Whatever our life stage, hormonal changes have a way of fiddling with our skin too. Ask any teenager – 8 out of 10 have acne woes! But puberty isn’t the only factor that causes hormonal changes which trigger acne. You can also get them before your periods. On the other side, pregnancy and menopause can improve acne in some and worsen them in others. Men and teenage boys aren’t immune to hormonal acne either.
So how are hormones connected to acne? The pores of your skin have sebaceous glands which produce sebum, an oily substance that coats your skin, lubricates it, and helps to keep it from drying out. Hormonal changes cause your sebaceous glands to become bigger and produce more sebum. Excess sebum along with dead skin cells can clog up your pores. Bacteria caught inside then start to multiply and this leads to reddened skin and swelling – the beginning of a pimple.
The hormonal changes that accompany puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, or menopause are natural and normal for that phase, but certain topical remedies can mitigate its effects on your skin and help tackle acne. Many natural herbal remedies can also help by controlling sebum production or tackling acne-causing bacteria. Here are a few ideas that can help you:
1Clean Your Face Gently Twice A Day
Cleaning your face in the morning and at night with a mild soap can help keep acne away. You could also use an ayurvedic cleanser by mixing 3 gm each of Triphala and turmeric in 500 ml water. Also, clean your skin after intense exercise or any strenuous activity. Remember to be gentle and steer clear of rough scrubs and harsh soaps. Scrubbing your face too hard may actually worsen acne by irritating your skin.