How Hormones Affect the skin:
HOW HORMONES AFFECT THE SKIN Acne is a common pathology, but it often carries a social stigma. This problem is harder to live with for women aged 25 to 30.40% of women over the age of 30 have acne problems.
As gynecologists, we are in a position to suggest solutions since acne is a dermatological condition, but one that is hormone-dependent. We know that it is linked to excessive sebum secretion stimulated by male hormones known as androgen.
IS THERE WAYS TO GET RID OF ACNE FOR GOOD?
There are of course real solutions for treating acne, such as local topical products. Dermatologists may also suggest long-term antibiotic treatments during two to three months, which may work well, but sometimes are not enough. In that case, we can turn to an oral estrogen-progestin therapy, in short, the combination pill, which blocks ovarian function. Since contraception prevents ovulation, it also blocks the ovaries androgen secretion, decreasing the impact of androgen’s on the sebaceous gland.
HOW CAN CONTRACEPTION AND ACNE TREATMENT BE COMBINED?
Women with acne problems seeking hormonal contraception should avoid continuous use of progestin mini pills, which can make skin problems worse. Instead, they should choose estrogen-progestin contraceptives. All estrogen-progestin pills help with skin problems, but their effectiveness varies and might be less satisfied with 1st and 2nd-generation pills compared to next generation pills, which were launched to address skin problems better. Typically, first prescriptions are made with lower-dosage, second-generation pills. However, if the skin problems don’t improve, newer progestin contraceptives are then prescribed. KEY POINTS: 40% OF WOMEN OVER 30 HAVE ACNE PILL BLOCKS OVARIAN ANDROGEN SECRETION AVOID MINI PILLS IF YOU HAVE ACNE USE COMBINATION PILLS WHEN POSSIBLE MEET OUR EXPERTS ON VICHY.COM GYNECOLOGIST – DERMATOLOGIST NUTRITIONIST – PSYCHOLOGIST