if you’re a victim of hormonal or cystic acne, you know how unsightly and painful it can be. these blemishes form deep under the skin, making topical acne treatments ineffective and extractions a waste of time. typically found along the chin and jawline, hormonal acne is caused by hormones changing and stimulating an increase in oil production, which leads to your pores to becoming clogged and a growth in bacteria…

how to prevent…

eliminate diary: diary can be difficult for the body digest (which is why so many are lactose intolerant). most dairy cows are given growth hormones, which mimic the hormones that trigger oil production in the skin. the body may use the skin to purge the excess hormones. so basically, when you get too much dairy for your body to digest, it can come out by way of cystic acne

use a serum with salicylic acid: a serum is most effective because it is formulated for use under a moisturizer and is able to penetrate deep within the pores, helping to keep oil and bacteria at bay

keep pores clean: an older blemish that was not extracted properly, can lead to more clogged pores continuing to get re-infected until they are cleaned out. this is why monthly facials are ideal. clean pores can dramatically prevent breakouts from occurring

consistency is key: find a system and stick to it. it’s tempting to slack on your skincare routine when your face is clear, but you have to be consistent in order to keep things working. cleanse, tone, exfoliate (1x/wk), layer serums, moisturize/facial oil

how to treat…

act fast: ones the blemish pops up, how quickly you handle it will determine how long it lingers. the very best product I have ever found in treating cystic acne is by Renee Rouleau (anti-cyst treatment). i use this immediately after i spot the blemish. i also use it along the chin and jawline area a few times a week to prevent new blemishes from appearing

retinol: AKA vitamin A works to increase cell turnover (exfoliation), which can have a slightly antibacterial effect on the skin. when using regularly, retinol can treat and prevent stubborn cystic acne and the dark spots it leaves behind. (use 2x weekly in your 20’s, 3x’s in your 30’s and so on)

antioxidants: our most powerful weapon when it comes to anti-aging and maintaining clear skin. they protect our skin from free radical damage, the leading culprit behind acne, clogged pores, and premature aging. they also stimulate collagen production, helping to improve acne scarring