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3 Tips for Treating Hormonal Acne

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Treating Hormonal AcneUgh, Acne.

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!

 

5 comments… add one

  • I have “hormonal” acne, cysts (some the size of pennies) on my cheeks and jawline. Nothing will ultimately work to eradicate the issue until I reach an ideal hormonal homeostasis. Same for any female – and each individual female who has “hormonal” acne will have to figure out what the triggers for what’s throwing her out of ideal hormonal homeostasis are – and address those respectively.

    A lot of the time, according to Dr. Sara Gottfried who wrote The Hormone Cure, the issues caused by hormonal dysregulation can be fixed through lifestyle adjustments. For me and the most common thing for women since we’re much more susceptible to being overwhelmed by stress.. the biggest thing is STRESS MANAGEMENT. Our hormonal systems are much more delicate than that of males and we need to take charge of things that can throw our hormones out of whack, first and foremost. And relating this back to solely acne, there is only so much we can expect any topical treatments or routines to accomplish when it comes to hormonal acne.

    The biggest thing that has helped skin-care-wise is the OCM using a blend I’ve found to do a good job at keeping my skin from flaking off or getting too oily (for me: 20% castor and 80% jojoba).

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  • Hey Rachel,

    I think it’s great that you pointed this out. Stress management could definitely help some women out there deal with their hormonal acne. I know personally, when I get super stressed my skin goes crazy out of whack!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  • Change. Your. Pillowcase.
    Every night.
    Or turn it over and then inside out, or keep new clean towels for every night, or whatever solution you want to come up with to sleep on a clean surface every night.

    Also, this seems like a no-brainer (especially if you have longer hair because who wants to wake up to tangled insanity) but topknots ladies! I know it’s not very glamorous – you will not wake up feeling like a tousled Bardot-esque sex kitten. More importantly though, you won’t be rubbing all those oils that are healthy for your hair onto your face while you sleep.

    Don’t spend all day making sure to avoid touching your face if you’re just going to rub it in oils all night anyway.

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  • I have hormonal acne. It is a bunch off bullshit. For over 4 years ive had this shit. The thing i hate the most is that people tell me it will go away with time. To have patience and what not. SERIOUSLY STFU! Just because you have a nice skin does not mean mine will ever be like that. Everyday i wake up and have to look at the mirror with certain lighting. Because if i have bad lightting my face looks like shit. My acne is so dynamic that one day i could look like im finally getting cured and the next i look like a monster. I think im starting to go crazy! Sometimes i swera i can feel my acne growing in my face. I get this little ticklish feeling on my face. It is ridiculous that now i have the ability to feel pimples growing. I HAVE TRY EVERY METHOD: CREAMS NATURAL PLANTS PRAYING. Yet nothing appears to do shit. All i can do now i hope that in my next lifetime i get beautiful skin or at least normal. Because my hody is shit and will always be shit.

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  • Very handy tips for treating hormonal acne. Hormonal acne is one of the most common skin problems that affects most people sometime in their lives. Hormonal changes is one of the reasons behind hormonal acne occurrence and there are several effective solutions for hormonal acne problem sufferers.

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