The use of hormonal agents in the treatment of acne

Lauren A. Hassoun, Dev S. Chahal, Raja K Sivamani, Larissa N Larsen

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Hormones and androgens play an important role in the pathogenesis of acne. Multiple hormonal modulators are now available for the treatment of acne. The efficacies and side effects of currently available hormonal agents are reviewed here including the use of oral contraceptives, spironolactone, flutamide, cyproterone acetate, finasteride, and cortexolone 17α-propionate. Hormonal therapies are an efficacious treatment option for acne among females. With the growing need to reduce antibiotic exposures, hormonal therapies should be more widely studied and incorporated into acne treatment strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-73
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • acne
  • androgen
  • hormonal
  • oral contraceptive
  • sebum
  • spironolactone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)
  • Dermatology


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