“Your skin looks gorgeous. What kind of birth control are you on?” While this isn’t a typical skin care conversation starter, perhaps it should be. One of the best (and most common) side effects of taking birth control is clearer skin. In fact, according to a recent study, 26% of users are taking birth control primarily for this reason. Have questions? We’ve got answers!
How Exactly Does Birth Control Clear Up Acne?
Acne is caused by an excess production of sebum, an oil made by glands in your skin. Androgens, a group of hormones that includes testosterone, stimulate your skin to produce sebum. Taking birth control pills that contain both estrogen and progesterone lowers the amount of androgens in your body, resulting in less sebum and less severe acne, according to WebMD.
So, Only Certain Brands of Birth Control Can Treat Acne?
The FDA has only approved 3 birth control pills as a treatment for acne: Estrostep, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, and YAZ. However, doctors have been recommending variations of the pill as a treatment for acne for years, regardless of FDA approval. Birth control pills that contain both estrogen and progesterone have been known to help clear skin. PRJKT RUBY offers 4 types of birth control pills that can be used to treat acne: Tarina FE, Aubra, Chateal and Cyred.
Some oral contraceptives can actually cause acne to get worse. Androgen-based progestin pills, such as Alesse, Estrostep FE, Loestrin and Oval, raise levels of androgens in the body, causing acne.
Can I Ditch My Face Cream Now?
Although birth control is known to help clear skin, dermatologists often prescribe creams and lotions to battle every day pimples. Birth control combined with a daily facial cleanser and moisturizer should keep your face looking it’s best.