Can HPV Cause Acne?

HPV Acne BreakoutsDoes HPV cause acne breakouts? Doctors in general doctors have advised that HPV does not cause acne breakouts. Just what is HPV? The human papilloma virus (HPV) is transmitted sexually, causing genital warts on the skin and mucous membranes of the genitals. Genital warts, sometimes also known as venereal warts, may also be found on the penis, vulva, urethra, vagina and around and in the anus.

More than 70 types of HPV exist, with some dangerous strains being linked to precancerous cervical cancer, changes in the cervix or anal cancer. Not everyone who has come into contact with the HPV virus and genital warts will develop them. There are also some HPV which cause warts on other parts of the body, such as the hands.

What makes HPV so infectious is that most people do not have symptoms for weeks, months or even years. Genital warts, especially, are not easy to see. The disease spreads even if you do not experience any symptoms.

HPV Symptoms

Warts, in particular genital warts may be tiny, making them barely visible. They may appear as flesh-colored spots that are raised or flat. They may also look like the top of a cauliflower.

In females, genital warts may be found:

  • Inside the vagina or anus
  • Outside the vagina or anus, or on nearby skin
  • On the cervix inside the body

In males, genital warts may be found on the:

  • Penis
  • Scrotum
  • Groin area
  • Thighs
  • Inside or around the anus
  • Genital warts may also occur on the
  • Lips
  • Mouth
  • Tongue
  • Throat

Other symptoms are rare, but may include:

    • Increased dampness in the genital area near the warts
    • Increased vaginal discharge
    • Genital itching
    • Vaginal bleeding during or after sex

HPV Symptoms Versus Acne Symptoms

Unlike acne, warts do not contain any pus. Acne symptoms include the appearance of painful pus-filled lesions. Acne is generally caused by the activity of the P.Acnes bacteria. Since HPV and the cause of acne is totally unrelated, we can conclude that HPV does not cause acne.

HPV Vaccine And Acne

There are currently two HPV vaccines which have been FDA-approved – Gardasil and Cervarix. Both Gardasil and Cervarix have been shown to prevent cervical dysplasia from the HPV strains that they target, that is, types 16, 18, 6, and 11 for Gardasil and types 16 and 18 for Cervarix. This effect has lasted 4 years after vaccination for Gardasil and more than 6 years for Cervarix. Currently, researchers believe that booster vaccines will not be necessary.

Does HPV vaccine cause acne? Let’s examine the contents of Gardasil. Gardasil is derived from yeast protein and also contains additives such as sodium chloride, aluminum, histidine, polysorbate and sodium borate. As Gardasil does not contain any hormones, nor have any ingredients which directly influence hormone levels and sebum production, it is unlikely that HPV vaccine directly causes acne.

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