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Is the hormone flutamide an effective acne treatment?

Dr. Doris Day, MD
Dermatology
Flutamide blocks the androgen receptor and is approved for the treatment of prostate cancer. However, it has been used at doses of 250 mg twice a day in combination with oral contraceptives for the treatment of acne or hirsutism in women. In a study comparing flutamide with spironolactone, flutamide was shown to be superior in reducing total acne after just 3 months.
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