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Ask an Esthie- How to Treat and Prevent Hormonal Acne

Oh, you thought you were the only one? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Acne is the most common skin condition, making hormonal acne extremely common as well. According to Cleveland Clinic, it affects up to 80% percent of people with about 50% being women. But thankfully it can be treated, keep reading to find out how.

What is Hormonal Acne?

Hormonal acne can form in childhood during puberty and/or adulthood when hormones fluctuate and form blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts.

Hormonal acne typically appears on your lower face including your jawline and chin. Most hormonal acne is caused by

  • Menstruation

  • Menopause

  • PCOS

  • Pregnancy

  • And High Androgen Levels

Here are a few ways you can reduce and prevent hormonal acne (from someone who used to have it)

1. Track your period

I find that tracking my period keeps me on track to know when my hormones will begin and when I should start going into prevention mode with my skincare products and wellness. I use this period tracker called GLOW (completely on brand) to help track my period. Typically a week before my period is scheduled to begin I start to use my period pimple-prevention products!

2. Have a Skincare Routine Geared Toward Hormones

Typically around that time of the month, I like to add more acids, exfoliators, and retinoids into my routine to help balance the extra sebum production. I typically use more hydrating ingredients but ones that are geared toward acne and oil products. These are a few of the products I like to use when it's that time of the month! You can purchase all of these on our website for 10% with code "Uglow".

3. Get Facials

This is a no-brainer. I always get a facial every month and this helps to deep cleanse and kill any bacteria that is under the skin. I normally do a series of light enzyme treatments, high frequency, and LED light therapy to help avoid and treat any blemishes from forming. Here is a quick clip of me performing an enzyme treatment.

4. Use a Spot Treatment

I remember doing this and thinking- “This seems a little unnecessary. If I am already using a cleanser and other products, why the extra step?” Well, I am here to tell you, the extra step is necessary! I started using a spot treatment at night when I would feel an incoming pimple and literally would wake up to little or no inflammation. And if there was a pimple- I would wake up and it would be dried up. This is a MUST-HAVE for me to keep even when my hormones aren’t acting crazy. I’ve been loving the one from Skin Script, but here are two of my other favorites.

Do you have hormonal acne? Try these steps out and let us know if this starts to help with your hormonal acne.


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