Okay, I guess
I was prescribed alesse in my late teens as an acne treatment, before I was even sexually active. I do believe every woman reacts differently to birth control pills, and what works for me may not work for someone else, but having been on alesse for 6+ years I can say I definitely never experienced any bad side-effects (mood swings, weight gain, or anything like that). That said, as far as my moderate acne goes, I would say it did help to some extent, but definitely was not a complete or permanent solution. To be honest, it is difficult to estimate how much of the improvement is simply due to reaching adulthood, and how much is due to alesse. Now at age 24, my acne is still persistent, even though it is much more moderate, and I'm looking into other solutions. That said, I have a good overall experience with alesse and I would say it is worth a try. At worse, I consider it to have been neutral if not actively beneficial, and in any even it provides contraception and regular periods, which any woman wants anyhow.