Hormonal Acne can be caused by changes in hormonal levels in both men and women. Unfortunately, it affects women more than men, which explains the higher incidence of acne during the onset of puberty, pregnancy and menstruation in the female of the species. Since changing hormones are involved, it makes perfect sense for many women to go on a hormonal acne treatment regimen.
Warning Before Use
But be warned as hormonal treatments for acne must be undertaken after the first line of defense consisting of topical applications and oral medications to kill the bacteria, control the inflammation and prevent skin pore blockage has failed to do the job. In 60 percent of women sufferers, such is the case especially when their systems have built up immunity against the standard treatments.
Hormone therapy in acne management is often one of the last resorts for good reason. You have to be relatively healthy since synthetic hormones do have side effects like nausea, vomiting and headaches. Think of the symptoms when you reacted badly to birth control pills.
Also, you may not be suitable for hormonal acne treatment. For example, women with polycystic ovarian syndrome as well as pregnant women are discouraged from hormone use to avoid potential health complications.
If you want positive results with hormone therapy, we suggest working closely with your dermatologist. You want to treat acne with as little side effects as possible from the hormones and their adverse interactions with your present medications and physical condition.
Who Can Benefit the Most?
Nowadays, hormonal acne treatment is becoming an accepted part of the dermatologists’ arsenal against the skin disease. But as previously stated, not everybody will benefit or will be suitable for the treatment. Research studies have shown the following types of women who can benefit the most from hormonal acne therapy:
- • In their 20s or 30s
- Have histories of failed treatments from medications and even surgical lancing
- Have developed an intolerance for the standard acne therapies in both the topical and oral forms
- Have histories of menstrual irregularities and premenstrual acne flare-ups coupled with facial oiliness
Men and women alike who have severe forms of acne characterized by cysts and nodules are advised to avoid hormonal acne treatment.
When to Expect Results
Lest you start thinking that the hormones will start taking effect almost immediately, doctors warn that it requires months before positive results can be enjoyed. Once, your acne clears up, your doctor will determine if a maintenance dosage is necessary with most cases requiring such action.
The most basic forms of hormones used are oral contraceptives along with the antiandrogens like spironolactone or flutamide. The birth control pills regulates the menstrual cycle, thus, lessening the likelihood of acne brought by menstrual irregularities. The antiandrogens work by blocking the effects of testosterone on the woman’s body, which results to lessen oil production and slow growth of facial hair. Take note that excess sebum and hair blockage of the pores are major contributors in the development of acne.
Again, you must remember that as with any of the acne therapies, hormonal acne treatment does not offer a one-size-fits-all regimen. Your treatment will be highly individualized so that effective treatment is possible in the shortest period of time with the lowest dose possible.