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What can I expect from a hormone evaluation for acne?

Dr. Doris Day, MD
Dermatology
The screening usually involves a physical exam by the doctor and a series of blood tests to measure specific levels of hormones in the blood. These screening tests are timed to correlate with a certain phase of the menstrual cycle and are usually done within 2 weeks before the next menstrual cycle begins. People on oral contraceptive pills should discontinue the medication for at least 1 month before testing. These tests are designed to try to pinpoint the source of the increased androgen production so that appropriate therapy can be instituted.
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