Adolescent girls tend to have less acne when compared to boys. However, by adulthood, due to fluctuating hormones during menstrual cycles, women tend to experience more acne compared to men.
Pre-menstrual acne: Many women experience a flare of acne 7-10 days before menstruation.
Pregnancy: Acne normally clears up to some degree during pregnancy, but can flare in some women, particularly in the third trimester.
Poly-cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): If you are experiencing irregular menstruation and/or excessive hair growth, speak to your doctor or dermatologist about PCOS, a hormonal disease that also comes with acne as a symptom.
WARNING: Isotretinoin, known by its brand name Accutane, is the #1 most birth defect-causing medication on the market. Never use isotretinoin unless you are under close supervision of a physician and are strictly using at least two (2) forms of birth control.
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