Acne is one of the most frustrating skin issues we have to deal with. Now, we all know that certain behavior and habits can cause acne to be worse, but today we’re talking about a cause we truly have no control over; hormones.
That’s right, during puberty, pregnancy or even when we are highly stressed out, our hormones can wreak absolute havoc on our skin. So how can we make the most of a bad situation?
3 Tips for Treating Hormonal Acne
Follow a Skin Care Routine
Consistency is essential when it comes to treating hormonal acne. Since your hormones are fluctuating, it’s good to give your skin some structure.
Following a skin care routine that cleanses, exfoliates and moisturizes can not only help you fight your acne, but prevent it as well.
So what would I suggest? Well, it’s no secret that I am a huge fan of ZENMED and their products. Together, their acne treatment kit and Refining Scrub cover all the bases. What’s even better is that these ZENMED products are free from parabens, sulfates and petrochemicals, so you’re skin equalizes without being harmed by nasty ingredients.
Cut Out Dairy & Sugar
I’m sure you’ve seen those “Got Milk?” ads – which by the way, I hear they are retiring this year…random and yes, useless fact – but what they should really say is “Got Hormones?”
Cows are given bovine growth hormone to help them mature faster and produce more milk. That same milk is then ingested by you and helps upset your skin.
Dairy products rev up your sebum (oil) production and can exacerbate your acne, so it’s best to take it easy on your dairy intake to help reduce future breakouts.
Now, to touch base on sugar – mmm, sugar – having a diet full of sugar isn’t good for your face or your waistline. Both dairy and sugar can boost your insulin levels which then prompts acne breakouts.
Did I mention both cause inflammation as well? Ay ay ay!
Stop Touching Your Face
I feel like I’ve said this over and over again, but here I go again – Stop. Touching. Your. Face.
When I sit and think about all the things my hands have touched – handrails, money, door handles, etc – and then I think of how often I rest my chin on those dirty paws? Eek. That’s just gnarly. And it’s no wonder this is a leading cause of acne.
By cutting down your hand to face contact you would be doing your face a huge favor.
So, there you have it. While you may not be able to tell your hormones to take a chill pill, you can help them relax by following my 3 simple tips!
Now I want to hear from you; Do you suffer from hormonal acne? If so, how have you been treating it? Let me know in the comment section below!