DERMATO EFFECTS OF ANABOLIC STEROIDS
Medifit Education, explains here the effect of Anabolic steroids on Dermatological section of body.
Acne is a common finding among steroid users of both sexes and results from hypertrophy of the sebaceous glands, which increases skin surface lipids and the cutaneous population of propionibacteria acnes. Male pattern baldness, cutaneous striae, alopecia, and hirsutism may be present. Repeated injections cause fibrosis, dystrophic calcification and oil granuloma at the injection sites. Rampant acne is one of the more obvious indicators of steroid use. When taking anabolic steroids, an adult will commonly be confronted with this same problem. This is because the sebaceous glands, which secrete oils in the skin, are stimulated by androgens. Increasing the level of such hormones in the skin may therefore enhance the output of oils, often causing acne to develop on the back, shoulders and face. The use of strongly androgenic steroids in particular can be very severe, in some instances causing blemishes on the skin or spots. By washing your face and always showering after exercises it will reduce this effect.
If you have very severe acne, kindly contact Medifit Education. We will take care of your skin problems and acne, while you are on anabolic cycle. Anabolic steroid use is the development of acne on the face, chest and back. The development of acne symptoms is generally caused by the increased activity of the sebaceous glands in response to androgen hormones. Much like what occurs during adolescence, when testosterone levels peak, high levels of androgen can increase the size and growth rate of the sebaceous glands. The increase in sebaceous gland activity generally leads to a corresponding increase in sebum production. High levels of sebum production can increase the incidence of follicular plugs that clog pores. The increased sebum can also accelerate the growth of the acne causing bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes, which uses the sebum as a nutritional source. Increased sebum levels can also contribute to increased inflammation in and around the follicle, accelerating the problem and contributing to the damage caused by the acne infection. As mentioned above, different types of designer anabolic steroids have different profiles of androgenic side effects.
Anabolic steroids like testosterone and dihydrotestosterone have a relatively high androgenic to anabolic effect profile, while some synthetics like Oxandrolone tend to have a lower androgenic impact, relative to the dose. Additionally, sebaceous gland activity is not only regulated by androgens, but also by other compounds that may be used in “performance enhancement” applications. For example, Human Growth Hormone (hGH) is a commonly used muscle building supplement that can also potentially contribute to acne symptoms. The use of highly androgenic steroids can negatively impact the growth of scalp hair. In fact the most common form of male pattern hair loss is directly linked to the level of androgens in such tissues, most specifically the stronger DHT metabolite of testosterone. The technical term for this type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, which refers to the interplay of both the male androgenic hormones and a genetic predisposition in bringing about this condition. Those who suffer from this disorder are shown to possess finer hair follicles and higher levels of DHT in comparison to a normal, hairy scalp.
Acne occurs in both male and female anabolic steroids abusers. Women can develop signs of virilism, with increased facial hair and male pattern baldness.