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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Skin. Hormonal Acne

You are over 25 years old and during your teenage years, you were lucky and had flawless skin and no acne. So why now, as an adult, you have to deal with acne? You thought you passed that stage, right? Interestingly enough there are a lot of hormonal changes that women experience as they get older.  It's all about...
balancing out your hormones. There probably is some sort of a hormonal imbalance going on.

Have you heard of the hormone androgen? Men produce a lot of it, but women produce it as well. Anyway, this hormone can enlarge and stimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands to pump out oil. Its when this oil mixes with bacteria and clogs the pore that you have a breakout. The thing is, women naturally produce androgen in their ovaries and if you produce a lot of it, you're probably going to see a breakout. Estrogen can be very helpful. Around the time you get your period, you may breakout or you may get clearer skin. This is all due to your estrogen levels fluctuating during this time. Even if you become pregnant, your skin may clear up if you had acne before or you may breakout if you never have, all due to the fluctuation of your hormonal changes.

Crazy enough, hormonal breakouts are different than an adult who has acne. Most hormonal breakouts are going to be along the jawline, chin, and maybe even where the neck meets the face (right underneath the jawline). An adult who has acne is usually experiences more consistent breakouts, while hormonal breakouts are usually more occasional. They may even be more cystic and underneath the skin instead of blackheads and whiteheads. This means that it may fluctuate during that time of month.

So what can you do? Your doctor may prescribe a birth control to help balance out your hormonal and estrogen levels. Homecare Regimen: Skin that's over 25 years old is experiencing the signs of possible lines, wrinkles, and now those dreaded occasional breakouts. The trick is to keep the skin hydrated while using active ingredients to reduce the oil and bacteria mix that's clogging the pores. Usually at this stage, the skin is clogged mainly along the jawline. In this case, a sulfur based mask in the affected area up to 3x a week may be efficient enough.

Great Source: Book: Beautiful Skin of Color by Jeanine Downie, M.D. and Fran Cook-Bolden, M.D.

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