Hormonal acne can occur at all ages. Certain hormones known as androgens are an additional reason in causing acne. These male hormones are present in both men and women. Though, they are higher in men. Androgens do 2 things: they expand the sebaceous glands in the skin and cause these glands to upsurge oil (sebum) production.
How do you know that you have hormonal acne?
There are some signs that indicate hormonal acne.
In younger women it may be a little bit easier to recognize and this is because in this stage of life hormones are usually all over the place. In most of the cases, the acne is cystic and severe and can be very uncomfortable.
In adult women, hormonal acne usually surfaces around the chin, jawline, and mouth. For some women, it typically appears or worsen before the arrival of their period or/and when the woman is ovulating.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is common hormonal disorder in women and one of the most common reasons for hormonal acne.
The first step to directing hormonal acne is spot-on the internal imbalance that generally is a good idea because if left untreated can easily lead to larger problems, as increased risk of diabetes, cancer, and a slew of other serious problems.
- Lead Healthy Diet
You need to avoid junk food because it can just worsen the problem. Some irrelevant health blogs may tell you that avoiding junk food is JUST a myth, but that is actually not proven and true. So, do not add flue to the fire. Try to eat healthier food, especially fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water. Avoid meat and processed food as well.
- Reduce Your Stress Levels
Your body creates cortisol when you are stressed, which negatively affects the proper function of the body. This way the chronic stress leads to acne and that is usually the reason why acne seems to pop up before some major event.
- Include More Natural Anti-androgens in Your Diet
Natural anti-androgens are particularly helpful for preventing and treating hormonal acne. Spearmint tea, green tea extract, pumpkin seed oil, white peony, saw palmetto, emu oil, and licorice is some of the best choices.
- Regular Detox and Cleansing
Regular detoxification and cleansing from toxins will improve your health and excess hormones. Your face and body will be clean inside and outside.
- Consume More Essential Fatty Acids
Try to consume essential fatty acids, especially Omega-3 fish oil, sunflower seed, and evening primrose oil. They aid to minimize the production of androgens and balance your hormones.
- Take Vitamins and Minerals
Make sure that your body always has vital vitamins, such as Vitamin A, B, and C; and important minerals like magnesium, chromium, and zinc.
- Include Herbs
Superfoods and herbs that assist in balancing hormones, like holy Basil, maca, burdock, licorice, Vitex chaste berry, milk thistle, and Shatavari.
- Manage Excess Estrogen
Manage the excess estrogen that can create an imbalance. Certain supplements (like DIM, Diindolylmethane) can help your liver to cleanse the “bad estrogens” of your body and boost the production of good estrogen. Moreover, Vitex works on the pituitary gland and aids it to regulate the production of hormones, which can normalize the progesterone and balance your hormones.
- Treat Hormonal Acne Properly
Here are the most important tips that will help you prevent and treat hormonal acne:
- Wash your face 1-2 times a day with soap and water to remove excess oil from your skin. Avoid using abrasives and scrubbing because this could actually irritate your skin and cause hormonal acne to worsen even more;
- OTC acne medications can be used either during the day or at bedtime. Always follow the directions on your acne product. Although these products, in general, don’t have any beneficial effects on pimples, inflammatory lesions, they are basically used to prevent the development of other lesions. For that reason, you should apply them to all of your skin in affected areas;
- If you use makeup, it should be water-based and water should be a major component in your beauty products;
- There are also cosmetic products that can make your acne worse. Look for cosmetic products that are titled as noncomedogenic (which means it doesn’t cause or worsen acne);
- Avoid skim milk and margarine they can also cause or worsen acne, and
- It is of major importance that the person with acne doesn’t manipulate their lesions. That means you should definitely not pinch or squeeze the acnes. That way you can just worsen the existing ones, and potentially enhance the chance for scarring and producing even more long-lasting pimples.
You need to reduce the excess toxins in the body in order to fight hormonal acne. Excess toxins that your body has to eliminate through the skin can lead to unappealing acne. These toxins are usually a result of:
- Eating unbalanced food
- Consuming junk food
- Overgrowth of candida
- Slow digestion, reduced liver and kidney function
- Food intolerance and allergy
- Chemicals pollutants in environment and food
Home remedies can help you get rid of the unwanted hormonal acne.