A Skincare Regimen for Hormonal Acne

We all thought the acne breakouts we suffered from in our teen years were the absolute worst. That was, until we experienced our first hormonal acne breakout. If you’ve ever had cystic acne, you would know that it is one of the most painful, slow-healing types of acne. Right when I turned 20, I was greeted by severe hormonal acne that lasted about 2 years and now that I look back on it, I used all the wrong products to treat it.

The good news is, it finally started to go away and here’s what I did.

Switch to a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser.

It’s a common misconception that you should use a cleanser that is intended to treat acne. Most of the time, those cleansers contain salicylic acid and sulfates to give your skin that squeaky clean. However, the sulfates can actually aggravate acne even more. Instead, try a conditioning cleanser like the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. All you really need in a face cleanser is to keep your skin clean & moisturized.


Invest in an essence.

If you have to splurge on any skincare product, splurge on an essence. It’s such an underrated product and deserves more credit. If you’re not familiar with an essence, it is known for its watery-thin texture & aids the absorption of your serums, moisturizers, and face oils. Simply put, why spend money pricey serums & moisturizers if you aren’t getting the most out of them? Try these essences from Caudalie & Missha to brighten, hydrate, exfoliate, & prep the skin for the rest of your skincare routine.

Incorporate niacinamide & zinc into your routine.

I’ve had acne-prone skin since middle school. For that reason, I think I am now impervious to the effects of salicylic acid & benzoyl peroxide. That’s when I discovered niacinamide & zinc topical acne treatments. These two powerhouse ingredients have worked wonders on my skin in terms of preventing cystic acne & healing the existing ones. The combination is swift to draw out impurities. I like to use the Valjean Labs Restore Serum (a cost-friendly dupe for Glossier’s Super Pure. You can get it for about $6 at Marshalls!) on my entire face & neck in the morning as a preventative measure and the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion at night as a spot treatment on the affected areas.

Add in a face oil.

I didn’t believe that I needed face oil in my skincare routine until I talked to one of the sisters from Sister Botanicals. She told me about her battle with hormonal acne and how using organic face oil actually cleared up her breakouts. However I have to say, patience is key. It took about 2 months for me to finally see results, but it’s actually really effective. My skin now feels more balanced and refined. Try a lightweight, all-natural face oil like The Nurturer from Sister Botanicals or this Prickly Pear Facial Oil from the Herbiarie (which you can also find at Marshalls for about $6).

What products have you tried to combat hormonal acne?

Until next time, Megan.