Is Your Acne Hormonal?
They say a woman’s worst enemy is their partner’s ex. I say they are wrong. That title is solely reserved for pimples!
The battle with acne starts when you enter your teens. It feels as though you’re not hitting puberty, but puberty is hitting you, right in the face! Stepping into adolescence is a difficult phase. Your entire body is under transition. From growing pubic hair, to your body taking up different shapes and forms, to sexual maturation and hormonal changes that lead to those unwelcome zits, a teen goes through a world of challenges. Of course, not everybody gets acne when going through this hormonal upheaval, but for those of us who do, it is a nightmare!
You console yourself with the thought of it lasting for only a few more years, like your braces or that crush you have on the Sports Captain. But then, to your dismay, you learn how hormonal imbalance isn't a once-in-a-lifetime event that accompanies adolescence, but keeps coming back into your life, like annoying relatives on important days.
Women go through several phases where they’re greeted by hormonal shifts. Some women have had not even a single pimple all their life, would suddenly face an acne onset during their 30s. Their zero history with pimples doesn't matter as they enter their adulthood, and some even then, sail through with skin as clear as day. No, we are not one of those. Relax!
Here are three times in a woman's life when hormones can erupt in places they shouldn't!
Menstruation: For some women, the monthly visitor comes with pimples in tow. This is because there is a significant shift in levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, as the period comes knocking, which causes cysts and breakouts in the skin.
Pregnancy: During pregnancy, everything inside a woman’s body is in a state of flux. You aren’t just welcoming a new life, but also that baby-glow, and sadly, for some, a bout of acne. This mostly occurs during the first and second trimesters due to increase of the hormone androgen. Some experience oily skin and subsequent inflammation that leads to breakouts. Breastfeeding and lactating women may also face a lot of undesirable breakouts.
Menopause: During your 40s and 50s, there is another reproductive revolution in your body, and as a result of decreased reproductive hormones, women are riddled with acne and cysts. The drop in oestrogen, as opposed to the increased level of testosterone, leads to the production of progestin to cover up the loss, the introduction of which causes the skin to breakout.
Turns out, acne is one problem we can't entirely wash our hands off. As your body covers each milestone at different ages, prepare yourself to brave the hormonal storms, with the utmost care. It is always recommended to consult a dermatologist to help you figure out the best course of treatment for you. What we may think is pre-menstruation breakout, might be something else, and it is always wise to get a professional opinion.
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