Testosterone and acne
Posted 28 February 2004 - 08:39 PM
Posted 28 February 2004 - 08:55 PM
Posted 29 February 2004 - 10:04 AM
Posted 29 February 2004 - 02:14 PM
Judging from this description of what causes acne, I would think that it would:
During puberty, elevated hormone levels stimulate sebaceous glands to produce more oil, also called sebum, which is normally released through the hair shaft to lubricate and protect the skin. Sebum combines with dead cells, forming a plug in the skin pore.
"Elevated hormone levels stimulate sebaceous glands to produce more oil." That implies if the hormone levels weren't elevated, then oil wouldn't be produced.
> and even if it did - you really wouldn't want (even if you could)
> to get rid of testosterone.
I know that I could. Suppression of the male hormones is standard treatment in male-to-female transsexuals, for example.
Some Typical Hormone Regimens for male-to-female transsexuals
That specific hormone regimen wouldn't be good for me, though; it causes breast growth (I don't understand why many small-breasted girls wish for larger breasts; those things seem like a bother).
> It's responsible for many good things - most
> importantly, your sex drive...
In my value system, these are the good things that testosterone has done to me:
* increased strength
* increased height
In my value system, these are the bad things that testosterone has done to me:
* beard growth (I shave it all off anyway; it would be simpler if it didn't grow in the first place)
* body hair growth (I think I look better without body hair, and it itches sometimes)
* increased body odor
* acne, of course
* involuntary erections (in the morning, making it difficult to urinate, and embarassing me in public)
* unsatisfied sex drive
These are bad things that testosterone could theoretically do to me in the future:
* male-pattern baldness
* prostate cancer
* testicle cancer
* unwanted pregnancy
With regard to sex drive, I do have physical urges to have sex, but in reality I might not actually be attracted to anyone (like being the opposite of bisexual).
Given my specific value system (everyone is different, of course), it would seem that the "side effects" from an acne treatment that reduces testosterone may actually be overall beneficial...?
Posted 29 February 2004 - 08:04 PM
Posted 29 February 2004 - 08:09 PM
I forgot to mention:
* nocturnal emissions
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