What causes hormonal acne?
Acne is caused by clogged pores. Hormonal acne develops when hormonal changes increase the amount of oil your skin produces. This oil interacts with bacteria on the pores of your skin where hair grows (hair follicles) and results in acne.
Clogged pores are the result of:
Excess sebum (the oily substance created from the sebaceous glands in the middle layer of your skin).
Dead skin cells.
Not using the correct type of cleanser.
Causes of hormonal acne that you can control
Lack of sleep.
Using hair and skin care products that aren’t oil-free or free of ingredients that won’t clog pores (non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic). - use products that do not contain any oils.
What are the symptoms of hormonal acne?
Acne causes lesions (damaged skin tissue) that can become inflamed and be red, painful or sore. Lesions are most likely to appear on your cheeks, but may also appear in the following places:
Hormonal acne can appear as the following types of lesions:
Papules (raised skin tissue, 2-5 mm in diameter).
Pustules (skin bumps that contain pus, 2-5 mm in diameter).
Cysts (pockets under the skin that contain fluid).
What can make hormonal acne worse?
Squeezing or picking at blemishes.
Poor diet (specifically refined carbohydrates and sugars).