Anabolic steroids can cause the development of acne. However, the extent to which it is experienced can be due to a number of varying factors, with the particular steroids and exact dosages used being primary. The skin´s sebaceous glands have a particularly high affinity to Dihydrotestosterone, which is an androgen the body naturally produces from testosterone via the enzyme 5-alpha Reductase. Increased sebaceous gland activity promotes oily skin which can combine with bacteria and dead skin (normal wear and tear) eventually causing pores to become clogged more quickly than the body can cleanse them. This of course, is preventable by using only particular steroids, cleansing the skin regularly, and perhaps using a topical anti-androgen.
One study appeared to show that gw 50156 side effects included the growth of cancer cells but on further inspection, the results could be considered misleading. The study of gw1516 which was carried out on mice included 1000 times the recommended dose, taken over a prolonged period of time. As no individual would be taking such an inflated level of gw501516, there is debatable value attached to this particular study. Nevertheless, despite the criticism of this study, it was sufficient for GSK to drop the project so shouldn’t be dismissed completely.