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Feb 26, 2023

Hormonal Acne - What Is It and How Do I Get Rid of It?


When you hear hormonal acne, it is easy to think only of those troubled adolescent years. But this issue is actually a common problem even as you get older, especially in women between the ages of 20 and 40, and sometimes around menopause. Regardless of your age, there are many ways to get help.

What is hormonal acne?

All acne is hormonal. It is the hormones that cause an overproduction of sebum. So why do people get pimples? While hormones are present in everyone, not everyone develops acne as it can stem from multiple factors. During adolescence, a certain type of hormone increases, and periods that are stressful can also cause hormones to become imbalanced. Many women experience getting pimples when menstruation is approaching and/or from their birth control pills. A pimple becomes inflamed due to the combination of sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells that do not fall off quickly enough. The sebum and dead skin cells become a clump inside the pore, and when the clump can’t get out, it stagnates. A special bacterium appears like a bloodhound and tries to break down the sebum. The result is a nasty fatty acid that eats away at the skin. The body does not like it and goes into defense mode, and voila - you have an inflamed pimple. Hormonal acne has nothing to do with bad or dirty skin. Therefore, you cannot and should not try to wash or dry out the problem. On the contrary.

What can I do when I have hormonal acne?

Number one is to not squeeze your pimples! Resisting can be difficult, but it will not make your skin or you happy in the long run. A regular skincare routine with products that suit your skin becomes extra important. Choose gentle cleansing products that do not dry out your skin, such as Cleansing Facial Wash, which contains moisturising Glycerin. Always follow up with a moisturiser afterward. Look for a day cream that does not clog pores, such as the new Moisturising Cream Gel with a light formula that is suitable for normal to oily skin. Try to incorporate a product with Niacinamide as well. This super ingredient is good for many things but has been shown to be particularly helpful for those who want to get rid of pimples. You will find it in Treatment Niacinamide Formula, where we have combined it with Hyaluronic Acid and Salicylic Acid to counteract pimples, make pores less visible, and make your skin clearer.

Why do you get pimples when you have your period?

Hormones not only make sebum production go crazy during this time of the month. The skin also becomes a little warmer and, therefore, swollen. This makes the opening of the pores smaller, which makes it easier for sebum to get stuck. Taking proactive measures can help alleviate the problem. Do a peel a few days before. Treatment Enzyme Peel is great because it works with AHA and BHA acids. You will get rid of dead skin cells, and it cleans the pores. Also, try to lower the water temperature in the shower and when washing your face. It is not only soothing with coolness. It makes the skin less swollen.

When should you seek help to get rid of pimples?

If you have significant problems that do not go away, and your skin is constantly inflamed, it is a good idea to see a dermatologist. Visiting an esthetician for acne treatment can also be beneficial.