BFFs!!! Sometimes I feel as though I am a young teenager again going through puberty!!!! Haven’t I outgrown pimples?!?!?! Our bodies are always changing. As we age our hormones change, also as we go though different stages in life our hormones change as well. If you are one of the lucky ones that doesn’t get pimples as a result of hormonal changes you are one lucky person!!! Here are some ways to determine if your acne/pimples are related to hormonal changes:
- Hard to Get Rid Of: One of the main ways to tell if acne is related to hormones is if it seams to be untreatable with over the counter creams and medications. If you are doing everything that “worked in the past” on other small pimples and it seams not to work hormones may be the issue.
- Timing: Acne that has a hormonal component will often flare up during hormonal changes such as the week before your menstrual cycle or during ovulation.
- Location: Acne located on the lower part of the face beneath the cheekbones, and along the jawline is often related to hormones, whereas acne on the forehead and other parts of the face are not.
- Type: Hormonal pimples are deep and are slightly painful to the touch. You feel them coming before the white head appears… like a mountain under the skin.
The main hormones that are responsible for this issue are androgen hormones. These are sex hormones that are released by the adrenal glands, ovaries, and testes. Androgens stimulate your sebaceous glands causing them to produce oil.
How To Treat Hormonal Acne:
BFFs! Hormonal acne originates under the skin… you really need to tackle this first from the inside out!
Dairy: Eliminate milk: Milk, especially skim, contains hormones that can up the pimples. “Pregnant cows produce several hormones like insulin-like-growth-factor that promote acne in the body, and can cause androgen production to rise. Dairy products also contain progesterone, which can be inflammatory (Paleoforwomen.com)” Also steer clear of pastas, white breads, and foods that have a high glycemic index. Also eliminate diet sodas, or any sodas from your diet.
Phytoestrogens: soy and flax are the primary phytoestrogens to be concerned about, with legumes and nuts coming in a distant second place. Phytoestrogens (“phyto estrogen” is greek for “plant estrogen”) have the power to act as estrogens in the body. This may sound like a good thing for acne, but this role is ambivalent and should be treated with caution, especially with the skin. Different estrogen receptors read different kinds of phytoestrogens differently, such that phytoestrogens usually perform estrogen-lowering effects in skin tissue despite what they do in other locations.(PaleoForWomen)
BFFs! Sleep is SO important!! If you don’t take the time to get your beauty sleep, you can’t be surprised if your body is out of wack. Make sure to give yourself enough time in the night to get a goods night rest!
Stay Out Of The Sun: Acne is a form of inflammation. Some people think that the sun will “dry out” a pimple. Hormonal pimples, and deeper pimples are worsened by this. Sun only intensifies inflammation.
Keep Your Skin Clean:
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day to keep pores clear of dirt, oil, and makeup. DONT GO TO SLEEP WITH YOUR MAKEUP ON! Also don’t use cleansers that are really rough on your skin. I swear by Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo when it comes to a wash that will take ALL of my make up off in one swoop! I also love Cetephil as well.
Moisturize Your Skin:
Make sure you use a gentile moisturizer. If you are suffering from a breakout make sure you use oil – free moisturizers. Some people feel like they should not put moisturizers on a zit or an area with acne, as they want to dry the area out. This is a common mistake! It is always a better choice to moisturize! I will apply some acne medication and then apply the moisturizer. If your face is dry it could produce more oil to correct the dryness.
Dead skin can clog your pores. Chemical peels that consist of glycolic or alpha hydroxyl acids help slough off the dead skin that can cause clogged pores. One of my favorites is: Perfect Image, Glycolic Acid 50% Gel Peel – Enhanced with Retinol & Green Tea Extract (Professional Skin Peel). These peels are slightly painful at first but you get used to it. 😉