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Hormonal Factors Key to Understanding Acne in Women

Posted: March 21, 2012

Information presented at American Academy of Dermatology’s 70th Annual Meeting by Bethanee Jean Schlosser, MD, PhD, FAAD, assistant professor of dermatology and director of Women’s Skin Health at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

Although teenagers are the age group most commonly thought to struggle with acne, dermatologists are finding that late-onset or adult-onset acne is becoming increasingly common in women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s.

Although there is no one single cure that works in all clients with acne, dermatologists can recommend client-specific treatment regimens to control acne and minimize future breakouts. In women, hormonal therapies are commonly used to treat acne safely and effectively.

How hormones influence acne

Primary causes of acne include:

The role of androgens includes the following

Treating acne in women