Some people may have tried prescription medication or topical treatment to tackle acne but with no concrete success. Alternatively, birth control pills may be considered as another option for ladies.
If acne antibiotic treatment becomes ineffective in women, consulting a medical doctor for advise on oral contraceptives (a combination of ethinyl estradiol with cyproterone acetate e.g. Dianette) may be critical in the fight to tackle acne.
How does Acne Start:
- Sebum (natural oil) lubricates the hair and skin.
- The skin naturally sheds its dead skin cells.
- A build up and combination (sebum and dead skin) in the hair follicle.
- This continuous growth leads to a soft plug.
- The plug continues to grow leading to follicle wall rupture.
- Bacteria triggers infection and inflammation.
How does Oral Contraceptive Pills Work?
It is a mix of progestin and estrogen (ethinyl estradiol is the estrogen ingredient). It changes the hormonal patterns and feminine reproductive cycle.
Birth control pills drastically reduces the amount of testosterone within the body, so that the amount of natural oil (sebum) produced by the sebaceous glands is equally reduced and therefore less pore blockages.
Nevertheless, it is better to use it with other treatments for acne if optimum results is to be achieved like topical medicated creams containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
What are the Benefits?
- It enhances women to keep up normal, less heavy cycles monthly.
- It decreases the chances in women of having a pregnancy that could be ectopic, ovarian cancer, an ovarian cyst or pelvic inflammatory disorder or disease(PID).
- Many women are able to conceive when they stop taking the pill.
- It can be taken anywhere (at work, home, in the car, etc.)at the woman’s convenience.
- It controls the male hormones so that it is unable to increase sebum production.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved oral contraceptive pills to treat acne in women. They include:
- Norgestimate and Ethinyl estradiol (Ortho Tri-Cyclen)
- Norethindrone and Ethinyl estradiol (Estrostep)
- Drospirenone and Ethinyl estradiol (Yaz)
Birth control pills may have to be taken for several months before any meaningful results on acne, it may possibly get worse before it gets better.
By early April 2012, the FDA concluded that birth control pills containing drospirenone, the female hormone (progesterone or progestin) synthetic version, may be connected with a higher risk for blood clots than other birth control pills containing progestin.
The information about the above study is added to labels of birth control pills containing drospirenone. Nevertheless, always consult your healthcare professional before deciding on what to use.
Side Effects may include:
- Change in menstrual flow
- Breast tenderness Depression
- Nausea and vomiting
- Reduced sex drive (libido)
- Potential fatal problems, if taken when pregnant
- Increased possibility for heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Blood clots
You would definitely want to discuss all these possible side effects with your doctor.