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Loette And Acne

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J.M. Andrews has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years. She specializes in health and medical content for consumers and health professionals. Andrews' background in medicine and science has earned her credits in a wide range of online and print publications, including "Young Physicians" magazine.
Loette And Acne
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Hormones cause the oily skin that in turn causes acne. Almost every teenager gets acne, and half of all women continue to suffer from the skin condition into adulthood due to normal hormonal cycles. Because acne is hormonal in nature, oral contraceptives often can control pimples by controlling hormones. Some women take the oral contraceptive Loette both to help prevent pregnancy and reduce their acne.

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Hormones called androgens promote pimple development by stimulating the skin to produce oil. If you have too much oil in your skin, it can clog your hair follicles and create whiteheads and blackheads. This oil also provides bacteria with an ideal environment, and bacterial infection behind these clogged hair follicles leads to swollen pimples and infection.


Oral contraceptives such as Loette fight acne by reducing oil production. They accomplish this by moderating normal hormonal swings and by better balancing androgen male hormones with female estrogen and progesterone hormones. Because oral contraceptives only work on oil production and do not counter other acne causes, your dermatologist may suggest you simultaneously use another medication to help reduce bacteria while taking Loette.

Side Effects

Loette can cause a variety of side effects, although not everyone who takes Loette will suffer from side effects, according to manufacturer Wyeth. You might experience changes in periods or breakthrough bleeding, painful periods, sore, enlarged breasts, and changes in libido. In addition, some Loette users also experience nausea, mood changes, headaches and weight changes.


Loette, which includes the synthetic hormones levonorgestrel and ethinyloestradiol, often provides anti-androgenic effects which help to control acne in women prone to breakouts due to their hormones. However, it can take up to six months for Loette to get your acne under control, and your complexion might get worse in that time frame before it begins to improve.


Some women should not take Loette, which is marketed as Alesse in the United States. If you smoke or are older than 35, your dermatologist may not want to prescribe Loette for you due to an increased risk of side effects. In addition, if you suffer from migraines or epilepsy, Loette can make those worse.

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