You would have thought that you have outgrown your acne after puberty, but they start to appear again. Adult acne can affect adults of any age, but it is especially common in women. While opinions can be mixed when it comes to the reasons causing acne in adult women, hormonal imbalances may contribute to acne. Let’s find out how to identify hormonal acne, what causes them, and how to remedy them naturally.
Symptoms of Hormonal Acne
How do you know if your acne is hormonal? Here are some symptoms:
- The pimples feel more cystic and like big, angry bumps underneath your skin’s surfaces which cannot be easily popped.
- The pimples tend to appear around the chin, jawline and mouth.
- The pimples tend to appear just when your period is approaching.
- The zits tend to reappear at the same places on your face all the time.
Causes of Hormonal Acne
Hormonal acne is caused by an imbalance of hormones, namely estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and a group of stress hormones. Changes in a woman’s menstrual cycle cause hormonal fluctuations. A drop in female hormones triggering excess male hormones can stimulate oilier, cause pores to clog more easily than usual. Besides fluctuations during the menstrual cycle, hormonal levels during pregnancy, childbirth and menopause can also trigger adult acne. And stress can greatly impact hormonal changes and cause acne to appear without warning.
Skincare Treatments For Hormonal Acne
Add salicylic acid to your daily skincare routine. On top of your regular face cleansing and exfoliation steps, you should add products that contain salicylic acid that can help to further reduce clogged pores, target acne-causing bacteria and reduce excess oil. Because salicylic acid can cause the skin to be sensitive over time, we advise choosing products that are formulated with Biogenic salicylic acid, as this breakthrough improvement of salicylic acid retains all the acne-reducing benefits without the side effects. bSoul Acne Spot Serum and Hydra-Sebo Mask are formulated with this fantastic ingredient, they are also certified natural.
While regular cleansing is important, resist the temptation to use harsh cleansers as stripping away your skin’s natural oil can cause our skin to become even earlier which will lead to even more pimples.
Natural Remedies For Hormonal Acn
Eat an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Reducing inflammatory causing food and introducing plenty of antioxidants can help to support your immune function and overall healthy skin. Eat more probiotic food, a healthier gut leads to healthier skin. Natural Greek yoghurt and kimchi are probiotic-rich food that can support a healthy gut. Make sure you have enough high-fibre foods like leafy vegetables, fruits, whole grains that encourage the growth of prebiotic also known as good bacteria in your gut. Reduce inflammation Shen causing food such as deep-fried food, oily food, and food that is rich in hidden sugar such sweetened soft drinks, non-home-made bread and noodles.
Get A Good Night’s Rest
Reduce the levels of stress hormones in your body by sleeping enough. Develop good sleep hygiene to improve your sleep quality. With sufficient sleep, your body will produce fewer stress hormones and in turn, reduce the oil that your skin would secrete leading to fewer pimples. Exercise regularly can also improve the quality of your sleep. Avoid exercising too late though, because it can keep your energy levels too high for you to get a good sleep at night.
Green tea can help to reduce inflammation in your body. Drinking a few cups a day can keep adult acne at bay.
If your hormonal acne is causing you to lose self-esteem, you can consider visiting a dermatologist for a dedicated approach to tackle adult acne.