What's the best birth control pill for acne?birth control
Posted 13 December 2005 - 10:20 PM
Posted 14 December 2005 - 02:17 PM
Which birth control pill seems to work the most for acne only (I am not sexually active)?
AlesseÃ‚Â®, Diane-35Ã‚Â® - Acne Approved Hormone Therapy:
AlesseÃ‚Â® - 0.020mg EE + 0.10mg levonorgestrel
This has been shown to have a superior anti-acne effect when compared to placebo. It has a lower estrogen dose (0.020mg) than most other oral contraceptives, which may reduce the potential cardiovascular side effects of estrogen. Furthermore, trials show that weight gain does not appear to be a side effect with this pill.
Two placebo controlled parallel double blind randomized trials involving 700 women in the reproductive age group treated for 6 months, showed a 46% reduction of inflammatory lesions when compared to 29.3% for the placebo group.
In: Gynecological Endocrinology 24:RT61 (2000).
Ortho-TricyclenÃ‚Â® - 0.035mg EE + norgestimate
This is a combination of ethinyl estradiol (0.035mg) and norgestimate in increasing doses of 0.180mg, 0.215mg, and 0.250mg. Two clinical studies, involving 507 women with moderate acne, showed that this medication provided significant improvement of their acne after 6 months of therapy compared to those using a placebo. Orhto-tricyclens are approved in the USA and Canada for acne.
In another study, 256 women with moderate acne were given Ortho-TricyclenÃ‚Â® or placebo for 6 months, among the women taking Ortho-TricyclenÃ‚Â®, 53.1% had their acne completely cleared up compared to 26.8% of those using the placebo.
Diane-35Ã‚Â® - 0.035mg ethinyl estradiol (EE) + 2.0mg cyproterone acetate (CPA)
Cyproterone acetate acts as an anti-androgen, multiple clinical studies have shown that this medication is effective for the treatment of acne. Diane-35Ã‚Â® is approved in Canada, and has been approved for two decades in Europe (Note: This product is not approved by Health Canada for the indication of oral contraception).
Results have shown, that Diane-35Ã‚Â® is as effective as oral tetracycline or minocycline after 6 months of use. The largest study to date (on 1,161 patients) showed that 192 patients had 100% improvement after 18 months.
for more details please refer to:
Acne Treatment - Birth Control Pills And Other Hormone Therapy
Hormonal Treatment of Acne: How They Work
How Oral ContraceptivesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Progestins Influence Acne
Other Types Of Birth Control Pills
Side Effects Of Birth Control Pills
Using Androgen Blockers For Acne Treatment
Oral contraceptives can either be made up of progestin alone (called the minipill), or of a combination of synthetic estrogen and progestin. The combination pill has estrogen, which is usually in the form of ethinyl estradiol, or mestranol (only occasionally).
source: Acne Treatment - Birth Control Pills And Other Hormone Therapy
Posted 14 December 2005 - 02:47 PM
Minor clarification: Yasmin's progesterone is actually drospirenone, not spironolactone, but it is derived from it and has a similar effect.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:07 PM
I haven't experienced any weight gain or other side effects some people report whilst on birth control pills, but I do take a daily B-complex vitamin pill just because I was/am worried the pill might be depleting my body's supply of B vitamins.
Also, I found this webpage really helpful in regards to BC pills that help acne (and why!): http://www.skinthera...2007/3.4/3.html
AND if you scroll down the page here, http://www.wdxcyber.com/ncontr13.htm , it has a helpful table of the ingredients of some pills so you can decide the estrogen/progesterone contents for yourself (but check with your doctor of course) and some helpful suggestions which pills are better for what unwanted symptoms you want to treat
Posted 17 June 2012 - 11:05 AM
I was on the NuvaRing for two years and it completely cleared my skin (which wasn't that bad in the first place). But I started to feel the long terms effects because I'm probably more sensitive than the average person. After stopping the ring to give my body a break I experienced the worst skin of my life. It's been over a year now and I'm just barely starting to see improvements because I finally got my period back after not having it for a year. I'm definitely a worst case scenario situation, but seriously, I urge you to read the feed of women on here who have experienced acne after birth control use. Do your research and read about what birth control does to your body. Hormones are extremely delicate things, and tricking your body into thinking it's pregnant for an extended period of time is not natural.
