Hormonal Acne –
Treatment & Solutions in Sydney
If you’re reading this page it’s probably because you’ve decided that the contraceptive pill, Accutane/Roaccutane and antibiotics aren’t the long term answer to your hormonal acne problems.
You’ve realised this because of all the research you’ve done, reading blog posts, listening to podcasts and watching vlogs.
And now you understand that while conventional medical treatments can clear up your hormonal acne they don’t actually treat its underlying cause.
Which means of course, once you stop them your hormonal acne problems return. And often worse than before!
Which isn’t a great choice to be faced with because from what my hormonal acne patients tell me, having hormonal acne makes you feel like sh#!
This is because when you’ve got hormonal acne that just won’t go away it takes over your life.
Your skin and what it looks like becomes an obsession.
As soon as you wake up in the morning and last thing at night you check in the mirror for new pimples.
To make sure no one sees how bad your hormonal acne is you make sure you always have make-up on.
You avoid doing anything that might wash off your make-up like swimming or sweating. Because you’d die if your friends saw the extent of the red, angry pimples covering your face.
But it’s not just making sure you’ve got your make-up on that stresses you out.
Constant breakouts also make you want to avoid going out and catching up with friends.
When you’re out it feels like everyone you talk to is looking at your acne.
You feel ugly, embarrassed and depressed.
So if you desperately want picture perfect skin, but you don’t want to poison your body with chemicals and synthetic hormones then what is the best hormonal acne treatment that’s natural and healthy too?
But before I can answer this properly for you, you first need to understand…
What Causes Hormonal Acne
There are a number of hormonal acne causes, but in a nutshell hormonal acne is triggered by your body producing either too much or too little of your reproductive hormones oestrogen/estrogen, progesterone, testosterone or dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
Imbalances in these hormones becomes a problem because it causes the pores in your skin to become larger and secrete more oil (sebum). And as you’d know too much oil clogs your pores and creates pimples.
Here are the most common hormone imbalances that cause hormonal acne…
If you have hormonal acne or PCOS you might have come across the term ‘Androgens’ but not known what it means. Androgens are male sex hormones.
The most well-known one is testosterone but others are Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and Androstenedione.
Women should only have small amounts of androgens but when a woman produces too much of them it has devastating consequences for your skin.
Androgens cause skin pores to get larger and secrete more oil (sebum) and this makes your skin ‘teenage boy’ like… oily with big angry cystic pimples on your face and sometimes hormonal acne on your body too like on your chest, shoulders or back.
High androgen levels can also cause the hair on your arms and legs to grow thicker. And they can also trigger hair to grow in places where it shouldn’t, like on your face and belly. And if that’s not bad enough, high androgens can also cause the hair on your head to shed excessively making it thin.
Now there are many reasons why your body might start producing too many androgens but the three most common are…
- Oral contraceptive pill and implant. Some synthetic progesterones used in hormonal birth control are very similar in structure to testosterone. These synthetic progesterones then overstimulate testosterone receptors on your cells and causes your cells act as if you have too much testosterone. This then causes oil production in your skin to ramp up.The flipside to this is other synthetic progesterones and oestrogens will suppress androgens while you are on hormonal birth control. But then when you stop, you get a rebound in androgen production and your levels shoot up triggering excess oil production.Then to top this all off, hormonal birth control can also make your cells insulin resistant causing your body to produce excessive amounts of insulin. Excess insulin causes your ovaries to overproduce testosterone. And again this causes skin oil production to shoot up.
- Hormonal imbalances in your mother. Some women have high androgens without ever being on hormonal birth control or having high insulin levels. It is suspected that the reason for high androgens in these women is because of a hormone imbalance in their mother during pregnancy. This imbalance then flows over to an androgen imbalance in the daughter.
- You produce too much of the blood sugar controlling hormone insulin. This happens if you eat too much sugary food or high carbohydrate food like breakfast cereals, breads, pasta, rice, cookies and fast food. Excessive amounts of insulin in your body triggers your ovaries to produce excessive amounts of androgens, particularly testosterone. This fact is why you commonly read about how cutting sugar out of your diet or going Keto/low carb helps hormonal acne.
Progesterone is super important for clear skin because it reduces pore size and sebum (oil) production. The synthetic progesterones in the birth control pill clear up acne because they shrink pores (down to that of a child) and suppress oil production. But of course one you stop taking them it causes a rebound effect and your oil production goes crazy.
Your progesterone levels can also become low because of stress. Stress signals to your brain that now is not a good time to have a baby so it turns down progesterone production to prevent you being able to carry a pregnancy . If you get PMS, breast tenderness, period pain or heavy periods then these are common signs your progesterone levels are low.
