Hormonal vs. Cystic Acne - Sanctuary Spa & Skin Care

February 3, 2023

Have you ever had a breakout that just seems to never disappear? Us, too. We’ve tried all the home remedies. Ice. Toothpaste. Ibuprofen. When that didn’t work, we ran to Target and bought as many skin care products we could find with “acne” in the name. We exhaust all our options and eventually settle for “I just have bad skin”. While acne is definitely a pesky little sucker that we all have to deal with at times, you may be suffering more than you need to. The truth is, there are different types of acne that call for different methods of treatment. 

Hormonal Acne

Hormonal acne is a result of the various levels of testosterone, estrogen, and androgen you have in your body. When your body experiences an increase of testosterone and a decrease of estrogen, the result is an overproduction of oil. This oil causes skin congestion, which then produces a bacteria that leads to the development of acne. Our favorite way to target hormonal acne is with the Eight Greens line from Eminence Organic Skin Care. The Eight Greens products contain powerful little warriors called phytoestrogens, which are plant-based hormones that safely treat hormonal acne. Hormonal acne usually presents itself around the mouth, chin, and jawline, and may make frequent appearances around your menstrual cycle.

Cystic Acne 

Cystic acne is a little bit more tricky. While it could be related to hormone levels, that is not necessarily the cause. Cystic acne can be the result of anything from genetics, to an overproduction of oil in your skin, to the makeup you use, or anything in between. To put it simply, cystic acne is caused by the blockage of your pores, leading to infection or inflammation. Our favorite way to treat this type of acne is with the Clear Skin Probiotic line from Eminence Organic Skin Care. The probiotics in these products help to regulate bacteria and control oil production without losing your skin’s moisture.

If your current acne treatment doesn’t seem to be helping, you may be treating your skin for the wrong type of acne. Try one of the above starter sets to start narrowing down the process to discover the type of acne you are dealing with. (Hint: chances are, if it’s hormonal, you’ll be experiencing other hormonal symptoms as well. Examples include PMS symptoms, fatigue, digestive issues, insomnia, etc). You can also book a facial treatment with one of our licensed estheticians for individualized skin care, recommendations, and treatment plans. 


Sources: CosmopolitanThe Cosmetics CopHuffington PostPositiveMedTheLoveVitamin

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