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Viorele Birth Control For 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
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
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
I take birth control for acne. Is it likely that you grow out of acne and than when you go off bc acne doesn't really come back?
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
What are the contraindications for taking oral birth control (for acne) while having the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD (for more effective birth control)?
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.?
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
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?
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
Depending on the acne medication, some of them require you to take a pregnancy test and be on some form of birth control because they are very dangerous to developing fetus (baby).
Alternatively, some antibiotics that may be prescribed for acne may alter the liver metabolism and decrease the efficacy of birth control. Therefore, consult your physician with specific questions. ...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
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
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