Four questions for women suffering hormonal acne breakouts

Women may experience hormonal acne breakouts beyond their teenage years. While there are pharmaceutical solutions – taking a prescribed oral drug high in Vitamin A, or using a medicated topical creams with Benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid – some women seek all-natural treatments free of harsh chemicals.

Regarding such treatment for hormonal acne, here are are some questions for women to ask themselves:

1. Are you drinking the recommended amount of water daily? Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day (2 to 3 36-ounce water bottles) helps flush out your system of toxins and impurities, and keeps the skin hydrated.

2. Are you washing your face with a mild soap every day? Try using a gentle cleanser, maybe Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser or Trader Joe’s Nourish All-In-One Facial Cleanser. One pump per wash with warm water should suffice.

3. If you do wash your face, do you wash properly? Try gently massaging the cleanser into the pores for 30 to 60 seconds. Do not scrub aggressively. Massaging the face stimulates new cell growth and is relaxing at the same time. Making the task of washing your face daily slightly more enjoyable through facial massage can actually reduce the release of stress hormones that may perpetuate acne.

4. Have you tried an acne mask? Masking the face with a cinnamon paste every other night has shown to help dry out acne, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, cinnamon also helps stimulate blood flow and can cause minor swelling. Using 1 tbsp powdered cinnamon mixed with 3 tbsp of oil or honey can help reduce irritation. Try this concoction on a small area first to see if irritation occurs.

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