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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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