Cystic Acne In Women and Estrogen

Updated on 28 May 2010,
Published on 28 May 2010

Cystic acne in women is one of the most difficult types of acne to treat, regardless of age. Generally, it is caused by three factors namely hormone production or fluctuations that cause increased sebum production, bacteria, and the continual sloughing of dead skin cells. Because women are more susceptible to hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause, they are more at risk for persistent or adult-onset acne. The presence of excessive amount of estrogen, male sex hormone also tends to increase the activity of the sebaceous glands.

This type of acne usually means there is an infection which results in swelling and inflammation. Diet is another major factor that is believed to be causing acne. However no one knows for sure. There is much debate going on concerning these issues. Some studies have shown correlations between causes of nutritional issues concerning outbreaks. Other than diet, stress is another factor that can affect hormones and cause imbalances in the body. With today's fast-paced living, women often find themselves in stressful roles. Trying to do too much and fit too much into one day can make our lives ultra stressful.

For this, read our article, 'does stress cause acne?'

Cosmetics or makeup also play an important role in clogging the pores and worsening the outbreak. Therefore it is extremely important to find the right make up for the right skin type. As far as the treatment of cystic acne in women is concerned, they must be very particular about the medications they are taking. Women must seek advice from their doctors regarding the hormone level and the type of treatment that must be initiated. The treatment method should aim at lowering the level of male hormone production.  Dietary changes, treatment for stress etc. may also have a positive effect.

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