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How do hormones affect acne?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

It's pretty commonly known that acne is affected by levels of hormones, which is why it's so common during teenage years when people are going through puberty. Hormones affect acne because of their connection to sebaceous glands, which are glands in the skin that are attached to hair follicles and produce sebum, or oil. Certain hormones, especially androgens like testosterone, stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce sebum. When levels of androgens are increased, more sebum is produced and it's more likely for that oil to clog hair follicles and result in acne.

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