Jeune Skin Care: Ask the Experts
Q. What is hormonal acne, and what can I do about it?
A. Hormone receptors in the skin (androgens and progesterone) act on sebaceous (oil) glands to increase the production of sebum (your skin's natural oil). This often plays a role in acne flare-ups.
The best candidates for hormone therapy to treat hormonal acne are often adult women with acne predominantly on the lower face, but also sometimes on the chest, shoulders and back.
Certain oral contraceptives and a drug called spironolactone block hormone receptors in the skin, leading to improved acne. Likewise, some hormones are known to cause flare-ups, such as depo-provera and testosterone, among others. Your dermatologist and/or primary care physician may help you to identify hormonal acne and recommend the best treatment options for you.
Our aestheticians at Jeune Skin Care can also recommend powerful skin care products, peels and other skin treatments designed to mitigate the effects of hormonal acne.