How can irregular menstrual cycles be linked with acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Irregular menstrual cycles may be linked to acne, although most women with acne have regular menstrual cycles. If a woman has a hormonal condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), she may experience irregular periods and acne. Women with PCOS usually have menstrual cycles over 35 days in length and suffer from obesity and skin and hair problems. These skin problems are related to an increase in the level of male hormones (hyperandrogenism) in a woman's body. This abnormality may be due to an overproduction of these male hormones or an alteration in the ratio of hormone levels in the body.

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