This site will tell you if your birth control is making your acne better or worse

There’s an unfortunate myth that all birth control will help clear up acne. That is completely untrue because while some birth control methods will wreak havoc on your skin, others will clear it up completely and some might just help a little bit.

Why does this happen? Because not all birth controls are created equal. No, that doesn’t mean one birth control is better than others but rather, different birth control brands and methods prevent pregnancy in different ways using different hormones. Depending which you use, it will have a totally different effect on your skin.

Curology, a company that makes prescription-grade skin care, just polled 2,000 individuals with hormonal acne and found out how each of the major brands of birth control affected their skin.



The birth control that is BEST for acne is:

A Drospirenone, Ethinyl estradiol pill like Yaz or Ocella shows the greatest improvement in hormonal acne. **However, these pills are the ones that are often associated with lawsuits that have to do with blood clots, so please consult with your doctor.

The birth control that is WORST for acne is:

Subdermal implants like Nexplanon are the worst for acne because they contain so much progesterone.

How to find your birth control:

Use Curology’s search tool HERE to find the birth control you use and what the study found about its effects on acne.

I searched for Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo and found that it’s pretty moderate on the acne-healing scale (which makes sense because it has MOSTLY rid me of my hormonal acne).


The information presented here is only meant to inform. Consult with your doctor or dermatologist before beginning any course of treatment. 

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