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the decision to take oral contraceptives is a personal one, with many reasons
factoring into their decision. Some women opt for hormonal birth control
simply to manage their acne, a method that has proven to work in some cases at least temporarily,
but it also carries number of potential
severe adverse effects. Using OC as acne remedy is according to FDA regulations
OFF LABEL what means it has NEVER been tested for this applications and ling
term site effects have not been established.
So do you know why and how “pill” seems to help with acne at least for
some women? And what happens once you put down the pill?
Acne is the
result of a hormonal imbalance, which is why many people notice increased
symptoms at certain times of their lives and
many women even at certain times of month. Is it puberty, or monthly
period, after the baby or during the perimenopause…women get acne..The function
of certain hormones can directly affect the sebaceous glands, which produce
sebum, an oily substance that travels through the pores to help skin function
in a healthy manner. When these hormones are out of balance, they can cause the
sebaceous glands to produce too much sebum, which may clog pores. Combined with
dead skin cells, dirt and debris, these oil-clogged pores create bacteria,
which often results in an inflammatory reaction, which appear on the skin as
In order to
keep acne from forming, the relationship between hormones and the sebaceous
glands must be a harmonious one. Many people use birth control to treat acne toforced this relationship even if temporarily..
To put it simply: hormonal birth control provides
for more estrogen in women system and since the hormonal culprit in
overstimulating sebaceous glands are androgens (testosterone- and yes women produce testosterone
too as men also produce estrogen just in a different amount.) this “ extra
estrogen “ balances” “extra” androgens in yiur blood and forces the balance in
those hormones levels. This reduces the impact of androgens on the sebaceous glands, thereby
improving acne. Like pretty much anything in life, however, there are good and
bad aspects that come along with the use of birth control to treat acne. And
remember this balance is “ force” and
Pro: Hormonal birth control will reduce the amount of pore-clogging oil that is
Birth control increases globulin, a protein found in
the blood that bonds sex hormones, such as testosterone, an androgen. Because
testosterone directly affects the sebaceous glands, which produce sebum we want to keep testosterone levels as balanced as
possible in order to keep those glands from going haywire. Taking birth control
that contains estrogen or progesterone will lower the amount of androgens
produced by the body, which results in less impact being made on the sebaceous
glands, and ultimately, acne.
Con No. 1: Your acne will likely return as soon as you step away from the pill.
When many women begin taking oral contraceptives
(OC’s) they witness an acne flare up due to the influx of hormones being
delivered to the body, and guess what? The same happens when these hormones are
taken away. When you stop taking OC's, hormone levels become disrupted, which
can then contribute to an acne breakout. Without the high estrogen levels to
manage the androgen produced by the body, the sebaceous glands can cause
oil-production levels to go into overdrive, which can lead to breakouts.
Because birth control impacts the body hormonally, changes in the amount or
frequency of that medication can end up affecting the body, and oftentimes the
recurrence of acne symptoms is one of the first complaints women have when
going off this type of contraceptive.
I The Con No.
2: Long term use of OC carries a number of health hasards
Some immediate side effects are:
If you are currently taking oral contraceptives but
are considering going off, you can minimize the impact of this step by adding
AcnEase to your skincare regimen several weeks prior to stopping. As your body
starts to adjust to the absence of the hormones provided by the OC's, AcnEase
will help to reduce any "acne fall out" from cessation of OC's by
working as a buffer between these hormones and the sebaceous glands, and will
not negatively impact the protection afforded by OC's during this period. In
addition to minimizing the negative impact of fluctuating hormone levels on
sebum production, the ingredients in AcnEase have natural antibacterial and
anti-inflammatory effects. This combination of effects is responsible for the
ability of AcnEase to prevent new pimples from forming, while treating existing
matter how mild or severe your symptoms may be.
Of course, AcnEase is not intended to be an
alternative to contraceptive birth control, but if you are taking oral
contraception simply to alleviate your acne symptoms, it is by far the best and
safest replacement of pill you can take it easier on your body, and achieve
long-term results with AcnEase.
We want to hear from you! Have you turned to oral
contraceptives to treat your acne? What was your experience going on, and off?
Tell us in the comments!