Pop the pill You've likely heard the buzz that certain birth control pills can reduce acne and other PMS symptoms. Rumors are truth, in this case, and according to Dr. Livingston, "combination birth control pills, or birth control pills that contain both estrogen and progestin, can help to decrease acne and improve skin in women of all ages. Women, and especially teens, can experience more outbreaks of acne especially around the time of their cycle as hormones fluctuate. By stabilizing our hormone levels, birth control pills can not only decrease the number of outbreaks but lessen the severity of the outbreaks as well." There are several different pills on the market now that will fit the lifestyle of most women. Choices include a regular monthly cycle, cycles occurring four times a year, or having no cycle at all. To find the best pill option for you, chat with your doctor.
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