Hormonal Acne Treatment

  • Posted on November 4, 2010 at 4:13 am

Women are generally more susceptible to hormonal acne than men due to the constant fluctuating hormonal changes during menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause. Each hormonal imbalance can result in new or additional flare ups.

In spite of the different types of acne and severity that each person experiences, acne is basically caused by the same thing, a build up of sebum in pores as a result of increases in hormones, and so hormonal acne treatment is not that different from other types of acne. The goal is the same, to reduce oil production or  dry it up, lessen the visible effects, and prevent infection from setting in.

There are some advocates of treating hormonal acne with medications like birth control pills, spironolactone, accutane and antibiotics, however doctors are more reluctant now than ever before to prescribe these medications due to serious possible side effects and repercussions.

Over the counter medicated ointments and other general acne remedies such as creams and cleansers work for some people. They normally contain Benzoyl Peroxide and/or glycolic acid and may be all you need.

hormonal acne treatmentThere are many emerging advocates of treating hormonal acne more naturally by using many of the possible acne home remedies such as through a healthy diet, naturopathic treatments using herbs, and bowel detoxification. Herbs such as Dandelion, Burdock Root and Milk Thistle are used for liver and blood cleansing. Certain foods help promote healthy skin by removing toxins from the system and improving the health of our digestive tracts. Some believe that detoxifying the liver where hormones are processed is the answer to treating hormonal acne. Liver and gallbladder flushes are used to remove blockages. For topical use you can try a tea tree oil acne remedy and Calendula tincture, as well as oral supplements to heal inflamed skin which usually include zinc, Vitamins A and E, and fish oil concentrate.

Diet and exercise play important roles in hormonal acne treatment. Everything we eat is processed and utilized in some part of our body and/or eliminated through bowels, urinary tracts and pores. A diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables provides our bodies with nutrients and antioxidants to help keep our skin healthy. Drink lots of fluids like water and fruit juices to aid in flushing toxins from your system. Avoid fatty and oily foods and junk foods if you can. And exercise on a regular basis. All of these factors aid in overall health which will help maintain healthy skin.

Sleep is a way for your body to take a rest and concentrate on regenerating. Seven to eight hours of sleep is recommended each night to help relieve stress which can play a big role in hormonal imbalance.

Each individual may respond differently to treatments and you should not get discouraged. Keep trying until you find one that works for you.

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