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When we try to understand the etiology (causes) of acne, hormonal imbalance is cited as one of the most common culprits for this skin problem.
When we try to
understand the etiology (causes) of acne, hormonal imbalance is cited as one of
the most common culprits for this skin problem.
Both women and men
produce all three sex hormones: estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Of
course, depending on whether you are a woman or man, your glands produce more
estrogen or testosterone, respectively. When a woman's body produces too much
testosterone (androgens), this overproduction may result in concerns like acne,
too much facial or body hair, and sometimes even changes in menstruation cycle
Androgenal acne, or
androgen-induced acne, which is triggered by an overproduction of androgens and
their stimulating power to produce too much sebum (skin oil) that in turn may
result in inflammation in the blocked hair follicles, is often addressed by
doctors with spirinolactone (Aldactone), used as part of a treatment
Spirinolactone has an
effect on the adrenal gland that reduces the levels of androgens circulating in
the blood. This primarily works when the source of the androgen is the adrenal
gland. Oral contraceptives (OCs) are another way to deal with fluctuating
hormone levels. Both of these approaches are attempting to reduce the
impact of fluctuating hormone levels on the sebaceous glands, which are
responsible for secreting sebum, the primary culprit for acne. But using
spirinolactone may cause some unwanted side effects (bloody or black stool,
clear or bloody discharge from the nipple, dark urine and chills are just a few
of them) and using OCs for acne has also recently raised serious concerns due
to potential side effects.
AcnEase® is different in
that it moderates the impact of fluctuating hormone levels on the sebaceous
glands but it does not
directly impact the hormone levels per se. It is also an
all botanical ingredients-based Botanical
Therapeutic® with a very strong safety profile and up to 96%
efficacy in helping treat androgenal acne. This is why there is no conflict in
taking oral contraceptives or spirinolactone while taking AcnEase®.
So, AcnEase® can
either successfully replace OCs and spirinolactone when used for
androgen-induced acne, or it may be added to the treatment.
To put it simply, women
that use OCs and spirinolactone have two choices: they can use AcnEase® with
those products or they can stop using OCs and spirinolactone and use only
AcnEase®. However, to avoid an escalation of symptoms that may occur if you
abruptly stop using OCs and spironolactone, one may want to consider a better strategy: to add AcnEase® to
the current treatments, and then reduce the spirinolactone over a week or
so followed by eliminating the OCs.
Acne manifests itself
predominately on the face and torso but can also occur on the scalp and ears,
and anywhere on the body where there are hair follicles. To properly classify your acne and
choose the right treatment, visit our Help Center and use our Smart® System to select the
best treatment for you.