According to Healthline, 50% of women suffer from acne between ages 20-29, and about 25% of women ages 40-49. During puberty, hormonal acne usually appears in the T-zone(forehead, nose, and chin). Hormonal adult acne usually appears on the lower part of your face(cheeks and jawline).
Hormonal acne may be caused by influxes of hormones from:
- Menstruation- Usually your breakouts will be worse the week before your period starts when the hormone, progesterone, is at its peak.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome- This is a syndrome that affects a woman’s hormonal levels. This is when you produce higher than normal amounts of male hormones.
- Menopause- Menopause causes a drastic drop in hormonal levels, which can sometimes cause
- Increased androgen levels
How to know you have hormonal acne:
Being sure that your breakouts are caused by hormones and not just regular breakouts is important. Here are a few things to look for when identifying hormonal acne:Cystic flare ups each month on the jawline and/or around the mouth. These breakouts are going to be deeper and more painful. If you have oily skin, T-zone acne, blackheads, and/or whiteheads, then it is most likely not hormonal.
How to treat it:
Your first instinct during a breakout is to lather spot treatment to that area, but most products at the drug store are not strong enough to take care of those, deep cystic pimples. According to Dr. Samer Jaber of Washington Square Dermatology, cutting out simple sugars such as white rice, white potatoes, candy, cake, soda, juice, and processed foods. He also recommends cutting back on dairy. Change of diet may work for some clients, and may not work for others. Another common way of treating hormonal acne is with birth control.