Are your hormones causing your acne?
In short, yes - most
acne may be traced to fluctuations in hormone levels, especially
androgens (male hormones also known as testosterone), and their power to
over stimulate sebaceous glands. As acne results from inflammation
caused by sebum clogged hair follicles (pores) and bacteria, ruling out
the factors that cause over production of sebum is very important.
Treatment will help your body to negotiate or even eliminate the hormonal imbalance.
The Truth about Hormones
common misunderstanding is that men have testosterone and women have
estrogen and progesterone; the truth is that both males and females have
a balance of all three hormones. In fact, one of the most popular
causes of hormonal acne in women is having high levels of androgens
(male hormones). This type of acne is even called androgenal acne. Men
also may have too much FREE testosterone or too much estrogen in their
How do hormones influence acne?
primary cause of the formation of acne is a fluctuation in androgens
(male hormones) and in particular testosterone, DHEAS
(dihyroepiandrosterone sulfate) and DHT (dehydrotestosterone). Elevation
in these hormones work as a force that can lead to over secretion by
the sebaceous glands and the onset of acne formation.
In adult women, the fluctuation of hormone levels may occur both temporarily and for a long period of time.
- The mid-cycle of the menstrual cycle is often associated with the highest level of estrogen and androgens.
- After ovulation, progesterone levels increase which can also stimulate sebaceous gland secretions.
- Your emotional highs (happiness) and lows (stress) can also stimulate the hormones.
are thought to be responsible for acne in a significant percentage of
pregnant women during the third trimester when the sebaceous glands are
over stimulated, causing oily skin and frequent breakouts.
off of oral contraceptives and the post pregnancy period are other
times when hormones fluctuate, often leading to adult acne.
women even experience acne after menopause, when estrogen levels begin
to taper off and testosterone becomes the dominant hormone.
- Having higher than normal levels of androgens (male hormones) may also contribute to hormonal fluctuations.
the ladies, your hormones fluctuate from the highs and lows of life and
are even stimulated by exercise and by your DNA as a man. This fact,
coupled with the fact that men simply have more testosterone, means
that male acne is harder to treat. On average, guys
don't take care of their skin as well as their female counterparts and
they also play more sports and sweat more, which may contribute to
making male acne more severe, persistent and difficult to treat.
Signs That Your Acne May Be Hormonally Induced
Treatment Options for Hormonal Acne
women with hormonal acne, one approach that is being prescribed quite
often is oral contraceptives (OC) to modulate the endogenous levels of
both female and male hormones. Unfortunately, this solution
carries several side effects such as potential blood clots, high blood
pressure and other potential problems accumulated over time (especially
if birth control is used longer term). Obviously, the use of OC is not an option for men or teenagers.
with androgen induced acne, an alternative approach is the use of
Spironolactone (Aldactone®), which is routinely used as a potassium
sparing diuretic by inhibiting water resorption in the kidneys. It just
so happens that Spironolactone also inhibits aldosterone secretion by
the adrenal gland and is reported to have anti-androgen effects.
Aldactone will only be effective if your acne is androgen induced, and
may carry some longer term side effects.
face a more difficult situation (often combined with a need to alter
their lifestyle and skincare), and are more often targeted with the
highly toxic Isotretinoin (Accutane and generics), and broad spectrum
antibiotics that carry their own potentially serious short and long term
side effects. In addition, antibiotics only actually deal with
selected symptoms of acne (they may limit growth of bacteria and
inflammation) but do not eliminate real causes of acne.
A Better Way for Women and Men
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As an all-botanical natural medicine, AcnEase® specifically inhibits the impact of fluctuating hormone levels on sebaceous gland secretions. AcnEase® does not affect hormone levels per se, but rather modulates their effect on sebaceous gland secretions.
This mechanism of action helps explain why AcnEase® is equally
effective in treating adolescent and adult acne in both men and women.
Cystic acne in women is often associated with increased levels of androgens. AcnEase®
has proven to be highly effective in the treatment of women with cystic
acne further supporting the product's ability to inhibit hormonal
influence on sebaceous gland excess production of sebum. AcnEase®
is the safe alternative for women that stop taking OC in order to start
their families, and experience acne flare-ups. AcnEase has also been
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breastfeed and are experiencing changes in their skin with periodic
For men, AcnEase®
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both facial acne (including cystic acne), and body and back acne (which
are both quite prevailing and severe in males).
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