Fluctuating Hormones and Acne

You have probably heard some people say that aging is but a state of mind. This may be a good way to look at aging but most skin doctors would advise that your hormone levels play a major role in aging. Whether you have low or high levels of hormones as you mature in years, both would have an effect on your skin, hair and even your nails.

Fluctuating Hormones As We Age

Our hormone levels change as we age. You would have different hormone levels when you reach your 20s, 30s 40s and so on. This variation would have certain effects on the skin, especially in women. The effects of fluctuating hormone levels on the skin, hair and nails can be hard to handle both physically and emotionally. It is highly advisable that women (and men too) experiencing the effects of fluctuating hormones to consult with a dermatologist. Dermatologists would be able to pinpoint problematic areas and recommend treatments which would keep the skin, as well as the hair and nails healthy.

Effects of Fluctuating Hormones during Adolescence

Once one reaches puberty, the hormones would start going haywire. Yes, hormones are to blame for the many changes that occur during young adulthood years. Much of these physical changes, we are thankful about but there are some effects which many of us would rather choose not to have especially if we are parents of young teens going through puberty stage. Mood swings anyone? If you have a teenage kid, you probably are quite familiar with these confusing and tiring mood swings. But one can probably say that acne is the worst effect of fluctuating hormone levels during these years.


It is usually during the adolescence years that acne first comes to light. However, one should remember that this skin problem can still happen even during the adult years. Androgens are usually blamed for causing acne. Androgens are hormones that excite the sebaceous glands found in the skin. These glands secrete the skin’s natural oil which serves as its moisturizer. But having too much levels of androgen can lead to the over stimulation of these glands which means too much production of oil or sebum. Too much sebum can lead to acne as sebum serves as nourishment for the acne-causing bacteria that naturally live on the skin.

Treatments for Acne

  • Oral Contraceptives
    If you are past young adolescence, perhaps already in your mid-twenties or even older and you are still suffering from acne, oral contraceptives can be of great help. Oral contraceptives have the ability to reduce androgen levels which would therefore decrease and control acne.
  • Prescribed Treatments
    A dermatologist can recommend various acne treatments such as oral medications, topical creams, lotions, antibiotics, etc.
  • Natural Acne Treatments – Some people opt to treat their acne problem the natural way or with the use of natural ingredients. A number of people make use of common kitchen ingredients in treating acne. Fruits, honey and essential oils are also popular acne treatments.

It is recommended that one visits a dermatologist for acne treatments.

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