Birth control pills can help some women improve their acne by helping to regulate existing hormone imbalances.
If you're dealing with hormonal acne, you should know that you're totally not alone. Hormonal acne is really common for women in their 20s and 30s. Unlike your teen breakouts on the upper part of your face, hormonal acne usually appears mostly on the lower parts of the face and the around the jaw area. We know dealing with hormonal acne can be super frustrating, so the thought of a birth control pill helping to regulate hormonal breakouts sounds AWESOME.
But, there's something you should know before you start taking birth control pills — not all contraceptives work the exact same way. In fact, some birth control pills can actually make acne worse. Talk about a bummer...but knowledge is power, and here's what you need to know!
A study recently published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology categorized the different types of contraceptives by their efficiency in clearing acne. We found the study super interesting, so we just had to share the findings with you!
These are the birth control pills the study said significantly improve hormonal acne: Yaz, Ocella, Yasmin, Trinessat, MonoNessa, Apri and Reclipse. Pretty long list, right?
There are also some contraceptives that the study found to have little or even no effect on acne: Nuvaring, Microgestin pills and Orthoevra (That's the patch).
The study also found that some contraceptives can actually make acne worse: Depo-Provera (a shot), Skyla, Lylema, Implanon and Nexplanon (a subdermal implant). If you're struggling with acne, take note of this list. Some of these are traditional pills, while others are IUDs.
Of course, always consult with your doctor and chat with them about all of your birth control options.