For some women, acne is related to increased levels of androgen (male) hormones or oversensitivity of the sebaceous glands to normal levels of androgens.
A few things you should know:
1. Look for other signs high androgen levels. These include more hair on the face or body and irregular menstrual cycles.
2. If hormonal imbalance is found, your gynecologist may help with oral medications that suppress the effects of the androgens.
3. Certain birth control pills can also help suppress the androgens produced by the ovaries.
4. Anti-androgen drugs such as spironolactone can also suppress the androgen produced by the adrenal glands.
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