Does testosterone cause acne?
Posted 16 April 2008 - 12:58 PM
Posted 16 April 2008 - 01:42 PM
Posted 16 April 2008 - 04:11 PM
Posted 16 April 2008 - 06:31 PM
But excessive testosterone, and reduced sex hormone binding globulin, probably has something to do with it.
Posted 16 April 2008 - 07:17 PM
Posted 16 April 2008 - 07:20 PM
It's a globulin that binds to sex hormones. xd
Specifically, it binds to testosterone, estrogen, and others to make them unusable.
Reduced levels of SHBG = more active androgens.
There's no way to tell outside a blood test, I don't think, but something interesting is that increased insulin causes reduced SHBG, and insulin resistance is often associated with acne.
Posted 16 April 2008 - 10:40 PM
Posted 17 April 2008 - 02:14 AM
Posted 17 April 2008 - 07:43 AM
I think your body/genetic code decides what to do with those hormones. For example, I think you commented once that because of your typical female body type, you didn't feel you had an excess of male hormones over female, or something to that effect. Well I have the same pear-shaped body type, but had severe acne and hirsutism. Yet my sister has a more masculine apple-shaped and muscular body but with very little androgenic hair. And she has acne, but never as bad as mine was.