Hormonal acne is the worst, and unfortunately, most people are not immune to it. Thankfully though, there are some effective and easy ways you can fight for acne free skin.
There is a difference between getting the occasional zit and having hormonal acne. If your pimples are red inflamed, hurt when you touch them and won't go away, then it's likely that you have hormonal acne. The good news is that if you are aware of the causes and symptoms it can be prevented.
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Not washing your face after a workout or wearing too much makeup are both external triggers that can cause hormonal acne. The reason for this is because the bacteria and hormones mix. If you exercise or wear make-up, you should wash your face at least twice a day. It is vital to keep your face as clean as possible to avoid breakouts.
Stress, birth control, being on your period, even changing time zones can trigger an outbreak. If you are prone to hormonal acne, any change in your hormone levels can cause those red mounds to appear. There is not much that can be done about hormone fluctuations, except perhaps avoiding stress and staying in one time zone.
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Unfortunately, some people are more prone to suffering from hormonal acne than others. They have an enzyme in the oils in their bodies, which wreaks havoc on their pores. One thing doctors do not recommend is attempting to pop the painful acne. It may sound fun or seem necessary, but it is not. Keeping your hands away from the red, inflamed mounds will prevent more oils, dirt, and bacteria from getting on your face. It will at least stop the spreading of the acne.
When suffering from this skin condition, it is imperative to keep the skin clean. One way of ensuring this is by using chemical exfoliators; over the counter retinol is a perfect example. It is gentle enough for every day use and has oil-reducing qualities. A chemical exfoliator will clear up existing acne while preventing further breakouts.
One last option for treatment is an oral antibiotic prescribed by a dermatologist. It is not a long-term solution and there are side effects, but it can help clear up a current breakout. Once your skin is clear, you will need to discuss the right action to take to control your hormonal acne with your doctor.
What are some remedies you have tried to get rid of hormonal acne? Let us know in the comments!