There are a few pills that have been approved by the FDA for use as birth control and for reduction of acne. These pills consist of ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen), ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Estrostep), and ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone (Yaz). There are many other formulations of birth control medication with a combination of the same estrogen/progesterone forms that can be used to help with acne outbreaks. Ortho-Cept and Reclipsen are equivalent. The combination of estrogen is ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel. Other names for this combination are Apri, Cesia, Cyclessa, Desogen, Kariva, Mircette, and Velivet. This combination has been effectively used to help control acne outbreaks. Consult your ob-gyn to find a formulation that is right for you.
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