The Current Hazards of Treating Acne with Birth Control Pills
the FDA is concerned about the side effects of 10 brands of birth
control pills sold in the US, and 4 of the pills that are already on
their list are a subject of a class action suit (Yaz®, Yasmin®, Beyaz®, Ocella®) .
the ban of Bayer's acne drug Diane-35 in France due to the number of
associated deaths and other serious health problems, and a follow up
investigation in the UK, Spain, Australia and other EU and middle
eastern countries as well as Canada, we feel that as a service to
our clients, we need to help them to understand these developments on
how this affects their own acne treatment options.
We want to ensure our customers that
AcnEase® is an all botanical ingredients based product and
does NOT include any estrogen or phytoestrogens
estrogen-like substance). Phytoestrogens may be considered safer than
those made chemically, but they still act in a similar way to estrogen.
The decision to use products with these substances should be taken very
seriously and heavily researched before doing so, especially if you are a
teen or a women trying to get pregnant, who is pregnant or is nursing.
What is Diane-35?
Diane-35 is a hormonal drug (cyproterone
- ethinyl estradiol) that was used to treat hormonal acne, especially
acne resulting from too much androgens (male hormones). It is also an
oral contraceptive (birth control pill). Diane-35 is not approved in the
US but it is was available in Canada, and like many other drugs,
unfortunately found its way to US consumers through so called "gray
Diane-35 is presently being investigated for a number of deaths, possibly caused by blood clots, and for non-fatal cases of thrombosis and arterial thrombosis.
The story doesn't end here.
In September 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed the public that it is concerned
about the potential increased risk of blood clots with the use of
drospirenone-containing birth control pills. A number of US approved
birth control pills are on this warning list. Despite this warning, birth control pills are still liberally prescribed to women with acne even if their sexual life is not a factor.
not many patients know that most oral contraceptives are not
specifically developed and approved for use as an acne treatment but
rather for "off-label" use!
So what do YOU need to do?
- Be an educated consumer by being informed on the latest news and warnings - do research using verifiable sources
- Read the labels and fine print - ask your doctor about the ingredients and known side effects of the drug you're taking
contraceptive is not your main focus, reconsider using birth control
pills for acne treatment by looking for natural options. Do NOT get
easily placated by the word "natural". Even natural products may contain
ingredients (like phytoestrogens) that are not necessarily good for
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