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Can birth control reduce acne?

  • July 18, 2022
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The short answer: Yes!

Hormonal birth control methods, such as the birth control pill, can help reduce acne by reducing the level of androgens in the body. Androgens are a group of hormones that contribute to male physical and reproductive traits. 

Androgens are present in low levels in women. However, throughout the menstrual cycle, hormonal changes may trigger excess production of androgens, which in turn promotes production of sebum. Sebum is an oil naturally made by the skin, but in excess, it can cause clogged pores and bacterial growth––leading to acne. 

Birth control methods that contain both estrogen and progestin can lower the amount of androgens produced and released from the ovaries, leading to less sebum production.

Birth control and acne

Hormonal birth control can help reduce blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and cystic acne on your skin. Birth control has been shown to be particularly effective in treating stubborn hormonal acne along the jaw, chin, and neckline. Keep in mind that birth control will not reduce acne overnight: it may take up to several months to see results. 

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Are some forms of birth control more effective at managing acne?

While all combination birth control pills may help reduce acne, some brands of birth control are known to be more effective at it. This is because of the combination and levels of hormones in the pills. Considering that there is a large range of options available, it is best to consult your healthcare professional to find the best match for you. You can book a birth control teleconsultation with one of our physicians at any time to discuss the best treatment plan for you. What’s more, we’ll deliver you medication to your doorstep, provide you with smooth refills, and provide access to our mobile app so that you can track your contraceptive use.

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