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Hormonal treatment of acne vulgaris: an update

Authors Elsaie M

Received 12 June 2016

Accepted for publication 3 August 2016

Published 2 September 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 241—248

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CCID.S114830

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Jeffrey Weinberg


Mohamed L Elsaie

Department of Dermatology and Venereology, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt


Abstract: Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition associated with multiple factors. Although mostly presenting alone, it can likewise present with features of hyperandrogenism and hormonal discrepancies. Of note, hormonal therapies are indicated in severe, resistant-to-treatment cases and in those with monthly flare-ups and when standard therapeutic options are inappropriate. This article serves as an update to hormonal pathogenesis of acne, discusses the basics of endocrinal evaluation for patients with suspected hormonal acne, and provides an overview of the current hormonal treatment options in women.

Keywords: acne, hormones, hyperandrogenism

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