Hormonal acne are those annoying and painful acne that come up because of hormonal fluctuations in the body especially when it’s that time of the month. These acne always show up at the worst times possible.
Before we talk about how to treat hormonal acne, it’s important to understand the difference between hormonal acne and good old fashioned pimples.
Hormonal adult acne typically forms on the lower part of your face. This includes the bottom of your cheeks and around your jawline. For some people, hormonal acne takes the form of blackheads, whiteheads, and small pimples that come to a head, or cysts. Cysts form deep under the skin and don’t come to a head on the surface. These bumps are often tender to the touch.
With that being said, here are 4 ways to treat hormonal acne.
1. Oral Contraceptives
Oral contraceptives specifically used for acne treatment contain ingredients that target the hormones that can contribute to acne. This can be especially helpful during peaks in hormones, such as during ovulation.
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.
3. Antiandrogen 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.
Sources: healthline.com and self.com
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