How to Differentiate Between Cystic and Hormonal Acne.
It can be frustrating to have bad skin, especially if you don’t know what is causing it or how to treat it. Since it is so visible, and quite difficult to adequately cover with makeup, it can really affect your self-esteem in a negative way. You want people to notice you, not your bad skin. You also want to know what is causing your bad skin so you can improve it. Is it just cystic acne or is it hormonal? How can you tell, and what do you do about it? When you’ve tried every skin-cleansing diet known to man, every acne cream, and wash your face clean every night with no noticeable results, you will probably be at a loss for what to do next and need answers. Here are the answers you seek.
What Causes Bad Skin?
Bad skin that is not hormonal acne can be caused by a variety of things. Genetics is one. If this is the case for you, you will definitely need to see a dermatologist to get your skin cleared up.
Other causes for bad skin include:
- Not washing your makeup off at night
- Not exfoliating often enough
- Wearing too much makeup
- Wearing oil-based makeup and moisturizers when you have oily skin
- Touching your face too much (it gets dirt into your pores)
- Improper pH balance on your skin (this can be corrected through diet)
- Clinical acne (this also requires a dermatologist and prescription medication or treatment to correct)
Fortunately, most causes of bad skin have easy fixes. Try one or all of them, and you will eventually start to see clearer, healthier skin you can wear outside of the house with pride. Hormonal acne is another problem entirely.
What is Hormonal Acne?
This is acne you get due to a hormone imbalance. Your body is producing too much male hormones, and this is causing the glands in your face to overproduce sebum. When the excess oil mixes with the normal dead skin we all have on our faces at most times, it can clog your pores, causing acne. If it gets very severe, the acne can develop minor infections in each pimple, and this can cause the skin to get inflamed, which produces more acne. You may even see swelling and pus on your skin.
Hormonal acne is harder to treat than simple bad skin. Because the problem isn’t really with your skin….it’s with your hormones….you’ve got to come up with a solution that addresses the hormonal imbalance. If your hormones are out of balance, you may see other signs of it, too, such as irregular periods, weight gain or loss, and hair growing where you don’t want it.
How Do You Treat Hormonal Acne?
The best thing to do to get rid of hormonal acne is to start on birth control pills. These will even out your hormones by providing more female hormones to balance out the over-abundance of male ones. That will keep new acne from forming (at least from hormonal reasons).
However, the acne produced by hormones can be pretty deep and severe, causing it to leave scars and pock marks behind. To clear these up, there are several medical spa skin treatments that work wonders. Among these are:
- Medical Grade Chemical Peels
- Light therapy such as IPL
- Blu Light Therapy
- Photodynamic Therapy
If you want to get rid of the after-effects of hormonal acne, come see P. Alexander Ataii M.D. at Laser Clinique. We offer the best, most effective acne treatments in San Diego and can give you clean, smooth skin again for either cystic or hormonal acne. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with P. Alexander Ataii M.D. and get started on the road to the clear, smooth complexion you deserve.