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How long does it generally take birth control pills to control acne hormones?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
1-3 months: It may take 1-3 full cycles for birth control pills to have an effect on acne. Not everyone receives the same benefit from birth control pills for acne. Birth control pills can be used in combination with topical medications while waiting for the effect of.Birth control pills.
Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
1-3 months: It typically takes a few months to see an effect and may take 3-6 months to see as much benefit as you will get. You may notice that you don't get flares before your period on the pill.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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