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November 1975

Testosterone Metabolism in the Skin: A Review of Its Function in Androgenetic Alopecia, Acne Vulgaris, and Idiopathic Hirsutism Including Recent Studies With Antiandrogens

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, and the Department of Dermatology, Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco.

Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(11):1496-1502. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630230098020

• Current concepts of testosterone metabolism in the human skin are reviewed, and the role of dihydrotestosterone in the pathophysiology of androgenetic alopecia, acne vulgaris, and idiopathic hirsutism is discussed. The hypothesis is submitted that a temporary, increased dihydrotestosterone formation at specific skin target sites at different ages causes the normal development of certain sexual characteristics, as well as the androgendependent skin disorders. Future treatment of these conditions is discussed in light of recent studies with antiandrogens.

(Arch Dermatol 111:1496-1502,1975)

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