Are Thyroid Conditions And Acne Related?

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The most likely cause of the pimples that can develop on your face, neck, chest, and back is a hormonal imbalance.

Indirect factors such as diet and product use can also contribute to acne. Here's why there's even a chance that thyroid problems are directly related to adult acne.

Cleveland Clinic says your butterfly-shaped thyroid is at the base of your neck. The thyroid regulates your hormones and can be thought of as their captain.

If you have symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, a checkup of your thyroid is typically the first step in determining the underlying cause of the imbalance.

Thyroid issues actually don't cause acne, but there are connections. Hypothyroidism causes dry skin, which can lead to dead skin cells clogging pores and causing acne.

In addition to dry skin, hypothyroidism can cause fatigue, weight gain, hair thinning, joint pain or stiffness, muscle weakness, and mood fluctuations.

Although an underactive thyroid may not be the direct cause of acne in adults, there are a number of other thyroid conditions that very well may be.

Dermato Endocrinology published a study in 2017 that found that women who have thyroid autoimmunity also experience adult acne.

Researchers suggested thyroid autoantibody testing for female acne vulgaris patients to detect and treat autoimmune issues early.

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