5 Tips To Reduce Hormonal Acne Breakout

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Shun the caffeine as it may aggravate your stress hormone, cortisol, which stimulates sebum production and blocks pores. Avoid anti-aging products 7-10 days before your period as it may clog pores during this peak sebum-producing time of the month. Test for allergies and nutritional deficiencies. Eat avocados, nuts, salmon, and leafy greens to soothe the inflammation.

First of all, let me advise you that I don’t believe in “hormonal acne” as a diagnosis. I do believe, however, that acne can and is exacerbated by fluctuating hormone levels but as a trigger for breakouts only and not the disorder per se.

Most of our clients with inflammatory disorders of all kinds will experience exacerbations during their menstrual cycles. In fact, one of the beginning ways they recover is when they move from chronic or constant breakouts to those only during their periods. This is a big step.

5 Tips For Blemish-Free Skin

For folks with chronic or severe acne, the following will probably not make much difference until you get to the root cause of the problem. For some people with an occasional breakout or blemish, the following 5 fixes may be helpful to try to maintain blemish-free skin all month or before important social events.

1. Eliminate Coffee

Coffee, while having some health benefits may mess with many people’s stress hormones which will then affect the sex hormones. Cortisol, triggers more sebum production which can block pores. This will, in susceptible folks, trigger an inflammatory response which can aggravate acne.

It can also result in red and dry  patchy combination skin. A month trial is necessary to establish whether or not this intervention will be helpful for you. I mentioned a short time ago a connection between coffee and eczema as well as other skin disorders. This is definitely worth a try.

2. Avoid Anti-Aging Product 7-10 Days Before Your Period

Reason? They may clog pores during a phase that your body is producing more sebum. This can easily result in adult or “hormonal” acne labels.

3. Get Tested For Food Allergies

Get tested by someone for food allergies no scratch tests, please. If you cannot afford testing consider at least eliminating dairy and gluten for a month or two and see if there is a decrease in your breakouts.

4. Increase Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Such as salmon, nuts, and seeds, avocados, red grapes (not too many), and leafy greens. Always be well hydrated.

5. Supplement

Find out if you have any nutritional deficiencies. If you are deficient in something it is very stressful on the body.  At the very least consider supplementing with extra B vitamins, zinc, vitamin C, and salmon oil!

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

Taryn Decicco

Taryn DeCicco is a well known Naturopathic Physician, Clinical Nutritionist, Licensed Acupuncturist, and Chinese Herbalist who has practiced at Apple-A-Day Clinic for 16 years and writes weekly Naturopathic and Alternative Medicine articles on her blog at www.apple-a-day-clinic.com

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