Hormonal acne is exactly what it sounds like: acne tied to fluctuations in your hormones. However, the medical community is mixed when it comes to defining hormonal acne.
The Mayo Clinic cautions against the term, because it isn’t always associated with a hormonal imbalance (and therefore, products advertising “natural hormone remedies” aren’t effective). Others say the term is redundant. Technically speaking, all acne is hormonal, since it develops in response to hormonal changes.
Whatever you call it, acne can be incredibly frustrating. And although it’s typically associated with hormone fluctuations during puberty, hormonal acne can affect adults of any age.
What is hormonal acne?
Hormonal acne is linked to the overproduction of sebum (an oily substance secreted at the base of hairs to protect and lubricate the skin). This tends to be a direct result of hormonal changes — especially a rise in androgens such as testosterone — hence the wide usage of the term “hormonal acne.”
The four components of hormonal acne are:
This process can lead to pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads — or in some cases, cystic acne (tender bumps that form deep under the skin and don’t come to a head on the surface).
During puberty, hormonal acne usually appears on your forehead, nose, and chin (otherwise referred to in your T-zone). However hormonal adult acne often forms on the lower part of your face — including the bottom of your cheeks and around your jawline.
How to prevent and control hormonal acne
Unfortunately, many causes of hormonal acne (like hormonal fluctuations, genetic predisposition, or pre-existing medical conditions) occur whether we like it or not. But there are some measures you can take to help prevent the onset or worsening of hormonal acne.
1. Managing Your Stress
Stress floods our brains with adrenaline and cortisol — hormonal changes that may worsen acne, especially if you’re already prone to pimples. And be sure to get your beauty sleep! Sleep deprivation is considered one of the main acne triggers, since it disrupts hormone levels and unsettles the chemical balance in your skin.
2. Eat Healthy
Avoid simple carbohydrates (found in white bread, chips, and white potatoes), and sugary drinks, as they increase blood sugar levels and can have an impact on hormones. Instead, aim for Omega-3 fatty acids, plant-based foods, and a cup or two of green tea per day. These are all high in antioxidants and can help fight the inflammation of a breakout.
3. Avoid Sweaty Environments
Where possible, avoid areas with high heat and humidity — as excessive sweating can worsen your outbreaks and make inflamed, infected pimples worse. Similarly, try to reduce the amount of time your skin is exposed to sweat by rinsing off immediately after you exercise.
4. Be Kind to Your Face
It may be tempting to want to buff out facial imperfections, but too much washing and scrubbing can remove natural oils from the skin — causing your face to respond by producing even more oil and making hormonal acne worse. Wash your face no more than twice a day, using a mild cleanser and warm (not hot) water. Avoid harsh or exfoliating scrubs, and whatever you do, refrain from scratching, scraping, or picking pimples.
Hormonal Acne Treatments
Hormonal acne treatment methods can run the gamut from over the counter to prescription. Some will suggest topical retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or tea tree oil applied to the skin… while others will recommend oral medications like antibiotics or contraceptives.
Fortunately, there are other ways to safely clear your complexion without dermatologists or prescription medications.
Hormonal acne skincare products
One of the best things you can do for your hormonal acne is to be mindful of the products you use to treat it. Surprisingly, many skincare product lines have ingredients that are incompatible with acne-prone skin — and can actually make hormonal acne worse by clogging pores.
At Simply Skin, I recommend the Face Reality skincare program: a personalized and adaptive treatment that includes a suite of products tailored specifically to your skin type. It includes only high-quality skin replenishing ingredients and produces over a 90% success rate in 3 months.
Facials for hormonal acne
It’s no secret that facial treatments can rejuvenate and nourish your face, making your skin look healthier. But many don’t realize that some facials are specifically designed to clear and prevent hormonal acne. An acne facial is a medical skin treatment that not only helps to address breakouts, but also speeds up at-home acne treatments, making it an excellent addition to your skincare routine.
