Whether your acne breakouts show up as small pimples or painful cysts, whether it’s just a few spots or it covers your entire face, this post is going to show you how to get rid of hormonal acne naturally…once and for all.
You see, at the most basic level, acne is a chronic inflammatory condition (source). So, with this basic definition in mind, how do you go about eliminating hormonal acne?
The best way to stop hormonal acne naturally is to take a holistic approach that involves diet, lifestyle and a balanced skin care routine. Even though it’s tempting to focus just on the skin care routine, making a few, strategic food and lifestyle tweaks allows you to address the underlying inflammation. As results you get faster and lasting results.
Now, to help you get started, here’s what we’re going to cover in this article:
- The main factors that trigger acne.
- How to know if your acne is hormone-related.
- The 7-stepholistic plan that you can use to clear up your skin.
In order to address the inflammation that causes hormonal acne, we have to identify what triggers inflammation.
And it boils down to one thing: stress. But we’re not just talking about emotional stress here.
Overall there are three types of stress that we can face. These are emotional, chemical and physical stress.
Now, as far as the body is concerned, stress is stress.
This means all 3 forms of stress trigger the body’s stress response system, which is also part of our natural inflammatory response.
We’ll get into more of how that stress response correlates to acne, but first, let’s have a quick look at those 3 categories of stress.
1. EMOTIONAL STRESS
This is pretty self-explanatory and it includes things like anxiety, worry or a busy/overwhelming schedule.
2. CHEMICAL STRESS
These days chemical stress can be as bad as – or even worse than – emotional stress.
That’s because the most common source of chemical stress is the food we eat every single day.
Here are a few things in food that contribute to stress and inflammation:
- Unhealthy or processed ingredients (refined sugar, hydrogenated fats, and so on) as well as other pro-inflammatory foods like dairy and red meat.
- Pesticides (which can disrupt hormones) as well as other hormone disrupting-ingredients.
- Unnatural and pro-inflammatory additives, preservatives and colorants.
In addition to food, makeup and skin care products can contain ingredients that add more stress to the body.
Furthermore, there’s also water and air as potential sources of stress-inducing chemicals.
NOTE: the goal isn’t to live in a bubble and avoid everything. Rather, we want to focus on the stressors that you have the most control over. In this case, it’s the food-related stressors.
3. PHYSICAL STRESS
This can include things like a wound, an injured muscle or a misalignment in your spine (or other body parts).