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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. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
I had an allergic reaction to it. Could you recommend a safe birth control pill that will also help treat my acne?
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
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
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
Acne: There are several birth control pills that have an indication to be used for treatment of acne. The birth control pills are similar to female hormones and many women get acne breakouts due to a higher level of male type hormone in their system. Taking the pill helps increase the female hormone effect and reduce the acne. It can be another thing to try for acne treatment. ...Read more
Hormonal Acne: What are the issues? Do birth control pills reduce or worsen the acne? How old are you? What type of medications are you on? What type of acne do you have? Obviously a doctor prescribed the birth control, please direct your concern to that doctor since they actually have some information on you. ...Read more
How long on BC: It usually takes 3-4 month of taking birth control to be in your system to have an effect on acne. Also, there are some birth control types that work better than others (eg, the ones with drospirenone, norethindrone, or norgestimate as the progesterone component). It is also worth looking into spironolactone (this is not a birth control) -- this is another effective option for hormonal acne. ...Read more
What would you recommend as the BEST product for more serious acne. I've tried birth control and other topical things.
Derm consult: You will need to see a Dermatologist for exam and treatment. ...Read more