[Skip to Navigation]
May 1981

Hormone Therapy of Acne: Clinical and Experimental Principles

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(5):314. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650050070030

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


This book by Dr Doris Fanta of Vienna is a German-to-English translation and updated version of a volume previously published in 1978. Although it contains a modest 77 pages of text material, it manages, nevertheless, to compress within its soft covers a reasonably detailed review (283 references) of acne. As indicated by the title, the emphasis is on the endocrinologic aspects of the disease. This reviewer's comments will be restricted to hormonal factors, as befits the book's title and the particular clinical and research interests of Fanta.

The section of the book dealing with the hormonal treatment of acne is preceded by a consideration of hormonal influences on the pilosebaceous unit and on acne. Fanta perpetuates an oft-cited error, namely, that progesterone is "androgenic" and sebum stimulating (it is neither) and that the amounts of skin surface lipid fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle, paralleling the level of progesterone (they do

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
Add or change institution