Period Hormonal Acne: Prevention and Treatment

 Hello. Today we have a guest article from Lisa Hill. She gives us very useful information about hormonal acne.

Hormonal acne is one of the most common skin conditions among adults all over the globe. This kind of acne seems cystic and inflammatory. In the worst cases, the acne may be painful and leave scars on the affected areas.


Various factors cause hormonal acne among teens and adults. Hormonal changes during or before the periods are considered one of the major factors for acne among women and teenage girls. The fluctuations of testosterone and other androgens result in acne breakouts among women.


a)      Gentle Cleansing:

Acne-prone skin must be cleansed with mild products and gentle hands. You must avoid scrubbing your face and pat dry it with a soft dry cloth. Harsh chemicals may leave your skin irritated, red and inflamed.

b)     Don’t Overdo The Acne Products:

While preventing frequent acne breakouts, you must not use multiple products. The overuse of chemical products leaves your skin dry and flaky. Using different products with different ingredients may leave adverse effects on your sensitive skin. This causes more harm than a possible treatment for your acne.

c)       Moisturizing:

Moisturizing is the most favoured prevention technique recommended by dermatologists. Dry skin is more susceptible to getting infected by bacteria. Moisturizing daily helps your skin in rejuvenating and increases the formation of epidermal cells. Healthy and moisturised skin lowers the chances of plugged hair follicles. It keeps the pores healthy and clean.

d)     Apply Sunscreen:

Your acne-prone skin needs to be protected from harmful UVB And UVA rays. Dermatologists suggest always covering your skin with sunscreen. It is advised for people with normal to sensitive skin. Thus it is a mandatory routine for acne-prone skin. You must cover your skin with sunscreen even at home. Your contact with UV rays only for 10 minutes can cause serious damage to your healing skin. You must cover up your face with scarves or wear covered clothes for extra protection while leaving home.

e)      Visit Your Dermatologist:

People with moderate to severe acne must visit their dermatologist for a consultation. Correct diagnoses and medication can heal your skin at an early stage. There are several OTC products available to prevent acne, but your dermatologist knows better about the correct medication for your skin type and symptoms of acne. Using the wrong products on your acne-prone skin may give you results initially but it will damage your skin ultimately without any chances of recovery later.



There are several acne treatment products available online. Most topical products can be bought without a doctor’s prescription while oral medications require it. The treatment of acne depends solely on the skin type, acne symptoms and other health issues. In severe cases, environmental factors and genetics also play a vital role.

a)      Antibiotic or Benzoyl Peroxide:

Antibiotics are oral medications prescribed by a doctor based on the signs of acne. These are mostly advised if the topical products are not quite effective in healing severe acne. Antibiotics are prescribed along with topical acne products for fast treatment.

Benzoyl peroxide is considered the most reliable topical product for acne treatment. This chemical prevents inflammation, redness by removing sebum from clogged hair follicles. It exfoliates the skin pores and removes the dead skin cells from your epidermis. It heals the skin cells and reduces frequent breakouts.

b)     Change in Your Diet:

Many people debate the fact that diet has no to minimum impact on acne breakouts. People struggling with acne have admitted that changes in their diet may reduce the inflammation and severity of acne symptoms. Eating fibrous food while avoiding fried and junk food items helps in detoxifying your skin cells. It removes unnecessary toxins from your skin. Increase your water intake to keep your skin hydrated. Green leafy vegetables and fruits improve your immunity and skin quality.

c)      Limit Stress to Reduce Inflammation:

It’s a well-known fact that mental health can affect your body externally. The change in lifestyle, eating habits and poor sleeping schedule affect your hormonal balance. The increase in stress triggers acne. Keep your mind calm and composed by practising yoga, meditation or regular exercise. It improves blood circulation which further helps in acne treatment.

d)     Don’t Smoke:

You may not comply with the fact that smoking can cause frequent acne breakouts, but it is completely justified. Smoking not only affects your lungs but also damages your skin quality. It increases wrinkles, spots, blemishes, and acne on your skin. It soaks all the vital minerals and vitamins necessary for skin cell formation.

e)      Getting Enough Vitamins:

Vitamins are vital nutrition for your skin. Vitamin A, B, C, D and E all play a significant role in skin rejuvenation and health. You must increase your vitamin intake to correct your hormonal imbalance and give the required nutrition to your skin. Avoid munching fried chips and burgers and switch to fruits, salads, smoothies and natural juices. You can try multivitamin supplements from government-approved companies. There are various multivitamin products available online for people struggling with vitamin deficiencies.


Every person struggling with period acne suffers different symptoms. It is advised to get a detailed consultation with your dermatologist at the first encounter of acne. As it is said, “prevention is always better than cure”.

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