Hormonal Acne 101 – Part 3

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Steve Hilburn

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the main culprit when it comes to acne and other skin issues due to its stimulatory effect to (sebaceous glands) oil glands. People with acne often have sebaceous oil glands that are hyper sensitive to this hormone. This hyper sensitivity causes access amounts of sebum to be produced and the enlargement of pores. The more sebum being produced, the increased likelihood of skin diseases rearing their ugly head. Common sebaceous gland disorders include (Adult & Teenage) Acne Vulgaris, blackheads, oily skin, large pores, Rosacea, Sebaceous Hyperplasia, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Milia, and Steatoma.

DHT is a byproduct of testosterone when it comes into contact with 5-alpha-reductase enzymes. DHT’s effects are 10 times more anabolic than testosterone and its affinity for receptors is greater. 5-alpha-reductase can be found in the highest amounts within the skin, scalp, prostate, and Central Nervous system.