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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
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The contraceptive pill is actually used as a treatment for acne, explains Dr Anjali Mahto of Cedars Dermatology in London, and it can be an effective treatment but takes at least 12 weeks. http://www.cedarsderm.co.uk

Cedars Dermatology is a leading group of London dermatologists that offers treatments for moles, skin cancers, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions for both adults and children.

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So I think there's two aspects of that question. Firstly, the contraceptive pill is actually used as a treatment for acne, and it can be quite an effective treatment. It does take time to work, though. Most of the studies show that you need to be on the pill for at least 12 weeks before you'll notice any benefit. That said, in certain people, actually taking the oral contraceptive can make your acne flare up. And I think if that happens, it is worthwhile speaking to your GP or your dermatologist, and it may be that your pill needs to be switched to one that's more suitable for your skin.

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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Consultant Dermatologist
Anjali is a Consultant Dermatologist at the London North West Hospitals NHS Trust where she is also lead for paediatric dermatology services and dermatology clinical governance. She is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation. She is quoted in the national press on a range of skin issues. She has trained at some of UK's leading teaching hospitals including Imperial College Healthcare and the Royal Free Hospital. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and has presented at national and international conferences. She is happy to consult on any skin, hair and nail disorders in adults or children. Read full bio view less


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Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)
Dr Anjali Mahto MBBS, MRCP(UK), CCST(Derm)