5 Things I Did to Diminish My Hormonal Acne Breakouts

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I’m going to tell you all about how I went from trying to cover my acne with makeup to making changes to diminish my acne that have actually lasted..

Since about the age of 13, I’ve had acne in some way or another. Although it didn’t start horribly, it gradually worsened with time. Being the shy type of person I already was, having horrible acne was a nightmare. I found myself constantly battling with my inner self thinking, “What in the world have I done wrong”? I couldn’t understand why washing my face every morning and night and testing out different lotions and products wasn’t working for me.

Having lost much hope, I decided to confide in makeup. I would cover my flaws .. or at least try to.. I would get frustrated because I’d have these deep cystic acne spots and no amount of makeup I used would completely conceal them.

Roll forward about 10 years to where I was 23 (yes my skin was broken out that long.. crazy, I know) .. I decided I’d start researching why my skin might be doing what it’s doing and I see some YouTube videos that talk about hormonal acne. ( I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this before. I mainly only broke out on my chin with the occasional spot on my nose or forehead.) They talked about how sometimes you have hormonal imbalances and that things like dairy and soy milk can mess with your skin. Dairy boosts male sex hormones called androgens which can make your skin want to produce acne and soy milk has things called isoflavones that are a plant estrogen and can have estrogen-like effects on your body.

Having read about dairy messing with my skin, I thought I’d try cutting it out for a few days and see what happens. This was extremely hard considering milk, cheese and most things dairy were a huge part of my diet! Once I had done that I realized that my skin had significantly cleared. I honestly couldn’t believe it.. I switched to drinking rice and almond milks which are pretty good. Besides that, I’ve made some little changes that have helped for sure. I do eat cheese sometimes because I haven’t found an alternative that I love for that.. but, hey, little changes — right? 🙂

Here’s some changes I made:

  1. I stopped eating/drinking dairy for the most part and changed to rice/almond milk. Yes, I have it every once in a while.. but not quite as often as I had been. I notice if haven’t had it in a while and then start consuming it again, my body and face will break out. No bueno. There are vegan alternatives to cheese such as Daiya that actually are pretty tasty and melt just like real cheese. You can find them in most grocery stores.
  2. I made sure to take my makeup off by washing my face day and night. This one is big. I make sure to go straight to the bathroom at night to remove my makeup before even hitting my bed. I find that if I lay down, I don’t want to get up.
  3. I used gentle face products. If your face is severely broken out — using harsh products can usually just inflame everything. I know that first hand. I have been using very mild cleansers and on days where my face seems a little dry I use an exfoliant. My face is a bit sensitive so using a million products can mess with my skin so I try to keep to a basic cleansing routine.
  4. I did a face peel once or twice a year. This is something not everyone has to or wants to do but getting a face peel can make your face look and feel rejuvenated. I started off with a 12.5% TCA peel which can reduce scarring, hyperpigmentation, and lines. Having had acne for as long as I have — scarring is pretty much inevitable.
  5. I didn’t mess with my acne. Messing with cystic acne is a no-no. It can make it flare up even more. Leave it be and put some ice on it to bring down the inflammation. I love using drying creams. 🙂

Now, I won’t say my face is perfectly clear, and I won’t say I do everything perfectly all the time but I would definitely say my face has cleared dramatically. If you think you may have hormonal acne I would definitely ask a dermatologist or research some remedies. These are some things that have worked for me and I hope they’ll help those that are reading. If you have any questions , I’ll be happy to answer them.

Ciao!

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35 Comments

  1. Kim Pepper January 9, 2015

    I have an absolute nightmare with acne, it’s seriously bad. I’ve done allof these apart from the 1st. To be fair I hadn’t even thought about stopping my dairy intake (although I’ve been advised it before, obviously my bad for not listening) definitely will have to try it out! I’m just addicted to cups of tea though so not quite sure how it will work out haha! Great post sweetie x

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    • prettyloved January 9, 2015

      Hahaha girl!!! My acne was out of control! Seriously.. I had to do my own little research because everyone just says ” wash your face and use these cleansers” .. which is great but usually it’s what you’re putting into your body. Serioulsy, cutting out dairy is extremely hard because I love it so much but I have it only every once in a while. I notice a huge difference when I don’t have it. My face clears up so fast. I would definitely give it a try.. especially if you get it on your chin and neck and cheeks a lot. I wish I had known I couldn’t have dairy a long time ago. I would have saved my skin from scarring. I hope these tips help you! Let me know how it goes!

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      • Kim Pepper January 9, 2015

        They do don’t they! Most of the products made for acne I always think are made by people who have NEVER had acne, they’re all super super harsh on your skin! My cheeks are my worst to be honest so I will definitely try It out…I say as I drink my milky tea, mmmm haha! Lush have a tea tree gel called ‘grease lightening’ that is the only product I’ve found that does exactly what it says! I apply a little bit on at night and in the morning my spot is completely gone or barely there, definitely recommend! Will do sweetie! x

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        • prettyloved January 9, 2015

          Ooh I have been hearing amazing things about tea tree oil! 🙂 I totally need to buy some. Yummy teaaa lol. I have some Rooibos tea that is so good! It tastes like peach cobbler. Enjoy! lol

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    • prettyloved January 9, 2015

      You can use rice milk. It seems more toned down than other non-dairy alternatives. I use it for cooking and hot chocolates, etc. I love it. Cashew milk is tasty,too!