In addition to the Face Reality system, I also recommend the Ultrasonic Dermasound — the ultimate non-invasive facial treatment for hormonal acne. Dermasound uses gentle sound waves to loosen dead skin cells, cleanse clogged pores, and enhance the penetration of acne products. In as little as 6-10 treatments, it can clear your complexion and restore skin to a smooth, youthful glow — and the results speak for themselves.
Clearing hormonal acne for good
Treating hormonal acne looks different for every individual — which is why it’s crucial to work with a licensed esthetician that will customize a skincare regimen for your unique needs.
My Acne Treatment Promise means that I will help clear up your hormonal acne in 3-6 months, using the most effective treatments in the industry. Schedule a free consultation today to learn how to finally get rid of your hormonal acne and uncover the clear complexion you’ve been dreaming of.
Let’s face it: Acne is the worst. Not only is it irritating and painful, but it can make you self-conscious — and, naturally, it tends to flare up at the most inopportune moments before a big day or event. And you’re not alone — acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually.
There are a plethora of topical acne creams, serums, cleansers, and treatments (both over the counter and prescribed) and yet, all too often they leave the skin feeling dried out, irritated, or sometimes even more oily. If you deal with frequent or recurring facial breakouts, this cycle is probably all too familiar to you.
The fact is, when it comes to severe facial acne, products alone might not be effective enough… and that’s where facials come in. Facials for acne are one of the most meaningful changes you can make to your skincare routine, and one of the best ways to eliminate breakouts, clear your complexion, and rejuvenate the skin — for good.
What is an acne facial treatment, and can it help with breakouts?
A facial is a skin treatment that cleanses your pores, exfoliates dead skin cells, and treats common skin issues. Most facials also include a facial massage, which can be helpful in increasing blood flow — leading to decreased puffiness and improved circulation, enhancing the skin's appearance. Any type of facial serves to rejuvenate and nourish your face, and makes your skin look healthier and younger.
Specifically, an acne facial is a medical skin treatment that helps to clear acne and prevent breakouts on acne-prone skin — as well as speeding up at-home acne treatments. They also help to heal damage from prior facial breakouts, as well as other facial blemishes and discolorations, to improve the overall look and feel of your skin.
If your acne is related to trapped dirt, oil, and dead skin, a facial for acne could be just what you need to clean, exfoliate, and treat spots on the face.
What to Expect: How facials reduce and eliminate bad facial acne
The effectiveness of your acne facial depends on a few key factors: how regularly you get them, the quality of products used, and the skill of your esthetician.
Frequency of facials for acne
It’s important to remember you’ll get the best results if acne facials are regularly incorporated into your skin care routine. Typically, facials are scheduled in a series of biweekly sessions and supplemented with consultations with your esthetician.
Acne products used
And of course, you can't rely on acne facials alone to clear your breakouts and blemishes. To maximize effectiveness, you'll need to be consistent with your acne treatment and skincare routine at home in between facial appointments. These homecare products should be tailored exactly to your skin’s ongoing needs and sensitivities by your esthetician.
Esthetician skill and experience
Perhaps most importantly, the skill of the esthetician performing your acne facial treatment plays a huge role in the improvement you see. A seasoned professional will know how to work with your individual skin type, taking into consideration your age, gender, and type of acne. The best estheticians go even one step further to consult with you on how your diet and lifestyle impact skin health.
If you suffer from severe facial acne, you'll get the best results from someone who specializes in skin like yours. Don't be afraid to ask the esthetician about their experience with treating acne.
What is the best acne facial treatment?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach for acne facial treatment, as everyone’s skin and specific acne conditions differ. But here at Simply Skin, there’s a reason I promote both the Face Reality protocol and the innovative Dermasound Elite Ultrasonic machine to treat bad facial acne.
My Acne Treatment Promise
Facials for acne are an essential part of an overall holistic treatment for clearer, brighter, more radiant skin. I will help clear up your acne in 3-6 months, by using the most effective treatments in the industry — including lifestyle education and truly acne-safe skincare products.
To learn more about your skin type, best practices, and whether the Dermasound facial is right for you, click the button below to schedule a consultation today.