Submit your skincare questions to Dr. Agnes, CEO of Herborium and natural medicine expert
the American Academy of Dermatology, the unpleasant and sometimes painful skin
breakouts of acne can affect 40 to 50 million Americans. Acne is most common in
teenagers, but it can affect people regardless of age. Hormonal acne is practically acne caused by hormonal
fluctuations. Acne can flare at any time, but people are particularly
susceptible to it during certain phases of life, including, and perhaps most
famously, during puberty and adolescence in general.
Adult acne, however, is also increasingly common. Much like
adolescent acne, it is essentially hormonal in nature. Generally speaking,
adult women tend to be more vulnerable to hormonal acne than adult men, but men
can certainly experience it as well. Women tend to go through several different
hormonal stages in their lives, starting with menses (the onset of menstruation),
followed by many years of menstruation, perhaps a pregnancy or multiple
pregnancies, premenopausal, and finally, menopause. Any or all of these new
phases can change a woman's hormonal balance yet again and cause her acne to
Hormonal acne typically does not respond to traditional acne
treatments, such as topical retinoids or antibiotics. Hormonal acne can be
treated through the use of oral contraceptives for women and Accutane for men. Men
and women who are experiencing hormonal acne find that over the counter topical
treatments, such as ointments and cleansers containing benzoyl peroxide and/or
glycolic acid, provide them with all the acne relief they need.
Aleve is an over the counter medication that has been found
to alleviate premenstrual acne and menstrual acne in many women because of the
anti-inflammatory effect that it has on a person's entire system. However,
Aleve which contains Naproxen, is an NSAID medication, which means that it is not
safe for everyone to take. For instance, people who are allergic to aspirin
should not take Aleve.
an all natural herbal medicine that specifically inhibits the impact of fluctuating
hormone levels on sebaceous gland secretions. AcnEase does not affect hormone
levels but rather they modulate their effect on sebaceous gland secretions.
This mechanism is effective in treating
adolescent and adult acne. Likewise, AcnEase can be used by both men and women.
But most importantly, AcnEase is safe and by addressing the causes of
acne it will prevent the future outbursts letting your skin to clear and to begin
a healing process for skin scars and acne marks.
There are also several natural and safe ways to treat
hormonal acne. You can cleanse your skin twice daily with an oil-free cleanser.
Daily cleansing will help to keep your skin clear of makeup, bacteria and other
contaminants that can exacerbate your acne. Avoid cleansers that contain heavy
soaps or scents as these can worsen your acne. It also helps to keep your skin
hydrated using a moisturizer. You may
think that you should avoid moisturizer in an effort to dry out your acne.
However, moisturizer is actually essential to getting rid of your hormonal
acne. If you don't moisturize, your skin will actually produce even more oil to
make up for the dryness there.You can also use an oil-free moisturizer that won't clog
You can try some home remedies for clearing hormonal acne.
Mash up one clove of fresh garlic. Apply the mashed garlic to your acne and
leave on overnight as this has been shown to reduce hormonal acne. You can also
try mixing a solution of equal parts rose water and lime juice. Apply the
mixture to your acne and leave it on for ½ hour. Rinse the solution off your
face and moisturize as you normally would.
A healthy diet, rich in nutrients and
antioxidants can also help treat hormonal acne and maintain clear healthy skin.
A nutritious diet promotes overall skin balance and health, thereby helping to
eliminate your acne. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and excess sugar, all of which can
exacerbate hormonal acne.