Exactly What Causes Hormonal Acne, and How to Clear It Up
Your period is swiftly approaching, and that all-too-familiar feeling of an underground, painful cystic bump bubbling under the surface of your skin is here to ruin the day. Trust us when we tell you that you're not alone in this little hormonal acne dance.
"When we say 'hormonal acne,' we mean acne that occurs or gets worse in cyclic flares along with monthly menstrual cycles," explained Dr. Jennifer MacGregor, an NYC-based dermatologist. "It's typically worst during the week right before your period starts when progesterone, [a hormone], is at its peak." She said that some signs that you have hormonal acne are cyclic flares each month and distribution along the lower face, including your jawline and around the mouth. They also tend to be deeper, painful pimples, as opposed to blocked pores, blackheads, and whiteheads.
Fortunately, several treatment options exist that can leave you with clearer skin and, most importantly, reduced pain and discomfort.