Hormonal acne is a very common skin concern experienced by many teenagers and adult women. Hormones play a crucial part in skin health. Sebaceous glands which produce sebum are influenced by sex hormones. Sebum (oily substance) helps to keep our skin hydrated, however, too much sebum can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Androgens help regulate sebum production, however, Increased levels of androgens can lead to increased sebum production.
Hormonal imbalances are very common, especially during naturally occurring events such as menstruation, puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Additionally, lifestyle habits, medications and environmental factors can affect hormone levels and disrupt sebum production.
Hormonal acne is similar to usual acne but nodules and cysts are deeper, more painful and last for long periods. Hormonal acne usually affects the lower part of the face – chin, jawline & also around the mouth.
Top Recommended Treatments for Hormonal Acne
While each case is different it typically takes around 6 months to see an improvement.
Concerns: hormonal adult acne
Client Profile: female, 30s, oily/dehydrated skin
Treatment: chemical peel to remove dead skin cells and increase cell turnover. Microneedling helped increase collagen and improve skin texture.
Outcome Timeline: 8 weeks
Skincare: key actives were chosen.
- Salicylic to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells
- Retinol to accelerate cellular turnover
- Niacinamide to help with barrier repair
- Hyaluronic acid for skin hydration
Follow up: Maintenance treatments of peels and microneedling every 2-3 months were recommended.