Birth Control and Acne
If you are considering Birth Control, remember it is hormones and they will influence our skin, especially if you are experiencing Acne. Not all BC is good for your skin. Â Even metal IUD’s will cause skin problems. Here is a general guidelines to ask for when you go to the doctor.
Choose a birth control pill that contains 1) higher dose of Ethinyl Estoradiol ( at least 35 mcg) and 2) a progestin with low androgenic effect. Ask your doctor to look it up for you while you are there in the office.
If you are on BC now you can search for the information yourself by going to rxlist.com or goggle.com and search for the name of your pill.
Example: Ortho Tri-cyclen Lo
each active, white table (21) contains 0.180 mg of norgestimate (+)-13-Ethyl-17-hydroxy-18, 19-donor-17a-nogestimate (+)-13-ethyyl-17-hydroxy-18, 19-donor-17a-pregn-4-en-20-yn-3-one oxide acetate (esters) and 0.025 mg of the estrogenic compound, ethinyl estradiol (19-nor-17a-pregna,1,3,5 (10)-trien-20-yne-3,17-diol)
THIS PILL IS NOT OK – 0.025 mg is 25 mcg.