May 27, 2002
Do any of the antivirals aggravate oily skin/acne or oily hair?Specifically sustiva or viramune ? How about pi's?
Response from Dr. Henry
I have many patients on a wide range of antiretrovirals complain about oily skin. Since dry skin is common in HIV infection (? more common if untreated) then a return to more moist skin (due to skin oils) can be a good thing but it seems some patients develop to much skin oil for reasons that are not clear to me. It is tough to rate the drugs on that basis since formal studies are lacking. It seems the PIs may have more an effect on skin oil in my experience than the NNRTI drugs (Sustiva /Viramune) though skin rashes are more common early with the NNRTI class.
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