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What is the best birth control for treating acne?

What is the best birth control for treating acne?

Helps acne: Birth conrol pills are helpful for acne only while you are taking them.They do not clear acne completely and the response is variable. Ortho tricyclen is a traditional choice. Other birth control can be used. Topical medications will still be necessary and if it is severe Accutane may need to be considered. ...Read more

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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How effective is Accutane for acne and do you need to be on birth control to take it?

How effective is Accutane for acne and do you need to be on birth control to take it?

Need birth control!: Accutane is a very effective treatment when other treatments have failed. However, this medicine can cause terrible birth defects. You should be on two forms of birth control to use this medicine, and most states put restrictions on which doctors can even write for this medicine. These concerns limited to female patients, but also some warnings regarding patients with mental health issues a well. ...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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Is accutane something I should look into for acne? Im taking birth control and doxycycline and I'm not sure if these both are working.

Is accutane something I should look into for acne? Im taking birth control and doxycycline and I'm not sure if these both are working.

Severe acne?: Accutane is indicated for severe non responsive to other treatments type acne. Of course, you must remain on your secure contraceptive method as Accutane can cause birth defects in unintended pregnancies. Check with your Dermatologist to receive all the "Yays and Nays" of the medication. ...Read more

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I've been on antibiotics/birth control/tazorac for acne for years, but I've been flaring up for the last few months. Is Accutane my only option left?

See a dermatologist: Acne eruptions will vary both in precipitating factors, presentation and treatment. It would be best to discuss your options with a dermatologist familiar with your case. ...Read more

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My dermatologist recommended Accutane for me without trying birth control yet. Acne gets worse during menstruation. Any thoughts or recommendations?

My dermatologist recommended Accutane for me without trying birth control yet.  Acne gets worse during menstruation. Any thoughts or recommendations?

BCP help acne: You certainly do not want to get pregnant while on Accutane due to possible birth defects. Most bcp will help acne. Your derm may be uncomfortable prescribing it so please see your gynecologist. Bcp can always be an adjunct to any meds your derm prescribes. ...Read more

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For acne I tried tretinoin, oral/topical antibiotics, & birth control & still get a lot of acne. Low dose accutane a great final choice? Is it safe?

For acne I tried tretinoin,  oral/topical antibiotics, & birth control & still get a lot of acne. Low dose accutane a great final choice?  Is it safe?

Yes: Accutane is very effective for cystic acne. It has the potential to adversely effect the growth and development of an unborn child if you become pregnant, so it is very very important that if you are sexually active that two forms of birth control are used. ...Read more

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What is the best birth control pill for combating acne?

What is the best birth control pill for combating acne?

Low androgen pill: Androgens are a group of hormones associated with "male traits", acne, hormone-related scalp hair loss, & hair growth in unwanted areas (e.g. facial) in women. Birth control pills contain a Progesterone (androgen) & often estrogen component. Pills with a low or anti- androgen Progesterone component (e.g. Yaz, (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) Yasmin, etc) are often helpful for hormone-related acne. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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