Acne can be a battle for many people, and it doesn't necessarily clear up in your teen years. Blemishes can be caused by a number of things, from hormonal fluctuations to a more serious skin condition. Knowing the difference is the first step to getting a real handle on the problem. What Is Hormonal Acne? Hormonal acne is the result of estrogen, testosterone, and androgen hormone levels within the body. If you notice that you get more breakouts towards a certain time of the month, that is because of the rising and falling hormones and the skins natural reaction to them. The skin overproduces oil, which congest pores and leads to dreaded pimples. Treatment For Hormonal Acne
- Look for products that have 'hormonal balancing' ingredients like Phytoestrogens.
- "Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring, plant-based hormones that safely treat hormonal acne breakouts without entering the bloodstream. Phytoestrogens bring balance back to the skin, regulating oil production and eliminating bacteria." suggests facialist Boldijarre Koronczay, who has treated Taylor Swift and Jessica Biel.
- Look for moisturizers, cleansers and toners with organic ingredients. Chemicals can often do more harm than good for breakouts.
- Exfoliate every other day to buff away bacteria. Try to look for an organic exfoliant or make your own using sugar and honey.
- "The sun's UV light helps kill bacteria." says Boldijarre. Attempt to spend at least 15 minutes in the sun each day, while wearing SPF.
- Probiotics can be a good addition to your diet, but they can also help when added to skin care. "Look for cleansers, masques, and moisturisers that contain probiotics." Boldijarre recommends.
- Cleaning your face with cold water regularly will smooth inflammation and ease redness.