Acne and the contraceptive pill

Patient : Hello, I am currently on the progesterone only pill after being taken off of the combined due to migraines with aura, however now on the POP I have very bad acne. I have been given lots of different acne tablets and creams however i feel it is the pill that is causing this acne that will not go for over a year. I have read about 'evening primrose tablets' which help balance hormones and are only herbal, do you know if this is likely to have any difference? thankyou!
Symptoms:  Bad acne on nose and especially chin
Doctor :   Thank you for writing to us. I will definitely not recommend tablets that can change or alter hormone levels. Hormone levels are important to the body and varying them can cause a lot of other problems. Usually estrogen is more important for acne. If you feel that you have a headache because of POP, you can get an IUD inserted which will not cause headache kind of problems. Hope this helps you. All the best.

Related Q&A

Q: Hi,  I've been suffering acne for six years, and my doctor perscribed me ?ISOTRETINOIN capsules to treat it...

Q: Over a month ago, I was diagnosed with PCOS. My doctor put me on the pill (Yasmin). In the first month, I developed a...

Q: I am looking for a contraceptive pill that will assist with my acne problem but which has a relatively low amount of ...

Q: Make age 63 recently on minocycline for scalp acne . Commenced walking twice a day as the impact of this medicine cau...

Q: I have been taking isotroin 20 for 1 year so I get clear skin but then I stopped it and started taking isotroin 10 ...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon