It’s that time of the month again when your hormones are messing with your skin, giving you pimples across your face. We know what you're thinking: Why are you still having acne problems in your 20s?
Here's the problem: Some women continue to struggle with acne all the way to their 50s because of hormonal imbalance stirred up by the menstrual cycle (or menopause) and other conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
If you’re fed up with your skin being a slave to your hormones, consider consulting a dermatologist or OB/GYN to check if you’re suffering from something more serious than acne. Below, the common ways to treat hormonal acne. Read this and talk to your doctor afterwards.
Go easy on saturated fat and sugar.
Food that’s high in sugar, like cookies and white bread, and food that’s high in saturated fat, like fast food, can exacerbate acne development and worsen breakouts. These foods cause blood sugar levels to spike, increasing oil production in your skin, which can lead to clogged pores.
Adjust your eating habits.
It may not be enough for you to simply avoid junk food; you’ll need to eat nutritious food, too. Vegetables rich in antioxidants, such as broccoli, kale, and spinach, can fight inflammation. Meanwhile, omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, sardines, and tuna, and the zinc from cashews, pine nuts, and pecans have anti-inflammatory properties. The results from changing your diet may take a while, but eating right can help you become healthier from the inside out.
Go with your gut.
Eating food rich in probiotics, the good bacteria that cleanse your gut, has been found to help reduce inflammation and oil secretion. While probiotic supplements are available in drugstores, you can also get probiotics in yogurt, kimchi, pickles, miso, and sauerkraut.
Consider taking the pill.
Some oral contraceptives contain components that can help regulate your hormone levels, and they have been approved by the FDA to treat hormonal acne. You can ask your doctor about them or about anti-androgen drugs, which aim to control the excessive production of testosterone in your body that could be causing acne.
Try topical treatments.
Topical retinoids are a popular first-line acne treatment. Retinoids, derived from vitamin A, help get rid of dead skin cells without clogging your pores. Other topical treatments include antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide.
Before applying any topical treatment on your skin, make sure to wash your face with a non-drying cleanser like Acne Care Soap, which contains aloe vera extract, vitamin C, vitamin E, and niacinamide B3 that help clean, moisturize, and protect the skin. Acne Care Soap also contains terpenoids, which are clinically proven to have anti-fungal, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties.
You can also use Acne Care Drying Lotion to help treat your pimples. It contains zinc oxide, which helps reduce inflammation, and titanium dioxide, which helps protect the skin from the sun.