Cyclical Acne

iStock_000025785165_Double_240x185_acf_croppedOften times, acne requires several different forms of treatment in order to achieve the best and most long-lasting results. For those suffering from cyclical or monthly acne, hormonal therapies are one viable option.

SO WHAT IS CYCLICAL ACNE?

Because you didn’t have enough reasons to just love your hormones, here’s one more thing to pin on them: acne.

Cyclical acne is inflammatory acne that appears in cycles, and it’s provoked by hormonal fluctuations in the body. This type of acne is primarily common in teenage girls and women, as it is likely caused by the hormonal changes that take place during the menstrual cycle. This is why certain acne treatments are prescribed specifically in order to regulate hormone activity in females.

Though you definitely remember this from health class and every birth control commercial you’ve ever had to sit through, here’s a primer: the two primary hormones that fluctuate intensities in a woman’s body are progesterone and estrogen. Progesterone is the annoying one. It boosts its levels towards the beginning of the menstrual period which can unfortunately cause overproduction of sebum, the oil that irritates hair follicles and causes acne inflammation.

 

Luckily, there are very simple treatments that curb the acne-causing side effects of hormonal changes.


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