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What causes acne in women?

What causes acne in women?

Excess testosterone: All women have male hormone, testosterone, in their bodies. An excess can cause acne. This is oftentreated with estrogen, commonly in oral contraceptives. In the bloodstream are compounds called sex hormone binding globulins. Estrogen increases these elements. When sex hormone binding globulin attaches to testosterone, the testosterone is inactivated, ergo less acne. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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What causes acne & facial hair in women in their 30's? Too many hormones or not enough and what to do about it?

What causes acne & facial hair in women in their 30's? Too many hormones or not enough and what to do about it?

Masculinization: Hair pattern is at times hereditary. There could also be hormonal imbalances from normal tissues or abnormal production. You should see your doctor and voice these concerns so it can be diagnosed and corrected. ...Read more

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Could acne last forever cause i'm a woman?

Could acne last forever cause i'm a woman?

Because you're human: I was able to stop taking my acne meds at around age 50. Hang in there. You'll recover eventually and it can be managed. ...Read more

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Is it possible for acne to last forever cause I'm female?

Is it possible for acne to last forever cause I'm female?

Not forever: It will eventually remit but it may take decades. Until then you must manage it. If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Does fertilaid for women cause acne on the face?

Does fertilaid for women cause acne on the face?

Fertilaid: Fertilaid is a popular supplement and appears on many fertility forums as a "miracle" aid to becoming pregnant, but it has not been tested or evaluated by the fda. ...Read more

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Does oral sex on a women cause acne on face and chin on the male?

Does oral sex on a women cause acne on face and chin on the male?

Unlikely: Truth be told, no one knows what makes acne flare in particular areas at particular times. The key is that acne is manageable nowadays and if you think you'll be prone to a flare, topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated is most likely to keep it at bay. ...Read more

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24 year woman. Never had acne. 3 months ago acne appeared (11 pimples) took 100 mg minocycline a day for a month.. They went away fast! Stopped 5 days ago and 3 pimples already!! Why? Scared. Causes?

The bacteria!: The bacteria in the pores of your skin which secrete the oil (sebum) are called Corynebacterium Acne. They are killed by drugs in tetracycline class of antibiotics. Minocycline is one such drug taken q12 hrs. And it worked for you. Then you stopped it and it quickly recurred. ...Read more

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Can fine facial hair cause cystic acne in women?

Can fine facial hair cause cystic acne in women?

Fine hair: Fine hair may still result in dirt getting caught around follicles which can be nidus for start of localized acne infection... Or even folliculitis. ...Read more

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Could low estrogens cause acne and hot flushes ?? What are the choice treatments for this in young women ?

Could low estrogens cause acne and hot flushes ?? What are the choice treatments for this in young women ?

Young hot flashes: In patients at age 21, hot flashes and acne may not be related to estrogen. Elevated progesterone and androgen hormones may be the culprit and estrogens may secondarily be relatively low for that reason. Oral contraceptive pills can work on both scores after issues like too active thyroid function and high blood pressure are eliminated. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more