Despite its name, hormonal acne can occur far beyond your teenage years. In fact, it's totally common to be suffering from this particularly frustrating type of acne well into your 30s and 40s — but don't lose heart! There are ways to combat hormonal acne, but first you have to understand exactly what's causing it.
Typically when there is a rise in testosterone levels, skin becomes oilier and pores get clogged. If inflammation forms, it will cause hormonal acne. Types of blemishes are typically cysts, nodules, and pustules. According to dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler, the issue can oftentimes be solved in women by taking birth control pills, but that doesn't work for everyone.
The sheer number of products available to treat hormonal acne is overwhelming, so we spoke to a few professionals about what to look for.
"When it comes to hormonal breakouts, it's key to use products that contain calming, antipuffiness, antibacterial ingredients like salicylic acid, Chinese licorice, and tea tree, says celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau. "Acne is an inflammation disease of the skin, so the goal with hormonal breakouts is to not dry out your skin with harsh acne products, especially when the breakouts are occasional and appear only on certain areas of the face."
I know from firsthand experience that having cystic acne can wreak havoc on your self-esteem. But with a little bit of knowledge and help from the following products, having clear skin won't be an out-of-reach dream. Keeping in mind that everyone has different skin sensitivities, here is a list of highly rated products that have been proven to work against hormonal acne.