The use of hormonal agents in the treatment of acne

THERAPEUTIC APPROACH TO ACNE AND ROSACEA

The use of hormonal agents in the treatment of acne

Jun
2016
Vol. 35. No. 2
Dev S Chahal, BA | Larissa N Larsen, MD | Lauren A Hassoun, BS | Raja K Sivamani, MD, MS, CAT

Hormones and androgens play an important role in the pathogenesis of acne. Multiple hormonal modulators are now available for the treatment of acne. The efficacies and side effects of currently available hormonal agents are reviewed here including the use of oral contraceptives, spironolactone, flutamide, cyproterone acetate, finasteride, and cortexolone 17α-propionate. Hormonal therapies are an efficacious treatment option for acne among females. With the growing need to reduce antibiotic exposures, hormonal therapies should be more widely studied and incorporated into acne treatment strategies.

Semin Cutan Med Surg 35:68-73 © 2016 Frontline Medical Communications

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