People assume that hormonal skin is something that only affects teenagers, but if you think your days of battling those out-of-the-blue-breakouts are behind you then think again. Your skin is constantly changing, and the shifting of hormones can continue right through to your 40s and 50s, so how can you keep blemishes, inflammation and sensitivity under control?
The topic of hormonal skin usually focuses on those teenage years when you suddenly experience a huge influx of oestrogen and testosterone as the body transitions from child to adult, but hormonal change continues throughout your life to encompass huge life milestones such as having a baby and making it through the menopause. However, one thing all these internal imbalances affect is sebum production, and the more sebum your skin produces, the greater the chance of developing blocked pores and blemishes. Not sure if your breakout is down to hormones? If pimples tend to only blight the lower half of your face – such as along the jawline, on the chin and around the mouth – it’s pretty likely that hormones are the reason behind your breakout.
So, aside from seeking out medication and drinking more water, the only other way to manage hormonal skin is by making a few small yet significant changes to your skin care routine.
Adopt clever cleansing – By that, we mean using cleansers that decongest the pores and tackle bacteria but don’t strip away the skin’s natural oils. While you want to curb sebum production, removing all trace of it will only lead to bigger problems later on. Use something like the pH Advantage AM/PM Acne Cleanser, which contains Salicylic Acid to unblock the pores and ingredients to remove blemish-causing nasties from the surface; all while keeping the skin balanced.
Dial up the Salicylic Acid – This ingredient is the perfect match for hormonal skin, so include it wherever you can in your routine to help shorten the time breakouts are active, especially during certain times of the month. The Medik8 Blemish Control Pads contain this effective BHA alongside botanical extracts, to keep the skin clear but also calm.
Remember, you want gentle but effective – When it comes to spots, taking a tough approach isn’t always the best idea. Formulas that are too harsh can strip the skin, making it sensitive and even more unbalanced, so look to products that get results without using anything too intense, like the Cloud 9 Skin Solutions Clarity Skin Clearing Spot Gel which uses Chamomile and Niacinamide to heal pimples instead of acids.
Use a clay mask twice a week – Keeping skin smooth and calm during a hormonal breakout is never easy, but a clay-based mask is a great pacifier on particularly troublesome days. Apply a mask like the Avène Cleanance Mask to the areas where your skin is breaking out and leave it to work its magic for around five minutes. You’ll notice a real difference in your skin once you rinse it away.
Try a supplement – If your hormones have been out of whack for a while, try taking a daily supplement specifically designed to repair and improve problem skin. The Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Accumax contains ingredients to change the way your skin behaves, gradually improving its appearance and condition in a matter of weeks.
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