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Birth Control for Acne: The Reason Behind Your Breakouts

Shiloh Garcia
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Let's talk about sex! 


 

Ok, well, not exactly sex, but the one thing that is synonymous with it- birth control. The truth is that women take birth control for a myriad of reasons completely unrelated to the big "S." From hormonal imbalances to acne, birth control is said to have a significant impact on many issues. 

For example, when I was growing up, birth control was touted as the miracle for all acne-related problems. The issue? Birth control doesn’t always clear acne. 

Keep reading to find out why birth control may not be working for you and the clear skin solution that can!  


What Science Has to Say 

So, let's start from the beginning. What causes acne? Acne is not a happenstance situation that comes from thin air (even though it seems that way sometimes). When dead skin, bacteria, and excess oil clog your pores, your skin can become inflamed. This is the basis for any nightmare zit situation. 

A lesser-known acne offender is hormones. 

For those with hormonal fluctuations (or imbalances), acne can show up often and unexpectedly. Hormonal imbalances can also create more severe acne lesions, which can be extremely difficult to get rid of. Cystic acne, we’re looking at you!

For this reason, doctors may prescribe a counterregulatory hormone. Counterregulatory hormones help regulate the body's natural hormones and counteract any imbalance. A lot of birth control has estrogen which can help regulate hormones, but birth control without it can have little to no effect on your hormones. What does this mean? Those hormonal fluctuations will continue to show up unannounced with acne tagging along!  

So, is counterregulatory hormones the answer to all of your hormonal problems? No.

The first thing to understand is that birth control (of any kind) is not intended to fix your hormones.

If hormonal imbalances are happening within, the pill will do its best to mask those symptoms, but not fix them. That is why those who have seen acne improvement from using birth control report a quick decline after stopping. This rapid surge of acne is called Post-Birth Control Syndrome (PBCS).


Why Isn’t Birth Control Helping My Acne? 

As we just discussed, birth control is not a one-size-fits-all. There are many factors to consider when it comes to incorporating birth control into your life, especially if it's for treating acne. 

Here are a few points to consider.


Things to Consider When Taking Birth Control for Acne 

There are no easy answers when it comes to birth control. There is no doubt that it can help with specific issues, such as pregnancy prevention and menstrual regulation (which many argue is just an artificial process).  

Many women have found some relief from their acne through birth control. There have been wide-ranging reports of fewer acne lesions appearing and the existing ones disappearing. In addition, many have said that their complexion appeared brighter and almost dewy. 

For those with long term acne problems, any glimmer of hope that your skin may be clearing up is enough to sell you on the idea that birth control is gold! 

However, the saying “all that glitters isn’t gold” reigns true. When it comes to birth control, clear skin is often an illusion.

Birth control can have lasting side effects that can linger well beyond the years you were taking it in the first place. Research has shown that women who have stopped birth control often deal with…

  • More acne than before
  • Messed up period cycles
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility issues 

If you're looking for a quick fix, look again! Birth control, as we have just learned, can help momentarily, but if you stop taking it altogether, the zits can come back with a vengeance. 

My recommendation is to consult with your doctor before making any decision and to try all-natural skincare for lasting results. 


The Real Solution to Acne 

An acne journey can be frustrating, it can take time, and it can be an extreme guessing game, but there is hope! Whether birth control is for you or not, keeping your skin and body healthy is a necessity. 

That is why many women have decided to switch to natural skincare and have never looked back. Why deal with products that don't work or side effects that make your acne worse? Our Luminous Clear Skin Kit is full of over 40 all-natural ingredients and includes vitamins and minerals for a clear and glowing complexion. Each ingredient works in harmony to penetrate the skin, reduce acne, diminish scars, and give the skin nourishment. 

Bonus: For those struggling with hormonal imbalances, supplements might be able to help. Beta-Sitosterol and Saw Palmetto are known for regulating hormones and inhibiting the overproduction of hormonal activity that leads to acne. The lucky part, you can find these supplements on grocery store shelves (as always, consult with your doctor first)! 


Kiss Breakouts Goodbye

Acne is not something that has to plague you for the rest of your life. There is an all-natural solution to help you live your best life at all times! You deserve glowing, healthy skin! Averr Aglow can help you achieve that! Don't wait any longer to make the best decision for your skin! 

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Shiloh is a Copywriter at Averr Aglow. A wordsmith by day, she loves all things creating. If she's not blogging or writing an Instagram post, then she's singing to everyone and dreaming of California summers. If there is ever a time that you can’t find her, know that she is somewhere talking to complete strangers. Seriously.