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Birth Control for Acne Simplified

Birth control pills, IUDs, implants and shots are popular forms of birth control. Typically, these forms of birth control are divided up as estrogen or progestin dominant and have varying degrees of androgenic (testosterone like) effects. Those with the potential for higher androgenic effects may exacerbate acne breakouts. The FDA has approved the following types of birth control for acne:

  • Ortho Tri-Cyclen (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol)

  • Estrostep (norethindrone acetate/ethinyl estradiol) (discontinued)

  • YAZ (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol).

The FDA has concluded that birth control pills containing drospirenone may have increased risk for blood clots compared to pills containing other progestins. Other brands containing drospirenone include Beyaz, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Safyral, Syeda, Yasmin, and Zarah.

Please speak with your doctor about the birth control method that will be best for you. You should also familiarize yourself with the benefits and risks of any birth control. This is being provided for informational purposes only. This is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Polished on Pleasant is not offering advice, recommending, or endorsing any specific prescription drug, pharmacy or other information on the site. Face Reality provides no warranty for any information. Please seek medical advice before starting, changing or terminating any medical treatment. This information was provided by Face Reality.

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