Hormones are the body’s chemical messenger; it controls the functions of body’s various tissues, body development and growth, reproductive functions and metabolism.
It dictates so much from in our body’s health, and hormonal activities dictate so much of the body’s condition. One of the most common effects of hormonal changes is acne outbreak, and this is the reason why most of us, if not all of us, suffer acne problems during puberty.
Research shows that acne in adults appears nearly 25% in men while over 50% in women. There really is a big difference of the occurrence of this skin problem between sexes. Well, the explanation for this is quite common sense.
Acne during puberty stage appears more in boys, than in girls. This is because boy’s skin is oilier than girls. During the stage of adulthood on the other hand, it is hormonal activities that in influence the appearance of pimples. Some women experience pimple outbreaks during and before and even after their menstrual period, this type of pimple outbreak is known as hormonal acnes.
Hormonal pimples usually appear during puberty. But for some people, outbreaks and even simple reoccurrence can pursue even until adulthood. Acne problems during adulthood, especially outbreaks can be very saddening, as you know for yourself that you should have done with this kind of skin problem already. Plus, the skin marks such as dark spots and acne scars that pimple outbreaks leave when they heal are pretty much worse as compared to puberty-brought pimples.
Hormonal pimple can be really hard to treat, as they are stubborn type of skin problem that keeps coming back the moment your hormones fluctuate again. Thus, treatment for this type of pimple is different from regular pimple.
Usually in this case, referring to the patient’s medical history, blood test results and other physical exam is advised to determine the kind of medication needed to treat the problem. Dermatologists may give you prescription drugs such as anti-inflammatory, anti-androgens and oral contraceptives.
Anti-inflammatory drugs, which are also known as oral corticosteroids, are medications that act similar to the body’s adrenal glands. It works on pimple problems by suppressing the body’s production of androgen.
Dexamethasone and Prednisone are just two examples of oral corticosteroids. These drugs suppress the inflammation of the pimples even in severe types, minimizing the sizes and condition of pimple outbreaks.
Like other synthetic medication, anti-inflammatory drugs also have its adverse effect on the body, like weight gain and bone thinning. Thus, it really needs a doctor’s supervision before taking this kind of medication to regulate your health condition.
Anti-androgens on the other hand, helps reduce the level of androgen in the body, especially those androgens present in hair follicles on the face. This drug is an effective medication in controlling pimple outbreaks, as it can stop the production of androgen hormones straight from its roots. This is why anti-androgens are commonly used as a hormonal acne treatment for women.
The side-effects of this medication are breast tenderness and irregular menstrual patterns. These side-effects however, can be avoided by combining anti-androgens with oral contraceptives like estrogen and progestin.
These drugs are available with doctor’s prescription. Do not forget to ask your doctor for all your inquiries about the medication and its side-effects before you start taking the treatment.