Hormones and acne

Do you notice a monthly pattern with your acne? Does it seem like when your skin is starting to calm down, a whole new crop of pimples pop up? Maybe you’ve even been able to narrow it down to a specific week of the month where you can almost guarantee you’ll get acne. If this is a pattern you’ve noticed, you likely have hormonal acne. 

Hormonal acne is any acne tied to fluctuations in your hormones and is extremely common. While these breakouts can happen during puberty, the reality is that hormonal acne can affect adults of any age. Hormonal acne is especially common in women, often tied to the normal fluctuation of hormones experienced on a month-by-month basis with the menstrual cycle. These hormone changes can affect several factors contributing to acne, including skin inflammation, oil production and the amount of bacteria living on the skin.

Hormonal acne varies from person to person. During puberty, hormonal acne often shows up in the T-zone, including the forehead, nose, and chin. During adulthood, hormonal acne most commonly shows up on the jawline and lower half of the face. While hormonal acne can take any form, it often causes inflammatory cysts, which can feel like deep, painful lumps under the skin that take a very long time to go away.

If your hormonal acne is mild, try using our new Blemish Control Complex. This light complex contains a unique blend of purifying extracts, including clove and cayenne, to improve skin prone to breakouts. Pair with our Deep Gel Cleanser to thoroughly remove impurities and clean pores. If your acne is still not well-controlled after experimenting with topical products, visit a dermatologist near you to discuss other treatment options. 

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