Acne and The Pill
Acne is a condition that most people will experience at some point in their life. Though it can be caused by a number of different factors, most commonly hormonal changes are the main cause. The hormones that are particularly associated with the development of acne are called androgens. They increase the production of sebum, which can cause the skin to become too greasy if it is present in too large amounts. Extra grease on the skin can cause the pores to become blocked and as a result acne can develop. At the point of adolescence, the production of certain hormones begins to increase and often the onset of acne occurs during this time. People who are affected by acne during adolescence will often continue to experience acne into adulthood, which can lead to low levels of self confidence and self esteem.
Hormonal acne in adult women is said to get worse at certain points during their menstrual cycle due to the fluctuating hormonal levels that are a result of the changing cycle. Research has shown that adjusting hormonal levels can have a beneficial effect on skin that is affected by acne. The contraceptive pill does exactly this and as such can be taken to help decrease the effects of acne.
What can the pill do to stop acne?
The combined pill contains two female hormones, synthetic oestrogen and progestogen, which work within the body to prevent pregnancy. By doing this, the pill regulates women's hormones and makes them more balanced throughout the cycle. This means that the hormone levels do not fluctuate so much and acne is less likely to develop. Combined pills that contain anti-androgens, such as Dianette, are known to be particularly effective treatments for acne.
Can the mini-pill stop acne?
The mini-pill is not recommended as a treatment for acne. In fact, some women have reported that the condition of their skin actually worsened while they were taking the mini-pill. Commonly reported side effects of the mini pill are skin irritation, spots and rashes. If you would like to use a contraceptive pill to help treat your acne, you should opt for a combined pill like Dianette.
Can the pill cause acne?
The combined pill is not usually associated with the development of acne, but some pills are considered to be more beneficial in terms of reducing or treating acne than others. If you have acne and feel that your current pill is not producing the results you had hoped for, it is advisable to discuss the issue with your doctor to determine whether an alternative pill could be more suitable. As mentioned above, mini-pills are not thought to be effective as a form of acne treatment.