If you’re a teen, chances are you’re also dealing with one of the most annoying things that plagues most teens: hormonal acne.
We have all been there (except, maybe, Zendaya, who has never had an awkward phase in her life), and we know the struggle is all too real. If you’re dealing with a severe bout of hormonal acne, not all hope is lost; there are several ways you can nudge your skin into behaving. And, as always, remember that you look beautiful no matter what – even on days when your skin doesn’t feel the best.
First, let’s address what hormonal acne really is. According to WebMD, “Changing hormones cause acne, which is why so many young people get it during puberty or right before their periods. These hormones stimulate the glands in your pores to make more oil, which can clog your pores.”
1. Talk to a dermatologist
Of course, we can offer you tips, but the only way you can get a real answer is by talking to your dermatologist. Some questions you’ll definitely want to ask are:
- Is my diet affecting my skin?
- Are the products I’m using (or not using) affecting my skin?
- Are there ingredients I should be avoiding?
- What’s my skin type?
2. Clean up your diet
This one goes not just for your skin, but for your entire body. If you’re eating a ton of greasy, fried and processed foods, chances are that your body (like your gut bacteria) is reacting poorly – and that goes for your skin, too. Watch out for sugar as well – too much causes inflammation in the body and could lead to insulin resistance. According to Forbes, “Excess sugar in your diet makes it more likely that you’ll develop insulin resistance, which can manifest as excessive hair growth (hirsutism), production of dark patches on the skin, and aggravation of acne breakouts. “
3. Get more sleep
Sleep is a time for your body to heal, including your skin. When you start skimping on sleep, you create more stress in your body, which then leads to an increase in cortisol. Cortisol will cause the skin to secrete more sebum, which is a root cause of acne. Other affecting factors include inflammation and insulin resistance.
4. Try to destress
Cortisol, which is the stress hormone, affects the rest of your hormones, and can lead to an acne flare. Try to invest in de-stressing activities like deep breathing, meditation, yoga, and getting in as many laughs as you can. Make yourself feel good, and your skin will follow.
5. Clean up your living space
When’s the last time you washed your pillow sheets? If the answer is less than once a week, it might be time to reconsider your habits. When you sleep, all of the oil, grease, dirt, and bacteria from your face and hair goes onto your sheets. Dermatologists recommend washing AT LEAST once a week, and maybe more if you’re prone to oily skin.
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