If you never had acne as a teen, but suddenly got a bout of it as an adult, or if your teenage acne has followed you well into your 20s and 30s, chances are you have fallen victim to hormonal acne. Yes, it is unfair, and no one should have to go through it, but the good news is you can get rid of it with a little help from us.
First things first, look for these signs to know if you are in fact dealing with hormonal acne. Your pimples pop up mainly on your cheekbones and lower parts of your face including your chin and jawline, they usually occur around your monthly clock, they are deep and painful cystic bumps and they most probably leave a scar. If any of these signs sound familiar, then your hormone fluctuations are to be blamed for your acne.
Now that you know you have hormonal acne, what next? Here are five skincare tips to deal with hormonal acne and keep them at bay.
Wash your face
Due to changes in hormone levels during puberty, menstrual cycle and menopause, your skin produces more sebum which ultimately results in acne. Keep your face clean and wash it with a face cleanser twice daily to keep off the excess oil.
Pay attention to your diet
Fluctuations in hormones can lead to crazy cravings for junk food and what not, but that will only make your acne worse. Limit your sugar intake, eat healthy and drink plenty of water to keep your skin well hydrated.
Exfoliate with the right skincare acids
Salicylic acid and glycolic acid are excellent liquid exfoliants that can help you get rid of excess oil on your skin and thus the annoying hormonal acne. They contain AHAs and BHAs which clears off oil and restore the pH levels of your skin. Use these skincare acids to exfoliate your skin before going to bed.
Trust acne treatments
While topical spot treatments can take care of mild acne, if you have a severe acne situation going on, we suggest an oral treatment. The oral medication helps treat your skin from within and balances your hormones, which minimise the acne flare-up. Consult your dermat and get an appropriate anti-acne treatment.
Treat with tea tree oil
One of the best home remedies for treating acne is using tea tree oil on your skin. It fights bacteria and reduces the inflammation. Mix tea tree oil in a carrier oil or dilute it in water and apply it as a spot treatment on acne.