If you are looking for affordable, natural, hormonal acne remedies, you came to the right spot.
For years and years, I battled with terrible acne, thinking that I was doomed for life. Acne is a common skin condition that affects many teenagers and even young adults. When we are growing up, due to stimulated hormones, we have overactive oil glands that lead to acne.
When we become adults, acne is our body’s way of telling us something is internally imbalanced. People will spend years searching for ways to cure their acne, buying expensive products, going to dermatologists appointments, only to be left feeling incurable.
Let’s admit, we tend to look for answers to cure our acne overnight. This might be why we pile up our face with creams filled with chemicals, and even turn towards medicine to do so. This isn’t necessarily wrong, its just focused on fixing the symptom and not finding the underlying root cause.
For many females, that root cause lies in connection to diet, stress, gut health, or a variety of other things. That said, it is important to create a holistic approach to figure out what is triggering the acne and how to tamper it.
A lot of home remedies have been proven to help with acne, including focusing on determining what products are right for you and healing from within.
Taking a Look at Over the Counter Products
When we ask dermatologists for help, we can be overwhelmed with all the chemicals they prescribe. The most commonly prescribed drugs are Accutane, birth control pills, and even antibiotics. Benzoyl peroxide and Salicylic acid are very apparent in anti-acne treatments.
These can be expensive and most often than not, they don’t work. What’s worse, these chemicals can result in unwanted side effects like irritation and dryness, and only temporarily relieving you of acne.
Healing from Within
As much as we want to treat our acne outside, we also need to look inside our bodies. One major cause of acne is having a hormonal imbalance, especially for women, and diet plays a large role in this.
Remember, other organs in our body will also affect our skin. That said, it is common that digestive problems will also lead to skin problems, like acne. Because of this, it’s apparent that medications for gut issues will also lead to clearer skin.
Here are just a few things you can do to improve gut health:
- Taking L-Glutamine & HCL for leaky gut
- Consuming more good quality probiotics
- Adding fat-soluble vitamins to your diet
- Taking collagen supplements
Eating a nutrient-dense diet is a first good step when it comes to clearing up your skin. I try to eat vegetables at every meal and drink a low-sugar veggie juice (like this one from Suja) or a veggie-dense smoothie daily as well.
There are specific foods that can help your skin, but first, you must help your gut. Check out one of my latest posts on the relationship between gut health and stress for more information.
Today I am sharing 9 hormonal acne remedies to help get your skin under control, and to a place where you feel confident.
9 Hormonal Acne Remedies you Can Do at Home
Here’s the part you’ve been waiting for. Instead of spending incredible amounts of money on chemically infused creams and cleansers, why don’t we focus remedies we can find in the comfort of our own home?
As much as we want to put a lot of good stuff in our face, it is also important to remove the impurities from it. Castor oils and olive oils are good choices for cleansing. They do a good job of removing dirt and will help balance the skin’s natural oil level. Plus, are very gentle and are almost available in any kitchen!
Since ancient Egypt, honey has been used to treat a lot of diseases, and of course, used to beautify the skin. The reason why everyone swears by it is because of its antiseptic properties. This helps to eliminate acne-causing bacteria. How cool is that? Be sure to look for raw honey like Manuka honey. It works great as a spot treatment or even as a mask.
Green tea is full of healthy antioxidants that help improve our overall health. Suneel Chilukuri, M.D. explains that green tea can help decrease sebum production and will speed up the healing time of blemishes, thanks to its caffeine content.
So, aside from drinking, what are other ways can we use it? Well, you can soak your bag of green tea in warm water and apply it directly to the blemish. Do this for two minutes before rinsing.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is almost present in any DIY skin solution. Since can fight bacteria and dry up excess oil, a lot of people have been using it as a toner. What’s more, it has anti-inflammatory properties that will help lessen your pimples’ redness. Just dilute it in water with the ratio 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to 8 ounces water.
While there are a variety of hormonal acne remedies, I think this one helped me the most, personally. I like to combine ACV with my clay mask once a week to help thoroughly clean my skin.
Turmeric is such a staple in every household, not just for cooking but for its healing properties. It is known for its antibacterial purposes, but it also is rich in antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
What more can you ask for? When you apply it on your skin, not only will it help heal the acne faster, but it will also help in reducing the appearance of a scar.
Famous for its healing properties, Aloe Vera has been used for generations. The vitamins and minerals found in this plant will help heal acne and will lessen the scarring. It is best to use fresh aloe than the processed ones.
A good friend of mine, Michaela, gifted me with an aloe plant around 3 years ago and I still use it today. You can go to your local plant store, or even hit up a hardware store to purchase an aloe plant. They’re affordable and so easy to take care of.
White Vinegar is rich in antiseptic which will eliminate acne causing bacteria. Since it has a high acidity level, it will help dry out and the pimples faster. You can use it as a spot treatment or dilute it in water as a toner.
Don’t you hate it when you wake up and there’s a big red spot on your forehead? While it does not help in healing pimples, it will reduce redness and inflammation. Just wrap it in a thin towel and apply it in the pimple for a few minutes.
What you can also do is to apply ice in your pores after cleansing.This will help to close them and protect them from future oil clogging.
I also love to keep an ice roller in the freezer, and roll my entire face with it when I wake up each morning. It’s refreshing and takes down any type of face swelling.
Organic, Unflavored Yogurt
Directly applying organic yogurt will benefit the skin’s microbiome. Plus, the lactic acid in the yogurt will help in exfoliating.
You might think that aspirin can only be used for headaches or any other pains in the body. Yet, there are more ways we can use aspirin. Since it has anti-inflammatory effects, using it on your pimples will help it heal quickly.
Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D. recommends that you crush the aspirin and mix it with warm water. Then, you can use a cotton ball or a cotton swab, soak it in the mix, and apply it to the blemish for three to five minutes.
More and more people have been switching to Himalayan salt because it is healthier than regular table salt. If you have it at home, you can use it for your acne as well. You can dilute it in water and add some essential oils and voila!
You have your own sea salt spray. Using this regularly will help balance the oils on your skin!
I hope this article led you one step closer to knowing your body even more. I know that learning about natural hormonal acne remedies revolutionized my life on so many levels, and I hope it does the same for you. Feel free to shoot me an email or a message on Instagram if you have any questions or just want to talk.
P.S. If this is a topic that hits close to home, be sure to check out a few of my other articles on hormone health:
- Stress And Your Hormones: 6 Hormones That Your Body Releases Under Stress
- Post-Birth Control Syndrome: 10 Symptoms & How To Heal From It
- Gut Health And Hormones: The Relationship That You Should Know About
- Post-Birth Control Syndrome: 10 Symptoms & How To Heal From It
- Cycle Syncing: Improving Your Health By Getting To Know Your Menstrual Cycle