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Do birth control pills help acne?

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According to WebMD, birth control pills may be used to help acne. Dermatologists have been using birth control pills to treat acne in women for several years. Birth control is often used to treat acne in healthy women who also need some form of contraception.

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According to WebMD, the FDA has approved three different birth control pills to treat acne, as of 2014. The FDA has approved Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Estrostep and Yaz to treat acne. Ortho Tri-Cyclen utilizes estrogen in combination with a progestin called norgestimate. Estrostep uses estrogen with a progestin called norethindrone, and Yaz uses estrogen with a man-made progestin called drospirenone. Clinical studies have not shown substantial differences in any of the three pills for treating acne.

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