Which medications in the drug class Estrogens/Progestins are used in the treatment of Acne Vulgaris?

Updated: Mar 26, 2019
  • Author: Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Estrogens/Progestins

Hormonal therapies can be used in females with acne, especially those with premenstrual acne flares in whom other therapies have failed. Patients may also have signs of hyperandrogenism (eg, hirsutism, irregular menses, menstrual dysfunction). Serum androgen levels may or may not be elevated.

Available options include combination estrogen-progestin oral contraceptive pills, which suppress ovarian androgen production as well as androgen receptor blockers that block the effect of androgens peripherally at the sebaceous gland.

Ethinyl estradiol, drospirenone, and levomefolate (Beyaz)

Ethinyl estradiol, drospirenone, and levomefolate is a combination of estrogen and progestin that treats acne in adult women. It suppresses ovarian production of androgens.

Ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Estrostep Fe, Tilia Fe, Tri-Legest Fe, Femcon FE)

Ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone is a combination of estrogen and progestin that treats acne in adult women. It suppresses ovarian production of androgens.

Ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Tri-Estarylla, Tri-Previfem, Tri-Sprintec)

Ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate is a combination of estrogen and progestin treats acne in adult women. It suppresses ovarian production of androgens.

Ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone (Yaz, Zarah, Gianvi, Ocella, Yasmin)

Ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone is a combination of estrogen and progestin that treats acne in adult women. It suppresses ovarian production of androgens.


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