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Do estrogen-free birth control pills cause or just exacerbate acne and body hair growth?

Do estrogen-free birth control pills cause or just exacerbate acne and body hair growth?

PROGESTERONE ONLY OC: Yes it may happen because the body could metabolize the progestin in the birth control pills into an androgen, a male like hormone, which in turn can show the symptoms u mention. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Do the birth control pills that improve girls' acne also help decrease their body hair?

Do the birth control pills that improve girls' acne also help decrease their body hair?

But...: Medical therapy to prevent new hair growth will not eliminate hair that is already present. Depending on the color and thickness of the hair these can be removed using lasers or electrolysis. There is also a prescription cream called vaniqa that can slow the rate of hair growth but does not actually remove it. ...Read more

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What is a vitamin that a teen could take that wouldn't cause acne or body hair growth and weight gain or anything at all but needing 2b healthy ?

What is a vitamin that a teen could take that wouldn't cause acne or body hair growth and weight gain or anything at all but needing 2b healthy ?

Multivitamins: Multivitamins do not cause weight gain , or acne or abnormal hair growth , they are supplements to help since most of the time our diet is deficient in vitamins and minerals . ...Read more

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Is it true that birth control pills reduces body hair?

Is it true that birth control pills reduces body hair?

Possibly: Pills may reduce the body hair in women whose androgen (male-like hormone) level is abnormally high. It is not very effective. ...Read more

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I had a complete hysterectomy about 6 years ago can I take birth control pills for facial hair and acne?

Possibly : there are other treatments specifically designed for acne that would likely be more helpful. Consider seeing a dermatologist to discuss the options ...Read more

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If a hypothyroid woman is on birth control pills alone(no levothyroxine), would it improve some of her symptoms like acne or hair loss?

If a hypothyroid woman is on birth control pills alone(no levothyroxine), would it improve some of her symptoms like acne or hair loss?

Odd question: If she has low thyroid she will clearly benefit from thyroid therapy. Why not??? The specific type of birth control is significant. Some hormones reduce acne and improve hair problems. Some hormones (androgenic progesterones) aggravate acne and cause loss of scalp hair. All 3 of your meds reduce acne and reduce loss of scalp hair. For polycystic ovary, weight loss and perhaps metformin are useful. ...Read more

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Is laser hair removal a safe and/or recommended procedure for someone who cannot tolerate birth control pills for moderate facial hair growth?

Is laser hair removal a safe and/or recommended procedure for someone who cannot tolerate birth control pills for moderate facial hair growth?

Yes : Laser hair removal is fine provided it is done with a qualified professional who can tell you if the laser she uses can be used with all or only certain skin types. ...Read more

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Why is it some birth control pills cure acne and others cause it? Are the effects universal for each pill, or is there variation between patients?

Why is it some birth control pills cure acne and others cause it? Are the effects universal for each pill, or is there variation between patients?

Varies between pts: Different bcps have varying amounts of hormones and how ur body response to the bcps, depends on how u respond to that particular combination of hormones. ...Read more

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Any birth control pills that don't cause melasma or acne?

No: All of the available birth control pills, to my knowledge, have varying degrees of estrogen or estrogen-like components and as such can contribute to the development of melasma (in conjunction with sun-exposure). ...Read more

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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


Body Hair (Definition)

Hair follicles are distributed throughout the skin with the exception of the palms, soles and glaborous skin of the genitalia. The hair follicle first forms in the eyebrows, upper lips, and chin at 9 weeks gestation. The bulk of the remaining follicles begin to develop at 4 to 5 months gestation in a ...Read more