We are going to take a look at the connection between your menstrual cycle and breakouts and help you understand if your hormones are causing acne. (This is kinda female orientated – sorry any guys reading this!)
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY ACNE IS RELATED TO MY HORMONES?
The tips below will help you determine whether your acne is hormonal or not.
- A typical characteristic of hormonal acne is that it comes and goes throughout your monthly cycle ( lessens and worsens if it never completely goes away).
- This is because our sex hormones go through HUGE swings throughout the month as your body prepares itself for pregnancy, and then menstruation.
- An imbalance in hormones sets off hormonal acne.
- People suffering from severe imbalances like those with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can have hormonal acne that persists all the time. 😦
- Ovulation and just before your period starts tends to be the time of most hormonal imbalance and therefore acne. Unfortunately, hormones are always changing, so acne doesn’t just come out at these times, but these tend to be the worst.
APPEARANCE AND FEEL
- Hormonal acne tends to be deep, cystic and sensitive to touch.
- Cysts are the big, hard, fluid-filled acne bumps that take ages to go away.
- Washing your face may be painful and if you bend down you can sometimes feel it throbbing.
- Bumpy, congested skin can also be a sign that your body is producing too much sebum and causing whiteheads
- Acne along your jaw, on your chin and under your bottom lip often signal hormonal problems and that your liver may be struggling to process and stop a build up of excess hormones.
- If you’re suffering from acne on your back, buttocks or shoulders – it could be a sign of unhappy hormones too.
OTHER HORMONAL SIGNS THAT CO-INSIDE WITHYOUR ACNE
- Hormonal acne presents itself because of an underlying hormonal imbalance, so it’s rare that it will present itself in isolation without other symptoms.
- The range of hormonal symptoms that can occur is massive.
- The most obvious hormonal symptoms that most women experience with hormonal imbalance are that of PMS – anxiety, mood swings, irritability, bloating, sore breasts, cravings, etc.
- Cramps, pain, heavy periods, irregular or absent periods are more noticeable signs of imbalance.
- Things like fatigue, low libido, lack of energy, brain fog, infertility, depression, digestive problems, hair loss, stubborn weight gain, insomnia, and so much more can be other symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
If you think you may be suffering from hormonal imbalance what should you do?
- Firstly, go see your doctor. They can send you to get tests that will confirm if you do in fact have a significant hormonal imbalance that could be causing your acne.
- QUICK TIP! – Coconut Oil is amazing for hormone health. It provides the necessary building blocks for hormone production. You can consume it by blending into coffee or tea.
- Caffeine can wreak havoc on the endocrine (hormonal) system. So perhaps consider cutting down, or if you can out the coffee. I know it’s sad 😦 but worthwhile for clearer skin! 🙂 Maybe ever replace with beneficial herbal teas. You can find out the benifits of diffrent ones online.
- Sleep!!! Without adequate sleep, hormones will not be in balance. Get a good sleep routine.
- Physical exercise helps your skin by increasing your blood circulation, which sends more oxygen to your skin cells and carries cell waste away – AKA less clogging of pores. But keep in mind that sweat from exercise can also lead to breakouts by irritating your skin. So it’s important to shower right after a workout.
- Increasing the amount of water you drink is a great way to flush out the bad stuff that causes more spots and hydrates your skin from the inside out.
- Get a period tracking app on your phone. This will help you predict which point of your cycle you are at and help you prepare for any upcoming regular acne battles in your month.