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Does ortho cyclen help acne, and how?
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Dr. Frank Pinto
Dermatology
9 doctors agree
In brief: In some cases
Oral contraceptive pills (ocp) like ortho-cyclen can be helpful to treat acne in women of childbearing age.
Ocp work by suppressing testosterone production by the ovaries. In many women with acne, testosterone produced by the ovaries stimulates the sebaceous (oil) glands to produce excess sebum which leads to blockage of the pores.

In brief: In some cases
Oral contraceptive pills (ocp) like ortho-cyclen can be helpful to treat acne in women of childbearing age.
Ocp work by suppressing testosterone production by the ovaries. In many women with acne, testosterone produced by the ovaries stimulates the sebaceous (oil) glands to produce excess sebum which leads to blockage of the pores.
Dr. Frank Pinto
Dr. Frank Pinto
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Dr. Christopher Coller
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, but...
There are many factors that contribute to acne, hormones have been identified as one of those factors.
As ortho-cyclen is a contraceptive hormone pill that aims to regulate hormones, it does improve acne in some patients. However, this can go the other way as well - and some people find their acne gets worse. Hormone therapy is not a first-line treatment for acne.

In brief: Yes, but...
There are many factors that contribute to acne, hormones have been identified as one of those factors.
As ortho-cyclen is a contraceptive hormone pill that aims to regulate hormones, it does improve acne in some patients. However, this can go the other way as well - and some people find their acne gets worse. Hormone therapy is not a first-line treatment for acne.
Dr. Christopher Coller
Dr. Christopher Coller
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