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Old 05-31-2006, 05:59 AM   #1
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progestin only pill and acne

has anyone seen a positive difference in their skin on a progestin only pill? I had to stop the regular combined pill because of blood pressure issues, and got a copper IUD. I still have an acne problem, and the only thing that cleared it up was the Nuvaring. I know my doctor wont want me going on that because of the blood pressure (although now my bp is controlled with meds) but I know they said I could go on a progestin only pill, since its the estrogen that raises your pressure. Has anyone seen skin improvements with a progestin only pill?

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Old 05-31-2006, 06:24 AM   #2
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Re: progestin only pill and acne

What about spironolactone? It lowers testosterone like the pill, and if anything it will have a positive impact on your blood pressure. Of course it might not work for you if you are on another potassium sparing drug.

Old 05-31-2006, 11:35 AM   #3
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Re: progestin only pill and acne

I went on the depo shot which is progesterine-only and it made my acne worse. I believe it's the estrogen in the pill that helps regulate the acne.

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