What is an Acne Panel?
Acne Panel is a series of blood tests which regulate the levels of hormones in the system and as well as the cause of acne. Acne, or acne vulgaris, is a skin problem that starts when oil and dead skin cells clog up your pores. Some people call it blackheads, blemishes, whiteheads, pimples, or zits.
This panel contains the following tests:
- Complete Thyroid Panel: A complete thyroid panel is a collection of tests used to assess thyroid function. The tests that measure the blood levels of hormones associated with the thyroid are Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Free T4 and Free T3.
- FSH & LH: Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is made by the pituitary gland in the brain. Control of FSH production is a complex system involving hormones produced by the gonads (ovaries or testes), the pituitary, and the hypothalamus. In women, FSH stimulates the growth and maturation of ovarian follicles (eggs) during the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle. Luteinizing Hormone (LH) is a hormone associated with reproduction and stimulation of the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation) in women and testosterone production in men.
- Free and Total Testosterone: Small amounts are produced in women’s ovaries and levels are tested to evaluate virilization. The concentration of free testosterone is very low, typically <2% of the total testosterone concentration. In most men and women, >50% of total circulating testosterone is bound to sex hormone-binding globulin, SHBG, and most of the rest is bound to albumin.
- Cortisol: Corstisol is used to monitor levels of cortisol in the blood and ensure that it is within the normal range. It is also used to diagnose Cushing Syndrome or Addison Disease and evaluate conditions that affect the adrenal or pituitary glands.
- DHEA-S: Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) is an androgen, a male sex hormone that is present in the blood of both men and women. It has a role to play in developing male secondary sexual characteristics at puberty, and it can be metabolized by the body into more potent androgens, such as testosterone and androstenedione, or can be changed into the female hormone estrogen.
- HgbA1C w/ reflex to GlycoMark: The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose (also called blood sugar) over the past 3 months. The A1C test is the primary test used for diabetes management and diabetes research.
Why is an Acne Panel important?
- To determine the cause of acne.
- To determine other systemic findings related to hormonal imbalances.
- To ensure reproductive health.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.