Estrogen And Acne: Are They Related?
Many women spend tons of money on sometimes dangerous acne treatments like lasers and all kinds of potions and lotions to deal with this dilemma.
However, acne usually can’t be successfully treated from the outside, because it’s cause is entirely related to what’s happening on the inside of our bodies. Keeping your hormones in check is just as important as having a good skin care routine.
A primary cause of hormonal acne is when androgens (male hormones) such as testosterone get turned into its more potent form called Dihydrotestosterone or DHT, via the action of an enzyme called 5 Alpha Reductase. DHT then causes sebum production to increase, leading to more oily skin, clogged pores and acne.
Adequate levels of progesterone help to prevent this by regulating the production of DHT in the body. It inhibits the activity of 5 Alpha Reductase and prevents it from turning testosterone into DHT. So, when your progesterone levels are normal, this will help to keep your DHT levels down. But when estrogen levels increase in relation to progesterone levels, all hell breaks loose!
This is how estrogen dominance over progesterone can cause acne. Of course there are other causes too. The good news is that you can beat hormonal acne!
How to prevent hormonal breakouts:
- Detox. You need to improve your diet and eating habits, resulting in healthy estrogen levels. Avoid excess sugar, gluten, soy and corn Cleanses and detox programs are a great way to do this.
- Avoid harsh skincare products. Try to stick to products with natural ingredients. Consider trying the Estala Acne Regimen.
- Focus on your blood sugar. High-glycemic-index carbohydrates like white bread and sugar-laden foods along with high-fructose foods raise blood sugar and insulin levels, which increase androgens and breakouts in genetically susceptible women. This is because high levels of insulin cause your ovaries to produce more testosterone rather than estrogen. Make sure to include protein in each meal and snack and please please stay away from anything that will spike your blood sugar.
In closing, your estrogen levels and acne are related. Follow the tips above to take control of your skin health.