Everything from your Period to Pregnancy and Puberty can cause this process. Consider them the 3 Ps of hormonal acne!
Few people escape puberty without at least a smattering of forehead pimples. As universal an experience as it is, it remains a universally embarrassing problem to have.
Fluctuating hormones are, of course, the major cause of teen acne. When hormones are released to trigger the growth and physical changes that transform the body from child to adult, acne is often the result.
Teen acne presents the opportunity to start a lifetime of excellent skin care habits. The first step is to start using a full skin care regimen to get acne under control.
[Check out our Guide to Teen Skin Care to get started.]
Many women experience acne during pregnancy due to a boost in oil production related to increased levels of certain hormones. If you have a history of acne, you are more likely to experience it during pregnancy—especially if you normally break out around that ‘time of the month’ The good news is that if you don’t see any breakouts in your first trimester, you’re unlikely to get any during the remaining of your pregnancy.
The most important thing to know about pregnancy acne is that there are some ingredients—including Salicylic Acid—which are not safe for you to use at this time.
Adult Hormonal Acne
We don’t need to tell you that adult acne is often closely related to your monthly cycle. However, for some women the link isn’t always clear. Here’s how to tell if the hormonal fluctuations during your period are causing your adult acne:
· Breakouts occur around the same time each month, near ‘that time of the month’
· The location of acne—hormonal breakouts often occur along the jawline and beneath your cheek ones.
· Adult hormonal acne is more likely to be cystic. Cystic breakouts are deeper in the skin and can be painful to the touch.
[Read more: Discover the best solutions for Cystic Acne]
It’s a good idea to track your cycle and prepare for the days that your skin is more likely to break out. Keep an arsenal of acne spot treatments available—including the Buffering Lotion for cystic acne and the Drying Lotion for whiteheads.