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Do hormones cause acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

No one is sure what causes acne, but hormones appear to play a supporting role. Hormones can trigger acne when the sebaceous (oil-making) glands in the skin ramp up, producing too much sebum that mixes with debris and bacteria and can clog pores. Acne also tends to affect people with certain hormonal conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome. In addition, acne is more common during adolescence, pregnancy, and certain times in women’s menstrual cycle, when hormones are more likely to fluctuate.

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