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March 3, 1962

Hormone in the Treatment of Acne

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JAMA. 1962;179(9):742. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050090070021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In your Question and Answer section of The Journal (Acne 178:1124 [Dec. 16] 1961), a letter appeared from Dr. C. Martin Wood asking about the possible use of some hormone in the treatment of acne. Dr. Wood mentioned that, in one case, the persistent acne had disappeared during 2 pregnancies.The answer given by Dr. Louis Brunsting does not mention one possibility for treatment, suggested by the disappearance of long-standing acne during the induction of a pseudopregnancy by norethindrone, or by one of the other progestins for the control of endometriosis. It would be interesting to know if others using one of these progestins have noted any effect on concurrent acne, a condition often having such a serious effect on personality development of young people, that it would well merit follow-up of any hopeful leads for its treatment.

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