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Combined OCs remain a good choice for teen acne

MINNEAPOLIS – Whether a young female patient has a refractory flare of inflammatory acne, or has a condition that can predispose to androgen excess, using a hormonal approach can be an effective management tool for controlling adolescent acne.

During a presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, Dr. Diane Thiboutot outlined tips and tricks for optimizing hormonal therapy for acne in teens, and referred to the new acne treatment guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology, which clarify when to treat with hormones, which to choose, and when further testing might be indicated.

The full range of hormonal therapy options for acne can include oral contraceptives, which block ovarian hormone production; antiandrogens such as spironolactone, and the less commonly used flutamide, which blocks the effects of androgen on the skin; and glucocorticoids, which block adrenal production.

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