Acne is mostly found in teenagers and young adults; however, some people can suffer from this condition throughout their life, which is a consequence of a hormonal imbalance.
What is hormonal acne?
Like you can see in the name, hormonal acne is when the appearance of pimples or breakouts is related to a hormonal imbalance. One example is acne during period; some women might notice an increase of breakout and other symptoms, and one of the reasons is that the hormones during periods can modify the sebum production making the skin prone to acne.
How to know if your acne is related to hormonal changes?
If you notice changes on your skin or one of these symptoms, you may be suffering from hormonal acne:
- Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS): If besides acne, you suffer from insulin resistance, your hair is growing in unusual places, and irregular periods most likely you suffer from PCOS; hence you must control this condition to improve your acne.
- Stress: Not only messes with your cortisol levels but also a great number of hormones able to modify your skin condition.
Your acne “hurts”: If the skin where your acne is located is swollen, painful and you are also getting cystic acne, it is most likely that you are dealing with hormonal acne.
What is the solution?
Besides adding certain topical ingredients like retinoids, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide, you must follow a healthy diet and consult with a doctor to treat any underlying health condition that may be causing the stress in the first place.
Dr. Angelica Parra is a Licensed Medical Doctor from Venezuela and is currently taking a Master’s degree in Dermatology. She specialized in Aesthetic Medicine and completed Advanced Training in Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation in Miami, Florida. She has specialized in applying Botox, dermal fillers, skin tightening treatments, and since then, she has worked on cruise ships as an Aesthetic Doctor.