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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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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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Can birth control pills help acne?

Can birth control pills help acne?

Yes, some do: Please look up the name of the drug you might take. Common and serious side effects of many oral contraceptives can be found here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginformation.Html (full disclosure: this is from medline of the nlm. I was on the board of directors of friends of the national library of medicine when it launched medline. Py). ...Read more

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Do birth control pills help with acne?

Do birth control pills help with acne?

Often times they can: You need a work up of the acne, at your age you should usually not be having that problem, more common in younger pts, you need blood work to check testosterone nad dheas levels and other tests, but teh pill can bind much if the free circulkating testosterone so it doesn't egt to teh skin to help cause acne and at your age u should be on loloestrin the lowest dose pill 10 mcg estrogen- safer. ...Read more

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How do birth control pills help with acne?

How do birth control pills help with acne?

Multiple ways: Research shows that these pills can clear acne by slowing down overactive oil glands in the skin. Sometimes, bc pills are used along with a drug called spironolactone to treat acne in adult females. This medication lowers levels of the hormone androgen in the body. Androgen stimulates skin's oil glands. Additionally, the estrogen helps bind testosterone and decrease its effect on the skin/glands. ...Read more

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Does taking birth control pills help clear acne?

Does taking birth control pills help clear acne?

YES YES YES: Over time, this is a very effective way to clear acne, control heavy cycles, prevent ovulation or cyst pain, eliminate PMS (or PMDD), even decrease risks of ovarian cancer if taken over 5 years, and oh yeah...... Prevents pregnancy!! Definitely consider it and good luck. ...Read more

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Will reclipsen birth control pills help with acne. I have moderate (annoying) acne. Yay.....

Will reclipsen birth control pills help with acne. I have moderate (annoying) acne. Yay.....

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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Does taking birth control pills help clear up your skin...Especially acne of the face? Im currently on a low hormone birth control?

Does taking birth control pills help clear up your skin...Especially acne of the face? Im currently on a low hormone birth control?

Yes: Birth control pills will increase a protein in your blood wich wil bind up the free testosterone in your blood. This decrease in free testosterone decreases acne. Certain pills also contain the abillity to block the conversion of testosterone to its active form in the skin further enhancing the anti-acne effects. ...Read more

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What birth control pills help acne and have no weight gain or emotional side effects?

What birth control pills help acne and have no weight gain or emotional side effects?

Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol): Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) usually have less side effects. For acne, 1.Take Cipro 500 mg twice daily for 3 weeks 2. Squeeze the acne lesion to take out the pus. Squeeze enough till all the pus is out and a little bit of blood comes our. 3. Wash your face with medicated soap twice daily and apply clindamycine 1% solution on each acne lesion. In 3 weeks you will be very happy. ...Read more

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How to get rid of my mild acne? Birth control pills help with acne but i also looked into accutane(but maybe that's too strong for my acne) any suggestions?

How to get rid of my mild acne? Birth control pills help with acne but i also looked into accutane(but maybe that's too strong for my acne) any suggestions?

Reduce acne: ?Wash your face twice a day with warm water, and do not use harsh soaps. Instead, use a gentle non-soap facial skin cleanser (Cetaphil). ?Do not pick or squeeze pimples. This can make acne worse and damage the skin. ?Avoid oil-based make-up and skin products. Look for non-comedogenic products. If you have mild acne, you can try non-prescription acne products. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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


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