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Br J Dermatol. 1986 Aug;115(2):227-32.

Oral spironolactone: an effective treatment for acne vulgaris in women.


The effect of oral spironolactone (200 mg daily) on acne vulgaris has been studied in 21 women in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind crossover study using 3 month treatment periods. Compared with placebo, spironolactone produced significant improvement as assessed by subjective benefit (P less than 0. 001), number of inflamed lesions (P less than 0 . 001) and by an independently evaluated photographic method (P less than 0 .02). There was a fall in sex hormone binding globulin but no significant changes in plasma testosterone and derived free testosterone. Initial plasma androgen levels were no higher in responders than in non-responders, nor did oral contraceptive use appear to affect clinical response. Spironolactone is a useful alternative therapy for women with acne vulgaris.

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