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Acne in your teens is expected, but a breakout when you’re well into your 30s (or older) can be just as annoying as it is embarrassing.
While acne is often associated with high school and hitting puberty, it’s not just a phase, and as you age, it is certainly something you may be dealing with long-term.
And while there are some obvious offenders:
- Excessive sugar intake
- Lack of hydration
- Certain products
Sometimes the real cause of acne and breakouts is something internal, such as unbalanced hormones. But how can you tell if your break out is hormone related?
1. When Breakouts Occur
Timing will be your biggest indicator for identifying hormone-related acne. A majority of the acne in women over the age of twenty-five is tied to hormones and will occur around menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.
Acne around your period occurs because your female hormones are at their lowest, pregnancy causes a severe drop in estrogen, and menopause can empower testosterone to trigger acne.
2. Type of Breakouts
Still assessing whether not your acne is hormonal? Mind their appearance, typical hormonal acne will appear deep and painful cysts that are red, inflamed, and almost never have a visible head. Unfortunately, hormonal acne is usually painful.
3. Where Breakouts Occur
Perhaps another dead giveaway of hormonal factors at play is a breakout that happens on the lower third of your face.
Anywhere around the chin, jaw, and neck thanks to oil glands in that area that are stimulated by androgen spikes. Plus, it’s a part of the face we tend to touch more often thus putting more oil and bacteria around the area.
What Can You Do About It?
Most women accept acne as a new norm, never even realizing its linked to their hormones. While everybody is different, there are some pretty standard answers for managing acne and keeping breakouts at bay.
- Cut sugar out of your diet
- Swap sodas for more water
- Eat quality fats (avocados, fish, nuts, seeds)
- Manage your stress—try increasing physical activity, meditation, yoga, taking naps, etc.
Steps to Take
Have you tried all of the above and seen no results or you’re looking for long-term and sustainable health approaches? Here are some other great steps to take.
1. Schedule a Consultation
Meeting with an EvexiPEL provider can give you insight into the whole picture and what’s going on with your health.
Is your gut health where it should be?
Is there an underlying issue causing hormonal imbalance?
Your healthcare provider can help establish actionable steps and shed some light and what’s affecting your health.
2. Find the Right Supplements
Depending on what your EvexiPEL provider uncovers, you may be prescribed certain supplements.
Getting the right, high-quality supplement can do wonders for your health, but you’ll want a doctor’s guidance on starting this routine.
3. Commit to Lifestyle Changes
Evaluate your life and work on improving areas and habits around stress management, sleep, and exercise. Having the right balance of these three aspects is crucial to good health.
We Can Help
We hope these tips have been helpful, and when you’re ready to learn more about hormonal imbalance and getting a treatment plan, we’re here for you!
Find the EvexiPEL provider nearest to you today and schedule a consultation!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.