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Chateal Birth Control To Treat Acne
Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more
Not the best use: Of an oral contraceptive. Many women do notice that their acne improved on oral hormones. I have seen more women using Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for that which has had some unpleasant side effects surface. Speak with your physician or ob/gyn about this. You may also find that chinese medicine helps a lot more as it works on the core reason or imbalance for your acne and helps repair the problem- not just treat symptoms.
I have pcos and am on sprintec and metformin. Is sprintec a proper birth control to treat pcos and its symptoms like acne?
Can Nuvaring be used to effectively treat acne or does the birth control need to be in pill form because of differences in doses, etc.?
No.: Nuvaring is not intended to be used as an acne treatment, and is not approved for that use. It can, as a side effect, make acne better, or worse. I've had patients tell me that their acne improved while using the Nuvaring, and others have said that their acne was worse than ever while using it. So it's totally unpredictable. Rather than roll the dice, see a dermatologist for a proper acne regimen.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Most combination birth control methods (combined birth control pills, the patch, and the ring) help acne for most women. Progestin-only methods (the shot, the implant, and sometimes the hormone iud)can make acne worse. Of course there are benefits and risks of all medications that you should discuss with your clinician.See 1 more doctor answer
Is Valette very similar to Diane35 birth control pill? Are both equally effective to treat mild acne?
Depends on person: Acne treatment varies with the individual, no two are alike (this applies to almost any disease and treatment for a disease or condition, otherwise every disease would only have one treatment option). Try and see if the one you have works. It may take a few months. Then consider trying the other if you are not happy with the result. Neither will work as well without good skin care
Yes: Birth control use is effective at reducing and in some cases eliminating acne. Desogestryl, the progestin component in your pill is one of the preferred, low androgenic drugs that one would see the best response with. Using it continuously without breaks or cycles is the most effective mode of treatment.
I had an allergic reaction to it. Could you recommend a safe birth control pill that will also help treat my acne?
Contraceptive pill: The oral contraceptive pill stops the pituitary gland from making gonadotropins that in some women are prone to stimulate androgen production. It's actually more complicated than this or than I understand, but it clears many women and has other health benefits as well as risks. Ask if it's right for you.
Yes, absolutely: Depending on the acne medication, some of them require you to take a pregnancy test and be on some form of birth control because they are very dangerous to developing fetus (baby). Alternatively, some antibiotics that may be prescribed for acne may alter the liver metabolism and decrease the efficacy of birth control. Therefore, consult your physician with specific questions.
Helps acne: Birth conrol pills are helpful for acne only while you are taking them. They do not clear acne completely and the response is variable. Ortho tricyclen is a traditional choice. Other birth control can be used. Topical medications will still be necessary and if it is severe Accutane may need to be considered.
Clear up: Most combined hormonal contraceptives will clear up acne. This is because oral contraceptives increase the amount of sex hormone binding globulin which then decreases the amount of active testosterone in your body. Testosterone is responsible for acne. Having said that, some women don't find that acne clears when using pills. It definitely shouldn't make worse. May need to see a derm if no imp.
Yes: Occasionally you see an outbreak after initiating the BCP. It should get better in time
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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