Acne in women may be linked to a hormonal imbalance

If you're a woman with adult acne, you likely know all too well how difficult it is to treat. But if you're among the 80 percent of women who see no benefit from the commonly prescribed antibiotic treatments, this could be a sign of a hormonal imbalance.

For women with adult acne, hormonal imbalances may be to blame. ©Valua Vitaly /

Dr. Kanade Shinkai, a dermatologist at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, advises women with irregular periods or other signs of hormonal disorder and who have acne to discuss their symptoms with their dermatologist.

Shinkai told MyHealthNewsDaily on Monday that women with acne may also have elevated levels of testosterone, which could also be detected by hair growth on the face, a deepening of the voice, or increased muscle mass. A simple blood test could detect an imbalance.

She adds that the most common cause of such a hormonal change is polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, which can be detected with an ultrasound of the ovaries. Treatment often involves taking birth control pills, which can also work well against acne even in women with no hormonal disorder, she adds.

Other common treatments for acne include retinoids, gels containing dapsone, cleansing creams containing benzoyl peroxide, and a blood pressure medication called spironolactone, notes WebMD.

A study presented earlier this year at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting reports that more adult women are getting acne than ever before.


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