The birth control pill is frequently prescribed to young women to control acne. In fact, 3 brands of birth control pills- Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Estrosep, and YAZ- have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration as acne treatments. They work by lowering the usable testosterone in your body, which in turn decreases your skin’s ability to produce pore-clogging sebum. While taking a pill to cure acne sounds like an easy fix, you are actually introducing synthetic hormones into your body which can have negative effects as well. These include nausea, headaches, gallstones, breast tenderness, depression, high blood pressure, and many more.
- Wash your face in the morning, evening, and after you exercise with a cleanser that contains up to 2 percent salicylic acid.
- Resist the urge to squeeze or pop whiteheads and blackheads. This can cause scarring and inflammation. Worse, the pus coming in contact with your skin can actually create more acne. If you do pop a zit, be sure to disinfect your skin with a cleanser containing 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide afterward.
- Acne treatments containing glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid are considered to be the best. However, you should understand they won’t work immediately. Use a product for a full six weeks before deciding it is not the correct one for you.
- Consider using a retinoid cream before you go to sleep at night. While these formulations are commonly used for wrinkles, they can also plump up skin that is pitted from acne and help fade acne scarring.
- Acne treatments can dry out your skin. At least once per day, you should use an oil-free moisturizer that will hydrate the skin without clogging your pores.