What do we mean by hormonal skin?

Hormonal skin is also known as hormonal acne, which refers to acne that happens due to hormonal fluctuations, and in particular, an increased level of androgens. Hormonal break-outs usually appear on the lower section of your face, such as the chin, jawline and neck. 

Identifying Hormonal Acne

Hormonal acne is likely if you:

  • Have a diagnosed hormonal imbalance.
  • Are undergoing fertility treatment.
  • Are experiencing puberty or menopause.
  • Suffer from stress or anxiety.
  • Are on birth control.

Improving Hormonal Acne with Skincare While there is no magic solution, the right skincare routine can help manage hormonal acne. Here’s a recommended routine:

Skincare Routine for Hormonal Acne

  • Cleanser (AM & PM): Use a gentle cleanser that leaves your skin feeling clean, fresh, and hydrated, such as the Almond Cleansing Milk. Consider double cleansing at night if you wear heavy makeup or live in a polluted area.
  • Toner (AM & PM): Follow cleansing with a refreshing toner like the Lemon Toner to enhance the efficacy of subsequent products.
  • Serum (AM or PM or both): Apply a serum like the Hibiscus Serum. Adjust usage based on your skin’s needs, such as using it both mornings and evenings, or during specific periods.
  • Moisturiser (AM & PM): Avoid mineral oil-based moisturisers and instead opt for the Aloe Face Cream to hydrate your skin without clogging pores.
  • Exfoliator (Not daily): Exfoliate gently to remove dead skin cells and unblock pores. Avoid over-scrubbing to prevent stimulating excess sebum production.
  • Face Oil (At least once a week): Massage your face with an oil like the Rose Face Oil to brighten and detoxify. Apply it under a mask for deeper absorption.
  • Mask: Increase mask usage during hormonal breakouts. Use masks like the Irene Forte Skincare Lavender Tetra-Acid Mask on specific breakout areas.

Recommended Treatments for Hormonal Acne

  • Spa treatments can help reduce cortisol levels and promote relaxation.
  • Monthly facials can help manage and clear up skin during breakouts.
  • Consult a dermatologist for treatments like topical retinoids, antibiotics, or oral contraceptives.
  • Saunas, steam rooms, and regular workouts can detoxify and clear complexions.

Lifestyle Changes to Improve Hormonal Acne

  • Reduce salt intake, get enough sleep, and stay hydrated.
  • Eat a balanced diet with foods rich in collagen, iron, and potassium.
  • Limit smoking and alcohol consumption.
  • Address seasonal allergies with over-the-counter antihistamines.

Additional Tips

  • Avoid picking or squeezing spots to prevent further irritation.
  • Use tea tree oil in a vaporiser for its antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties.
  • Incorporate a Clarisonic brush into your cleansing routine for extra congestion relief.
  • Use mineral makeup to conceal breakouts and enhance your confidence.

Remember, you're not alone in dealing with skin problems. Many specialists are available to help you manage and improve your skin health.