I'm not saying everyone on here is wrong for being on birth control, but do your own research and consider what is best for your body. No one told me I might experience acne after stopping the pill! Not only that but it damages your digestive system and liver which are very important for having clear healthy skin. If you're experiencing hormonal acne now, when you decide to stop the pill you'll have it again. What's better, waiting it out and having it be gone forever---or having clear skin for a couple of years then getting acne worse than high school when you're in your twenties or thirties? I'm trying not to sound didactic, but I've been to hell and back with my hormones all for the convenience of that ring.
Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:23 AM
High estrogen = more likely to clear your acne.
Low-dose pills (Alesse, Aviane, Levlite, Loestrin 1/20, Mircette)
Regular-dose pills (Brevicon, Demulen, Desogen, Levlen, Lo/Ovral, Modicon, Nordette, Levora, Loestrin, Low-Ogestrel, Necon 1/35, Norethin, Norinyl 1+35, Ortho-Cept, Ortho-Cyclen, Ortho-Novum 1/35, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, Ovcon 35, Seasonale, Yasmin, Zovia)
Phasic pills (Ortho-Tri-Cyclen Lo, Cyclessa, Trivora, Triphasil, Tri-Levlen, Ortho-Novum 10/11, Jenest, Tri-Norinyl, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7, Ortho-Tri-Cyclen, Estrostep Fe)
High-dose pills (Ortho-Novum 1/50, Ovral, Ogestrel, Demulen 1/50, Ovcon 50)
20 mcg estrogen, plus progestin (Ortho Evra patch)
15 mcg estrogen, plus progestin (NuvaRing)
Birth control pills
Low-dose pills have 20 mcg of estrogen plus progestin.
Regular-dose pills have 30–35 mcg estrogen plus progestin.
Phasic pills have changing levels of estrogen and progestin.
High-dose pills have about 50 mcg of estrogen plus progestin.
Edited by Green Gables, 19 June 2012 - 10:24 AM.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 04:11 AM
Posted 03 August 2012 - 10:06 PM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:28 AM
However you need to monitor yourself as everyone experiences different side effects. After 2 packs of Diane, my serious ones were chest pains that came very frequently, and also shortness of breath. I read online and it is one of the more serious side effects that indicatated blood clot issues, which is common for Diane 35. So I changed to Yasmin as I read Yasmin is also good for acne, although the dosage is lower. I am still in the middle of my first pack of Yasmin and my chest pains have mostly gone. I will still continue to monitor.
It is not as effective as Diane I have to say. I wish I could get on Diane again but the chest pains were too scary.
Edited by pchic, 18 August 2012 - 09:29 AM.
Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:38 AM
Posted 25 August 2012 - 10:20 PM
but i went off it pretty quickly due to mood swings and the increased risk of blood clots.
(everyone is different, but for me, third generation birth controls and all of their negative health side affects are not worth it.)
Posted 25 August 2012 - 10:34 PM
Posted 31 August 2012 - 01:37 PM
I used yaz for about a month and i didnt see anychange except for significant weight gain, so im off it! Guess ma acne isnt hormonal.
Yaz is a moderate estrogen pill that only works for acne because it contains a low dose of spironolactone (around 15 mg). Very few women will clear acne on that low a dose of spiro. Personally I had to go up to 75mg spiro to clear, so Yaz would not have cleared me either, but my acne is clearly hormonal.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:19 AM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:41 PM
Cut wheat, dairy, sugar and anything else unhealthy out of your diet. Take cod liver oil. Eat a very nutritious, organic and balanced diet. Take VITEX to balance female hormones naturally. Good luck.