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October 1982

EFFECT OF ANDROGEN ON THE SEBACEOUS GLANDS OF HUMAN SKIN

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO

From the Department of Endocrinology, service of Dr. J. Isaacs, and the Department of Dermatology, service of Dr. S. J. Zakon, Mount Sinai Hospital.

Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(10):799-802. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650220103013
Abstract

Physiologic changes in certain areas of the skin at puberty and clinical observations on the skin in cases of eunuchoidism, castration, masculinizing tumors of the ovary and pubertas praecox suggested long ago that sex hormones may in some way be involved in the control of the growth of hair and of the texture of the skin. More recently, as crystalline estrogenic and androgenic substances became available for experimental as well as therapeutic use, efforts were made to disclose effects of these substances on the skin more exactly and in more detail. Thus, valuable information was obtained concerning general effects of estrogenic and androgenic substances on growth of hair in the rat, dog and guinea pig1 as well as in man,2 and on the blood vessels of the skin in man.3

Since the skin is a complex organ and growth of hair a highly complicated process, the next

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