Cyproterone Acetate

Cyproterone acetate is available in many parts of the world, but not in the United States. It possesses dual activity in that it serves as a progestogen in oral contraceptives in addition to its direct inhibition of the androgen receptor. It can be given in doses of 2 to 100 mg per day as a single agent, in which case there can be improvement in 75% to 90% of women with acne. Cyproterone acetate, however, is most commonly used in the form of an oral contraceptive combined with ethinyl estra-diol in varying doses (38). Numerous clinical studies support the efficacy of these oral contraceptive preparations in women with acne.

Acne Myths Uncovered

Acne Myths Uncovered

What is acne? Certainly, most of us know what it is, simply because we have had to experience it at one time or another in our lives. But, in case a definition is needed, here is a short one.

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