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Can Hypothyroidism Cause Acne?


To begin with, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what hypothyroidism is. When a person’s production of the thyroid hormone plummets, aka hypothyroidism, it slows down not just the vital body organs but also the brain.(1) Weight gain, constipation, depression, and fatigue are some of the most common symptoms.

Variety of Complications

Acne has not yet been shown to be a legitimate, reoccurring patient complication during the treatment and recovery from hypothyroidism.(2) First and foremost, the condition impacts the basic machinery of the human body with potentially higher levels of cholesterol, increased blood pressure and, in extreme cases, full-on heart failure.

Depression can also sometimes be severe for hypothyroidism sufferers, while dementia is only an extreme and rare-case scenario. Because the thyroid glands feed so much body functioning, there are all sorts of other conditions that have been found to be caused by the disease. These include: kidney problems; glaucoma; stiffness of the joints; respiratory problems; and headaches. And in a bit of a strange twist, people who might have been X-rayed in the neck or chest area for acne between the 1920s and 1960s may be more susceptible to late-in-life hypothyroidism. Ultimately, this reverse tendency is the closest causal link connecting acne to hypothyroidism.

Medication Reaction

In some cases, the medication that someone takes to treat their hypothyroidism causes acne.(3) OR, similarly, because the disease slows down the metabolic functioning of a whole range of different body functions, one of those can in turn trigger an acne-incubating reaction.

On various discussion boards, sufferers relate again and again how their dermatologist confirmed that there is no link between hypothyroidism and acne, directly. It’s really a matter of figuring what other proven symptoms of the disease and-or prescribed treatments may be stirring up the ugly skin complexion. The fact that so many people who experience acne and hypothyroidism struggle to find a definitive answer only further corroborates this basic “chaos” theory.




(1) New York Thyroid Center – Hypothyroidism, Retrieved September 8, 2011 from

(2) University of Maryland – Hypothyroidism: Complications, Retrieved September 8, 2011 from

(3) – Acne and Hypothyroidism, Retrieved September 8, 2011 from–Hyperthyroidism/Acne-and-Hypothyroidism/show/647174

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