It. Freaking. Sucks.
It’s like having a car problem or like having your laptop stop working… it actually sucks.
But let me tell you something that might perk you up a bit: you don’t have to just deal with it – you can change and get hormonal acne to go away.
Towards the end of my junior year of college (May 2018) I was in a stress bubble. I was thinking about previous relationships (Libras overthink – it’s in our nature, okay?!), trying to get through finals and final projects and stressing about my upcoming internship… as well as the fact that I was about to be only a year away from FULL adulting. I was stressed, to say the least.
Just before my trek back to Austin from Lubbock, my acne was BAAAAAD. And I had never ever had bad acne. I mean, yes, I fell victim to the occasional blemish or pimple but it was never something that occupied my mind. I got on birth control at 15 (I had intense period cramps and my period resembed the Game of Thrones Red Wedding) so my acne went down to one little blemish every few weeks – if that.
Anyway, I started breaking out BAD. I had almost 10 blemishes on each side of my face near my chin, kind of where you contour. I cleaned my makeup brushes vigorously. I threw out my inexpensive, not clean primers that could mess with your skin. I tried everything.
One day, I was talking – venting – to my roomie Grace about my acne. She replied with, “well, sometimes your hormones just change.”
What the fuck. Why was this brand new information to me? I always knew that your body changes when you get older but I never thought it would be acne related. It literally never occurred to me.
Then I started thinking… One of the brilliant phenomenons of the human body is its effect to show on the outside how you feel on the inside. Eating junk? You gain weight. Are you stressed? Worry lines and (ugh) acne.
Anyway, I refused to accept it. I went to skincare professionals and asked what would be best for my skin… and some of them contradicted each other which made things harder. Finally, after I found what was best for me, I set myself on a strict skincare routine and made it my MISSION to get rid of this hormone-caused acne.
Personally, I choose to use Rosewater every day. In the morning, I will do that with my Vitamin C serum and moisturizer (and SPF makeup. SPF is a MUST). At night, if I have a blemish, I would put a tiny amount of benzoyl peroxide on it and then rotate that with retinol every other night until it’s gone.
Next, I drink So. Much. H2o. At least 100oz of water a day. It helps recycle toxins out of your body and has so many healing qualities to it that I could write a whole blog on it. (stay tuned)
Finally, you just have to watch what you’re putting into your body. Sugars, fake sugars, and an overload of carbs can really mess with your body’s healing process. When you eat food with too much sugar, it spikes your blood sugar levels and paralyzes your white blood cells. So, your immune system is down, causing the healing process to take a hell of a lot longer than it would if you just ate healthy. It’s a vicious cycle – but you aren’t the only one battling it.
Basically – make sure your skincare process is right for you, drink so much water you feel rejuvenated and eat healthy healthy healthy. With these steps, after a few weeks you will notice your skin start to clear up – mine did.
If it does not: consider getting your sex hormones tested. There could be an imbalance somewhere that is causing hormonal acne, but with that information, you can learn exactly how to balance those hormones back into place and say goodbye to hormonal acne – forever.