Do birth control pills help treat acne?
Oral contraceptives or birth control pills are not just used for their namesake. For years specific kinds of oral contraceptive pills have been used as acne treatments. They are not usually prescribed as a preventive measure but more as a long term solution usually if all other treatments including antibiotics fail in treating a woman’s acne or if a woman wants a form a birth control and happens to suffer from acne. But be aware that in some people, one side effect of these types of contraceptive pills are that it can actually cause acne but if a birth control pill has been prescribed for acne this is less likely.
How Do They Work?
Oral contraceptive pills are a combination of progestin and oestrogen. They modify the natural female reproductive cycle and hormonal patterns. Most birth control pills contain Ethinyletradiol as the oestrogen ingredient. Birth control pills reduce the amount of testosterone in the body, a high amount of testosterone in the body can lead to breakouts but when the supply of testosterone is cut off the amount of oil that the sebaceous glands produce are reduced and the pores do not become as blocked. Certain birth control pills such as one called Yasmin, contains progesterone that limits the amount of androgen hormones in the body so reducing the chances of breakouts. It is best to make sure if the type of oral contraceptive you are taking is suitable for the treatment of acne as some formulations can increase testosterone levels in the body making you more prone to acne.
How Do I Take Them?
Oral contraceptive pills are normally taken every day for three weeks. On the fourth week you do not take any pills, this is the time where the woman usually has her period (menstruation). It can take weeks and sometimes months for the pills to take effect so you should not get impatient, it is important to stick to the treatment even if it at first it appears to be worsening which can sometimes happen.
What Are The Side Effects?
The side effects that are most common while taking oral contraceptives are:
· Feeling sick or being sick
· Tender breasts
· Weight gain
· Mood swings
· Bleeding between periods
Some side effects are more serious and include:
· Blood clots
· Increased blood pressure
Mild side effects usually settle down once the body adjusts to the medication but if you experience any of the serious side effects or the side effects persist you should stop the medication immediately and consult a doctor.
What if I Can’t Or Don’t Want To Take Birth Control Pills?
Not everyone is suited to birth control pills for a variety of reasons from age to high blood pressure and not everyone is prepared to take a pill every day for the sake of trying to cure acne. In such case you could look at natural alternatives such as Clear Skin MAX.
Clear Skin MAX is a safe, convenient acne treatment that is natural with almost no known side effects and uses no pharmaceutical drugs. It can be used to suit you and your individual needs depending on how severe your acne is. It is a six step treatment program consisting of a skincare kit that is tailored to treating all the symptoms of acne and helping to prevent new breakouts from occurring.