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How long does it generally take birth control pills to control acne hormones?

How long does it generally take birth control pills to control acne hormones?

1-3 months: It typically takes a few months to see an effect and may take 3-6 months to see as much benefit as you will get. You may notice that you don't get flares before your period on the pill. ...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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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 can I do for hormonal acne other than birth control pills?

What can I do for hormonal acne other than birth control pills?

Spironolactone: Prescription. Costs $16 for 3 months. Very safe but not to use if pregnant. Can use with or without birth control meds. Some birth control makes acne better, some make it worse. Choose the right ones for you. ...Read more

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I get cystic acne every month before my period. Other than taking birth control pills, what is the best treatment for painful cystic acne due hormone

I get cystic acne every month before my period. Other than taking birth control pills, what is the best treatment for painful cystic acne due  hormone

"Aggravated by": Hello, The reason your skin loses control during your period is because the fire is smoldering under the radar all month. When the hormones kick up, it's like gasoline on the fire. This video may help you get organized with this very emotional situation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjdCSMnjqlY hope it helps. -Dr. Neal Schwartz ...Read more

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What type of birth control should I use? I've tried a bunch of different birth control pills and i've experienced bad side effects. Lack of libido, acne, depression, and yeast infections. Is there a reliable non-hormonal type of birth control? I've had 2

What type of birth control should I use? I've tried a bunch of different birth control pills and i've experienced bad side effects. Lack of libido, acne, depression, and yeast infections. Is there a reliable non-hormonal type of birth control? I've had 2

Non chemical: There are multiple non-pharmacological options, ranging from extreme measures (abstinence, tubal ligation) to more "light" (and however unequally effective or reliable) like condoms or time-based calculations...Usually a combination of them will provide some degree of reliable anti conception. Consult your gyn dr. ...Read more

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What are the best birth control pills for acne?

What are the best birth control pills for acne?

Depends on your acne: Topical tretinoin, oe adapalene are good for black comedones. Topical antibiotics are good for white comedones. If the combination of topicals are not effective and adding an oral antibiotic does not help either, consider Accutane which is oral isotretinoin ...Read more

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Can acne be caused by the progestin in birth control pills?

Can acne be caused by the progestin in birth control pills?

Yes: Pills are rated according to a number of properties and androgenicity (acne, wt gain) is one. This is usually determined by both the estrogen and Progesterone and their balance. Sometimes switching to another pill with less androgen activity can help. ...Read more

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Is there a birth control pills that helps with acne and has no sexual side effect?

Is there a birth control pills that helps with acne and has no sexual side effect?

Yes (kind of): In general, pills with higher estrogen and lower androgen potency will help with acne, such as Yaz, (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) Ortho-Tri Cyclen, and Ortho Evra (others include Demulen, Brevicon, Modicon, Necon, and Mircette). As for sexual side effects, although OCPs may decrease androgens (thought to be important in libido), the particular pill doesn't seem to matter, nor do higher estrogen concentrations. ...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

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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. Oscar Novick
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more