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Hormonal Acne: 5 Signs You Are Dealing with It & How to Treat It

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Almost each one of us has gone through that age when we were beset by acne. Those unpleasant pimples on your face that always pop up right before any important occasion or function.

It may seem like acne, pimples, blackheads are something normal which one experiences during the age of puberty.

However, for some people, acne continues to pop up even after their teenage years. Acne is the most common skin problem and a lot of acne is mostly hormonal-driven.

5 signs of hormonal acne and how to treat it

Products like Revitol acnezine solution treats breakouts while helping your skin heal, making it soft and helping you achieve clear skin.

The hormones that cause this type of acne are fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone, which both vary widely throughout the menstrual cycle month. The ratio of each of these hormones to each other can also affect women’s testosterone levels, and can also be causative in hormonal acne.

Below are 5 signs of hormonal acne. If you have any of these symptoms, then it’s probably hormonal acne:

5 Signs Of Hormonal Acne

1. Hormonal acne is predominant in the lower part of your face.

It usually happens around the chin, mouth and the jawline. One of the main signs of a hormonal breakout is its location on the face. If you’re noticing inflamed cysts around your lower face especially your chin and jawline area you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s probably hormonal.

Derms don’t exactly know why this beard of acne is a thing in women, but it comes down to too much oil production clogging up your pores.

Hormonal acne predominant on the lower face

2. If you’re above the age of 20 or have already crossed your teenage, then this can be hormonal type acne.

It is because usually after the age of 20, hormones become more active in women. But age alone won’t determine whether or not you’ll break out. Genetics can dictate when hormonal breakouts start and stop.

3. Hormonal acne produces deep and painful pimples.

It is probably hormonal acne if you’re suffering from painful and cystic bumps. These painful cysts manifest as deeper bumps that are under the skin’s surface and cannot be extracted with normal manual extraction either by an individual or an aesthetician.

These bumps are usually tender to the touch because they’ve accumulated oil over a period of days or weeks that then causes an inflammatory reaction.

5 signs of hormonal acne and how to treat it

4. The high levels of Androgen, male hormones are a huge causative factor behind the occurrence of acne.

Androgen is present in females in small quantities. Women who are prone to monthly hormonal fluctuations, which are quite steep, and have periods of acute stress, are setting up a ‘perfect storm’ for themselves to get a hormonal acne flare.

5. Hormonal breakouts recur each month.

They actually incline to pop up in the same place each month as well.

Here’s How to Treat Hormonal Acne

Hormonal breakouts tend to pop up in the same place each month as well. This is usually the result of a particular pore being enlarged in size by a previous pimple.

If you’re triggered by hormonal acne, the following are the ways we suggest that can help in treating acne.

  • Reconsider your diet.

Eliminate the food that can cause the problem. Eat lots of vegetables and eat foods with a lower glycemic index. Foods particularly inflammation-fighting foods may help in reducing the acne.

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  • Don’t consume too much milk or dairy products.

Rather increase fiber consumption in your overall diet.

Pretty face without acne

  • Take Anti-androgen drugs.

Since androgen is responsible for causing acne, it is important to pills that are anti-androgen. These drugs will decrease the effects of testosterone present in the body.

  • Apply diluted Tea Tree Oil.

Tea tree oil works best for the acne as they decrease the inflammation that causes acne. Revitol Acnezine solution contains tea tree oil and lemon peel oil which helps to fight in acne-causing bacteria. This product is perfect for reducing the spots and fading scars.

  • Choose cleansers that have salicylic or glycolic acid present in them.

The presence of these acids will help in exfoliating the skin.

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  • If you’re using any product, we recommend you to apply only a pea-size.

Don’t take too much of any acne product. If you apply too much of the product, it may dry out your skin and further cause irritation.

  • Do not stress.

Cortisol, the stress hormone affects all your hormones and has a huge impact on hormonal acne. The presence of more cortisol in your body increases the level of androgens in the body and as mentioned, higher androgens cause more acne.

