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Basics
Birth contol pills or oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) while mostly used for other purposes, can at times play a key role in minimizing acne.

How it works
Most pills contain a combination of an estrogen and a progestin. These two hormones are what contribute to and control the mesnrual cycle. OCPs attempt to mimic this cycle in such a way that prevents ovulation (release of the egg). The progestins that are found in OCPs have variable androgen (male type hormone) effects. Some OCPs can even worsen acne, however ones that include certain progestins may even fight the androgens and thus help acne.

Types of birth control
While there are many forms of birth control, there are some that tend to be better than others
in regards to acne therapy. These include Yasmin, Desogen, Ortho-Cept, Ortho-Tricyclin, and Ortho-Cyclin

Potential side effects
Well known side effects of OCPs include nausea, weight gain, headaches, increased breast size and tenderness, and thromboemboli (blood clots). These risks tend to be higher in women who are smokers.

 

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