Hormonal Acne

What Causes it?

Imbalance in hormone levels causes too much sebum.

Essentially what happens is: all that extra oil encourages your dead skin cells to stick to your face instead of shedding off like they’re supposed to.

When it occurs in the lower part of your face , It doesn't always mean that you have hormonal imbalance, sometimes it's just that your oil glands may have become sensitive to the levels of hormones you’re naturally producing. It can be very painful and sometimes it can become severe and become a cyst acne. 


The most common reasons for hormonal acne breakouts are:



-High androgen levels

-Starting or weaning off oral contraceptive pills.

 Hormonal factors

A range of factors triggers acne.

But the main cause is thought to be a rise in androgen levels. Androgen is a type of hormone, the levels of which rise when adolescence begins. In women, it gets converted into estrogen. Rising androgen levels cause the oil glands under the skin to grow

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Other Hormonal Acne Trigger


-Thyroid disease

-Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

-Switching up hormonal birth control

Here's what worsens hormonal acne



-High humidity.

-Squeezing or picking at blemishes.

-Poor diet (specifically refined carbohydrates and sugars).

Two vitamins that will help with your hormonal acne internally.


One study that assessed serum levels of zinc in individuals with varying acne severity and healthy controls found that zinc levels may be associated with the type of lesions and the severity of acne. 

(10) Zinc supplementation has been used in a variety of skin conditions and has been found to improve mild to moderate acne when applied topically (on the skin), as well as moderate to severe acne when taken orally as zinc sulphate and zinc gluconate. (5)


One of the dietary factors that impact inflammation levels in the body is the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Increasing your consumption of omega-3s can improve acne by inhibiting the synthesis of pro-inflammatory molecules known as cytokines and lowering levels of IGF-1. an omega-3 found in fish oil, maybe particularly effective at inhibiting inflammatory processes. (7)

Hormonal acne can take time to heal completely, typically 4-6 months or more depending on the severity...

We work on controlling it and guide you on what you should do outside of your routine to support the control of the breakouts. 

Hormonal acne does come from the effects of the hormone but it can also have outside triggers that worsen your condition.

We offer ongoing support to our clients to assure they are taking the right steps to obtain healthy skin and we take out the guessing game and we provide products to add to your routine to get your hormonal acne in control. 

If you're dealing with acne or have any skin breakouts, you can book a free virtual consultation 

Hormonal Acne FAQ's

What causes hormonal acne?

Hormonal acne is acne that occurs when a person’s hormone level fluctuates. Fluctuations of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone can cause zits and pimples to pop up. Typically, these fluctuations happen mostly during menstruation cycles, pregnancy and menopause.

How do you know if acne is hormonal?

When it is past your teen age and Your breakouts happen around the same time every month and are triggered by your hormones imbalance .

Where is hormonal acne on the face?

Hormonal acne mainly affects the face, back, chest, and shoulders, causing various types of skin lesions including:Whiteheads (closed and clogged pores), Blackheads (clogged pores that are open), Papules (small red and painful bumps),Pimples (pus-filled papules).

How long does it take for hormonal acne to clear up?

It typically takes up to 3-6 months for the acne to clear up with the right products and the proper lifestyle adjustments.

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