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Birth Control and Acne

Birth Control for Acne Simplified

Birth control pills, IUDs, implants, and shots are widely used today and prescribed often as a means to control acne. Most forms of birth control can have the potential to cause acne and weight gain in those who are susceptible. Birth control is typically categorized as estrogen or progestin dominant and has 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 

Choose a birth control pill that contains at least 35 mcg or .035 mg of ethinyl estradiol and a progestin with a low androgenic effect.

The most commonly prescribed in this category are:

Brevicon

Necon

Tri-Nessa

Demulan

Ortho Tricyclen

Tri-Previferm

Femcon

Ortho-Novum

Tri-Sprintec

Kelnor

Ovcon

Zovia

Modicon

Previferm

 

MonoNessa

Sprintec

 

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

Alesse

Lessina

Nexplanon

Amethyst

Levora/Levonest

Nordette

Apri

Linessa

Norlyda "Mini Pill"

Azurette

Loestrin

Norplant

Caziant

Lo-Feminol

NuvaRing

Cryselle

Lo-Ogestrel

Ogestrel

Cyclessa

Lo-Ovral

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo

Depo-Provera

Lutera

Ovral

Desogen

Marvelon

Paragard/Copper IUD*

Emoquette

Microgestin/Junel/Blisovi/Larin

Portia

Estrostep Fe

Mircette

Reclipsen

Implanon

Mirena IUD

Seasonale/Seasonique

Jolessa

Nexplanon

Sronyx

Kariva

Nordette

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, it has been observed to aggravate some clients. We have also seen some acne clients do fine with Paragard.

Plan B, an emergency contraceptive, contains androgenic hormones and no estrogen and can increase or worsen acne.

 

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