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Doctor insights on: Viorele Birth Control For Acne

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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

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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Have people tried birth control for acne control?

Have people tried birth control for acne control?

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

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I was taking birth control for acne and than I decided to stop taking it. I'm going back on it now, will my acne flare up when I start using it again?

I was taking birth control for acne and than I decided to stop taking it. I'm going back on it now, will my acne flare up when I start using it again?

Like life, always: Trial & error, no way to predict with any certainty, vastly too many variables which no one fully understands. Medicine is low tech, the real Hi-Tech is within. Given acne in past, study treatments for acne, e.g. https://www. Healthtap. Com/#user_questions/6804092 & http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1069804 for some basics on mainstream methods which usually help. ...Read more

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Could there be a different prescription of birth control for acne?

Could there be a different prescription of birth control for acne?

3 options: Lots of birth control pills out there but when it comes to acne, I would suggest sticking an agent indicated to reduce sebum production in the skin. Talk with your doctor about options such as: Yaz, (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) Ortho Tri-cyclin, and Estrostep. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take birth control for acne, and cramps?

Is it safe to take birth control for acne, and cramps?

Yes: There are oral contraceptives that are indicated for the treatment of acne and most women do experience a decrease in menstrual cramps and pain when taking the pill. ...Read more

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Why do doctors prescribe birth control for acne if there is a possibility it will all come back when you go off of the pill in the future?

Why do doctors prescribe birth control for acne if there is a possibility it will all come back when you go off of the pill in the future?

It clears the acne: With any type of acne treatment, acne is expected to improve... and someday the treatment will stop. At that point, the acne may or may not come back. We treat acne because it gives clearer skin for the years during treatment (and patients are happier with their facial appearance). When treatment is stopped or weaned off, patients are older and acne is usually less or gone. ...Read more

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What are the contraindications for taking oral birth control (for acne) while having the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD (for more effective birth control)?

What are the contraindications for taking oral birth control (for acne) while having the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD (for more effective birth control)?

Do not know...: There are likely no studies to depend on when addressing your question. Although Mirena (levonorgestrel) releases very little hormone, it's contribution plus pills could in theory increase the risk for blood clots. ...Read more

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I take birth control for acne along with doxycycline and antibiotic creams. I am afraid when I stop taking bc, acne will return worse than ever.?

I take birth control for acne along with doxycycline and antibiotic creams. I am afraid when I stop taking bc, acne will return worse than ever.?

May not: You need to give it try. It is imperative that you use an alternative method of contraception if you are sexually active. You may consider getting an IUD before stopping bc. It would be useful to consult your doctor who prescribed BC as s/he knows your health history better.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I am taking Ortho Tri Cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) Lo birth control for acne. It has cleared up my skin quite a bit, will acne return when I decide to stop taking the pill?

I am taking Ortho Tri Cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) Lo birth control for acne. It has cleared up my skin quite a bit, will acne return when I decide to stop taking the pill?

Possibly: Sometimes you outgrow acne and in that case it won't recur but birth control pills just treat the acne. They don't cure it. You can stop them and see if you have outgrown it and restart them and they should still work for you. Hope this helps. ...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?

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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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

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Will using birth control help to clear up my acne?

Will using birth control help to clear up my 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 you tell me what to do about birth control acne issue help?

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

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How long does it take for birth control clears acne completely?

Three Months: It may take three menstrual cycles (three months) for benefits to be observed using oral contraceptive pills. It is unlikely that all of the lesions will resolve. Other types of acne treatment may be necessary for complete clearance of the blemishes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to do about birth control not helping acne?

Can you tell me what to do about birth control not helping acne?

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

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What is the best method of birth control if im concerned about acne?

What is the best method of birth control if im concerned about acne?

OCPs: If you can take them, oral contraceptive pills are also indicated for acne, abnormal bleeding, painful cycles, and premenstrual symptoms. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions for my increased acne because of my birth control?

Can you give me suggestions for my increased acne because of my birth control?

Acne: Why are you on birth control at 50? If you cannot provide proper information about yourself, we can't provide you with proper response. You can try consulting us through HealthTap Prime if you are an adult. ...Read more

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I'm going on birth control and have an appointment to get some prescribed but I'm worried it will make my acne worse. Is this true?

I'm going on birth control and have an appointment to get some prescribed but I'm worried it will make my acne worse. Is this true?

Get acne Rx'd: If you have cystic acne, you need to be on more than benzoyl peroxide. The oral contraceptive pill might clear you, or it might make it worse. Ask your physician which version of the pill might be the best choice. You'll also need some rx for your acne. This is serious stuff especially as you transition to adult life, and if you are offered isotretinoin, consider taking it. ...Read more

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I'm 36 Been Battling Acne And Using Birth Control because it's the only thing that keeps it calm. It came back again now. What to do?

I'm 36 Been Battling Acne And Using Birth Control because it's the only thing that keeps it calm. It came back again now. What to do?

Need exam: Acne is difficult to treat and require a long term strategy based on your skin composition and hormonal factors. There are standard medicines, antibiotics, creams and face washes etc. Which need to be used and adjusted over time as indicated based in the response. Usually the primary physician can start the treatment and consult dermatology if needed. ...Read more

Dr. Howard Schneider
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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