Is Birthcontrol More Effective and Safer Than Retinoids and Antibiotics for Hormonal Acne?

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Hormonal acne treatments

There is no way to answer this question on the internet.  Everyone has different risk factors for compliations.  For example, if you have a history of blot clots and are a smoker, then birth control pills are high risk and retinoids and antibiotics are better.  Sometimes you need spironolactone to control hormonal acne.  Each patient is different.  Find a great board certified dermatologist who can spend the time with you to create an effective acne treatment protocol tailored to you. 

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Treatment of Hormonal Acne

There is no answer to this question as every patient's acne is unique and requires a customized treatment regimen.  There are side effects for each medication and everyone has different risk factors for side effects. The best thing you can do for yourself is to see a board-certified dermatologist who will help you effectively and safely treat your acne. 


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