Which Hormones Cause Acne?

Hormones That Cause Acne

If you suffer from acne-prone skin, it’s likely that, when researching the causes of acne, you’ve been told that hormones cause breakouts or that you have Hormonal Acne. It’s probable that it’s been explained to you that hormones create an overproduction of dead skin cells and sebum (oil) that clogs pores. Once the pore is clogged, acne-causing bacteria develop. You may even have started to look for the right acne treatment product for your Hormonal Acne. All of those are good and important steps to getting clear skin, but knowledge is power. It may be useful (and even important) for you to understand exactly which hormones cause acne.

Hormone 101 Overview: Male and Female Hormones

While there are many hormones involved in the human body, there are three primary hormones that play a role in both reproduction and the acne cycle. These include female hormones Estrogen and Progesterone and the androgen (male hormone) Testosterone. While Estrogen and Progesterone don’t actively cause acne breakouts, it’s key to healthy skin (and a healthy body) that they are properly balanced with Testosterone and other androgens. Testosterone, however, is typically the hormone most associated with Hormonal Acne.

It’s also important to note that both men and women possess both male and female hormones. The balance of those hormones is what determines the role that hormones play in your health and with your skin.

How Do Androgens Cause Acne Breakouts in Men?

When hormones cause acne, it is almost always due to an over-production of androgens and Testosterone. That’s why most men break out primarily during their teenage years or the years of puberty. Men who alter their natural hormone balance through steroid use also experience acne as a side effect. Though some men do experience ongoing adult acne, it’s more common for male hormone levels to normalize over time and for acne breakouts to minimize.


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How Do Androgens Cause Acne Breakouts in Women?

For women, the relationship between androgens, Testosterone and acne can be more complicated. In some cases, women who experience Hormonal Acne may simply have a natural overabundance of Testosterone. However, unlike men, women experience significant fluctuations of Estrogen and Progesterone throughout their menstrual cycle and during pregnancy. When the levels of Estrogen or Progesterone drop below a healthy balance with Testosterone, acne breakouts occur. That’s why it’s not uncommon for most adult female acne to be related to menstrual cycles and fertility cycles.


Are There Lifestyle Choices That Can Help Hormonal Acne?

There are some activities in everyday life that can stimulate the adrenal glands (responsible for androgen production) and increase the chances of acne breakouts as a result. Stress, in particular, results in an overactive adrenal gland, so be sure to minimize the sources of Cultural Stress™ in your life. Diet choices such as refined sugars and caffeine can also cause acne breakouts by stimulating activity in the adrenal glands.


Treating Hormonal Acne

When you treat Hormonal Acne, you have two options. The first option is to explore internal acne medications with your doctor or dermatologist. Certain oral medications and even low-dose hormonal birth control can help to regulate hormones and minimize acne. However, most Hormonal Acne can be successfully treated topically. The key to successfully treating Hormonal Acne is to use a topical acne medication that can penetrate into the pore to unclog the over-produced sebum and dead skin cells. While using spot treatments that dry the blemish will treat existing pimples, you’ll need a solution that works beneath the surface to treat the source of the blemish. Look for acne products that contain the topical ingredient Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that can penetrate into pores and hair follicles to unclog them.


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