If you suffer from hormonal acne, just leaving the house can feel like a challenge. We live in a time where skin acceptance is more widely discussed, but even then, showing off red painful blemishes isn't my ideal way to start the day. In fact, many acne sufferers spend hours asking Google, "How to cure hormonal acne" Unfortunately, there isn't a miracle overnight fix, however, there are treatments that really do work.
But first, the basics — what causes hormonal acne? Well, unlike other types of breakouts, this kind is triggered by fluctuations in oestrogen and progesterone, reports Health Line. The ratio of these hormones, together with levels of testosterone, and even stress, can result in painful cysts that are often hard to get rid of. According to skin expert Dr Terry Loong, menstrual cycles can have a detrimental effect on skin too, causing red lumps to pop up on cheeks and around the jawline. While most people will have dealt with the odd acne flare-up as a teenager, it's not uncommon for the condition to rear its head well into adulthood. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology found that 50 percent of women aged 20 to 29 reported having acne. So don't worry, you're really not on your own with this one.
If you are a current sufferer of hormonal acne, your first thought will probably be to shell out tonnes of money on "wonder" products, turning your three-step skincare routine into an hour-long ordeal. But the key to treating hormonal acne, according to experts, is to simplify your skincare routine and only use products that will actually help. These can include anything from prescription-strength medication to oral contraceptives and acid-filled cleansers. As June is Acne Awareness Month, it seems an apt time to lay out exactly which treatments you should be trying out to beat those spots once and for all.