drug-induced acne

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Examples of causes include:

  • oral contraceptive pill
  • phenytoin
  • barbiturates
  • lithium
  • anabolic steroids such as Danazol, testosterone
  • corticosteroids
  • isoniazid
  • bromides (1)

Less commonly drugs like tetracycline, azathioprine, cyclosporine, quinidine and vitamins B1, B6, B12 might also cause or exacerbate acne (1)


Last reviewed 09/2021