Hormonal acne is extremely complicated because we're dealing with something invisible to the naked eye.
It requires you to be aware of your body's internal processes to manage the condition effectively. Here's what you need to know before rushing to buy skincare products.
Your hormones might be causing your acne if:
Our body requires a delicate balance of hormones to keep all systems running smoothly. When we experience an imbalance of hormones, the body struggles to manage its processes.
The androgen responsible for acne is testosterone. Both men and women produce testosterone and estrogen. However, women are sensitive to excess testosterone because their bodies can't use it. Therefore, the body ejects this excess testosterone.
Our skin has androgen receptor cells that receive the testosterone for elimination. From these receptors, the skin gets rid of testosterone through cystic breakouts.
Also, testosterone increases the production of sebum, which can clog pores and worsen the breakout.
The body transports hormones through the bloodstream, which sends the hormones directly to the skin cells.
There are three primary ways testosterone ends up in your blood supply:
If you suspect your acne is hormonal, go to a doctor and get your hormone levels checked. Also, have them test your blood sugar and cortisol levels.
Apart from medical intervention, help your body stay balanced by drinking lots of water, eating a healthy diet full of leafy greens and fresh fruit, and getting enough sleep (7.5-9 hours every day).
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team