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A 20-year-old female asked:

Why does bcp yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) aggravate acne in some people?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Typically does not : Obviosuly different people react to things in different ways. Most people will notice an improvement in acne on this particular birth control pill. It decreases the amount of circulating testosterone and binds up the testosterone receptor on your cells. The lower testosterone typically improves acne.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
I am taking Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for acne and have gained 6 lbs in 2 months. Are there bcps i can take that will help control the acne w/out weight gain?
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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Provided original answer
Lst sentence should say weight gain not related to the pill.
Sep 27, 2013
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A 21-year-old female asked:
How long does it take Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) (birth control pill) to help clear acne?
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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