Is your Birth Control causing you to have ACNE?

Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 6:36am

You might want to call your Physician instead of your Dermatologist to help combat your acne. REALLY!?

 

Yes! Helping young women have clear skin is my thing. And often times it’s all in their hormones. Am I advocating every teenager get on the pill…NO! I’m suggesting it will help, much better than antibiotics and prescription acne cream and irritating retinoic creams.

There are many types of birth control available. The birth control pill is one common form of birth control. Typically birth control is divided up as estrogen or progestin dominant and have varying degrees of androgenic (testosterone like) effects. As a general rule of thumb, those with the potential for higher androgenic symptoms should be avoided for people prone to acne because they promote breakouts. As an acne sufferer it is important to speak with your doctor about selecting a form of birth control that is higher in estrogen and lower in androgen potency.

The most commonly prescribed in this category are:

  • Brevicon
  • Demulan
  • Femcon
  • Kelnor
  • Modicon
  • MonoNessa
  • Necon
  • Ortho Tricyclen
  • Ortho-Novum
  • Ovcon
  • Previferm
  • Sprintec
  • Tri-Nessa
  • Tri-Previferm
  • Tri-Sprintec
  • Zovia

 

It is best to avoid the following that are high in androgen activity and low in estrogen:

  • Alesse
  • Amethyst
  • Apri
  • Azurette
  • Caziant
  • Cryselle
  • Cyclessa
  • Depo-Provera
  • Desogen
  • Emoquette
  • Estrostep Fe
  • Implanon
  • Jolessa
  • Kariva
  • Lessina
  • Levora/Levonest
  • Linessa
  • Loestrin
  • Lo-Feminol
  • Lo-Ogestrel
  • Lo-Ovral
  • Lutera
  • Marvelon
  • Microgestin
  • Mircette
  • Mirena or Skylar IUD
  • Nexplanon
  • Nordette
  • Norplant
  • NuvaRing
  • Ogestrel
  • Ortho Tricyclen Lo
  • Ovral
  • Paragard/Copper IUD*
  • Portia
  • Reclipsen
  • Seasonale/Seasonique
  • Sronyx
  • Triphasil/Trivora

 

Only you and your doctor can determine what form of birth control is right for you. The above is just a basic guideline that should be used to initiate a conversation between you and your physician. If you are considering using birth control, it is important to know that it can be associated with a high risk of blood clots, weight gain, nausea, mood changes, depression and breast tenderness. Serious side effects include strokes, digestive issues and embolism.

Finally, it is entirely possible to treat acne without using birth control. If you have no underlying health issues that require you to be on birth control and are considering using birth control only to control your acne, please feel free to talk with one of the estheticians to get some additional perspective on how we can help you with the use of topical products and treatments.

*Although the Paragard/Copper IUD does not contain any hormones, we have observed that it has aggravated acne with our clients.

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