usually not be having that problem, more common in younger pts, you need blood work to check testosterone nad dheas levels and other tests, but teh pill can bind much if the free circulkating testosterone so it doesn't egt to teh skin to help cause acne and at your age u should be on loloestrin the lowest dose pill 10 mcg estrogen- safer.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Could birth control pills help treat acne?

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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology 19 years experience
Yes: Since hormones play a role in the development of acne, regulating these hormone fluctuations with birth control pills can help treat acne. This is particularly true in women who notice worsen acne flare-ups with their period. Certain birth control brands such as Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) and yasmin have specific anti-androgen (anti-testosterone) effects which are quite effective for acne.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Please help docs! is my acne worse because i switched birth control pills?

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Dr. Robert Varady
Specializes in Family Medicine
It's possible: There are certain BCPs that will make your acne worse. There are others that will make it better. Discuss with your doctor to make sure that you are on the right one for you.
A 21-year-old female asked:

I have been suffering with acne for 3 months now. Doctor has advised changing my birth control pills to help, do you think it will?

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Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Absolutely: Different pills have different amounts of estrogen and progesterone, and changing the pill to one that is different from this one is the first step to take in treating this acne. If it started after you started your current pill, then definitely switch to something else as advised by your doctor. Good luck!
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A 35-year-old female asked:

Is there a birth control pills that helps with acne and has no sexual side effect?

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Dr. Joseph Oh
Pediatrics 15 years experience
Yes (kind of): In general, pills with higher estrogen and lower androgen potency will help with acne, such as Yaz, (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) Ortho-Tri Cyclen, and Ortho Evra (others include Demulen, Brevicon, Modicon, Necon, and Mircette). As for sexual side effects, although OCPs may decrease androgens (thought to be important in libido), the particular pill doesn't seem to matter, nor do higher estrogen concentrations.
A 39-year-old female asked:

Which birth control pills can I get for you acne ?

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Dr. Audrey Lance
Gynecology 14 years experience
Any of them: Almost all birth control pills will help with acne. However, you may want to avoid pills that contain levonorgestrel, as that progestin is derived from testosterone and can sometimes worsen acne. Yaz or Yasmin, which contain drospirenone, may work the best for acne.

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