Culprits of Hormonal Imbalance
The most cause of hormonal imbalance includes poor digestion, emotional or physical stress, sleeping less, too low or too high physical activity level. Work on yourself and determine which one the culprit of your hormonal problem and start is improving them. It not only improve the appearance of your hormonal acne but also improve your overall health.
Symptoms of Hormonal Acne and Causes of Breakouts
The most common symptoms experienced by individuals with hormonal acne is an overproduction of oil. The excess production of oil contributes to the development of acne and other associated skin problems such as whiteheads, pimples, blackheads, and an overall oily appearance.
The major causes of excess oil production are:
Toxicity in the body which may occur due to poor diet, low quality sleep, lack of physical activity, the presence of a chemical in the environment, and poor lymph drainage.
Excessive production of androgen hormones
Ways to balance hormones to get a clear acne free skin
Reduce stress – Stress has a great impact on hormones and acne, so don’t ignore your stress. If you stress a lot, then you must know that whenever you are stressed, your body pumps out a large amount of a stress hormone called cortisol. More cortisol in your body increases the production of androgen hormones that are considered as one of the major causes of acne.
Eat foods that do not disturb sugar balance in your system – Sugar fluctuations are a result of junk or processed food consumption. Such food creates sugar spikes which creates stress on the body. Therefore, eliminate or reduce foods that creates sugar spike, such foods are white flour products, potatoes, and rice. Include more green vegetables, potatoes, and grains like quinoa.
Include fatty acids in your diet – essential fatty acids are known to reduce inflammation, reduce androgens and hence balance hormones. If you are dealing with acne, you might be EFAs deficient. You can get healthy fats from flax oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocados, nuts, coconut oil, high-quality fish oils, borage oil etc. You should be avoiding fats like sunflower seed oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil as they contain high levels of omega 6 fatty acids that are believed to inflammation in the body.
Increase intake of vitamins and minerals – take foods that contain vitamin A, B, C, magnesium, zinc, and chromium. Add antiandrogens in your diet – to gain control over your hormone-related acne, sip out green tea, and spearmint tea.
Healing hormonal acne takes time, but once your hormones are balanced, the wait will be worth it.