How to Accurately Spot Hormonal Acne

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Image via Vogue Thailand

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If you suffer from hormonal acne, you know it is (literally and physically) PAINFUL.


So how do you accurately spot it?

Hormonal acne tends to be it’s highly inflamed, red in appearance, and super-sensitive to the touch. It appears around your mouth, on your neck, your jaw line, your chin, under your chin, above your upper lip, and right next to the corners of your nose.


Based on your individual circumstances, hormonal acne may appear in one location on your body over another. For example: I experience hormonal acne on my jawline more than I do on other places of my face and body.


Who is the most prone to suffering from hormonal acne?

-       People who consume dairy and soy based products (this includes people who eat processed foods!)

-       People who grew up eating meat & dairy, and currently abstain from consuming meat & dairy (you might be seeing more hormonal acne on your neck and jawline)

-       People going through hormonal shifts in their body (puberty, menopause, etc.)


When does hormonal acne occur?

All the time! It’s a myth that hormonal acne just pops up right before your menstrual cycle. I know from personal experience that hormonal acne can have a permanent home within your skin all month long. Your period will reset your hormones to a small extent, but it’s not necessarily strong enough to fully rebalance all your body’s hormones.


Hormones are tricky to navigate. We live in a world where we are assaulted with hormone disrupting chemicals on a daily basis—they appear in the foods we eat, the candles we burn, the shampoo we use in our hair, and every space inbetween.


So what’s a person to do when their hormones are out of whack?

Ask the right questions, and make the right changes.


If you look at your face, and start to notice that you may have hormonal acne, pause for just a few moments to ask yourself:

1.     Where is the acne happening on my face?

2.     On a scale of 1-10 how stressed am I right now?

3.     Where am I in my menstrual cycle?

4.     How long have these blemishes been appearing on my face?

5.     What do I ordinarily consume in my diet? Have I recently changed this?


Acne is your body’s way of letting you know that something is not operating efficiently within your internal system. The above questions will help you pinpoint and identify triggers, causes, and possibly major life changes that have been affecting your skin (without you consciously realizing it).  


If you have sensitive skin, take the investigation one step deeper by asking key questions like:

1.     Is your ‘hormonal acne’ be caused by dirt that’s stuck to clothing (like your jacket) and rubs against your face everyday? Am I washing my clothes and jackets enough?

2.     Are you washing your pillow cases enough?

3.     Are my pillow cases drying out my skin?

4.     Do I need a humidifier in my home?


Now ask yourself: how many of these changes can I implement and keep up with on a regular basis? Cap yourself at three changes to make over the course of a month.


Set a reminder in your calendar for one month from today to check in to see how you are doing: are you keeping up with the lifestyle changes? Or are you slacking?


There are some people out there who say “go cold turkey, get the hormone disruptors out!!!” But darling, is that really the most balanced way to approach it? Is that sustainable for you?


More often than not, going cold-turkey won’t stick. Make simple changes—like rebalancing your thyroid gland—and soon enough you will be free from hormonal acne!


For help with rebalancing your thyroid gland, read this blog post: 4 Easy Ways to Heal Hormonal Acne

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