We know that hormones are what cause acne. Androgen hormones including dihydrotestosterone and testosterone, the adrenal precursor dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate, and other hormones, including growth hormone or insulin-like growth factors all may have a role to play in acne. A hormonal acne treatment can be used for women. Hormonal acne treatments seek to either block the androgen receptors in the sebaceaous gland (spironolactone, flutamide, and cyproterone acetate which I won’t discuss since it is not available in the United States) or moderate these hormones in women using birth control pills containing estrogen, or what are known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists (that’s a mouthful).
Hormones Cause Acne?
The process is actually a little more complex than we’ll describe here, but it basically works like this. There are a group of hormones called androgens (including testosterone). There is also a system in the body, the endocrine system, that regulates all of the functions of the body. It regulates these functions through hormones. The endocrine system has, as part of it, a number of glands whose sole function is to produce these hormones. When the endocrine system is imbalanced, it may produce too much or not enough of any of these hormones. When the endocrine system produces too many androgens, it causes an over-activity of the sebaceous glands which then causes an over production of sebum the oil on your skin that can then result in clogged pores, bacteria and breakouts.
Natural Treatment for Hormone Acne
- Eat hormone-regulating foods such as alfalfa, flaxseed, oats, celery, parsley, rhubarb, fennel, and evening primrose oil.
- Eating lots of fibre-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, wholegrain breads and cereals are a good start. The fibres in apples and psyllium husks act likes a sponge by cleaning the walls of the colon. They also absorb toxins and other junk and help push waste through the colon.
- Almond oil: Almond oil is another natural ingredient that contains antioxidants and is used to cure hormonal acne, Almond oil helps soothe the skin and give it a smooth and natural glow.
- Basil leaves: You can rub the basil leaves on the affected area and rinse with water. Basil leaves can also be eaten as a cure for hormonal acne.
- Tea tree oil. Also known as melaleuca oil is an essential oil that is used as a spot treatment on blemishes. It is a drying agent.
- Drink Water! Water is so important to not only your overall wellness, but to the youthfulness of your skin. Water perpetuates the production of collagen which protects skin’s elasticity.
- Lemon juice: lemon is known to be an effective anti oxidant, you can apply freshly squeezed lemon juice mixed with rosewater on the affected area and leave it for 30 minutes and then wash with water.
- Zinc foods. If you like that soft, supple skin look, try eating wheat germ, liver, oysters, pumpkin seeds, and sardines to help repair skin.