Medications: Side Effects of Corticosteroids,
Androgens & Contraceptives
Acne associated with with hormones,
puberty, and chronic emotional stress can be treated in a number
of ways. Pimples form when bacterium grows under clogged pores in
the mixture of sebum (oily secretion of the sebaceous gland) and
dead cells. Acne caused by hormonal changes may not respond to over
the counter topical acne medications that work on teenagers.
There are a number of acne medications available. Choice of treatment
is dependent on the type acne:
The treatment option may include
oral contraceptives, oral Corticoseteroids (anti-inflammatory drugs),
or Antiandrogens (reduce androgen productions).
Oral contraceptives are a combination of estrogen and progestin
formulated to alter a female's hormone pattern. This form of medication
can alter androgen production therefore, low-doses are prescribed
to treat hormonal acne. The Food
and Drug Administration recently approved an oral contraceptive
for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. There are side effects
associated with this form of treatment, which include nausea, weight
gain, menstrual spotting, and breast tenderness.
Oral corticosteriods are anti-inflammatory
medications that belong to a class of drugs produced by the adrenal
glands. When there is overactive production of androgens, the corticosteroids
can be prescribed to suppress inflammation and androgen production.
The side effects associated with oral corticosteroids may cause
weight gain and bone thinning.
Androgens are a class of acne medications that reduce androgen production
and block androgen reception by the sebaceous follicles. The reduction
of androgen results in a decrease in Acne. Antiandrogens may cause
irregular menstruation and breast tenderness. Accompanying it with
an oral contraceptive may ease these side effects.
Many choose natural alternative medications that offer minimal side
effects. When pores become clogged and the body is lacking certain
nutrients to remove the excess debris, they can become infected
and inflamed causing skin
VÄXA Clearin is a homeopathic
medicinal that is available without a prescription and does not
have any of the dangerous side effects associated with many acne
VÄXA Clearin is a specific
formulation which addresses the body's nutritional needs during
these very special times, complementing the body's miraculous system
of cleansing and purifying internally. When the body's specific
yet changing nutritive requirements are addressed, the body has
the power to heal itself, clearing away unsightly blemishes, spots,
and pimples caused by hormonal changes, leaving your skin youthfully
creamy, soft, and inviting.