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What triggers acne breakout in women?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
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In brief: Testosterone + ?

Acne in adolescents is caused by increased testosterone production as they enter puberty (both males and females).
Ditto for pregnant women. The testosterone causes increased oil production, which overwhelms the oil duct, leading to clogging, and then acne. Other hormones are probably involved as well; the exact hormonal combination has not yet been worked out.

In brief: Testosterone + ?

Acne in adolescents is caused by increased testosterone production as they enter puberty (both males and females).
Ditto for pregnant women. The testosterone causes increased oil production, which overwhelms the oil duct, leading to clogging, and then acne. Other hormones are probably involved as well; the exact hormonal combination has not yet been worked out.
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