- Posted on: Mar 6 2019
- Rising and falling hormone levels
- Certain hair and skin products
- Family history of acne
- Some medications
- Stress (ugh!)
The balance of estrogens and testosterone plays a big role in your acne. Estrogens help lower testosterone levels. Too much testosterone can increase sebum (oil) production in your skin. And too much sebum can mean clogged pores and acne breakouts, including blackheads, whiteheads, and blemishes. The levels of your estrogens are lowest right before your period and during menopause.
Frequently Asked Questions
- 45% aged 21-30
- 26% aged 31-40
- 12% aged 41-50
- Retinols are found in some cosmetics and beauty products and are not FDA approved to fight acne.
- Retinoids are clinically proven and FDA approved to treat acne. It is typically available by prescription. Tretinoin is a retinoid and is available by prescription only.
- It unclogs pores by increasing the rate at which new skin cells are produced and shed.
- It prevents dead skin cells from clumping together and clogging pores in the first place.
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