Intended for healthcare professionals

Acne and the Pill

The oral contraceptive pill (OCP) provides effective, safe and reversible contraception. As young women often start sexual activity at a time in their life when acne is common, the interaction between acne and the pill is frequently a cause for concern. While the oral contraceptive pill can improve acne in women, varying formulations carry different risks and benefits, knowledge of which can help the clinician select the most appropriate OCP.
Dermatology in practice 2001; 9(2): 10–11
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