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Is Hormonal Therapy Necessary To Manage Acne With Polycystic Ovaries?
Posted on June 21, 2016 12:31 AM by Dr. Mac
Acne is typically thought of as an annoyance that most teenagers experience at some point and find relief through standard measures.  Though, a number of women discover these measures of clearing skin problems to be ineffective as they search for a treatment that yields results.
 
Persistent acne may be caused by a female hormonal disorder known as polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. Women with polycystic ovaries have higher testosterone levels that cause the sebaceous glands to increase production of an oily substance called sebum.  When that happens, it results in acne of areas which are more sensitive to hormones.
 
Are Hormones The Cause Of Your Acne?
 
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition where a woman has an imbalance of hormone levels which leads to the growth of ovarian cysts.  The first step in determining if hormones are the cause of your acne is to have hormone levels tested.  The test measures androgens to see if hormone levels are elevated and validate the root cause of acne.
 
There are a variety of symptoms related to polycystic ovarian syndrome but many women that have acne find out they have a hormonal disorder.  During this time, an imbalance of hormones is primarily responsible for acne and oily skin as there is an excessive production of male hormones.  Hormonal treatment typically gives the best result towards clear skin as it blocks the effect that androgens have on oil glands.  Are you ready to live acne-free?
 
Handle Your Acne Problem With HRT
 
Acne problems may seem like they never improve no matter how well you practice good hygiene and avoid fatty foods.  Each woman is different but hormonal replacement therapy in Indianapolis from Dr. Mac and Kristi leads to balanced hormone levels where women enjoy much clearer skin.  This form of treatment may be necessary for you to have clear skin as it addresses the core of how acne begins in women with polycystic ovaries.
David McLaughlin, MD