Dealing with Hormonal Breakouts?
How To Treat Hormonal Breakouts
Most often, acne will go away on its own at the end of puberty, however for some this can follow through adulthood. It's not ideal but the good news is that it can be treated, it's just a matter of finding the right treatment for you!
What Are Hormonal Breakouts?
Hormonal breakouts are exactly what the name suggests — acne and breakouts tied to fluctuations in your hormones, usually brought on by menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum, menopause, stress or hormone conditions.
Hormonal adult acne usually appears along the jawline, chin and cheeks and can range from blackheads and whiteheads to painful, cyst-like pimples under the skin’s surface that can be painful to touch.
How Do I Know If I Have Hormonal Acne?
- You’re no longer a teen
- Your breakouts appear around your chin and jawline
- Breakouts usually occur or get worse before your period
- You’re experiencing extra stress (which exacerbates hormonal breakouts)
- The breakouts contain painful cyst-like pimples.
Can Skincare Cure Hormonal Breakouts?
The root cause of hormonal breakouts are the changes in your internal hormones, so it’s not something that can be solely fixed with skincare. We always recommend consulting a healthcare professional to help treat the underlying internal cause, along with monitoring your diet and stress levels. However, skincare plays an important role in supporting your skin through hormonal breakouts, lessening their severity, nourishing the skin to promote healing and avoiding long-term scarring.
How To Treat Hormonal Breakouts With Skincare
If you’re suffering from hormonal breakouts, the most important thing to do is support and nourish the skin to promote healing. Here’s how:
Firstly, keep your skin clean by cleansing each morning and double cleansing at night. This will help to remove bacteria and excess oil, stopping it from causing congestion.
Next, incorporate a vitamin B serum like our Super Serum to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier function and help soothe inflammation around breakouts.
Prevent future build-up and breakouts by removing any excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria in the pores. You can do this by exfoliating 1-3 times a week, and drawing out impurities with a clay mask.
Support and Nourish
Keep your skin hydrated with a lightweight moisturiser rich in hyaluronic acid and anti-inflammatory ingredients that will moisturise your skin without clogging the pores.
Use a non-comedogenic face oil like our Renew Serum to help balance your skin’s oil production and soothe aggravated, inflamed breakouts.
Opt for products with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) like Lactic Acid or Glycolic Acid to minimise the appearance of acne scars and remove excess dead skin cells. Best applied in an exfoliant, treatment, mask or serum.
Invest in a natural retinol alternative, like Bakuchiol, to help stimulate and renew your complexion and help minimise the appearance and severity of acne scars.
Use a Vitamin C serum or products rich in Kakadu Plum. This powerful antioxidant brightens the complexion and helps reduce the appearance and formation of acne scarring. An essential for healthy, glowing skin. Our entire face range contains Kakadu Plum!
Want to incorporate a face oil into your skincare routine? Read our blog, ‘Are Face Oils Actually Good For My Face?’
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