The precursor to almost all acne, whether it be adult acne or teen acne, is hormones. Starting around the age of 10, the group of hormones known as androgens begin stimulating the sebaceous glands into overtime. This excess oil is what allows acne to form in the first place. Here are 5 more times in life during which hormones may become a greater factor in causing acne.
Onset of Puberty
As mentioned previously, the ‘male’ androgen hormones, including Testosterone, DHEA-S, Andro, DHT, begin production at puberty. These are also precursors to the estrogen class of female sex hormones. As the body begins producing more of these hormones, the oil glands respond by producing more sebum. More sebum means more clogged skin pores and hence more acne.
Another common acne time occurs during menstration. The female body increases hormone production during this time and breakouts just before or during period are common.
As during menstruation, the body produces extra hormones during pregnancy also. Unfortunately, it is during this time that acne is most difficult to treat. Common treatments such as sacylic acid or over the counter medication are generally not safe for baby. in this case, you’ll want to explore natural alternatives such as apple cider vinegar.
Like pregnancy and menstruation, Menopause is a time of significant hormonal fluctuation. Therefore acne can almost be expected. Fortunately the normal treatments which are available can be used without harming anyone else.
Adult Acne in Men
In males, there are fewer periods of dramatic hormone changes than in females. The most likely causes of changes in males would be related to high stress or unusual physical activity. Unfortunately this means that adult males who suffer from acne will likely have the problem until their middle ages.
Treatment of Hormonal Acne
For adults who suffer from acne that do not respond to normal treatments, there are a new range of ‘hormonal’ treatments available. For women, this can be as simple as taking a contraception pill. For males and females, there are various ‘anti’ androgens now being marketed. This treatment tends to be complex, however, as hormones regulated many things in the body. The potential for unwanted side effects is also high. A better treatment option may be to use natural alternatives. Various remedies have been tried and tested true such as vinegar, zinc, detoxification, and many others.
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