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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can the birth control pill help improve my skin by reducing acne?

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    I have heard that that birth control pills help treat acne.. is this true? How so?
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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    There are many different Birth Control Pills on the markets.  Some Birth Control Pills will make it better, and some will make it worse.  When you discuss your Birth Control needs with your GP, mention that you are concerned about your acne so that you receive an appropriate Pill. 
    Professor Rod Sinclair
    Epworth Dermatology

  • Prof Samuel Zagarella

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    A/Professor Samuel Zagarella graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine in 1984. He obtained his specialist Dermatologist qualification and became Fellow … View Profile

    The contraceptive pill can often help acne in women, especially if the acne flares before your period.
    Be aware that some women  however don't benefit, and can even have worsening of acne.
    Your doctor can recommend a good pill that is likely to help acne, as some are better than others

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