Plan B (Morning After Pill) can Induce Acne

A Plan B emergency contraceptive pill and acne connection- a brief overview.
By Shilpa Makhija

Plan B is an emergency contraceptive that is able to prevent conception even after sexual union has occurred (thus the name “morning-after”). Like standard birth control pills, morning-after pills contain progestin but in much higher doses. While the contents are similar, the mechanism of action of Plan B is dose related. The drug’s principal effect is to prevent ovulation, but it may also prevent implantation of a potentially fertile egg into the uterine wall. Continue reading “Plan B (Morning After Pill) can Induce Acne”

New Study Showing Overweight Girls More Likely to Have Acne

As if being overweight OR having acne is bad enough, but now a study shows that overweight adolescent girls are twice as likely to have moderate to severe acne.

LISBON – Overweight or obesity is independently associated with a twofold increased prevalence of moderate to severe acne in adolescent girls, according to a large population-based Norwegian study.

No such association was apparent in adolescent boys, Dr. Jon A. Halvorsen reported at the annual congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

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Beware of Yaz – birth control pill

Many women and girls think that taking birth control pills can help them to get rid of acne and have clear skin.  It works for some people, but not many.  There is a lot to consider when putting yourself on a prescription medication of any kind.  Always beware of the side effects – you might be that one in a million that it really does affect.  It’s good to know what the risks are.  In this case, please read this article if you are on Yaz or considering it.

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We would love to help you get rid of your acne without drugs or prescriptions of any kind.  Be safe and be clear!

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Birth Control Pills for Acne – updated

By Shilpa Makhija L.E., Face Reality Acne Clinic

Birth control for acne simplified

Birth control pills are widely used today and prescribed often as a means to control acne. Most pills can have the potential to cause acne and weight gain in those susceptible. Typically the pills are divided up as estrogen or progestin dominant and have varying degrees of androgenic (testosterone like) effects. As a general rule of thumb, pills with the potential for higher androgenic symptoms should be avoided for people prone to acne because they promote breakouts. As an acne sufferer it is important to speak with your doctor about selecting a pill that is higher in estrogen and lower in androgen potency. Continue reading “Birth Control Pills for Acne – updated”

One Diet Drug That Can Makes Acne Worse

Recently, I had a client who was taking the drug phentermine to help her achieve her weight-loss goals. She had a combination of inflamed and non-inflamed acne for which we had given her an aggressive home care routine. Even though we were treating the acne aggressively and strengthening her home care every two weeks, her skin just wasn’t making any progress.  She then decided on her own to stop taking the  phentermine. It was amazing how quickly the inflamed acne subsided. Really, within just a few days of stopping, her skin looked completely different. We now are working to clear up the little bit of non-inflamed acne she has left.

Always let us know if you are taking any medication, or start taking any medications while you are working with us. It can make the difference between whether you will get clear skin and not. For a list of medications that can cause acne, email us at

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Omega 3 Fish Oil to Reduce Inflammation

Research and anecdotal evidence suggests that many of us who suffer from chronic inflammatory acne may benefit from taking relatively higher doses (1000-1700mg) of purified omega-3 oils present mostly in wild ocean fish such as salmon, mackerel, cod and herring. Omega-3 oils are anti-inflammatory and the body utilizes them in many ways. Of particular relevance to acne sufferers, they may help regulate hormones and in addition help to shorten the intensity of your breakout.  Our estheticians have found the supplements to be particularly helpful with the hormonal breakouts around the chin and jawline area that women suffer during their cycle. Continue reading “Omega 3 Fish Oil to Reduce Inflammation”