You may have been under the delusion that acne was a teenager’s problem, until one day in your mid 20s (or even early 50s) you start breaking out in ways you never had. You can thank hormonal acne for that game changer.
How do you know hormones are to blame for your acne? Teenagers tend to get white heads and black heads along the T-zone, in the middle of the forehead and down the nose. With hormonal acne, your breakouts are more common along the jawline on your cheeks, and even your chest and back, especially when it’s that time of the month. Instead of dainty little pimples, you may experience painful cysts.
Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? While hormone fluctuation is just a part of life, you can use the best skin care products for hormonal acne to get it under control. Here are suggestions for changing your skincare routine to improve the look and health of your skin.
The Dynamic Duo
Your skincare regimen may need an acne upgrade with ingredients that have real pimple-fighting power. The trick is to find cleansers and topical retinoids that are more effective for cystic acne rather than products aimed for blackheads along the nose.
- Cleansers should still be gentle; after all, the more abrasive the cleaner, the more likely it is to irritate your skin. Instead, look for cleansers that contain salicylic acid or glycolic acids, which can exfoliate gently to help clean pores and remove excess oil.
LaLa Daisy recommends Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clearing Wash because it balances salicylic acid with other vitamins and extracts that soothe skin and stop redness. Other cleansers may include probiotics to nourish skin while cleaning and balancing your pH level.
- Topical Retinoids are perhaps one of the best acne fighters around, and they also combat signs of aging, making them a win-win for your skin. The thing about retinoids is that it takes time for your skin to adjust, so if you are looking for a quick fix, you may be frustrated at first.
Once your skin gets used to the retinol, you may wonder why you waited so long to try it. This stuff not only works on cystic acne by clearing pores and smoothing the rough texture of acne scars, but it also can lessen fine lines and wrinkles.
We like PCA Skin Intensive Clarity Treatment, which has both retinol and salicylic acid to win the battle against hormonal acne. A pea-sized amount applied at night is all it takes, and you can even use it on sensitive skin.
The Rest of the Team
Don’t forget about other fantastic skin care essentials, such as spot treatments, moisturizers, and masks. Spot treatments are your go-to for clearing up blemishes and are not used as an all-over product. LaLa Daisy customers love Phytomer Oligopur Blemish Target Gel, which has, you guessed it, salicylic acid to take care of breakouts.
Masks that contain clay or charcoal are also effective for acne if you stick to once or twice a week. Moisturizer is another non-negotiable for acne-prone skin, especially when your skin is adapting to topical retinoids.
And your mom was right; use sunscreen during the day, every day, to protect your skin against photosensitivity that may occur with retinoid products. If you opt for toner, try to avoid one with alcohol, which may dry your skin and trigger more oil production at the cellular level.
Now that you are in the know about the best skin care products for hormonal acne, check out our selection to get yours at amazing prices. We also have helpful skincare and makeup tips for acne-prone skin at our Beauty Resource Center.
Read this article to get more info on adult acne and hormonal imbalances that can cause acne issues.