Acne happens if the body produces higher levels of androgens
or the skin becomes too sensitive to normal levels of circulating
androgens. This leads to over-stimulation of the skin's oil-producing
(sebaceous) glands, resulting in a greater production of the oily
substance called sebum.
The more sebum is produced by the skin, the more likely it is that
a skin pore will become blocked, resulting in early acne spots called
hormones can also be involved. Some women are genetically prone
to having more pronounced hormone swings, with higher levels of
androgens, and, at certain times of their periods, oil glands that
are more sensitive to circulating hormones.
This is the cause of pre-period breakouts of acne that so many women
complain of. When hormone levels stay stable, it's easier on the
skin. When they fluctuate a lot, the skin breaks out.
women battle acne into their adult years. And increasingly, many
of them are trying a new approach that goes beyond the traditional
treatments. They are using the birth control pill to control acne.
manipulation (which is how the pill works) becomes an option especially
for women wanting both birth control and acne treatment.
These pills reduce androgens (male hormones) and regulate a woman's
hormones so their swings aren't as severe and don't throw a woman's
body - and complexion - out of balance.
While all women have some level of androgens, an excessive amount
can lead to acne.