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Can Birth Control Be Used to Treat Acne? April 4, 2019

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Can Birth Control Be Used to Treat Acne?, Fairfield, Ohio

Most people experience acne in their lifetime, and it can be frustrating and difficult to get rid of. If your acne is bothering you, you can have an OB-GYN prescribe you oral contraceptives to regulate your hormonal levels and potentially reduce it. Here’s a guide to help you decide whether birth control pills are the right treatment for you.

How Can Birth Control Treat Acne?

Hormonal contraceptive pills contain different levels of estrogen and progestin, female reproductive hormones. When they’re introduced to your body, these hormones reduce the amount of testosterone in your system, reducing the activity of the sebaceous glands in your skin, which are responsible for oil production and acne.

How Soon Can You Expect Results?

ob-gynAs with any other acne treatment, birth control pills work differently for everyone. It can take several months before you start seeing any results, so be patient. If you want a quicker solution, your OB-GYN might direct you to a dermatologist who can prescribe you topical creams before or while you take the contraceptive pill.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Each type of birth control pill has their own list of potential side effects, including mood changes, weight gain, missed periods, headaches, migraines, and spotting. If you often experiencing these symptoms, your doctor might switch you to another prescription. 

Is This the Right Treatment For Me?

To determine whether oral contraceptives can treat your acne, talk to your OB-GYN. Discuss what other treatments you’ve tried in the past and all your current health needs. They conduct a thorough interview to determine whether you’re a good candidate for the pill, and what type of pill could work best for you.


To learn more about how oral contraceptives can interact with your body, visit the OB-GYN team at OBGYN Associates, Inc. in Fairfield and West Chester, OH. Committed to women’s health since 1940, they specialize in obstetrics, gynecology, and ultrasound medicine, and can create a care plan to fit your lifestyle and needs. Learn more about their services on their website, or call (513) 221-3800 to make an appointment.

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