  • Take vitamins and herbs.

  • At last, be active and exercise.

Exercising will help you create a perfect environment for hormonal breakouts.

Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only depending on our personal experiences. Kindly consult with your doctor before adopting health procedures.

Look good daily!

Tressie Dawson!


Tressie Dawson; author of the 5 signs of hormonal acne and how to treat it

Tressie Dawson is a skin care expert and a blogger. Born in a family of dermatologists, her life revolves around things that are healthy, natural and keep the sanctity of the skin alive. Dawson uses her passion for writing to share her observations and experiences with various skin products to make the lives of her readers better.




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  1. Jessica Joachim says

    Having hormonal acne is the worst!! Like I am an adult this should not be happening lol. I love your tips to help treat it though, I know cutting down on dairy helps me for sure.

  2. Melissa says

    I have hormonal acne. It is so annoying! I use regular cleansers, but I use bare minerals blemish remedy makeup when I am having a breakout and it helps quite a bit.

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      I know how it can be annoying lol! I recall how mine were and I’m glad I’m over them now! As Tressie says in the post, using a pea size of it works! Hope you get over them too!

  3. Hollie says

    I appreciate this post. I do deal with hormonal acne and it can be such a challenge to deal with. I’m always looking for help and advice.

  4. Denay DeGuzman says

    What wonderful information about this common problem. One of my friends is dealing with this right now. I’m sending her the link to your post!

  5. Ally says

    Acne is the worst! I’ve never considered that it could be from our hormones, I’ll have to keep the treatment options in mind.

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      I think acne ceases as one grows older Tara and that’s much better than having to deal with them when older. But even so, hormonal acne could break out thus needs proper care of the face.

  6. Terri Beavers says

    My granddaughter is dealing with hormonal acne and she gets so frustrated. She’s seeing a dermatologist for it but it doesn’t seem to be helping. Her mom still has to use things for her acne so it might be something she has inherited. My daughter has been using Revitol acnezine solution and it’s helping her but I’m not sure if of the ages on it. We might need to look into that since nothing from the derm is helping Alyssa.

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      Hi Terri,
      When it comes to dealing with acne, I suggest sticking to what only works. If Revitol works for her and not what her derm gives her, then she shouldn’t mix up to avoid worse scenarios. At least I did that.
      Glad you dropped by Terri.

  7. Sibi says

    Very much helpful to teenager. A teen would definitely would have gone through emotional stress and this tips would help them

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      It’s never fun at all…happens to me too at times although bar soap works so fast for me. I’m also keen on my diet Amber. You could also use the tips lol!

  8. Jessica May says

    I used to have hormonal acne! It was terrible, I couldn’t stand it. I’m so glad that stage of life is over!

  9. Sarah Bailey says

    I most definitely need to read this! I still suffer with hormonal breakouts these days and I would do anything to calm them down just a little bit more. So I will go through these ideas.

  10. LiveLoveAndAdventure says

    This definitely is something that affects most women from time to time. I find that when my face starts breaking out, I wash my face with a Panoxyl Bar and it clears up pretty quickly. It’s not expensive, and works really well with only washing my face once a day.

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      Wow! Me too. Ever since I got over them, I’ve been using only bar soap on my skin and it actually clears everything up.
      Thanks for dropping by!?

  11. ROSEY says

    My daughter didn’t get acne until she was graduated from high school. I wonder if this is why; texting her your link.

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      Hi Rosey,
      We usually expect acne while in high school although it can happen afterwards just as it did for me. Anyway, I’m certain she will relate with the tips.

  12. Kamapala Chukwuka says

    Before having kids, I used to have horrible breakouts and now I’m so pleased(Can’t even explain it) that I don’t have those breakout anymore, I can’t even say it’s because of my skin regime or anything. Maybe, I’m just blessed 🙂 That said, I think this is a very helpful and informative post. Thanks for sharing x

  13. lavandamichelle says

    What an interesting post! I learned so much about acne, I wish I could have read this when I was younger, ha ha. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  14. Jojo Hua says

    I sometimes get these huge painful acne spots around my jawline. I had a feeling they were hormonal, but now I know for sure.

