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Chateal birth control to treat acne?

Chateal birth control to treat acne?

Good choice: If this medicine is right for you otherwise, it is a very good choice for a trial for acne control. Results with all oral contraceptive pills are variable from person to person. Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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


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Can u use desogen (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) birth control to treat acne?

Can u use desogen (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) birth control to treat acne?

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. Read more

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I have pcos and am on sprintec and metformin. Is sprintec a proper birth control to treat pcos and its symptoms like acne?

I have pcos and am on sprintec and metformin. Is sprintec a proper birth control to treat pcos and its symptoms like acne?

Sprintec is one: Of many useful tools for pcos. It contains a low androgen progestin norgestimate which is useful for women with pcos and androgen sensitivity. Sprintec and tri-sprintec are the generics for ortho cyclen and ortho tri-cyclen. Sounds like a reasonable plan. Give it a try! Read more

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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.?

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. Read more

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Could birth control pills help treat acne?

Could birth control pills help treat acne?

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. Read more

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Is taking reclipsen/desogen birth control good to treat acne?

Is taking reclipsen/desogen birth control good to treat acne?

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. Read more

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Is Valette very similar to Diane35 birth control pill? Are both equally effective to treat mild acne?

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 Read more

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I had an allergic reaction to it. Could you recommend a safe birth control pill that will also help treat my acne?

I had an allergic reaction to it. Could you recommend a safe birth control pill that will also help treat my acne?

What kind: You will need to describe the time it took after taking the bcp before the onset of your allergic reaction and exactly what kind of symptoms did you experience from the bcp. For example is it an itchy skin or something else? Read more

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Would the birth control pill work to treat heavy flow and acne?

Would the birth control pill work to treat heavy flow and acne?

Yes: The pills are great for cycle control, preventing cramps, decreasing acne, preventing anemia from blood loss, and long term decreasing the risk of ovarian cancer. Read more

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What's a good birth control for acne?

What's a good birth control for acne?

Acne & birth control: In most cases, I do not treat acne with birth control pills. It's unreliable and varies so tremendously among women that it's really not worth the effort and total physical changes which birth control pills can cause. Read more

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Could birth control really help acne?

Could birth control really help acne?

Yes: The oral contraceptive pill, if it's right for a lady, often clears her. Remember that acne's a chronic disease that eventually self-cures and needs to be managed until that happens. Read more

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What type of birth control helps acne?

What type of birth control helps acne?

Most with estrogen: 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. Read more

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Can I clear acne without birth control?

Can I clear acne without birth control?

Yes: If you're a candidate for the oral contraceptive pill, this may be sufficient to clear your acne. However, other options are available. Topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated is your best friend and may be enough. If not, your physician may be able to add a second rx, topical or systemic, that will clear you. Acne's manageable though you must wait till it self-cures. Best wishes. Read more

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Does birth control help acne? If so, how?

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. Read more

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Can using generic birth control cause acne?

Can using generic birth control cause acne?

Not likely: Most combine birth control pills (containing both an estrogen and a progestin) improve acne for most women. Some hormonal birth control options (progestin-only options like the shot, the implant, and occasionally, the hormonal iud) can make acne worse. General drugs are chemically the same as brand names, and thus are no more or less likely to cause acne. Read more

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Birth control not helping acne. What do I do?

Birth control not helping acne. What do I do?

Different Rx: Your decision about whether to continue the oral contraceptive pill is yours to make. I'm sorry you didn't get the result you hoped for. A different formulation might work better. Or it may be time for an antibiotic, spironolactone, or for the tough-willed, isotretinoin. The latter, if offered, is a far better choice than continuing to be handicapped socially and professionally by acne. Read more

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Acne because of my birth control, what to do?

Acne because of my birth control, what to do?

Different Rx: Your physician knows of a wide range of options. If it's causing acne, it's probably not the best choice for you. Read more

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Can using birth control help clear your acne?

Can using birth control help clear your acne?

Definitely: There are several oral birth control pills that have been proven to be very effective for acne. Ortho-tryclen is one of the best for this, and is now quite inexpensive. Especially if your acne worsens around your periods, this can be a really good option for you. Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more