Acne can be very painful and frustrating to deal with—worse still when over-the-counter topical treatments seem to have little to no effect. Luckily, there’s a small yet powerful alternative solution that may surprise you: birth control pill. Doctors have been prescribing the pill to help manage and treat acne for decades. Despite this, there’s still some confusion about the pill being effectively used this way. We’re here to help clear things up.
HOW HORMONES CAUSE ACNE
Hormones play a big part in acne rearing its ugly (white)head. Everyone produces testosterone and other androgens (male sex hormones), and they’re important for your health. But high levels of testosterone are also responsible for your skin producing excess sebum, which leads to more pimples.
TREATING ACNE WITH THE PILL
The pill can help keep your period on a schedule (rejoice, fellow ladies whose uteruses have never heard of a calendar!). It also regulates your hormones, which can help with PMS and dysmenorrhea, among other things. With combination pills, this hormone regulation can also be very effective in keeping your acne in check.
Different brands use different hormone combinations, and some combinations are more helpful than others for managing acne. What hormonal pills in the Philippines can help? Liza, Lizelle, and Cybelle are some birth control pills options offered by Dima that have been shown to help with acne. Liza and Lizelle are generic versions of Yazmin and Yaz, which both use the drospirenone. This progestin’s anti-androgenic properties are well-known to lower testosterone and other androgen levels. Cybelle is the generic version of Diane 35, which is the most commonly used birth control pill for acne control in the Philippines.
You may experience certain side effects in the first 2 to 3 months of starting the pill. Somewhat counterintuitively, one common temporary side-effect is an increase in acne. Don’t freak out! It’s just your body getting used to its hormones being leveled out. As long as you don’t experience other more serious side effects, stick with it for a few months more and you should notice a positive difference in your acne.