Cimetidine

Cimetidine (Tagamet) is a medication that is used primarily to treat heartburn and peptic ulcers, but also functions as a weak Androgen Inhibitor. Cimetidine is a histamine H2 receptor antagonist that was once among the most commonly used medications to treat heartburn, but has since been largely replaced by newer medications with fewer side effects. …

Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol

Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol are used in combination as a Hormonal Contraceptive (birth control) medication. Hormonal contraceptives are not frequently used as a primary treatment for acne, but many women report substantial changes in their acne symptoms after starting use of Hormonal Contraceptives. There are many different types of Hormonal Contraceptives. All Hormonal Contraceptives include …

Bicalutamide

Bicalutamide (Casodex) is an Androgen Inhibitor medication that blocks the activity of androgens (male hormones, such as testosterone). Bicalutamide is rarely used for the treatment of acne. Bicalutamide is a synthetic non-steroidal anti-androgen (NSAA). It is most frequently used for the treatment of prostate cancer, hirsutism (excessive body hair growth) and as part of the …

Dairy-Free Diet

Dairy-Free Diets exclude the consumption of milk and all milk-based products, such as yogurt and cheese. The natural function of milk is to provide the nutrition necessary for the growth and development of young offspring. All female mammals produce milk and the name “Mammal” derives from “Mammary”, which is the gland responsible for milk production. …

Anabolic Steroids and Acne

What are Anabolic Steroids? Anabolic Steroids (aka Roids, Juice, AAS, etc) are molecules that mimic the shape and function of androgen hormones (eg. Testosterone). Anabolic Steroids are generally used to stimulate protein synthesis and muscle growth. The Difference Between Anabolic Steroids and Corticosteroids Anabolic steroids should not be confused with corticosteroids, which are immune suppressants …

What is the Relationship Between Pregnancy and Acne?

Pregnancy

Answer: There are many changes that take place in the female body during pregnancy and these changes can have both positive and negative effects on acne symptoms. Many women experience dramatic changes in their acne both during and after pregnancy. Hormones that control the natural processes of menstruation and pregnancy have wide-ranging effects throughout the …