Birth control pills are not primarily intended for treating acne. We do prescribe after having tried other alternatives, or when a woman really needs a contraceptive. For best results, you can combine quite contraceptive pill and acne treatments such as topical retinoid or benzoyl peroxide.
Pills against acne!
Birth control pills are composed of synthetic estrogen and progestogen, similar to progesterone. These synthetic hormones affect the menstrual cycle and hormonal natural model. They reduce the level of testosterone and reduce acne when hormonal. Indeed, testosterone acts on the sebaceous glands, and triggers excessive production of sebum, which builds up in the pores, and provides an ideal environment for bacterial growth. Follows an infection and inflammation more or less deep acne … moved. By controlling the level of testosterone in the body, it regulates the secretion of sebum and the skin becomes clearer. Birth control pills that contain progesterone as cyproterone, capable of reducing the level of androgenic hormones, which are the only, diminish acne. They are called anti-androgen pills. This is the case of Diane 35 ®. This type of pill is particularly effective in women whose acne is due to polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Some pills aggravate acne?
In contrast, other birth control pills increase the level of testosterone, which tends to aggravate acne. If you are looking for a pill that treats your acne, let us know your doctor, who will prescribe the right kind of pill. Generally, we see the first improvements after three to six months. But it is not uncommon for acne worse before disappearing. Like all systemic treatments, oral contraceptives can cause side effects such as nausea, weight gain, breast tenderness, irregular periods, and mood swings, for the most frequent. More seriously, but much rarer, other side effects may occur, such as calculations blood, heart attacks, migraines, gallstones, hypertension and depression. The pill remains an effective treatment for women who suffer from mild or moderate acne and want a form of contraception. Especially among those whose acne gets worse during menstruation and ovulation. Of course, it should not take anti-androgens during pregnancy or if you have kidney or menstrual disorders.
Finally, the biggest drawback of anti-androgens is that men suffering from acne cannot use them. In fact, these hormones affect the development of male characteristics (like hair) cause a decrease in libido and erectile dysfunction. For men, some dermatologists prescribe finasteride therefore, normally used to treat benign prostate and male pattern hair loss.