BIRTH CONTROL FOR ACNE
Hormonal birth control does play a huge rule in our skin, so this is where the hormone-trigger can be most legit. Below is a list of “good” and “bad” birth controls:
You want to avoid high androgen forms of birth control as these will trigger excess oil and inflammation. Androgens (male hormones) cause us to produce excessive amounts of oil in our hair follicles, leading to inflamed, even cystic lesions on the jawline and chin. Think of a man's beard: we ladies may not have the beard but we do have deeper hair follicles in that same area, hence why the "hormonal acne" presents itself there. The following birth control methods will create trouble in the hormonal region, and even on the chest or back.
- Depo Provera
- IUD (both copper and hormonal)
- Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo
- Plan B
Here are some alternatives that would be much better for your skin:
Any low-androgen pill will be best for your skin, it's just a matter of finding one with low side effects. Tri-Sprintec and Ortho-Tricylen seem to be the biggest crowd-pleasers.