Why Did My Doctor Prescribe Birth Control Pills for My Acne?

My doctor prescribed birth control pills to treat my acne. Why did he do this?
Jessica*

Birth control pills can help even out some of the hormone changes that cause extra oil on the skin and lead to acne. By keeping those hormones under control, doctors hope to improve acne, especially if breakouts happen or get worse around your period.

Birth control pills aren’t right for all girls with acne, though. Depending on your acne, doctors also might try different treatments, such as prescription creams, antibiotics, or, if the acne is severe, stronger medicines.

Reviewed by: Julia Brown Lancaster, MSN, WHNP-BC
Date reviewed: July 2015

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.