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Hormonal acne

Lucía Cea Soriano, Alex Asiimwe, Luis A García Rodríguez
OBJECTIVE: To investigate prescribing patterns of cyproterone acetate/ethinylestradiol (CPA/EE) in the UK before and after the 2013 prescribing guidance. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective descriptive study in UK general practice. The study population included women with a first prescription (index date) for CPA/EE in The Health Improvement Network during 2011 (N=2760), 2012 (N=2923) and 2014 (N=2341). We evaluated the proportion of new CPA/EE users with i) a diagnosis of a hyperandrogenic condition, menstrual problem, consultation for contraception management, other acne treatment, in the year before the index date; ii) proportion of new CPA/EE users with concomitant use of another hormonal contraceptive (HC)...
October 18, 2016: Contraception
Assila Ben Salem, Fatma Megdich, Olfa Kacem, Malek Souayeh, Faten Hachani Ben Ali, Sondes Hizem, Faouzi Janhai, Mounir Ajina, Muhammad Abu-Elmagd, Mourad Assidi, Mohammed H Al Qahtani, Touhami Mahjoub
BACKGROUND: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is characterized by the growth of a number of small cysts on the ovaries which leads to sex hormonal imbalance. Women who are affected by this syndrome suffer from irregular menstrual cycles, decline in their fertility, excessive hair growth, obesity, acne and most importantly cardiac function problems. The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays a pivotal role in tissue vascularization in general and in the pathogenesis of many diseases...
October 17, 2016: BMC Genomics
Georgios Nikolakis, Constantine A Stratakis, Theodora Kanaki, Andrej Slominski, Christos C Zouboulis
The skin is an important extra-gonadal steroidogenic organ, capable of metabolizing various hormones from their precursors, as well as of synthesizing de novo a broad palette of sex steroids and glucocorticoids from cholesterol. In this manuscript, we review the major steroidogenic properties of human skin and we suggest steroidogenesis' impairment as a cardinal factor for various pathological conditions such as acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, and androgenic alopecia.
October 20, 2016: Reviews in Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
Mohamed L Elsaie
Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition associated with multiple factors. Although mostly presenting alone, it can likewise present with features of hyperandrogenism and hormonal discrepancies. Of note, hormonal therapies are indicated in severe, resistant-to-treatment cases and in those with monthly flare-ups and when standard therapeutic options are inappropriate. This article serves as an update to hormonal pathogenesis of acne, discusses the basics of endocrinal evaluation for patients with suspected hormonal acne, and provides an overview of the current hormonal treatment options in women...
2016: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
Lizelle Fox, Candice Csongradi, Marique Aucamp, Jeanetta du Plessis, Minja Gerber
Acne is a common inflammatory skin disease which affects the pilosebaceous units of the skin. It can have severe psychological effects and can leave the patient with severe skin scarring. There are four well-recognized pathological factors responsible for acne which is also the target for acne therapy. In this review, different treatment options are discussed, including topical (i.e., retinoids, and antibiotics) and systemic (i.e., retinoids, antibiotics, and hormonal) treatments. Since the general public has been showing an increasing interest in more natural and generally safer treatment options, the use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) for treating acne was also discussed...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Chun Yuan, Xiaoqiang Liu, Yundong Mao, Feiyang Diao, Yugui Cui, Jiayin Liu
Biochemical or clinical changes of hyperandrogenism are important elements of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). There is currently no consensus on the definition and diagnostic criteria of hyperandrogenism in PCOS. The aim of this study was to investigate the complex symptoms of hyperandrogenic disorders and the correlations between metabolism and hyperandrogenism in patients with PCOS from an outpatient reproductive medicine clinic in China. We conducted a case control study of 125 PCOS patients and 130 controls to evaluate differences in body mass index (BMI), total testosterone (TT), modified Ferriman-Gallwey hirsutism score, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), homeostasis model assessment-estimated insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) and free androgen index (FAI) between PCOS patients and controls and subgroups of PCOS...
