While there are several good products now available for the treatment of acne, for some adults, these treatments do not work. However, oral contraceptives for adult acne in Canada women do seem to offer an alternative that is getting good results.
While this hormonal treatment is limited to women, oral contraceptives for adult acne in Canada are effective because scientists feel that adult onset acne is common in women who have irregularities in their menstrual cycles, or ovarian cysts, which may cause hormonal abnormalities that increase androgen productivity. This results in acne breakouts.
Women who have not experienced good results with more standard acne treatments are typically treated in their 20’s or 30’s with oral contraceptives. These women typically have a history of menstrual irregularities, oily skin, and premenstrual acne breakouts.
Oral contraceptives are not actually used to treat acne, however. Oral contraceptives for adult acne in Canada are used to regulate the menstrual cycle, which in turn often eliminates acne breakouts. After a couple of month’s of treatment with oral contraceptives, if acne is still a problem, anti androgens are added. The combination of oral contraceptives and anti androgens is quite effective.
Because other side effects are possible with the use of oral contraceptives, patients are given the lowest dosage possible, for the shortest period of time needed. Oral contraceptives are not commonly used to treat the more severe forms of acne, such as nodular or cystic acne.
Most doctors will only prescribe oral contraceptives for adult acne in Canada after more standard treatments have failed. Patients must be closely monitored to ensure that the dosage prescribed is right for them, and doesn’t cause other problems. It can often take two or three months before any results are noticed, because the medication must have time to ‘straighten out’ the hormones to achieve the proper levels for each individual.
If you are considering the use of oral contraceptives for the treatment of adult acne, consult your doctor, and make sure that you understand all the health risks associated with oral contraceptives so that you can make an informed decision.