Yasmin, Lucette, Dretine and acne
Yasmin, Lucette and Dretine all contain the same synthetic versions of oestrogen and progesterone - ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone respectively. They are all 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 Lucette 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 Lucette and their acne symptoms.
This may be largely in part to the fact Lucette is a 4th generation pill. It’s possible that women may have to try different contraceptives before they find the one that works best for them.
Qlaira and acne
Qlaira is a combined contraceptive pill that can help with heavy or painful periods, but Qlaira may help with acne too. Each Qlaira pill packet contains different types of pills - some contain estradiol valerate (oestrogen), some contain both estradiol valerate and dienogest (progesterone) and some pills contain no hormones at all. These ‘empty’ pills are taken with the intention of helping you get into the habit of taking a pill each day.
Dienogest-based pills like Qlaira may help with skin problems like acne. Certain side effects associated with other contraceptive pills are also less likely when you take Qlaira. This may include vaginal dryness, appetite increase, weight gain, cramps, mood changes and reduced libido.
However, Qlaira can cause more oestrogenic side effects including breast fullness and tenderness, headaches, fluid retention, tiredness, irritability, nausea and bloating.
Cilique and acne
Cilique 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.
Cillique also contains the same active ingredients as Cillest, which was discontinued.
What is the relationship between the Cilique pill and acne? Cilique may help with the symptoms of acne and other androgen related skin disorders.
Evra Patch and acne
The Evra patch is another 3rd generation contraception, but it isn’t a pill that you swallow. You apply Evra to the skin and hormones are absorbed into the bloodstream over the course of seven days.
One study on Evra 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.
Marvelon, Gedarel and acne
Marvelon and Gedarel 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 oestrogenic side effects also.
Marvelon has been shown to help with acne, with one study finding that women who took Marvelon had significantly reduced symptoms.
NuvaRing and acne
NuvaRing is the brand of contraceptive ring used in the UK. It’s a small ring that is placed inside the vagina which releases hormones over 21 days.
The type of progestogen found in NuvaRing, called etonogestrel, may help some women with skin problems like acne. According to Clue, an app that tracks your menstruation cycle, ‘an analysis of three studies, people using the birth control ring for three to 13 months report less acne than people using the pill (P).’
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.