We already have to deal with abdominal pains before the menses itself, deal with pains during it and still have to deal with those huge horrendous pimples that show up at any part of your face.
It is believed that hormonal fluctuations, which can be menstrual or cyclical (or both) in women do cause increased oil production in the pore. This is how skincare experts believe hormonal acne starts, although the actual cause is yet to be determined. Also, the ratio of progesterone to estrogen can also have an effect on a woman’s testosterone levels, which can contribute to acne. (Source: self.com)
You know you’re dealing with hormonal acne when the breakouts occur once in a month, the pimples are around your jawline or chin, you’re very stressed out or you’re dealing with painful cysts instead of blackheads and whiteheads.
1. Oral contraceptives
Oral contraceptives specifically used for acne treatment contain ethinylestradiol plus one of the following: drospirenone, norgestimate and norethindrone. Together, these ingredients target the hormones that can contribute to acne. This can be especially helpful during peaks in hormones, such as during ovulation.
2. Anti-androgen drugs
Anti-androgen drugs work by decreasing the male hormone androgen. Both men and women have natural levels of this hormone. Too much androgen, though, can contribute to acne issues by interfering with hair follicles that regulate skin cells and increasing oil production.
If your hormonal acne is mild, you may be able to use topical retinoids. Retinoids are derived from vitamin A. Many retinoid creams, gels, and lotions are available over the counter. If you add a topical retinoid to your regimen, it’s important to apply sunscreen daily. Retinoids can increase your risk of sunburn.
Tea tree oil, Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and Green tea can also be used in the treatment of hormonal pimples.
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