Hormonally-driven Hyperpigmentation and Acne

Hormonally-driven Hyperpigmentation and Acne

Everyone hates acne and its important to understand how to deal with it to avoid acne scaring. This article from Skin Inc was worth reading. Hope you enjoy!

Cause. Triggered by a chain reaction, hormonal acne usually starts with the 5-alpha reductase enzyme that is responsible for the conversionWoman-finding-acne of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT stimulates androgen receptors at the base of the follicle, resulting in a swelling of the sebaceous gland and a surge of sebum production. Therefore, the more DHT present in the skin, the more likely the occurrence of acne. Additionally, cortisol—the stress hormone—can contribute to breakouts by releasing neurotransmitters that increase sebum production and inflammation in the skin.


Treatment. Melasma is a challenging condition to treat because there is no definitive cause for the characteristic jagged and patchy pigmentation. It is crucial that patients follow a consistent treatment regimen that includes gentle ingredients to avoid creating unnecessary irritation in the skin.


Hormonal fluctuations are responsible for a multitude of actions in the body, including regulating growth, metabolism, digestion, sleep, and skin function and texture.​These fluctuations can result in noticeable changes in the skin, most commonly hyperpigmentation and acne. Hyperpigmentation While men can develop hormonally-induced hyperpigmentation, the American Academy of Dermatology […]

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