Medications for PCOS and acne include combination estrogen and progestin birth control pills, vaginal rings, and skin patches.
In addition to helping to regulate menstrual cycles in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hormone treatments can improve androgen-related acne problems, alopecia, and hirsutism.
Aldactone (spironolactone) is a diuretic drug that may be used in PCOS to lower androgen levels. This medication can help reduce hair loss, acne, and hirsutism. Metformin is an insulin-sensitizing drug also used by many people with PCOS. This medication can help to control insulin, androgen, and blood glucose levels. Metformin may also help normalise the menstrual cycle and improve the response to ovulation induction therapies, enhancing fertility.
Possible Problems with Medications for PCOS and Acne
Some medications used to manage PCOS can help reduce acne. However, some medications for PCOS may have negative effects on the skin. This is because medications such as metformin and birth control pills can deplete nutrients vital to skin health and immune function. This could actually increase the risk of acne and other skin problems.
It is important to be aware of any potential drug-induced nutrient depletions, especially when taking medications for chronic conditions. If you are prescribed medications long-term for PCOS, be sure to talk to your physician about possible side effects. This includes any possible nutrient depletions, such as B vitamins.
Next, we will look at the evidence regarding the use of supplements for PCOS and acne.