May 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
Albe C Swanepoel, Amcois Visagie, Etheresia Pretorius
Combined oral contraceptives (COCs), colloquially referred to as "the pill," have been regarded as a medical breakthrough, as they have improved the lives of countless women, from simplifying family planning to the treatment of acne, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and dysmenorrhea. Unfortunately, COC usage has been associated with an increased occurrence of venous thrombosis and therefore a systemic hypercoagulable state in susceptible females. Here we discuss the health risks of COC usage and use viscoelastic and morphological techniques to investigate the effect of different COC constituents on clot formation, particularly fibrin network packaging and whole blood viscoelasticity...
August 2016: Microscopy and Microanalysis
Anne Trinh, Irene Chan, Maria Alexiadis, Medina Pell, Beena Kumar, Peter J Fuller
BACKGROUND: Cushing's syndrome is rare during pregnancy and more commonly due to adrenal pathology, in contrast to the non-pregnant population. Increased levels of cortisol-binding globulin and placental production of corticotropin-releasing hormone and adrenocorticotropic hormone complicate the diagnostic strategies usually employed. CASE: A 32-year-old G1P0 at 15/40 gestation presented with severe peripheral oedema and excessive weight gain. Examination revealed pitting oedema to the abdominal wall, wide violaceous striae, moon facies and acne...
March 2016: Obstetric Medicine
Anita Rokowska-Waluch, Mariola Pawlaczyk, Marcin Cybulski, Jakub Żurawski, Mariusz Kaczmarek, Michał Michalak, Ewa Mojs
BACKGROUND: Psychological stress is an important factor of acne pathogenesis. Stress related production of hormones, cytokines and neuropeptides may result in the chronic course and exacerbations of the disease. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the relationship between acne severity, intensity of emotional stress and serum concentration of substance P (scSP), to compare the intensity of adversities, psychological stress and scSP in acne patients with healthy controls and to compare coping techniques for stress...
August 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Neslihan Yıldırım, Sibel Doğan, Nilgün Atakan
BACKGROUND: Isotretinoin is a systemic retinoid used to treat acne and it binds receptors which are the member of steroid-thyroid hormone superfamily. Certain types of retinoids may cause abnormalities in serum thyroid function tests (sTFTs) by suppressing thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). However, it is uncertain whether systemic isotretinoin has any effect on sTFTs. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to find out if there is any alteration in sTFTs of patients with acne vulgaris treated with systemic isotretinoin...
August 8, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
Jonette Keri
Acne and rosacea are common conditions seen every day by dermatologists. This review will discuss the most recent therapeutic options for patients with these conditions. Specifically, for acne, there will be a discussion of the use of isotretinoin at higher cumulative doses as well as a new formulation of isotretinoin, isotretinoin-lidose. Adult women with acne represent a growing population of patients who present for treatment of acne; the use of hormonal therapies as well as topical dapsone gel will be reviewed for these patients...
June 2016: Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Lauren A Hassoun, Dev S Chahal, Raja K Sivamani, Larissa N Larsen
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...
June 2016: Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Daria Lizneva, Larisa Gavrilova-Jordan, Walidah Walker, Ricardo Azziz
Androgen excess (AE) is a key feature of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and results in, or contributes to, the clinical phenotype of these patients. Although AE will contribute to the ovulatory and menstrual dysfunction of these patients, the most recognizable sign of AE includes hirsutism, acne, and androgenic alopecia or female pattern hair loss (FPHL). Evaluation includes not only scoring facial and body terminal hair growth using the modified Ferriman-Gallwey method but also recording and possibly scoring acne and alopecia...
