Oral Contraceptives: Their Mode of Action and Dermatologic Applications

Milena Pitashny, MD; Helena Martinez de Morentin, MD; Sarah Brenner, MD

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Skinmed. 2005;4(2):101-104, 106. 

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Hirsutism

Hirsutism is known to be present in well defined androgenetic areas, and like acne, appears in hyperandrogenic states, requiring further investigation; however, 5%-10% of hirsute women have normal serum androgen levels. This idiopathic hirsutism is caused by increased sensitivity of the pilosebaceous unit to normal circulating androgen levels.[3]

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