Stubborn Adult Acne? Hormone Therapy May Help!
Acne is typically thought of as a teenager problem. So, when it afflicts adult women and men it can be both frustrating and embarrassing. But if you suffer from adult acne, you are not alone. In fact, acne is the most common skin condition among adults in the United States. It is estimated that nearly 80% of Americans will experience acne some point in their life.
As with any medical condition, it is important to treat the underlying cause of the problem, rather than just manage the superficial symptoms. So, treating acne in adults is very different than managing teen acne. That is why over-the-counter treatments like Clearasil or Proactiv® almost never work for adult acne.
Who Gets Adult Acne?
It is estimated that approximately half of women in their 20s will suffer from hormonal acne at some point. And one quarter of women in their 40s will end up experiencing acne.
Many people blame their acne on their diet, makeup, facemasks, stress, or even environmental toxins. But in reality, hormones are the most frequent cause underlying adult acne.
Fortunately, hormone therapy at Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, AZ that can help rebalance the body to help adults achieve smooth, clear skin.
Causes of Hormone Related Adult Acne
Acne breakouts occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged with dirt and oil (sebum) – which traps bacteria under the skin. The bacterial infection causes inflammation and pus that develops into cysts – also called pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads.
In women, adult acne most typically affects the face – especially on the lower part of the face and chin, often in a U-shape where the most oil is produced. In adult men acne most commonly affects the back and shoulders, and sometimes the chest. This differs from teen acne which usually appears in the “T-zone” (forehead, nose, and chin) as well as the cheeks.
But, if oil production causes the acne, what causes the overproduction of oil? You guessed correctly: hormone imbalance! And this is where hormone therapy treatment comes in to play. When there is a hormone imbalance in the estrogen and androgens in the body a medical condition called “acne vulgaris” can develop.
Male sex hormones – called “androgens” – are actually found in both men and women. And it is these androgens – (Testosterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate [DHEA] and Dihydrotestosterone [DHT] – that can promote sebaceous gland growth, stimulating too much oil production. Conversely, the female sex hormones (estrogen) deter the growth of the sebaceous gland, which slows down the production of excess sebum.
The correct balance of estrogen and androgen hormones is required for the sebaceous glands to work properly. Sufficient testosterone is required to produce enough oil to keep the skin from drying out. While enough estrogen is needed to prevent the overproduction of pore-clogging skin oil.
Hormone Therapy for Adult Acne
Remember, the skin is often a ‘barometer’ for what is going on inside the body. So adult acne eruptions may just be the first sign that hormones are out of balance. If you are suffering from adult acne, simple blood testing for hormone imbalance is available at Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, AZ.
After identifying a patient’s individual hormone deficiencies, a Tutera Medical provider can prescribe a customized, 100% natural, biodentical therapy regimen. Bioidentical hormone therapy can help restore hormonal balance to men and women, providing long-lasting relief from many conditions (weight gain, brain fog, low sex drive, fatigue) including unsightly adult acne.
But remember, it is important to see a medical provider (like Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, AZ) who specializes in hormone therapy. The certified SottoPelle hormone therapy providers at Tutera Medical will order diagnostic estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid tests to identify underlying hormone deficiencies or imbalances that may be the cause of a patient’s acne flareups and other symptoms.
Treatments Used With Hormone Therapy for Adult Acne
Your Tutera Medical provider in Scottsdale, AZ may also temporarily prescribe antibiotics to kill the bacteria and eliminate the cysts and pustules (pus bumps). But, once the active acne is under control, antibiotics should be discontinued to avoid antibiotic resistance and other side effects.
Prescription strength topical acne treatments like isotretinoin may also be temporarily prescribed. But lab monitoring is necessary to avoid side effects.
Maintaining proper “gut health” is also important to support hormone balance in the body. Both androgen and estrogen levels are affected by digestion. SottoPelle Health and Wellness Supplement contains a special complex of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, and phytonutrients that work in harmony with hormone therapy to support optimal gut health, improving overall health including healthy, clear skin.
Hormone Therapy for Adult Acne | Scottsdale, AZ
Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, AZ has been helping adult men and women regain optimal health and wellness with hormone therapy for more than four decades.
If you are suffering from adult acne or other symptoms of hormone imbalance, schedule a consultation at Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, Glendale or Chandler, AZ. Our hormone therapy experts will provide a thorough diagnostic approach and prescribe the most effective, individualized treatments to restore your body to balance.
Acne Hormone Therapy | Scottsdale, AZ: 480-874-1515
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This article is provided as general information only and is not intended to be used as medical advice. While the benefits of hormone replacement are well documented through clinical research, we are not representing that hormone therapy is a “cure” for any disease. Only your treating physician can determine if hormone therapy may be a beneficial part of your healthcare regimen, based on your age, overall health, risk factors, and lifestyle.