This article looks at the connection between your menstrual cycle and breakouts and helps you understand if your hormones are causing acne.
Are your hormones causing acne?
Knowing whether your acne is down to a hormonal issue can be tough, and knowing which hormones are the cause of your imbalance is even tougher, but hopefully the three factors I’ve listed below will help you determine whether your acne is hormonal or not.
Some women can diagnose themselves with having hormonal acne as their breakouts often flare up at predictable times of the month. For most women, the week before your period starts is when breakouts are most common – this is because your oestrogen levels decrease at this point in your cycle. However, hormonal acne isn’t that straightforward! Breakouts occurring at pretty much any time of your cycle can be attributed to hormone imbalance – at one point I was suffering from breakouts during ovulation (2 weeks after the first day of bleeding), my pre-menstrual phase (a few days before the first day of bleeding) and my menstrual phase (during a period) meaning there wasn’t much time in-between all these breakouts where I was confident with my skin!
Hormonal acne tends to be deep, cystic and sensitive to touch. Washing your face may be painful and if you bend down you can sometime feel it throbbing – these types of spots rarely respond to topical treatment. Also, if you’re suffering from bumpy, congested skin – this can also be a sign that your body is producing too much sebum and causing whiteheads – this is another sign of hormonal imbalance. Find out more about the different types of acne here.
Acne along your jaw, on your chin and under your bottom lip often signal hormonal problems and that your liver may be struggling to process and eliminate a build of of excess hormones. It’s not just your face that can suffer from hormonal breakouts – if you’re suffering from acne on your back, buttocks or shoulders – it could be a sign of unhappy hormones too. If you’re still unsure about what the location of your acne is telling you, have a look at my Face Mapping Guide.
Are your hormones causing acne? Share your story and tips for happier hormones in the comments below!