Welcome back to the Ask Abbey Podcast! In today's episode we're chatting about skincare again, but this time, I'm diving into the topic of birth control and acne. Many women start taking birth control to try to clear up their breakouts. So all types of birth control should prevent breakouts from happening in the first place, right? Wrong. Some types of birth control actually contribute to oily skin and acne. WTF?! How are we not told this stuff? Thankfully, I recently came across research that goes into detail on this topic, so I talk through each type of birth control (the pill, the mini-pill, the patch, the shot, the IUD, etc.) and explain which types of BC are the most and least likely to cause breakouts (based on their hormonal structure). If you are currently struggling to clear up your break outs and hormonal acne and want to know if the type of birth control you're on may be the reason... this episode is a must for you.
1st Gen: Norethindrone, etnyodiol diacetate, medroxyprogesterone
2nd Gen: Levonorgestrel, norgestrel
3rd Gen: Desogestrel, norgestimate, gestodene
4th Gen: Drospirenone
Sources: Birth Control & Athletic Performance, A Guide for Active Women; Lyle McDonald