Hormones and Acne Breakouts
You may want to slather on anti-acne remedies and wash you face constantly, but the best thing you can do is educate yourself first. Read medical texts and look at pictures on Google image search of all this stuff actually happening so you can get familiar with what goes on in your body.
There are a few tell-tale signs that your hormones might be contributing to your acne. To find out, ask yourself these questions:
Are your breakouts occurring at the same time each month?
Are your breakouts always in the same spot? Is it on your chin or your cheeks?
Are your pimples deep, cystic and painful?
If you answered yes to questions 1-3, your hormones might be causing your breakouts.
Our body balances our hormones delicately to keep everything flowing smoothly. When the hormone balance is offset, the body has to work around it and make due with what it has.
When it comes to acne, the androgen in charge is testosterone. Men and women both produce testosterone (and estrogen) and both sexes need it. But women are often sensitive to extraneous testosterone in their bodies because they can’t use it for their typical functioning. That excess testosterone can’t just sit around, though. It’s in circulation—it has to go somewhere.