This is a guest post I did for my friend and follow nutritionist, Mary Vance…
There’s a misconception that hormonal acne is a teenage problem, but the truth of the matter is that it can affect anyone with a hormone imbalance. Even dermatologists are finding that late onset acne is becoming increasingly common in women in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and even 50’s.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology:
A study examining the prevalence of acne in adults over age 20 found that acne affects more than 50 percent of women between the ages of 20-29 and more than 25 percent of women between the ages of 40-49.
This is evidence that acne is not a teenage problem. Adult acne is affecting women more now than ever, a telling sign that hormone imbalance is prevalent and should be carefully considered.
What is hormonal acne?
A woman’s delicate endocrine system typically puts her more at risk than men for hormonal problems, especially in relation to acne and the skin. Hormonal acne can be described as cystic acne that appears around the jawline, mouth, and chin specifically. Breakouts are not just small pimples but typically red, inflamed, cystic nodules that take much longer to go away and heal. It can be difficult to pinpoint which hormones are the culprits. Ideally, testing hormones via blood or saliva is a good start so you know exactly where your levels are. Guessing can make matters worse and also make treatment that much more difficult. Even if you don’t have access to testing, you can address your symptoms so you have a better understanding of what’s going on.
Throughout the years of figuring out my own hormonal journey, as well as working with clients and doing research and continuing education, I have personally found that these 3 imbalances are the most common causes of hormonal acne.