Oestrogen is super important for clear skin because it heals your skin and improves its texture. The synthetic oestrogen in the birth control pill clears up acne because it heals your skin and also stops male sex hormones exerting a strong oil producing effect. However, as with progesterone once you stop birth control you lose it’s positive effect and oil production goes crazy.
Your oestrogen can also get low because of stress. Stress signals to your brain that ‘now’ is not a good time to have a baby so oestrogen production is suppressed. This is why stressed women have trouble falling pregnant, but then fall pregnant when they go on a holiday. Stress effects can also be a reason for a period stopping.
Foods That Cause Hormonal Acne
Now if you’re like the hundreds of young women I’ve consulted with then you’ve probably already started to clean up your diet. And rightly so!
It seems pretty logical that if you put junk food into your body then your skin is going to reflect this.
If your diet is made up of greasy, high carb, high sugar foods then your skin is going to get greasy, your pores are going to clog up and you’re going to get nasty looking pimples.
From your research into hormonal acne you’ve probably also discovered that not just junk food but sugar, dairy and gluten can also trigger hormonal acne. And I’d agree.
My patients commonly tell me that these foods make their hormonal acne much worse. This is because sugar, dairy and gluten containing foods cause inflammation throughout your body, particularly your skin pores.
And this is a problem because inflammation makes the androgen (male sex hormone) receptors on your skin cells super sensitive to androgens. As a result they secrete excessive amounts of oil and cause white heads and cystic acne.
But what do you do if you’re like many of my hormonal acne patients and you’ve already gone sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, Paleo or wholefood and you’re hormonal acne still persists?
What it means is your acne isn’t due to your diet. It’s because you have…
Hormonal Imbalance Acne
This means that no matter how clean you make your diet, or how toxin free your skin care products are, or how many topical treatments and peels you do, you won’t get rid of your hormonal acne.
To fix hormonal acne you need to uncover the hormones in your body that are out of balance.
And pretty obvious clue your acne is hormonal is if you take, or have taken, the contraceptive pill and your acne cleared up.
If this sounds familiar then 100% you’ve got hormonal acne.
The reason though you don’t want to be using the contraceptive pill to solve your hormonal acne problem is because…
One, it contains synthetic hormones.
And two, it doesn’t really solve your hormone imbalances.
This is because while your doctor might say to you that the contraceptive pill balances your hormones it does nothing of the sort. It actually turns off your hormones. The contraceptive pill suppresses ovulation, that’s why it’s a contraceptive.
So when you don’t ovulate you can’t balance your hormones because you’re not producing any.
So while the contraceptive pill is an easy option to clear up your skin the truth is it only masks your symptoms. It doesn’t fix them.
As soon as you stop taking the contraceptive pill your hormone imbalance will still be there and so your hormonal acne will return and often worse than before.
Plus if you plan to have a baby in the future, suppressing your cycle isn’t a great for your fertility.
Now that we understand what’s causing your hormonal acne the next thing is how do you cure hormonal acne due to hormone imbalance?
The answer is you need to get to re-balance your hormones.
How To Balance Hormones For Acne
The first step to balancing your hormones is to discover what hormones are out of balance. And the most accurate way you do this is obviously through testing.
I find it amazing that most of the hundreds of young women I consult with every year most have never had any hormone testing done. Usually because their doctor refused to do it.
You might have experienced this too.
You ask for your hormones to be checked but your doctor says “No, we don’t need to check them.”
The doctor just wants to put you on the contraceptive pill straight away. They don’t believe it’s necessary to check your hormones because they’ve already made up their mind what they are going to do…
Put you on the contraceptive pill.
So in their way of thinking there’s no need to test anything.
I believe however that testing is the crucial step in eliminating hormonal acne. You and I need to know which of your hormones are out of balance so I can determine what specific herbs, vitamins and minerals you need to rebalance them, naturally.
Here are the results from one of my patients that highlights the sorts of hormonal imbalances I find lurking undiagnosed in the young women is consult with daily (these hormones were checked with a special saliva test not a blood test).
Now if we don’t test how will we ever know which of your hormones need to be re-balanced to stop your hormonal acne persisting?
So this is why hormone testing is so crucial
Treatment of Hormonal Acne
3 steps for successful hormonal acne treatment
1. Saliva testing of testosterone, DHEA, progesterone, oestrogen and cortisol to pinpoint hormone imbalances.
Saliva is better than blood testing for what we want to look at because I’m not looking to see if you have a disease. Blood testing is great form that. However for hormone imbalance, saliva provides a better insight. Saliva tells us what the hormone levels are like right next to your cells, rather than what’s being carried through the bloodstream.
