How to Get Rid of Hormonal Acne
It’s cliche but true…you wake up the morning of your big date, your big photo op, your big interview, and without fail, every angry pore on your face has sprouted a mountain. As much as we like to blame the stress we go through everyday for our skin problems, many of these are purely hormonal and cannot necessarily be controlled. There are ways to help your skin during rough times, though, varying from medication to over the counter items.
The most basic way to control hormonal acne is through the use of face washes, toners, and acne creams. There is no exact science to figure out which brand will work best for each individual, a trial and error period is the best way to find out if it will help your skin. Look for items that are non-comedogenic, oil-free, and designed for the purpose of clearing skin.
Some of the most popular brands today include Proactive (don’t be tricked – you don’t HAVE to order from the infomercial), Neutrogena, and Clean & Clear.
A common prescription pill for acne is Accutane. Be sure to seriously read about and discuss the side effects of Accutane with your doctor, as they can range from depression to liver problems. The good news about Accutane is that it has proven to be highly effective at getting rid of acne for good, particularly hormonal acne.
The most common prescription for hormonal acne in particular is birth control as many now aim for the treatment of acne. Again, discussing the type of pill best for each individual is up to them and their doctor.
Dermatologists can also prescribe topical solutions for severe hormonal acne that are too strong to be sold in stores. often times the best way to combat acne is a combination of oral and topical treatments.
The more expensive, but still effective, way to combat hormonal acne is through spa like treatments such as facials, light treatments, and micro dermabrasions. These treatments are done by a professional in an office, and can range up to $200 depending on where you go. At home versions of these treatments can be bought, such as facial masks, hand held light devices, and other dermabrasions systems, but may not bring about as strong of results.
We all despise acne, but remember: do not pick! The best way to get rid of acne is to let your skin heal on its own, as picking and popping will only aggravate the redness. And always keep in mind that adequate sleep and the daily recommended allotment of water will go a long way to keeping your skin healthy and clearing up or preventing acne. Apart from that, try to relax and be stress/anxiety free – stress and anxiety are both known to aggravate acne, among many other things.