I’m not sure if it’s the extra stressful times or just another sign of the mid-to-late twenties, but I’m experiencing the thing I’ve always dreaded most: Hormonal Acne. As someone who didn’t have to struggle with it much through my teenage years (yes, I know how lucky I am), I found this recent ordeal confusing…to say the least.
Initially, I wondered if it was just an adverse reaction to something I ate or used on my skin. After some initial research, all the signs pointed toward hormonal acne—the unpleasant pimples started popping up just about monthly, they were more painful than typical whiteheads, and they all seemed to crowd around my jawline. So, as one does, I continued to research. After finding some products that helped, I wanted to share my wealth of knowledge. If you find yourself in a similar boat, here are 6 products and ingredients you need to incorporate into your skincare routine, stat.
Retinol gets all the hype, and for good ufabet reason.
If you’re new to retinol, start by using it two days on, two days off and work your way up to daily use, and always follow with sunscreen in the morning to protect your skin.
Salicylic (BHA) or Lactic Acid (AHA)
Both salicylic and lactic acids gently exfoliate the skin to unclog pores, clear excess sebum, and reduce inflammation to reveal glowing, blemish-free skin.
Sunscreen is essential—acne or not—but especially when using powerful ingredients, like retinols, AHAs, and BHAs. Make sure to protect your skin with a gentle, non-greasy sunscreen. No excuses.
If you’re searching for a more gentle alternative to salicylic or lactic acid, here it is! Sulfur is a staple in natural medicine for its antimicrobial properties—
While hormonal acne is most commonly associated with menstruation, stress can also trigger a hormonal imbalance.