Hormones and Acne

There is a direct relationship between hormones and acne. Although the exact cause of acne has not yet been determined, hormones are one of the biggest contributors to acne skin problems.

Luckily after reading my page on What is Acne? , you know all the details about how acne is formed. To briefly summarize, acne is a result of the sebaceous glands (oil glands) releasing sebum (oil) which then gets clogged in a blocked hair follicle, causing bacteria to grow and ultimately forming zits and pimples.

This process of the sebaceous glands excreting sebum is controlled by male hormones present in both men and women called androgens.


Acne during Puberty:

The strong relationship between hormones and acne is clear when we take a look at puberty. Acne usually begins during puberty because this is when the body begins producing androgens. The most common and well known androgen is testosterone.

Testosterone increases in both boys and girls during puberty and correspondingly leads to an increase in sebum production. In many cases, this increase in sebum results in teen acne.


So to summarize the process, during puberty:

  • Increase in testosterone => increase in sebum production => increase in acne.
The good news is that after around age 20, sebum production begins to decrease.

HOWEVER - there are plenty of other times later in life when hormones can become unbalanced. The result is Adult Onset Acne.


Adult Acne:

Hormonal acne (or adult acne) is more common in women due to the natural cycles of hormone changes that women experience throughout life. These include menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.

Changing hormone levels in girls and women can cause adult acne breakouts 2 to 7 days before their menstrual period starts.

Hormone changes related to pregnancy, menopause, and starting and/or stopping birth control pills can also result in hormonal acne.

If you think you may be suffering from hormonal acne or adult onset acne due to hormonal imbalances, it is possible to get your hormone levels checked by seeing a gynecologist or endocrinologist. Doctors can prescribe low-dose birth control pills and/or androgen receptor blockers to reduce blemishes by keeping hormones steady.


Or, as an effective alternative to medication, you can learn how to balance hormones holistically through Natural Acne Cures.




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