Hormonal acne can be one of the most annoying things you’ll ever have to experience. This is because it mainly is out of your control. We all know that keeping our faces clean, avoiding bacteria from getting on to our skin as well as following a proper facial routine can help with acne, hormonal acne is one of those things that almost seem inevitable.

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It’s so common in people that we and skin doctors will address them simply as acne. Though it’s quite ordinary to have hormonal acne, by understanding it better, we’ll know how we can prevent it, as well as treat it. 

What is Hormonal Acne?

Hormonal Acne

Hormonal acne occurs when your body produces an increased amount of hormones at a certain time. This leads to the production of excess sebum. Sebum helps the skin to remain smooth and hydrated.

But when there’s too much of it, it can clog up pores, hair follicles, thus resulting in acne. Everyone has a different level of sensitivity to hormones. Some may react to it instantly with breakouts, while others may not experience much acne development at all. 

Hormonal Acne Symptoms

Hormonal Acne

Though you may not notice hormonal changes in your body, you will see a pimple or acne breakouts because of it. Hormonal acne is quite straightforward.

If you have been cleaning your face well, sticking to all the hygiene rules, then dirt or bacteria contamination is unlikely to be the cause of your acne. This means your hormones are most likely responsible. 

Hormonal acne can lead to random and sudden pimples, big cysts, blackheads, whiteheads, and even skin inflammation as a result of a broken pimple.

These breakouts are necessarily just on your face. Hormonal acne usually happens all over the body. You’ll notice breakouts, particularly on your chest, shoulders, and back. 

When does Hormonal Acne Most Likely Begin?

Hormonal Acne

During your teen years (13-19), your hormones are continually changing. This is why acne breakout is most common during this period. Women going through menstruation as well as menopause will have hormonal imbalances that can also trigger the breakout of acne.

People who have a health condition where hormones may be imbalanced or on a medication that affects hormone levels are more prone to the development of acne.

How do We Prevent or Minimize Hormonal Acne?

Hormonal Acne

Though you can’t run away from hormonal acne, you certainly can make some lifestyle and health adjustments to minimize it. Though acne breakouts and hormonal levels may not be directly in your control, there are specific dietary and habitual changes we can adapt and tweak to get them to work better for our skin. Here are some tips you can try to prevent or minimize hormonal acne.

  • Practice better hygiene. If your hands are dirty, wash them properly with soap. If your feet are dirty, wash them before getting into bed. It’s not just about washing your hands. Being cleaner in general and watching out for bacteria can prevent acne from developing on your face as well as your entire body.
  • Stick to a facial routine. Hormonal acne may be inevitable, but acne because of dirt clogging your pores can always be prevented. Sticking to a routine also means you stick to a long term habit. And fighting and preventing acne is a long term one. 
  • Change your pillow and bed covers. A lot of the times, your pillowcase or bed sheets may be the reason why you get a lot of breakouts. No matter how well you clean your face and skin, dirty sheets will clog your pores and transfer bacteria to your face. Try to change your pillow covers and sheets fortnightly, weekly at best.
  • Know what foods trigger acne. Certain foods can affect the acne production of certain people. This is because some foods can trigger a hormonal reaction in people. Foods such as nuts, eggs, fish, as well as fatty foods are known to increase the production and severity of acne. If you can identify which ones are causing you the problems, moderate the consumption of it or cut it out.
  • Speak to your doctor. When in doubt, the doctor is your best choice. They’ll be able to identify the cause of your acne, as well as prescribing you with medicine and treatments that wouldn’t normally be available had you not seen a doctor.

Keep in Mind

Hormonal Acne

Acne is a part of life. You can’t avoid it. Yes, there are ways you can prevent it or minimize it, but you need to understand that they are inevitable. So if you’re a self-conscious person or a teenager feeling insecure, you need to understand that even though you may be treating your face well with proper cleansing and hygiene, you can’t completely get away from it.

If you want to take action against it, speak with a doctor or dermatologist if you are referred to one. They may be able to help with special treatments to get rid of acne as well as acne scarring. Talk to your doctor today to see your options.

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