Hormonal Factors in Female Adult Acne

Female adult acne treatment is a speciality of the Cranley Clinic. Our qualified dermatologists offer some of the most modern procedures available in the UK to treat all manner of acne problems.

Our dermatologists are at the forefront of the latest advances in solutions to the hormonal acne problem that many women face all across the country. Using a number of different treatment methods, a solution can be found for most women, including:

  • Antibiotics
  • Roaccutane
  • Spironolactone


Not every solution will work for every person; part of the process is finding the treatment which will work for the patient as an individual.

Female Adult Acne Treatment London

While creams and gels are a first-line treatment for mild acne, hormone therapies have been found to effectively clear more stubborn acne either alone or in conjunction with other medications. For example, combination oral contraceptives with anti-androgen spironolactone can be very successful as a combination therapy. Some oral contraceptives eg. Yasmin, have been approved to treat hormonal acne.

Patients must be screened first with the possibility of a blood test before being prescribed oral contraceptive methods for adult acne treatment, due to associated risk factors such as blood clots or stroke. Dr Schlosser also recommended that patients allow time for therapies to work: Clients need to be consistent when using their acne medications and realise that they may not see the full effects of their treatment regimen for 12 weeks; and in many cases, some type of maintenance therapy is required for long-term clearance of acne.

Progress in Treating Female Acne

Bethanee Jean Schlosser, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Director of Women’s Skin Health at Northwestern University, presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 70th Annual Meeting in March 2012 with exciting new findings on the role of hormonal factors in understanding adult acne in women.

This is a condition becoming increasingly common in women as late as their 50’s, and in women hormonal therapies are commonly used for adult acne treatment safely and effectively due to the root causes which can exacerbate the condition.

The Causes of Acne in Women

The primary causes of acne are influenced by hormones, including excess oil production, clogged hair follicles, an increase in P.Acnes bacteria, and skin inflammation. The male hormones, androgens present in both men and women over-stimulate the oil glands and alter the development of skin cells in the hair follicles.

Further, the additional presence of excess facial hair, deepening voice or irregular/infrequent menstruation point to an androgen imbalance which requires further testing. The treatments used to treat acne must be tailored to the patient’s specific type and severity of acne, and some therapies are unsuitable for those wishing to conceive or during pregnancy.

Dr Lowe says: This presentation highlights the increasing numbers of mature post teenage women that dermatologists are seeing with facial acne. “My own clinic in London is treating more adult women with acne than 10 years ago.” Why is this? There are several possible reasons:

  1. The modern woman is prone to more stress at work and in daily life. Stress releases hormones which can be acne forming, try stress relaxation programmes.
  2. Hormones in some dairy products may be acne forming if you think your acne may be linked to dairy produce, try dark chocolate and soy milk.
  3. Oral contraceptive pills that are low in estrogen levels may provoke acne. Discuss these with your doctor.
  4. Hormone replacement in peri and postmenopausal times can trigger acne or Rosacea.
  5. Acne may improve or worsen in pregnancy and forthcoming pregnancy again due to changes in hormone balance.

A Professional & Convenient Client Experience

The Cranley Clinic understands that seeking female adult acne treatment in London can be a very personal and sometimes difficult step to take. This is why the Cranley Clinic holds its client service and medical therapies to such high standards.

Our qualified dermatologists and acne treatment experts endeavour to offer the very best in female adult acne treatment across the UK.

The Latest in Modern Treatments

What separates the Cranley Clinic from other dermatologists is our commitment to keeping up with the very latest in treatment options and best practice. This ensures that every client gets the most advanced therapies available from the cutting-edge research carried out by some of the world’s most renowned academics.

Our experts combine these forward steps in theory with professional practice to bring clients the most effective treatments.

A Therapy Suited to the Individual

One of the greatest aspects of female adult acne treatment at the Cranley Clinic is that the type of therapy carried out is suited to the specific individual requiring treatment.

The nature of hormones means that their effects will be different on the chemical makeups of each and every person. While one chosen treatment might completely eradicate one individual’s symptoms, the same treatment may exacerbate someone else’s acne. This is why the treatment process is iterative at the Cranley Clinic, meaning multiple avenues are explored until an effective solution is found to work for that specific client.

Book a Consultation with Our Team

The good news is that as a Dermatologist led clinic, we have many different female adult acne treatment options at the Cranley Clinic E.g. Non-prescription (including Dr Nick Lowe's Acclenz™ Blemish Solutions Range) and prescription creams, gels and cleansers. Different tablets and medications, some to reduce the hormone triggers. Lasers, acne extraction with pulsed lights and novel skin exfoliation treatments.

Acne varies from person to person, so our full spectrum of treatments is specifically selected for the individual to achieve maximum improvement. Get in touch with our team of experts today by giving us a call at 020 7499 3223 or fill out our secure online form to request an appointment.

The recent book by Dr Nick and Dr Phillipa Lowe can help guide you to achieve better skin:

“Perfectly Clear - The Perfect guide to Clean Skin.”

Available to order online directly from the Cranley Clinic.