How is acne vulgaris characterized in patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2019
  • Author: Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Studies have found that women with PCOS have slightly increased comedones in the forehead, perioral, or jawline areas, but, otherwise, acne lesion counts, types, and regional burden are largely the same between women with and without PCOS. [32] Other cutaneous manifestations may indicate PCOS, including signs of insulin resistance such as acanthosis nigricans and additional signs of hyperandrogenism such as hirsutism and hair loss. [31] Also see Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.


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