Acne is the bane of adolescence. You probably recall your teenage years and how you dreaded the idea of getting pimples right when you've got to look your best. Perhaps one of the things you are thankful for is the fact that you finally don't have to worry about pesky acne – that is until you wake up one morning and find that it is back, and it seems worse than ever.
If you suffer from adult acne, you are not alone, as countless others deal with it daily. And the culprit is something that you might not have thought of before – hormones. Hormonal acne often occurs on the face, chest, shoulders, and back. It usually appears in clusters of inflamed pimples.
But why does it occur, and more importantly, what's the best hormonal acne treatment? Advanced Laser Clinic provides some answers:
What Is Hormonal Acne and What Causes It?
Hormonal acne shows up as red breakouts and, as the name suggests, hormonal imbalances or sudden fluctuations of hormones – usually when the body produces more androgen hormones than necessary. In some cases, it may be because of progesterone and estrogen imbalance. If progesterone is too high, an acne breakout can happen. Even the slightest increase in a hormone can have noticeable effects on one's body. Therefore, it shouldn't be a surprise that hormonal acne occurs during puberty, then around a woman's menstrual cycle, during pregnancy, before menopause, or whenever stress levels are high.
Can Hormonal Acne Be Treated?
Here is the good news: there are several treatments available for hormonal acne. They range from non-prescription products that are typically topical to professional treatments.
Here are some of the most effective ones:
LED Light Therapy
To treat the p-acne bacteria found within your skin, you can start with a blue-light LED therapy. This can help control and lessen sebum production. You can have alternate treatment every week, alternating the blue with red light LED therapy. This can ultimately lead to rejuvenation and skin healing.
Laser Micro Peel
This treatment gives the skin a pearl-like finish, and it improves the skin's overall appearance as it reduces imperfections with the use of VSP technology. Laser micro peel involves a controlled light peal minus the thermal effects, which means it has no downtime. Here's what a laser micro peel does for you:
● It peels off sun damage
● It polishes the skin and gives it a smoother finish
● It lessens imperfections and makes the skin look more luminous
Microdermabrasion is another option, but only if you don't have any active pustules. The treatment involves the use of a gentle vacuum that suctions to exfoliate the skin's outermost layer gently, so it's cleaner, brighter, and purer while at the same time addressing congestion and blackhead problems.
Using professional cosmeceutical skincare is essential when treating acne, hormonal or otherwise. You should use products that can help improve the skin through the different stages of acne without damaging skin integrity. Some people don't know that there are products that may help your acne but damage the skin in other ways. Over-cleansing, excessive exfoliation and the use of wrong products can exacerbate the problem, so you should be careful when it comes to your skincare routine.
Change in Diet
Changing your diet to a healthier one and consuming more water can help calm down your skin. Limit your intake of sugar and processed carbs as it leads to increased sebum production. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated, too.
Hormonal acne can be uncomfortable, painful, and frustrating, but you should take comfort in knowing how to get rid of acne effectively. Of course, you'd want to start with your diet and skincare, but if those are not helping, you should seriously consider going to a skincare expert to try other treatments.
Advanced Laser Clinic in Point Cook offers various acne treatment solutions, including LED light therapy, laser micro peel, and microdermabrasion treatment, among others. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!