Control Pill, Acne Remover?
If you’re considering
going on a birth control pill, acne removal may be one of your reasons.
When the whiteheads and blackheads stop being a temporary issue
and become a constant blemish on your body, most tend to turn to
over-the-counter treatments as their solution. If the topical creams
and lotions don’t work, sometimes antibiotics become the alternative.
Still, when teenage girls and adult women are resistant to the typical
acne remedy, they may turn to the birth control pill for acne control.
Sometimes topical creams, lotions and antibiotics fail to work on
certain teenage girls and adult women. This can be caused by an
excessive production of androgen hormones. If your body is producing
more androgens than normal, it can lead to an increase in oil-producing
glands and in turn, more acne. If you are experiencing acne for
the first time as an adult, you may have an excess amount of androgens.
The same goes if you have acne flare ups after your menstrual cycle,
experience irregular menstrual cycles or are noticing an excess
of hair growth in odd places.
It is in these instances that the birth control pill is prescribed
for acne. Sometimes with the birth control pill, acne can be controlled.
The estrogen in the pills suppresses the androgens, therefore lessening
Still, some think every possible alternative should be sought before
using the birth control pill to control acne. Side effects like
blood clots, fatigue, headaches, abdominal pain and the possibility
of cysts should be considered before taking birth control pills.