Yasmin, Yaz and acne
Yasmin and Yaz both contain the same synthetic versions of estrogen and progesterone - ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone respectively. They're also 4th generation pills, and so may be beneficial for skin problems including acne.
The Yasmin pill may help acne according to one study on the active progestogens found in combined contraceptive pills. You can talk to your doctor about Yasmin and acne if it’s a benefit you would want from a contraceptive pill.
The Yaz pill may also be beneficial for skin and acne problems. Many women have reported online about acne side effects caused by certain contraceptive pills they’ve taken. However, some women find that they have a better relationship with Yaz and their acne symptoms. Often, women have to try different contraceptives before they find the one that works best for them.
Estarylla and acne
Estarylla is a norgestimate-based combined pill, making it a 3rd generation pill. So it may not be as good for skin problems as certain 4th generation pills, but it may also help. People respond to contraceptive pills in different ways, and it’s important to keep in mind what doesn’t work for someone else might work for you.
Estarylla also contains the same active ingredients as Sprintec and Tri-Sprintec.
What is the relationship between the Sprintec pill and acne? Sprintec may help with the symptoms of acne and other androgen related skin disorders.
Xulane Patch and acne
The Xulane patch is another 3rd generation contraception, but it isn’t a pill that you swallow. Xulane is a contraceptive patch you apply to the skin and hormones are absorbed into the bloodstream over the course of seven days.
One study on Xulane and adolescents found that the contraceptive method was well-tolerated and provided excellent contraceptive cycle control. 33% of women in the study who started the process with acne or skin problems reported their symptoms had reduced since starting Evra, the UK version of Xulane.
Isibloom, Viorele and acne
Isibloom and Viorele are also third generation pills. They contain desogestrel, a synthetic progestogen. Desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol for acne might be a good combination because they reduce the risk of acne symptoms, but also reduce the chances of developing a series of other estrogenic side effects also.
NuvaRing and acne
NuvaRing is the brand of contraceptive ring used in the US. It’s a small ring that is placed inside the vagina which releases hormones over 21 days.
The type of progestin found in NuvaRing, called etonogestrel, may help some women with skin problems like acne. According to Clue, a menstruation tracking website, ‘“An analysis of three studies, people using the birth control ring for three to 13 months report less acne than people using the pill.”’
However, in the NuvaRing patient information - acne is listed as a potential side effect. Again, what works for some women might not work for others.