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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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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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Came off birth control after 10 years due to migraine aura, now have bad acne/spots on face - how can I stop them w/o going back on progest only pill?

Came off birth control after 10 years due to migraine aura, now have bad acne/spots on face - how can I stop them w/o going back on progest only pill?

Dermatologist : It is true that combined oral contraceptive pills can provide some benefit for acne. The best treatment though for our prescribed by dermatologist. These medications are even more effective than oral contraceptives. Consider seeing a dermatologist to evaluate your options ...Read more

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How long does it take for birth control to start clearing acne? It's been 4 months and no change in my face. I take Mono-Linyah.

How long does it take for birth control to start clearing acne? It's been 4 months and no change in my face. I take Mono-Linyah.

Acne: have your primary doctor give you some strong benzoyl peroxide. Or use the 10% over the counter products. Wash your face with this. You also need to use clindamycin wipes or cream to the area. You should have seen some changes in four months and you can't rely on the hormonal therapy to control the process. You can always try proactiv. This works is many folks. ...Read more

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What causes acne to cause parts of the face to swell up? (Like whole cheek, lips, and forehead) Birth control is not completely preventing it.

What causes acne to cause parts of the face to swell up? (Like whole cheek, lips, and forehead)
Birth control is not completely preventing it.

Common: Inflammatory acne regularly causes swelling. You neglected to designate your birth control!!!!! Some birth control helps acne, some makes it worse. Often SPIRONOLACTONE is used with birth control to turn off acne. ...Read more

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Tryin to conceive. Stopped takin birth control pill, i.E.Ginette, but now have big red pimples/acne in neck, on jaw & my back.What can I do?

Tryin to conceive. Stopped takin birth control pill, i.E.Ginette, but now have big red pimples/acne in neck, on jaw & my back.What can I do?

PCOS: You may have polycystic ovary syndrome. This may also cause some changes in hormone levels that may cause irregular cycles, some male type hormones that cause abnormal hair growth, acne, or other abnormal patterns with your period. Some people report weight changes and other symptoms. You should monitor your cycles for a couple of months to see if there is a pattern. ...Read more

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What does it mean i get a pimple in the same spot twice or in the same area multiple times?My dr. Rec. Birth control for my out of control breakouts.

What does it mean i get a pimple in the same spot twice or in the same area multiple times?My dr. Rec. Birth control for my out of control breakouts.

Acne: The area of recurrence may have some underlying pore issue that make it susceptible to acne/pimple formation.L keep up with your dr. Examinations and maybe the bc will help with your acne. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a pimple in my armpit. It's red, tender & hurts when I touch it. I use birth control so idk if it's causing it & what should I do if it has pus?

I have a pimple in my armpit. It's red, tender & hurts when I touch it. I use birth control so idk if it's causing it & what should I do if it has pus?

Common: Pimple/abscess in armpit is common. Moisture, warmth & abundant hair follicles make the area more susceptible. U shd use Advil (ibuprofen) and keep the area clean and dry. Avoid using deodorants and do not cause further trauma by shaving etc. if pain increasing and infection spreading u may need antibiotics- see ur doc. Topical antibiotic like polysporin (OTC) may prevent spread. OCs do not cause this. ...Read more

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Do any other birth control methods (other than the pills) prevent acne?

Do any other birth control methods (other than the pills) prevent 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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Best birth control pill for acne?

Best birth control pill for acne?

Trial and error: There is no one best bcp for acne. It used to once be considered orthotricycline and it was recommended for this purpose but many other bcp's have this effect. Spironolactone is also occasionally used for hormone responsive acne. ...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

Dr. James Dukelow
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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