Tuesday, 09 August 2016
Can the Pill Really Stop Acne?
A story that recently hit the headlines has been the topic of conversation in our clinic this week. A 23-year-old business graduate died after suffering a pulmonary embolism that occurred as a result of her taking the popular contraceptive pill Dianette.Dianette is commonly used by acne sufferers to try and control breakouts. As well as functioning as a contraceptive pill, it is an anti-androgen meaning it can reduce oil production. Reducing the amount of excess oil on the skin helps prevent the blocking of the hair follicles, which can lead to acne.This has raised, once again, the question of medicine being used in aesthetics. Topical aesthetic treatments are becoming increasingly favourable by practitioners to achieve a better, long lasting result with less risk.Clinical treatments such as enzyme mask facials and laser peels are very successful not only at treating acne but also improving the quality and texture of the skin, reducing the risk of scarring and relapsing. It's important when treating acne to take all factors into account and each skin should be treated individually. Diet and lifestyle choices should also be addressed to determine the cause of the breakouts. We find the use of homecare prescriptives, clinical facials and vitamin A supplements achieve fantastic results for acne prone skin. The results are obtained without the use of antibiotics or contraceptive medication.If you are on Dianette it can be scary when this type of story is highlighted. All medicines come with risks but if you experience any changes when taking medication, always contact your GP.For more advice on homecare acne treatments, call our advice line on 0113 282 3181, or call our clinic on 0113 282 3300 to book in for your free consultation to discuss the best clinical acne treatment for you.Written for you by: Emily, Face the Future