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6/14/17 at 04:09 AM 0 Comments

Say Goodbye To Acne With The Help Of Birth Control Pills

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Nobody likes dealing with acne. With all of the different creams, diets, and infomercials out there promising to deliver you lasting results but failing you every time, it can get quite stressful to get a handle on. If you’re struggling with acne, consider the positive benefits of taking birth control pills to tame breakouts once and for all.

What Is A Birth Control Pill

Birth control is a contraceptive mechanism which prevents the fertilization of a female’s ovum, or egg cell, by a male’s sperm cell. It comes in many different forms, one of which is a birth control pill which is ingested daily by the female. This pill introduces synthetic hormones into the female’s body which alters her menstruation cycle, thus, preventing the egg’s fertilization by the sperm.The pill, as it is commonly referred to as, has been used by women for over 50 years as an effective contraceptive and is now getting attention from dermatologists for one of its positive side effects on the skin. Doctors are tapping into the changes the pill is bringing to females who have previously had acne but are now experiencing clean and clear skin thanks to the pill. It can even help supplement medical weight loss for women.

How The Pill Fights Acne

You may have already known the pill as a contraceptive mechanism for women which works by regulating her ovulation through the intake of synthetic hormones. Well, it turns out understanding how the pill works as a method for birth control is also useful for understanding how it can be used as an acne treatment.

The pill is commonly known for containing estrogen and progestin hormones but, there is more in them which can help you get rid of acne. Pills containing a combination of ethinyl estradiol along with any one of levonorgestrel, norethindrone, norgestimate, drospirenone, cyproterone acetate, chlormadinone acetate, dienogest or desogestrel were found to be effective in reducing both noninflammatory and inflammatory acne. This is because any of these pairings are able to decrease androgen.

Androgen is a male sex hormone occurring in both men and women. It drives acne formation by causing your sebaceous glands to secrete a waxy oily substance known as sebum to the surface of your skin resulting in acne. Stay away from androgenic pills such as ones containing norgestrel, norethindrone acetate and levonorgestrel which will have an opposite and negative effect on your acne. A pill with the right combination of hormones can help to lower androgen levels in the bloodstream, leaving you with clear skin.

What To Expect When Starting The Pill

While studies have shown supporting evidence for the positive results birth control has on acne severity, don’t expect this to happen to you overnight. It has been found to take from a couple of weeks to around 3 months for noticeable changes to take place. This is because your body will be adjusting to the new hormone levels in the bloodstream and reacting accordingly.

You may already know about the positive changes in skin and acne severity but birth control pills have some other great benefits such as:

  • Less cramps
  • Lighter periods
  • More regular periods
  • Reduced risk of ovarian, uterus, and colon cancers

The pill must be taken as prescribed by your doctor. This means getting used to including taking your dose on a regular daily schedule for maximum effectiveness.

Remember that by taking the pill you will be introducing synthetic hormones to your body to counter the effects of naturally occurring hormones. The hormone shift does not come without the potential for negative side effects. Be aware that birth control pills may also cause:

  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Mood changes
  • Spotting
  • Breast tenderness

Talk To Your Medical Professional

Consult your doctor before beginning any new medication to learn the effects, benefits, and risks associated. There are many types of birth control pills out there, each one a little different. A trained professional can help you decide which is best for you.

In addition to taking the pill as an acne treatment, talk to your doctor about what other steps you can take for best results. This may include adjusting your diet to reduce the intake of dairy, sugar, and gluten.

It’s about time we started to look at birth control pills in a new light. Not only is it an effective contraceptive but it is now also being recognized for the positive effects it has on women suffering from acne.

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