If you are a woman with chronic acne, you are most likely given a birth control pill as a solution.
And the question is, does it work? If you use it to clear your skin of acne?
And if you're going to use it, are there any that cleanse acne better than others?
So let's start with the first question.
Does the contraceptive pill control acne?
In many cases, yes. I will confirm that when I was a teenager, I was on a slow release of hormone birth control (Depo Provera) for two years. And my skin was awesome.
But, of course, clean skin came with expenses. Other side effects of the Depo Provera shot that I experienced included starvation and weight gain, possibly bone loss and a rare side effect when it seemed to my vagina that it had been stabbed with knives if you touched it.
So it pushed me a bit.
I left, and that's when my acne began to crawl again. On the bright side, at least, my vagina no longer looked like knives.
This does not mean that a shot for birth control cured acne. No, he just put it down while I was on it.
Hormonal birth control does this by completely overcoming natural hormones with its synthetic versions. This causes your hormonal system to go in a straight line, often preventing cyclical breakthroughs that we may experience.
Note that in the above photo, straight lines refer to fake estrogen and progestin from the pill. Your natural hormones are actually recorded as close as possible to 0 on the test. Therefore, it is important to note that it is pointless to test your hormones while taking a pill.
Birth control pills can clear acne, but with side effects
I say yes, often birth control will work to clear and prevent acne and other hormonal symptoms.
But it usually comes with a variety of other crappy side effects, disconnecting from the true health of our body, and there are risks with long-term use.
And he never treats acne, it just closes it until you leave it, after which you may have discovered that in fact it has become worse.
This is another important thing to consider … women often experience worse acne for a certain period of time after they stop the pill, which you will probably need to do at some point in your life.
This is called a terrible "breakthrough pillar."
It is for this reason that this is not a solution that I tend to recommend solely for clearing acne. There are more healthy ways to get rid of acne.
However, birth control is very important for women. Some women do not experience the negative side effects of hormonal birth control that many do.
And for many of us, we have acne, and we need to protect ourselves from pregnancy. Therefore, in some cases it may seem that it makes sense to go ahead and use it.
Of course, there are other options for contraception … for example, I had a non-hormonal copper IUD for about 10 years, and I love it.
But if you decide that the pros outweigh the disadvantages and hormonal birth control for you, then you can also choose a pill that will most likely cleanse your skin.
And the reason I say this is because not all birth control pills are created equal when it comes to cleaning acne.
Some clear out acne, while others can actually cause it.
What birth control pills clear acne?
Therefore, first of all, let's recognize that the pill is not the only option in the country of hormonal birth control.
There are many different forms of hormonal birth control classified by their delivery method. For example, a daily pill, a three-month survey, an implant with a slow release under the skin, a ring that you place on the cervix, a patch on your arm, or a vagina in the uterus.
However, they all work the same way: using synthetic hormones to break the signals from your pituitary gland, which tell your ovaries about the time of ovulation.
What exact hormones they use play an important role in that birth control eliminates or worsens acne.
Acne and combination pills against mini pills
There are quite a few two types.
One type contains a combination of both synthetic estrogen ("ethinyl estradiol") and synthetic progesterone (also known as progestin).
Other types of birth control pills contain only progestin (sometimes known as a “mini-pill”).
Many long-term release methods, such as Depo Provera, implant and hormonal IUD, are also progestins.
There is also a ton of different types of progestin that can be used, which also affects whether a particular brand of birth control pills is acnegene or not.
As a rule, options that contain both estrogen and progestin are better for acne. Progestin only options may aggravate acne.
It also proves that nothing is really black and white. Depo Provera shot, which I used in adolescence, is a progestin and, as you know, aggravates acne, and for me it cleared me.
Progestin Type Questions Used When It Comes to Acne
Whether a pill is an estrogen or not is not the only factor in cleaning your skin. The tablet should also have the correct type of progestin.
Many types of progestins are androgenic, which means they resemble male hormones that aggravate acne.
If you are wondering if your brand has acnegenic progestin birth control pills in it, please compare the progestin type with the following lists.
Please note that this list of progestins and brands is not exhaustive – there are other possible progestins, and you will need your own research to find out if they are aknegenic or not.
Progestins, which are known to aggravate acne, especially the top four on this list:
- Norgestrel (e.g. low / ovral)
- Levenorgestrel (for example, Aless)
- Desogestrel (e.g. Mircette)
- Gestoden (for example, Femoden)
- Etonogestrel (for example, NuvaRing)
- Norethindrone (eg Aygestin)
- Noretendron Acetate (eg Ortho Micronor)
- Ethinodiol diacetate (eg Femulen)
- Norethynodrel (for example, Enovid)
- Norgestimate (for example, Ortho-Tri-Cyclen)
Progestins that contain anti-androgenic properties that are likely to help cleanse your skin:
- Cyproterone Acetate (for example, Diana-35)
- Chlormadinone Acetate (eg Belara)
- Dienogest (e.g. Qlaira)
- Drospirenone (for example, Yaz)
Note that, unfortunately, these specific anti-androgen progestins also appear to have a higher risk of fatal blood clots (although the real chances of experiencing one still remain low).
In particular, I would very carefully stay away from Diane-35, which, although very effective in clearing acne, is very risky in terms of clots. In fact, he is not even approved as a contraceptive.
So, what brands of birth control pills are best for acne?
So far, we know that in order to clear acne, we need a pill or hormonal method that has both estrogen and progestin. And that progestin should be antiandrogenic.
Another consideration is to find a tablet or method that has a low dose of estrogen in it (35 mcg or less). Higher estrogen levels are potential for more unpleasant side effects, but lower doses also do not reduce the effect of acne cleansing. So go for a low dose.
Keep in mind that this does not reduce the potential risks of clots with these specific progestins.
So, here is a list of those that should be considered:
Yaz, Yazmin or Beyaz (or any of their generic names: Ochella, Seyda, Zara, Jianvi, Lorina, Nikki, Vestura and Rajani)
Qlaira (or other names: Valette, or Climodien)
The one that sounds like the safest in terms of clots, as well as all these other advantages, is called Belara (also called Lutéran and Prostal).
Remember that this article was mainly written if you are already engaged in hormonal birth control, weigh your options and want to stay on it.
Please think long and hard about the start of birth control pills for acne only.
For one, it's risky, but two, it's just postponing the problem. This, of course, is not a cure. As already mentioned, many women feel that after their care, their skin becomes worse.
It may also take several months, usually around six, to completely cleanse your skin during birth control. Some of them will also break out more in the first three months of use before they cleanse your skin.
So this is not a magic wand.
It still takes time, and at that time you could use changes in a healthy lifestyle and supplements that are likely to work even faster and better, and for a long time you will be clear.
And what if you want to get out of the pill? But fear acne?
Maybe you are in a place where you are on birth control, and it probably would have been wrong, but you are afraid that you are facing a pill.
I fully understand this!
There are safe and effective ways to get out of a pill without a terrible breakthrough pill. Some people use waste as a successful strategy.
But diet, lifestyle and supplements can also be successfully used to prevent major breakthroughs, whether you take them or not.
If you want my help to be directed to the pill and come out of it without breakthroughs, connect with me at the Academy of Natural Clear Skin.
What is your story about hormonal birth control and acne? Write us in the comments!