Adulthood comes with its own unique set of challenges, but one that many women are unpleasantly surprised to encounter is hormonal acne.
Most commonly associated with puberty and adolescence, studies show that as many as 50% of women 20-29 and 25% of women 40-49 struggle with hormonal changes that result in acne break-outs. Adult hormonal acne can even behave differently than the pesky pimples of your youth.
The sheer volume of medications, products and treatment options available can be overwhelming. And stressing about your break-outs can make them even worse! The good news is that there are natural remedies and lifestyle changes known to contribute greatly to the improvement of hormonal acne. You can get tough on hormonal acne while staying kind to your skin.
Determining and Understanding Triggers
There are multiple factors that contribute to hormonal imbalances in our adult years, including anxiety, diet, menopause, pregnancy, menstrual cycles, and oral contraceptives.
Hormonal acne typically appears on the jawline, chin or lower cheek and may often be cystic. It can flare up prior to your menstrual cycle or during particularly stressful seasons of life and understanding triggers can be crucial to managing and eventually eliminating adult hormonal acne. Luckily, many have journeyed before you, and we’ve collected some of their findings below.
While experts have yet to reach any kind of agreement when it comes to diet and hormonal acne, research and countless personal testimonies have strengthened the theory that dietary choices contribute to the health of our skin and the balance of our hormones.
For example, dairy is widely accepted as an ingredient to be avoided, at least in the week or two leading up to your period. White bread, breakfast cereal, and potato chips are all on the “no-fly” list for their proven reputations of being inflammatory and triggering hormonal changes. By contrast, foods that are known to positively balance hormones include avocados, quinoa, salmon, eggs and any dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli or chard.