May 19, 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Kabir Sardana, Chanchal Singh, Isha Narang, Shivani Bansal, Vijay K Garg
BACKGROUND: In persistent female acne, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a common finding. To diagnose PCOM (polycystic ovarian morphology), transvaginal - USG is required, which is not possible in virginal women. Also, hyperandrogenemia is not consistently reported. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to compare the hormonal profile of persistent acne patients with or without PCOS and to assess the role of AMH (antimullerian hormone) in persistent acne patients...
June 20, 2016: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Stéphanie Leclerc-Mercier, Virginie Buisson, Brigitte Dreno
In 2012, a young French woman lodged a complaint against a pharmaceutical company having suffered a cerebral stroke. The French health authority recommended all prescribers of hormonal contraception (HCP) to favour second-generation HCP. To evaluate the consequences of these recommendations on female acne. A prospective multicentre study using a standardised questionnaire completed by 1,724 women. The mean age was 26.57 years; 58.7% of the women had changed their HCP during the last 12 months. The initial ratio of first or second/third or fourth-generation drugs was 5...
August 1, 2016: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
Vincenzo De Leo, Maria Concetta Musacchio, Valentina Cappelli, Paola Piomboni, Giuseppe Morgante
BACKGROUND: In recent years, several new oral contraceptives have become available. In some ways, they represent an evolution in terms of individualization and compliance on the part of women. The new formulations make it increasingly possible to prescribe a specific hormonal contraceptive on an individual basis. METHODS: A systematic literature search of PubMed was performed using the following combination of terms: 'oral contraceptives', 'estroprogestins' and 'combined oral contraceptive'...
September 2016: Human Reproduction Update
Ioannis Karagiannidis, Georgios Nikolakis, Robert Sabat, Christos C Zouboulis
Hidradenitis suppurativa / acne inversa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory, debilitating skin disorder with a largely unknown etiology. However, many observations such as the typical onset of the disease after puberty, the female predominance, the pre-menstrual flare ups and the improvement during pregnancy suggest a contribution of endocrinological factors to the emergence of the disease. In addition, the reported efficacy of anti-androgen treatment on HS indicates a possible involvement of androgens in the pathogenesis...
June 13, 2016: Reviews in Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
Salih Levent Cinar, Demet Kartal, Hüseyin Aksoy, Elif Cinar, Turgut Aydin, Leyla Öz, Hakan İmamoğlu, Ayten Ferahbas, Murat Borlu
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Acne vulgaris is one of the most common diseases of the youth. Systemic isotretinoin is the only drug which acts on all of the etiopathogenic mechanisms of acne. Isotretinoin has some well-known side effects. Besides these, there is a suspicion whether it affects fertility or not. Previously, we conducted a study about isotretinoin's effect on ovarian reserve which showed deteriorative reserve. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the long-term effects of systemic isotretinoin on female fertility...
July 5, 2016: Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology
Tiffany Czilli, Jerry Tan, Sanja Knezevic, Colin Peters
BACKGROUND: Acne affects a large proportion of the Canadian population and has psychosocial and financial consequences. OBJECTIVE: We provide cost information for treatments recommended by the Canadian acne guidelines. METHODS: Highest level recommendations were selected for 3-month usage cost. RESULTS: Three-month estimated treatment costs were as follows: topical retinoids ($14.40-$73.80), benzoyl peroxide (BPO; $6...
June 8, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Marisa G Cunha, Carolina P Martins, Carlos D'Aparecida M Filho, Beatriz C A Alves, Fernando Adami, Ligia A Azzalis, Fernando L A Fonseca
BACKGROUND: Acne in adult women is a frequent hard-to-manage disease with many relapse cases. It mostly interferes with the quality of life of patients, bringing them major metabolic and social losses. As androgenic hormones play a very important role in the acne pathogenesis, the early diagnosis of hyperandrogenic states is very useful for the proper evaluation of each patient and for a better choice of therapeutic management. Defining a pattern for laboratory profile analysis is important for the control of relapses of acne breakouts in adult women, which lately has been the aim of many published studies...
June 6, 2016: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
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