Dermatologists Say This Is the Best Birth Control for Acne

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For some people, acne isn't just a pesky skin issue; it's chronic irritation. Instead of dealing with the occasional breakout or two, their skin is consistently red, inflamed, and sometimes even painful to the touch. It's at this point that many look to birth control as a way to treat and control flare-ups.

But just like taking any other prescribed medication, you need to do your research and talk to a doctor before using birth control for acneic skin, especially when you consider that not all birth control works the same or warrants the same skin-clearing results. Take it from dermatologist Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD, who says, "There was a paper published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology in the past year that found low-estrogen triphasic birth controls are the most effective [at clearing skin], whereas hormone-releasing IUDs or implants can worsen acne."

Nava Greenfield, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC, agrees. "Different birth controls will have a different progesterone in it, and the progesterone is the component of birth control pills that will be effective against acne. Each person may respond differently to different forms of oral contraception, so finding the one that works for you is important."

Make sure to consult your ob-gyn to decide if birth control is the right choice for you.

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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.