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Ways to Recognize, Treat, and Prevent Hormonal Acne

Adult acne seems like a cruel joke of cosmic proportions, and if you made it through adolescence unscathed, it feels especially unfair. But you’re not alone. Some dermatologists have referred to the prevalence of adult acne as "an epidemic," and studies ballpark the number of women who suffer from acne as high as 41%. While we know the solution to treating your acne might not be as easy as reading this article, we hope we can help you get one step closer to the skin you love.

Quote – Dr. Whitney Bowe

Why do we get hormonal acne?

By design, our hormones go through massive fluctuations every month. This can trigger a multitude of changes in your skin, including acne.

Signs of hormonal acne

Hormonal acne can take many shapes and forms, but mostly it tends to cluster along your chin and jawline.

The difference between hormonal acne and regular pimples?

Hormonal acne can present itself as a black or whitehead, but can often turn nodular or cystic. This kind of acne sits deeper within the skin and creates more inflammation closer to the nerves, which is why it’s so painful.

Treatment and Prevention:

  • Get your hormones tested: our Skin + Health Test will help you gain a base level knowledge of your current hormonal state.

  • Adjust your diet: reduce your processed sugar, alcohol, and dairy intake.

  • Remove endocrine disruptors from your routine: see our Health Hacks for Ways to Rid your Home of Endocrine Disruptors

  • Use proven acne-fighting ingredients: i.e. salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and retinol (avoid if pregnant) or always-safe probiotics, sulfur, glycolic acid, and willow bark.

  • Treat Yourself to acne-fighting procedures: i.e. laser treatments, extraction facials, chemical peels, etc.

  • If all else fails: ask your dermatologist if prescription strength medications such as Doxycycline, Spironolactone, or Accutane could be right for you.

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