A study on thyroid dysfunction in acne vulgaris

Shreya Srinivasan, Jayakar Thomas


Background: This study was done to evaluate the role of thyroid function i.e., free T3, free T4 and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in relation to the occurrence of acne vulgaris.

Methods: A total of 50 patients clinically diagnosed with acne vulgaris were subjected to a thyroid function test and results were evaluated.

Results: While all the 50 patients had normal free T3 and free T4 levels, 9 (18%) of the 50 patients displayed an elevated TSH level. Gender distribution among the patients with elevated TSH learned more towards the male population with 6 patients while there were only 3 female patients with elevated TSH.

Conclusions: There have been few studies regarding the role of thyroid function in acne vulgaris in relation to free T3, free T4 and TSH, though the presence of thyroid antibodies have been highlighted in quite a few studies. This study has shown the insignificance of thyroid function in acne vulgaris thus accentuating the negative.


Acne vulgaris, Thyroid function test, TSH

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