As its name implies, Hormonal Acne is caused by hormonal imbalances inside the body. These changes are directly influenced by natural occurrences, such as menstruation and menopause and some not so natural culprits like steroids; albeit external factors like bacteria and poor hygiene further aggravate the surface symptoms. Whatever the cause, the social stigma associated with hormonal acne can be life altering for some and have negative consequences throughout their lives, seeing as it is mostly a lifelong condition.
Many people seek remedies, and while there are different approaches which can help keep hormonal acne under control (hormonal pills, birth control, and other medications) which function by manipulating hormones into the necessary balance, these options are not a reliable course of action for some. Others may simply want to shift to a more natural way to deal with their hormonal acne, which certainly doesn’t include ingesting chemicals.
A REAL OPTION
With a think-outside-the-box approach towards treating the symptoms of hormonal acne, Probiotic Action aims to battle the problem from the surface by naturally keeping a healthy balance in the levels of bacteria ON the skin.
This concept was introduced by studying the positive effects that a balance of “good” and “bad” gut bacteria has on a person’s health. A UCLA study led by Dr. Huiling Li used this approach to study different strains of P. Acnes on the skin and found that there are both good and bad bacteria on the skin by sampling acne-prone and clear-faced persons. They found that there was a common strain of “good” bacteria among clear-faced persons yet was rare in acne-prone persons. Just as well, more “bad” bacteria were common among acne-prone persons. The chances of a person having either good or bad bacteria depended heavily on genetics and lifestyle choices.
Armed with this knowledge, Probiotic Action offers a more natural, less invasive way to help clear your skin and deal with the superficial consequences of hormonal changes.
Is your skin hormomal?
Just as you may see a little thinning in your hairline or the slight shadow of a moustache, more blackheads and blemishes are a sign of aging. “About a third of women will get adult acne, usually in their early 30s, even if they didn’t have breakouts when they were younger,” says Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Stuart Kaplan. “Starting in your late 20s, estrogen levels decline faster than testosterone.” Because testosterone is an androgenic hormone, it increases masculine qualities (hence the new facial hair) and boosts oil production, plugging your pores and causing blemishes. The difference between adult acne and the teenage type? Small red bumps (not painful, cystic pimples) are more common when you’re older, according to Kaplan, and acne along the jawline or around the mouth are a telltale sign that you’re dealing with a hormonal breakout. Going on the birth-control pill or spironolactone (a diuretic with antiandrogenic effects) will balance hormone levels and reduce breakouts. For a nonprescription approach, try combination acne-and-wrinkle-fighting formulas that gently keep skin clear without over-stripping.
Hormonal Acne Help From Probiotic Action
There are many preconceptions and myths about hormonal acne. Many people assume that hormonal acne is something that is only experienced by women and those who are going through puberty. What many people don’t realize is that hormonal acne can be a problem throughout adulthood. Understanding the root causes behind hormonal acne is an important first step in treatment and prevention.
Hormonal acne afflicts men and women alike. Women are more susceptible to hormonal acne due to their monthly menstrual cycles and elevated estrogen levels but men can experience hormonal acne as well. Men who have increased levels of testosterone, whether naturally or via artificial means, are prone to hormone-related acne. One very common side effect of steroid usage are acne breakouts.
A pre-menopausal woman experiences a menstrual cycle roughly every 28 days. The primary hormones that affect women are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, although there are others. Testosterone levels around menstrual cycle are higher, which creates more oil, thus exacerbating the problem.
Some birth control pills have been approved for treating severe acne, as they deliver continuous levels of estrogen and testosterone in order to avoid the natural level fluctuation. As estrogen levels increase, testosterone levels decrease, which is better for skin since less oil is created. But birth control pills can have serious side effects, including serious conditions like endometriosis and ovarian cysts.
Some antibiotics that are frequently used to treat acne outbreaks can cause unpleasant side effects like sun sensitivity or yellowing teeth. A popular and frequently used medication decreases testosterone levels but also comes with several unpleasant side effects.
Probiotic ActionTM may help prevent some acne that is associated with the normal hormonal cycle. It cannot, however, mitigate the effects of the high levels of testosterone contained in anabolic steroids. Using our topical solution and gentle skin cleanser can help keep your pores clean, critical for when your body is creating more oil due to elevated hormone levels. It would be best to incorporate Probiotic ActionTM into your skin care regimen before experiencing outbreaks of hormonal acne, although using it after the acne has appeared can