Birth control pills are widely used today as a means to control acne, but most pills can have the opposite effect and worsen it.
Birth control can be divided into two main categories: those that are estrogen-dominant and those that are progesterone-dominant. As a general rule of thumb, women who are acne prone should avoid any birth control that increases testosterone or progesterone OR decreases estrogen. As an acne sufferer, it is important to speak with your doctor about selecting a method of birth control that is higher in estrogen than progesterone and testosterone.
Birth control that will not exacerbate your acne:
- Diane 35 (Dianette)
- Demulan (Zovia)
- Ortho tricyclen
- Nevicon modicon
- Desogen (Apri)
- Nuva Ring (hormone “neutral”)
Birth control that will exacerbate your acne:
- Ovral/Lo Ovral
- Mirena ring (progesterone-coated)
- Depoprovera shot (progesterone only)
The above is just a basic guideline that should be used to initiate a conversation between you and your physician, and only you and your doctor can determine which pill is right for you. If you are considering birth control pills solely as a way to control your acne, please speak with us at POREspective Acne Solutions about how we can get you clear without the use of oral products.