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Does Birth Control Medication Affect My Skin?

Many women choose to take the birth control pill because it is over 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. The pill can cause many changes in your body and that include your skin. Below are some of the ways that birth control pills can affect the skin: Clear up acne This is one of the positive skin changes that many women notice. In fact, many dermatologists prescribe birth control pills to patients who have moderate to severe acne. Androgens, which are the male hormones, are normally present in small amounts in the female body. However, a woman's androgen level rises right before the first day of her menstrual cycle, which can cause the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. This is why break outs are common a few days before your period. The birth control pill helps treat and prevent acne by balancing out your hormone levels. Facial hair Facial hair is a problem that affects approximately 10 percent of women. A hormonal imbalance is one of the primary causes of facial hair in women. Because birth control pills can help balance out your hormones, they can reduce the growth of facial hair. However, some women have reported that taking birth control pills have triggered the growth of facial hair. Dark spots A small percentage of women may notice dark spots develop on their skin. Birth control pills can cause the body to produce more melanin. Melanin is the substance that is responsible for giving the skin its pigmentation. These dark spots may also develop in uneven places. There are a number of skin creams available that can help even out your skin tone. Schweiger Dermatology can help you to develop a skin care routine to even out your skin tone and prevent breakouts. Call our office to schedule an appointment with our team of seasoned professionals to keep your skin looking its best.
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