The pills decrease the circulation of androgens, which decreases the production of sebum. The pills must contain both estrogen and progestin to be effective against acne. The minipill only contains progestin, so it doesn’t improve acne.
Why isn’t my birth control clearing my acne?
Particularly for those suffering from hormonal acne, the Pill can lower the circulation of androgens which also decreases the production of sebum (a.k.a. oil production on the skin). Less oil can mean less acne for some women.
Can birth control stop working for acne?
Birth control pills don’t clear up acne overnight. It may take several months of treatment before acne starts to clear, and flare-ups are common at the beginning of birth control acne treatment. Your doctor may prescribe topical treatments along with birth control pills.
Why am I breaking out on birth control?
Some of the most common are Norgestrel, Norethindrone acetate, and Levonorgestrel. It’s also common for women who start taking birth control to have an initial acne flare as their bodies adjust to the hormones. After two to three months, most women find their bodies adjust to the hormones and their skin settles down.
Can the pill make hormonal acne worse?
In fact, birth control pills that contain only progesterone can actually make acne worse. Each type of birth control pill used for acne contains a low dose of the same form of estrogen. But each one uses a different form of progesterone.
Can the pill worsen acne?
It is thought that the progestogen-only pill or contraceptive implant can make acne worse. The progestogen-only pill, or mini pill as it is sometimes known, can cause the levels of the ‘male hormones’ to fluctuate. This can then cause oily skin, resulting in acne.
What type of birth control is best for acne?
The best birth control pill for acne is a combination pill—one that contains both estrogen and progestin. The FDA has approved four such birth control pills for the treatment of acne: Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Estrostep Fe, Beyaz, and Yaz.
What helps acne after birth control?
Zinc is the perfect medicine for post-pill acne because it reduces keratin, kills bacteria and reduces testosterone. Consider taking DIM (diindolylmethane), which is a phytonutrient from broccoli. DIM is a natural androgen-blocker and is one of the most popular natural treatments for acne.
How do you get rid of acne from birth control?
Your best bet is to stick with whatever topical solutions you may have already been using to treat your acne, like spot treatments, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!