Acne is a prevalent problem, especially common in the teenage years, but the good news is that there are many effective solutions and acne medications available, including various birth control pills for acne treatment. When a teenage girl or an adult woman is affected with serious hormonally induced acne, pills tend to be often prescribed by doctors in order to alleviate the distressing symptoms. Skin that is affected by acne vulgarism is usually very oily and will develop either blackheads, whiteheads, acne cysts or pustules.
Like every drug, the birth control pill has its benefits and its drawbacks. To break it down, the birth control pill is basically your gURLy hormones in a pill. Since acne is often a hormonal issue, the birth control pill is an effective way to clear it up. I’d recommend seeing a dermatologist though, because though effective, the pill is not the only way to clear up your skin. Many topical (creams, gels, and and other ointments that are applied directly to the skin) and a new regimen can help you combat persistent pimples.
What are the side effects to taking birth control pills for acne?
1. If your doctor prescribes birth control pills for acne and you take the correct dosage, using the medication according to instructions, then the side effects are very minimal.
2. The standard but generally low risks of birth control pills for acne or other uses include weight gain, nausea, irregular or breakthrough (during the month) bleeding. In very rare cases, this medication can cause problems with blood pressure, blood clots and perhaps even heart attacks or strokes.
3. One important thing to know about taking birth control pills for acne is that if your doctor also prescribes antibiotics, and you’re using the pill for pregnancy protection as well, you’ll want to add a backup method of birth control. The birth control pill for acne will still help manage your skin, but can fail to protect you from pregnancy while you’re also on antibiotics.