Yasmin and Acne

Yasmin as an Acne Treatment

Yasmin is not approved to treat acne. However, Yaz®, a similar birth control pill that contains the same active ingredients in slightly different strengths, is approved to treat acne. Logically, it is reasonable to assume that Yasmin is also safe and effective for treating acne. Both medications contain drospirenone, a progesterone hormone that works to counteract the effects of testosterone and other male hormones. These male hormones are present in all women in low amounts and may cause acne. Yaz (and therefore Yasmin) probably work to treat acne by working against these male hormones.

Final Thoughts

Even though Yasmin is not approved to treat acne, there is a good chance that women taking it may notice an improvement in their acne. However, if you notice that your acne seems worse, you may want to consult your healthcare provider. He or she may have useful suggestions or recommendations, including various types of acne treatment, or may even suggest an alternate type of birth control.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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