MOST dermatologists, including me, have felt that the endocrine glands must be a determining factor in common acne, if for no other reason than its usual association with the adolescent years. While some beneficent results have been reported from treatment with present day hormones, on the whole dermatologists have been skeptical of their value. This viewpoint is well illustrated by a recent symposium, in which a number of dermatologists expressed themselves as follows:
"Hormonal therapy of little value"
"Hormonal therapy of little value except when specifically indicated by symptoms other than acne and by laboratory tests"
"Not able to evaluate hormonal therapy definitely. Where used results not followed long enough to be convincing. Impression that they are of no value"
"Never used hormones"
"Thyroid extract with diet of great value"
"Only of value in women who have associated dysmenorrhea or amenorrhea"
GOECKERMAN WH. HORMONAL THERAPY OF ACNE VULGARIS IN THE FEMALE: A Clinical Attempt at Its Evaluation. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(2):237–243. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530090067006
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