Attacking Hormonal Acne

Hormonal acne is something most of us endure on a regular basis, especially if you’re a female.  It’s stubborn, harder to get rid of, and requires more attention.
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Typically, acne that is on the chin or around the “beard” area of the face is caused by an increase or shift in hormones.  First let’s talk about what causes hormonal acne.
Teenage Years
This time is probably the hardest to treat.  Hormones are something new for teenagers and it affects more than just their skin.  It’s a tough time in life, period.  I have a teenage nephew and know they are not the cleanest creatures.  They touch their face with dirty hands, probably don’t cleanse twice a day, may or may not use a cleanser or have an actual routine.  Getting a teenager to be consistent and have a routine to stick to, and do twice a day may be the hard part initially.
It’s very common for teenagers, but nowadays more and more adults are suffering from hormonal acne for a number of reasons.
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The most obvious cause of hormonal acne is when you’re period is on.  Paying special attention to your skin when you’re expecting an influx of hormones can help you avoid or lessen your breakouts during that time.  Make sure you cleanse twice a day, remove makeup at the end of the night, exfoliate 2-3 times a week and do a mask 1-2 times a week.
Birth Control
Birth control pills definitely cause a shift in hormones, especially when you first start taking them.  Back in the day when I was in high school there were girls at school who claimed to be on birth control to help with acne.  I was always like “Yeah right.  You just want to be fast.”  There are, however, certain kinds of pills that can help clear up acne.  Pills like Yaz have estrogen and progestin, which help lower androgen levels and clear up skin.
BUT, androgenic pills, those containing androgen-based progestin can actually promote acne.  So if you are on birth control research which type you are taking to see if a change needs to be discussed with your doctor.
***Emergency Contraception
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Emergency contraception like the Plan B Pill is a form of birth control too.  If you find yourself in a situation where you have to take it, remember that it can cause hormonal acne, especially if you’re already on a regulated birth control method.
HOW TO DEAL WITH/TREAT HORMONAL ACNE
Unfortunately there is no magic pill that will make hormonal acne go away.  It’s more than just topical acne, which is easier to treat with just products.  The cause is what’s going on inside your body, which is sometimes out of our control.  But there are some things you can do to prevent as much of it as possible.
Diet
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Make sure your diet is under control, which is probably the hardest for me.  I try to drink as much water as possible everyday, but especially when it’s that time of the month.  I find when I eat fresh veggies and get in a gallon (or close to it) of water a day my skin doesn’t have any issues during that time.  Cutting back on carbs, sugar, and dairy can also help.
Your Routine
Being consistent is always key so have a planned regimen and use it twice a day that consists of a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer at the very least.  Using a spot treatment and products geared toward treating acne have proven to help me.
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I like Murad’s acne line.  The clarifying mask has 4% sulfur which helps dry out blemishes.  I use it as a mask and a spot treatment.  It can be found online, at Ulta, and some department stores.
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Don’t Go Overboard
If you use a sonic brush like the Clarisonic don’t go overboard using it on hormonal acne.  Your skin is very sensitive and easily irritated.  Using a brush or tool thats too rough can make it worse.  Use your best judgement; I usually just use my hands to cleanse my face.  After taking off makeup I’ll use my hands to cleanse twice to make sure I get a thorough cleanse.
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Hormonal acne is a lot of work, but just like everything else you have to put in extra effort to get the results you want.  Giving your skin extra TLC can be helpful in getting rid of or preventing hormonal acne.  If you’ve tried everything an still have an issue you may need to see a dermatologist to see if there are other issues that require more aggressive treatment.
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Top 5 Foundations for Oily Skin

I have always had oily skin.  Anyone with oily skin knows it’s especially a struggle when wearing makeup because no one wants to look like a grease ball.

Luckily there are foundations that cater to oily skin.  I love a foundation that will keep my skin matte.  Once I do my makeup in the morning that’s it; I don’t like or want to do touch ups through out the day.  The most I’m willing to do is blot so I carry a pressed powder in my purse.

But I’ve found some awesome foundations that stay on all day, are matte, and when set with a powder don’t even need touching up.

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1.  Kat Von D’s Lock It Foundation

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I love this foundation.  It’s super full coverage, which I like, and super matte.  A little goes a long way.  They just revamped the packaging and added darker colors so the range in colors are very good for all skin tones.  I’ve had mine for a while so it’s in the old packaging.  The picture to the right is the new packaging.  I love it!
It’s sold exclusively at Sephora and retails for $35 for 1oz.  The formula is pretty thick but blends very well.

2.  Estee Lauder’s Double Wear

This is the OG of foundation.  It’s been around for a lot longer that I’ve been alive.  Women in their 60s and 70s love it because it came out when they were in their 20s.  It’s actually not the best for mature skin because older skin is typically dry.  This foundation is great for people with combination oily and oily skin.  The formula is mildly thin, much thinner than the Kat Von D.  A little goes a long way and it is very full coverage.
The only thing I don’t like is that it does not come with a pump.  I purchase my pump separately.  Other than that this is a great option for an every day foundation.  It can be found at just about any department store and retails for $39.50.
el-double-wearThere are also other versions of double wear.  There is Double Wear Light; the formula gives a lighter coverage.  And there is Double Wear Max, which is heavy duty super full coverage.  That formula is for someone who wants to cover a scar or even a tattoo.  It’s serious.  Both those formulas come in a squeeze tube so the packaging is much better at dispensing the product.

3.  Clinique’s Stay Matte

This formula is not runny at all, but it’s not too thick.  This foundation gives more of a medium coverage, meaning it does a good job of covering blemishes.  It is buildable so if you want it to be more full coverage you can add an additional layer.
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I like the packaging; it comes in a squeeze tube and can be found in most department stores, Ulta, and wherever else there is a Clinique counter.  Retail price is $27 so it’s more affordable than most department store foundations.

4.  L’Oreal True Match

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 This is a foundation that will always be in my collection.  I love it; it’s full coverage and gives a natural looking matte finish.  The consistency is thinner than the rest on my list but the color range is awesome.  There are a total of 32 shades.
My color is N8 (n is for neutral).  The colors are separated by N (neutral), C (cool), and W (warm) which makes it easier to search for your foundation based on your skin’s undertone.  Retail price is $10.95, which is very affordable and it’s often on sale at drug stores and Ulta.

5.  MAC’s Waterproof Foundation

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This one may be my favorite simply because it’s waterproof.  I sweat a lot and in the summer this foundation was my go to.  The sweat would literally roll right off my face and not disturb the foundation at all.  It’s definitely worth the $34 price tag.  It claims to be 24-hour wear.  I haven’t tested that claim but I wouldn’t doubt it.  I’ve worn this in the rain, to a funeral, and to an outdoor concert in the summer.  I can tell you it certainly is waterproof.  It can be found anywhere MAC is sold, department stores and online.
The consistency is a little thick.  Coverage is medium but can be built up to full. I love the packaging;  the squeeze tube makes it easy to dispense the foundation and makes it easy to travel with.  I will always keep this in my collection and will use even in the colder months.
What are some of your favorite foundations?  Let me know!
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