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Overview On Acne Hormones

Author : Jared Wright

Ever thought of how hormones contribute to the development of acne? Though, acne can be very depressing, given the right information about acne and its prevention can greatly help a person find solutions to his or her acne problems.

Acne also known as Acne vulgaris is a common skin disease that affects men and women, teenagers and adults alike. Studies show that there is no single causative factor for acne. Genetics, stress, pregnancy, puberty and hormonal imbalance are the factors that contribute to acne. Indeed, hormones play a big part in the appearance of acne in both men and women.

Acne Hormone - Puberty

Teens are more likely to suffer from breakouts because they usually have relatively large amounts of androgen present in their bodies. Androgen causes acne because it stimulates the sebaceous gland. The sebaceous glands are accountable in producing oil. The excess production of oil is brought about by over stimulation of the sebaceous gland. This leads to clogging of pores and the appearance of acne.

In fact, androgen or the male hormone is seen in both gender. On the other hand, boys are inclined to produce more of these hormones as compared to girls. As the teenager reaches adulthood or after age 20, the androgen level is supposed to normalize. Theoretical, any acne problems should have cleared up by then. Unfortunately at any age, acne can flare up again. So brace yourself, but don't get too stressed out. Remember that stress can also contribute to acne development.

Acne Hormones - Pregnancy

Yes, pregnant women are very susceptible to develop acne because of increasing level of hormones in their body. Androgenic hormones like progesterone activate the sebaceous glands to generate more oil, which leads to more acne outburst.

When it comes to acne treatment, pregnant women should consult with their dermatologists first before buying any anti acne products. Since there is a high possibility that some of the ingredients of these drugs and products can pass through the baby via the placenta or in the bloodstream.
A piece of advice to pregnant moms out there, it is true that acne can affect your confidence. Nonetheless, avoid using OTC medicines and creams or any anti acne products without notifying your dermatologist, that is if you care for your baby inside you.

Acne Hormones Testing

Hormonal testing is very useful. The same test is utilized to monitor extra hair growth or even alopecia. The specialist would measure the androgens in your body to monitor for elevated levels. Evaluation by a physician experienced with these conditions is a necessary as to control acne flare ups. Other symptoms that dermatologists will look for are irregular periods, increased hair growth, and weight problem.

As of the moment, the most commonly used hormonal acne treatment for women is the birth control pills. As for men, anti-androgen drugs or oral corticosteroids are usually prescribed.


Surely, everyone wants a healthy, flawless looking skin. But before you finally decide to use hormonal acne therapy either the synthetic or the natural ones, be sure to check with a highly regarded dermatologist to make sure that the chosen therapy is suitable for you.

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