  15. Debby says

    This is an incredibly common problem. It is awesome how you gave some tips to determine it is present because it is important to know the true cause if you want a good solution.

  16. Amber S. says

    Hormonal acne is the worst! My sister dealt with it bad, and would complain about how painful her pimples were. These are great tips, and I can vouch that they work!

  17. Princess Quinn says

    I love your skin it looks so smooth and radiant. You got me jealous. LOL. By the way, I have checked all of these signs which means that my breakouts are hormonal. It was so painful and it hinders me from wearing make up. Thanks for the tips. I would invest more on my skin care from now on.

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      Aaaw…thank you Princess. Mind you, I also had hormonal acne until I decided to work on them and here I am, having them no more. Hope you get over yours too lol!

  18. Angelle says

    Now, this is a beneficial read. I understand that hormonal and adult acne can be so frustrating and even quite upsetting. There are ways to help combat it through by implementing a better diet, drinking more water, and lowering stress levels.

  19. Whitney Kutch says

    You have some great, natural options mixed in here – thanks for sharing those! I’ll have to try the tea tree oil (it always smells so amazing!)

  20. Jennifer Prince says

    Ug! I get one every single month. It’s such a pain, but I am also so glad that it’s just a tiny bit of a nuisance.

  21. Jana says

    Really enjoyed learning about hormaonal acne. I have a few pop up every once in a while that’s painful. Thank you for the tips on how to take care of our skin.

  22. Issie says

    Hi Dalene. Great post for my nephew who is 24 years old. That sounds good learning about hormaonal acne. By the way, my nephew has not only acne on the lower part of his face but at his back as well. So, I introduced him to use this He found a positive result. Regarding to hormaonal acne, I will suggest my nephew to follow your suggestion for better result and better in the long run. Thanks a lot for useful sharing, please keep sharing.

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      Aaaw! You’re so sweet Essie. I’m sure that the tips will work for your nephew too. And the link to best body washes is highly appreciated.

  23. madison says

    Thanks for best advice to HORMONAL ACNE,,, I will reserve this.I think we are getting many solutions from you. Especially that you tell me what this kinds of acne is like and it’s natural treatment,,,with best regards..

  24. Olivia Pearson says

    I really like how you said that one of the signs of hormonal acne is if you notice inflamed skin around your lower face. My niece is having a hard time keeping her acne at bay in the lower areas of her jaw and face. I’m sure she’d really benefit from an acne consultation with an online dermatologist so she can get the necessary treatment for her hormonal acne. Thanks for the tips.

  25. Kate Welling says

    You mentioned that after the age of 20, hormones become more active in women. It makes sense that acne popping up after this age is a sign of hormonal acne. I’ll start looking for a dermatologist in my area so they can help me understand the best acne treatment for me so I can get rid of all of my acne.

  26. Lourdes says

    I highly recommend dermalmd blemish serum for those one-off singular hormonal breakouts that are huge and could last on your face for a week+. Using dermalmd serum reduces it to 2 days without harsh effects of rubbing alcohol. Very happy to have found this. So much for your $$—this serum bottle will easily last 1-2 years.

  27. Yehtun says

    I have bought dermalmd blemish serum for my daughter who suffers from bad skin as a hormonal teenager. After using them for a couple of months have noticed a reduction in the inflammation and breakouts.

  28. Lora L says

    I used to get the usual hormonal chin and jawline acne regularly. I’ve used dermalmd blemish serum daily since March 4 and I have not had one breakout as I had before. I still get an occasional tiny white head but not near as frequent as I was before. This has not discolored any of my clothes or towels. Overall I am very happy with dermalmd serum and smile more brightly now that I don’t have embarrassing unsightly hormonal acne anymore!

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