Acne and Women




Acne and Women: The relationship between acne and women:

Acne is triggered in women by many things, the first being hormone changes in puberty. An increase in male sex hormones, androgens causes glands to get larger and make more sebum and thus, form acne. Hormonal changes in their lifetime like during menstrual cycles, during pregnancy, during menopause and during post-menopause makes women suffer from hormonal acne.




Pregnant women requiring acne therapy have to consult a dermatologist for the best treatment for their acne. This is because some medications will bring about dire consequences on the fetal growth of the baby.

There are many causes to acne, including medication used to treat epilepsy and depression as they tend to trigger acne. Make up and pressure or friction on the skin by bike helmets and backpacks only worsen acne. And of course, heredity plays a large part in your acne. If you have people in your family suffering from acne, it is more than likely that you will suffer from acne too.

Women finding antibiotics and other topical treatments to be of no help to them can use other alternatives to treat acne. Most women turn to birth control pills to treat acne as when used in low dosages, these pills help in reducing the amount of extra androgens in their body. With this, the breakout of acne is limited. However before any woman resorts to this treatment, it is advisable to consult a gynecologist to be aware of the side effects of birth control pills.




Women generally suffer less from acne than men as their acne is more random and linked to the hormonal changes in their bodies. Though acne reduces as a woman ages, there are some women who suffer from it for many years, and some who get it for the first time at the age of 30 or 40.

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