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Why do hormone swings often accompany adult acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Hormonal changes in women can trigger adult acne. While hormone swings usually occur during puberty, they also affect adult women during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. With aging, hormonal changes can cause the skin to produce more sebum (oil) and become more sensitive. These changes can lead to acne breakouts. Even getting off birth-control pills can affect a woman's hormones and cause acne. Talk to your dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in skin, nail, and hair conditions) about adult acne that accompanies your hormonal changes.

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