Birth control pills for acne?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-18-2013
Birth control pills for acne?
1
Sun, 05-05-2013 - 12:03pm

I have really bad acne that hasn't improved at all despite the fact I've tried everything the dermatologist has suggested and/or prescribed. A friend of mine says that birth control pills are known to help and I am wondering if that is true. Is there any particular type that works better?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 05-06-2013 - 11:41am

Yes, birth control pills are known to help with acne symptoms.  As for what brand, I think most people opt for a low dose pill such as Yaz, but every BCP is going to depend on your hormonal make up. 

Have you tried any dietary changes at all?  There is a lot more research now into how dietary changes can affect and help acne:

http://www.drbaileyskincare.com/blog/4-diet-changes-that-can-improve-your-acne-dermatologists-advice-2/

http://twentieshacker.com/how-to-get-rid-of-adult-acne-by-changing-your-diet

http://www.livestrong.com/article/421784-diet-changes-to-make-to-help-with-acne/

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