EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HORMONAL ACNE

June 26, 2018 4 min read 0 Comments

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HORMONAL ACNE

By Samantha

 

 

Hormonal acne isn’t just acne that pops up around menses it also includes acne in teenagers and adults duringhormonal shifts,women withPCOS,as well as the skin’sgeneral sensitivity to hormonal fluctuations.

 

Hormonal acnecan range from mild (a few pimples around your period or when you’re stressed) to severe and chronic. One thing is for sure, though,hormonal acnecan bevery frustratingto live with and treat.

 

I want to help make it a little easier. From one person withhormonal acneto another, heres everything you need to know abouthormonal acneand how to treat it effectively!

 

 

causes of hormonal acne

     

  • MENSTRUATION

 

Menstruation is a popular time forhormonal acnebreakouts, for obvious reasons.

 

During the ovulatory phase, most people enjoy a brief period of healthy, glowing skin due to peak levels of estrogen (which, aided by progesterone, keeps testosterone at bay). After ovulation is over, estrogen and progesterone levels drop considerably, opening the door for testosterone to play.

 

Testosterone then causes your skin to pump out sebum, which mixes with dead skin cells and inflammation to clog pores and result inall types ofhormonal acne.

 

If you find that your acneflares up around your period, take this time to be more diligent with yourskin care, and be mindful of the other steps listed below.Try addingsalicylic acid to your routine to really get into your pores and clear them out.It takes a little more effort in planning, but the resultsspeak for themselves.

 

  • STRESS

 

Yep,stress causes acne. Stressreleases the hormone cortisol, whichcreates inflammation in the body. Thisinflammation can then lead toimpaired skin function and an increase inhormonalacne.

 

Here are a few steps toreduce stress-relatedhormonal acne.

 

  • SUGAR

 

Although eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is super healthy for youand your skin, especially duringa hormonal breakout, the sugars in processed foodsare not. High glycemic foods result in insulin spikes which increases systemic inflammation and can result in morehormonal acne.

 

If you struggle with skin that is sensitive to sugars, you might consider taking aglucose support supplement and following askin-friendly diet.

 

  • DAIRY

 

Like processed sugars,dairy is horrible forhormonal acne. For some people, theirhormonal acneevendisappeared completely by eliminating dairy!

 

The fact is that dairy affectsall potential pathways for acne to form, and if you havehormonal acne you’llwant tosubstitute it with plantalternatives.

 

 

treatments for hormonal acne

 

     

  • DIET

 

Diet is not the miracle answer to acne, but for some people what they eat makes ahuge difference in theirhormonal acne.

 

While decreasing consumption of high glycemic foods (especially around your period) can help reduce breakouts, increasinghealthy fat intake, eating moreprobiotics, and eating a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds can also help.

 

Studies have also shown that increasingspearmint tea consumption couldalsohelp toreduce testosterone levels, and thereforeimprovehormonal acne.

 

  • EXFOLIATION

 

Regularexfoliation is a must for people withhormonal acne. Exfoliation helps to remove the extra sebum and dead skin that can build up and createpimples.

 

  • FACE MASKS

 

Never underestimate a goodface mask, especially when you’re dealing with a bad breakout ofhormonal acne.

 

Clay masks and other oil-absorbing masks help soak up the extra sebum that clogs pores, and treated face masks can even add the help of exfoliation and treatment.

 

  • ADAPTOGENS

 

Anadaptogen is a plant or plant extractused in herbal medicine which is believed to stabilize the body and create a state of homeostasis or balance.

 

Ashwagandha and Holy Basil are both popular adaptogens said to help, among other things,reduce stress that can result inhormonal acne. AdaptogenslikeMacaand Vitex are touted to help withhormonal side effects andalleviate PMS symptoms, but it isn’t clear whether or notthey areeffectivefor acne.

 

  • TOPICALS

 

Despitehormonal acnebeing mostly resistant to long-term remission, many topical products can effectively keep it from erupting.

 

Benzoyl peroxide is an especiallysafe and effective treatment for allhormonal acne.

 

For maturehormonal acne,retinoids may bea more suitabletreatment option.

 

Antibioticsshould not be used forhormonal acne.

 

  • ORALHORMONE THERAPIES

 

Of course, hormone therapyis an optionforhormonal acne that is resistant toothertreatments.

 

IUDs and implants which only release progestin canmake acne worse, whereas certainbirth control pills increase estrogen levels to combathormonal acne.Formany women withhormonal acne,spironolactone is a very effective treatment option to block androgen receptors.

And, of course, for the very severe cases ofhormonal acne,a treatment of isotretinoin may be required. Althoughrelapse rates forhormonal acnetend to be higher, itwill still decrease the severity.

 

With consistent therapy (lifestyle, topical, and sometimes oral),hormonal acnecan effectively be controlled so you can have your skin – and your life – back!

 

How long have you hadhormonal acne,and have you tried any of these remedies?