Soy And Acne
Q: I have two questions. Can soy supplements
or phytoestrogens improve acne? Can women taking birth control pills also
take soy supplements or phytoestrogens?
Thank You. --C.Y.
Dr. Donnica: I am not aware of any studies showing that phytoestrogens
or soy supplements help improve acne. There are several studies showing that certain
birth control pills help improve acne. In fact, Ortho Tricyclen has a specific
FDA approval for it. A recent presentation at the American Academy of Dermatologists
Meeting (Washington DC 5/01) showed research that ultra low-dose birth control
pills (e.g. containing only 20 micrograms of estrogen) can have an acne benefit
You also asked if women on birth control pills can supplement with phytoestrogens
and soy. The question is why would you want to? Soy is an excellent source
of dietary protein, so I do encourage women to eat soy-based products in lieu
of red meat, for example. Soy has also been shown to be able to reduce mildly
elevated cholesterol in doses of 6.5 grams four times per day. If you have
mildly elevated cholesterol, this may be a good option for you. Soy contains
certain isoflavones but this does not mean that soy and phytoestrogens are interchangeable.
Many women like drinking soy milk or taking phytoestrogen products if they
are perimenopausal or menopausal and having symptoms. If you are on birth
control pills, you should not be experiencing these symptoms as birth control
pills can treat these symptoms more effectively. If you are having symptoms
that you think are related to perimenopause or menopause despite taking birth
control pills, please discuss this with your doctor.
Wtih best regards,
Donnica Moore, MD
Created: 5/25/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.
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