(also known as Oral Contraceptive Pills)
Birth control pills can sometimes be used to control acne in women. When used for acne, they can take up to 3 months to work. The best birth control pills for acne are ones that contain a combination of two different types of hormones. The estrogen in birth control pills suppresses oil production in the skin.
Birth control pill therapy is generally well tolerated, common side effects are bloating, nausea, breast tenderness and weight gain. A blood clot is a potential serious side effect of birth control pill use although it is very rare.