If you thought you were off the hook when it comes to acne, think again. Acne isn’t simply a thing of your teenage years, especially when it comes to hormonal acne. This type of breakout can likely stay with you throughout your life as it’s caused by your body’s specific hormones and happens whenever there’s a surge of those hormones (like estrogen and progesterone) during menstruation, menopause, and a multitude of other body functions. It can creep up in your post-teen years and find its home predominately around your jawline and chin in the form of small-yet-painful cysts (although it can make an appearance on other parts of your face as well).
That being said, although unbearable at times, hormonal acne is something that can be handled. That’s right, it can be managed like another natural body function (ahem, like your period). Below are top tips on how you can tackle your next bout of pesky acne.
Tea Tree Oil
You know how essential oils are…essential to our wellbeing in some ways? When it comes to hormonal acne they’re just as beneficial. Tea tree oil actually reduces the type of inflammation that leads to acne, so if you’re in need of a natural remedy, you’re set. You can use a diluted concentration of the essential oil itself, or opt for a skincare product that incorporates tea tree oil as an ingredient.
Another natural remedy that can help fight hormonal acne is green tea. It’s no secret that green tea is a healthy treat for our bodies, and it’s equally as helpful when it comes to treating any breakouts. Since it helps reduce swelling, adding a few cups a day to your diet can help combat any flareups caused by inflammation.
Was Your Face Regularly
Clean skin is happy skin. Washing your face at least twice a day (once in the morning when you wake up and once when you’re heading off to bed) can make your skin happier and ultimately help manage any hormonal breakouts.
Believe it or not, birth control can do more for you than simply prevent pregnancy. If you’re experiencing a serious flareup and are already on birth control, know that it’s working to keep your skin clear. However, keep in mind that only pill-based birth control is what can help acne flareups, as the pill contains a series of ingredients that address the hormones that lead to breakouts.
A Topical Retinoid
If you’re familiar with those fancy cream commercials from your teens that advertised acne treatments, then you were likely watching an ad for a topical retinoid. “Topical” means it’s a treatment that goes directly onto your body in the form of a cream and helps fight acne from the outside-in. You can pick up a topical retinoid over the counter, or ask your dermatologist for a prescription-strength product.
Our bodies react to stress both mentally and physically. When stress levels rise, a hormone called cortisol is released and can affect the already fluctuating hormones in your body. The less you stress out, the less cortisol is released and the less it interferes with our normal bodily functions, like hormonal breakouts. A stress-free mindset benefits both your brain and your body.