2. Blood tests to check iron, zinc and Vitamin D levels.
Low levels of critical nutrients can suppress your ovaries and their production of oestrogen and progesterone. And nutrient deficiencies can also make you cells more sensitive to androgens like testosterone.
3. Based on the results from the tests, formulate a natural hormone re-balancing program of herbs, vitamins and minerals.
Herbs, vitamins and minerals support your ovaries to make the correct amount of hormones rather than take over hormone production as the contraceptive pill does. When your hormones are balanced your oil production will be balanced which is true re-balancing.
Best Products For Hormonal Acne
The best natural remedies for hormonal acne can be broken down into three categories –
Best Herbs For Hormonal Acne
Vitex/Chaste Tree – this herb helps clear hormonal acne by indirectly raising your progesterone levels. Vitex works on your pituitary gland and suppresses the release of a hormone called prolactin (the hormone that makes women lactate).
Stress causes your pituitary gland to release extra prolactin which in turn suppresses progesterone production. Less progesterone means more oil and more acne. So Vitex prevents this happening.
Common signs you’re making too much prolactin are feeling irritable before your period and your breasts swell or are tender before your period.
Licorice & Paeony – these two herbs in combination help supress androgen (testosterone) production in women. Plus this combination also makes your cells less sensitive to androgens making it perfect for shutting down the excess oil caused by androgens and clearing up your hormonal acne.
Saw Palmetto – this herb stops testosterone exerting a strong effect on your cells. The weaker the effect of testosterone the less oil your skin produces and the less acne you have.
Blue Flag – this herb helps decongest your skin so that your acne isn’t so swollen and inflamed.
DIM (Diindolylmethane) – this is actually a specific nutrient extracted from cruciferous vegetables like broccoli. It’s great for hormonal acne because DIM makes your cells less sensitive to andogens and helps your body eliminate excess hormones.
Best Minerals For Hormonal Acne
Zinc – is essential for optimal ovary function but most importantly it is a potent anti-androgen. That means it makes your cells less sensitive to androgens and also helps your body eliminate them too.
Iron – is super important for optimal ovary function. You need your ovaries in tip top shape to make adequate levels of oestrogen and progesterone which heal your skin and supress oil production.
Iodine – like iron, iodine is critical for optimal ovary function. Plus like zinc it essential for eliminating hormones from your body.
Magnesium – is the number one mineral for insulin problems like insulin resistance. Keeping insulin down prevents it from stimulating your ovaries to make excess testosterone.
Best Vitamins For Hormonal Acne
Vitamin A – the natural cousin of Accutane/Roaccutane. Vitamin A helps control and minimise oil production. Plus it is an essential nutrient for skin healing.
Vitamin D – is critical for optimal ovary function. Optimum Vitamin D levels allow your ovaries to make optimum amounts of oestrogen and progesterone.
The beautiful thing about herbs, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients is they can truly rebalance your hormones. They make your ovaries work properly so they release optimum levels of oestrogen and progesterone and not too much testosterone.
Hormone imbalances are corrected, oil production is normalised, hormonal acne is eliminated and your skin clears up.
Hormonal Acne Cure
Being an expert in eliminating hormonal acne naturally I commonly get asked the following questions…
How to cure hormonal imbalance acne
How to treat hormonal acne
How to get rid of hormonal acne
How to stop hormonal
Hormonal acne treatment for adults
Hormonal acne treatment for teenagers
The best treatment for hormonal acne
The best topical treatment for hormonal acne
The best spot treatment for hormonal acne
Hormonal acne medication
And so on.
But no matter what the question about treating or ‘curing’ hormonal acne is there really is only one way to go about it. You need to balance your hormones so that your skin stops overproducing oil permanently.
Hormonal Acne Solutions
Now to discover what hormone imbalances are causing your hormonal acne and the natural hormonal acne remedies that are the best for you, as opposed to synthetic hormones and drug remedies, what you need to do is call me today and organise a Hormonal Acne Assessment Consultation.
During your 60 minute consultation with me I will thoroughly assess…
- Your current acne and hormone problems
- Your diet and exercise habits
- Your previous medical and lifestyle history
Then I can determine what specific saliva and blood tests you need to do to pinpoint, with laser like accuracy, the hormonal imbalances causing your hormonal acne.
Then once I have all this critical information I can develop you an individualised plan to rebalance your hormones naturally so you can have beautiful clear skin.
To schedule your Hormonal Acne Assessment Consultation call Happy & Healthy Wellbeing Centre now on 61 2 9524 2471 (this is our Sydney clinic located at: 3/522 Kingsway, Miranda, New South Wales, 2228, Australia) If you are not local I do phone and online consultations too