The fluctuation in hormone levels is the cause of almost every type of acne. Changes in hormone levels cause changes in the production of sebum and anyone who read my last blog knows that over production of sebum causes dead skin cells to clump together, clog pores and trap bacterial inside. People can experience acne throughout their entire lives, damaging both physical and mental health. This is the hormonal acne curse and while you can’t prevent fluctuations in hormone levels during times when your body is changing, you can certainly treat the acne is causes. NOSI Skincare is dedicated to helping everyone look and feel there best. Here are three types of hormonal acne, what to expect from each and ways clear it up.
This is often the first form of acne that occurs, affecting people throughout their teenage years. Hormones levels go through great fluctuations during this time, and it’s no wonder acne is widespread in teenagers. Areas affected most are the forehead, down the nose and across the cheeks. This area is commonly known as the “T-Zone”. Many use products that dry out skin in an attempt to stop the swelling caused by cysts and pustules. These products often contain high levels of benzol-peroxide. While they will dry the skin, they do not penetrate the skin deep enough, making them ineffective for curing acne. They can cause skin damage that will compound the problem, making it even harder to look and feel your best. When adolescent acne gets sever, it’s time to see a dermatologist. Prescription treatments can clear up acne and prevent both physical and emotional scarring.
Just like when hormones change in adolescence, changes in hormone level in pregnancy can cause acne. Women who have experienced another form of hormonal acne, like Adolescent Acne, are often at a higher risk for Maternity Acne. It usually occurs in the first trimester due to an increase in hormone levels. Along with increased sebum production, a pregnant body retains more fluids which contain toxins. This combination can easily result in acne.
The hormonal acne curse can strike when you least expect it, like during menopause. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, women in menopause are most likely to have acne near the shin, jaw, mouth and neck. Oil production in the pores clogged skin cells in the hair follicles which causes the skin to be inflamed. Falling estrogen and progesterone levels that occurs during this time, or an increase in testosterone can trigger the breakouts. Hormone Replacement Therapy may ease menopause symptoms, but can also cause the skin break out.
Treatments for Hormonal Acne
Caring for skin that is experiencing acne should always include moisturizer and mild exfoliation. Many people believe that because acne causes too much oil production that it doesn’t need a moisturizer. This is far from the truth. The skin still needs moisturize and if you neglect it, you will be left with acne along with dry, flaking skin. NOSI Skin Care’s Citrus Smoothing Moisturizer with Vitamin C from tomato and tangerine oil will hydrate, protect, and repair, the skin as well as helping with discoloration.
Masks to Calm the Skin
Tree of Life Mask The Sweet-Life Mask
Pinch of turmeric powder 1 tsp. cinnamon
3 drops of tea tree oil 2 tsp. Manuka honey
1 tsp. coconut oil
Gently apply to damp skin using fingertips
Gently apply to skin using fingertips in a circular motion. Leave on 10-15
in a circular motion. Leave on for minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
5 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
NOSI Skin Care’s Apple Stem Cell Brightening Serum will help those dark spots that can be caused from acne. Along with apple stem, it contains turmeric and resveratrol which boosts cell regeneration. And because it’s hydroquinone-free, it is a much safer alternative to lightening the skin.
The keys to fight the hormonal acne curse, at any stage in life, include a gentle home care regimen, smart dietary choices and drinking a lot of water. Seek advice from dermatologists and skincare professionals when dealing with acne and when selecting skincare products, make sure you read the labels. Select products, like the ones from NOSI Skincare, that are free from harsh ingredients such as hydroquinone, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, aluminum chloride, and parabens. I’m always available to chat with you directly on this or any skincare topic. Simply go to NOSIskincare.com, and click on the Free Advice button at the bottom of the screen. It’s just under my picture. I look forward to chatting with you soon!
Donna Mansbart, a skincare and haircare professional, is the owner of NOSI Skincare.