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  2. Brooke Elise January 9, 2015

    I had such a nightmare with acne. I found that switching to natural products helped me the most.

    brooke | brooke elise beauty

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  3. missglammer January 9, 2015

    I stopped dairy because I have an allergy to it now but I my skin dosnt break out as much any more 🙂

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    • prettyloved January 9, 2015

      That’s awesome. :))) What alternatives do you like?

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      • missglammer January 9, 2015

        I just have almond milk I don’t have cheese anymore as it’s quite fattening.

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        • prettyloved January 9, 2015

          Yeah, I use Almond and Rice milk but I’ve just discovered Cashew milk which is super tasty.

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          • missglammer January 9, 2015

            Wow I will have to look out for that sounds nice


  4. Green Girl January 9, 2015

    I had adult acne until 40! I recently went to eating whole foods and given up almost everything processed. I also gave up grains because the insulin spike can mess with your hormones. My skin finally cleared up!

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    • prettyloved January 9, 2015

      That’s incredible. I am always watching Raw Food videos and videos about whole foods and how people have cleared so many problems with those and it’s fascinating. I want to incorporate more whole foods and raw foods into my diet for sure! 🙂 Thank you for reading my blog!

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  5. plus+beauty27 January 9, 2015

    Great post Kristen! I had issues with hormonal acne as well. Though I have found a cure with mine in a more medicinal way lol. I am on the birth control pill, a generic form of Orthotricyclen which helps with the skin, plus I take a drug called Sprinolactone that suppresses hormone and I have the clearest skin lol. I know I can’t be on these forever but they have worked pretty well for me because I do thing otherwise my hormones are pretty messed up lol.

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    • prettyloved January 9, 2015

      Ah!! I was taking Orthotricylen for a while! It did help my skin for sure. I stopped taking it only because I felt grumpy and moody ahhah. Your skin looks gorgeous! I will have to look up Sprinolactone. Have not heard of that one.

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      • plus+beauty27 January 9, 2015

        Awe thank you! Only thing with Spironolactone is that it’s not a good idea to get pregnant on it, so you have to be very careful lol. I got the script from a dermatologist for it and that’s what he told me anyway. Spironolactone has other uses too. Don’t mind me if I didn’t spell it right lol.

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        • prettyloved January 9, 2015

          Oh wow I wonder if its like Accutane where you need like 2 birth controls. Crazy!

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          • plus+beauty27 January 9, 2015

            It’s not that extreme I don’t think lol


          • prettyloved January 9, 2015

            Ohh ok lol thats good


  6. Danielle Eskdale January 9, 2015

    Oooh! What an interesting post – I had no idea dairy was linked to acne but just another plus to becoming vegan I suppose.
    #2 is something I’ve really been working on remembering to do and skin peels are a thing I’d love to try eventually.

    Fab post!

    xo

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    • prettyloved January 9, 2015

      Thanks for reading, Danielle. 🙂 Dairy can def be a culprit with acne. I have been thinking of trying more raw and whole foods for sure. The skin peel I do is at home but you can always get it done professionally. Its from Makeup Artists Choice. They have all different kinds. It burns a bit at first but a fan helps and after a few times your skin gets used to it so you go up in concentration. Once you’ve finished you just take some baking soda water and neutralize your skin. It’s awesome.

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  7. heydarlinglove January 11, 2015

    Totally stealing more of your tips! 🙂

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    • prettyloved January 11, 2015

      Haha awesome!! Btw I saw you got the Anastasia Brow stuff! Do you like it? A few of the women at the Golden Globes use it too.

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      • heydarlinglove January 11, 2015

        Makes my brows look way more natural!!! I love it. My friend Raquel over at prettylittlemamas.wordpress.com told me about it!

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        • prettyloved January 11, 2015

          That’s so awesome. I keep hearing amazing things about it 🙂 I may have to get some!

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          • heydarlinglove January 11, 2015

            I got it for 18 at sephora 🙂 and just remember, less is more!!


          • prettyloved January 12, 2015

            Ah that’s perfect ! Thanks!!


  8. adjpants January 12, 2015

    What a great post! Oh how I wish I’d found you when I was 14 haha! So true what you said about not using harsh products. Now I swear by gentle natural products like aloe vera gel and tea tree oil xo

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    • prettyloved January 12, 2015

      I have been hearing so much about tea tree oil products and have never tried any that I know of. I’m so tempted to buy some now! Thank you for reading my post! I appreciate it :))

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      • adjpants January 18, 2015

        Oh definitely give it a go! You can buy the pure essential oil, and it is just incredible for any spots or skin irritations. I’m talking miraculous dear!

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  9. Chelsea M. January 16, 2015

    Love these tips! So interesting about the dairy, I had no idea. Good thing I already love almond milk 🙂

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    • prettyloved January 16, 2015

      Exactly!! Crazy how the foods we eat really do show on our bodies so ,essentially, we are what we eat. Thank you for reading!!

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  10. Tiff January 20, 2015

    I agree! Changing to a cleaner diet – goat cheese and more veggies – totally helps with skin issues. Great tips!

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    • prettyloved January 20, 2015

      For sure!! I have never thought about goat cheese. It’s yummy!

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