Acne Struggles – Hormonal Imbalance
Acne Struggles – Hormonal Imbalance
My skin used to get so bad that I felt ashamed to leave my house. I would wear sunglasses, hats, anything to cover my face. May of last year I had a break down and dug into my skin violently as I had a horrible cystic pimple in the centre of my forehead that wasn’t going away. I cried, stressed severely and lost sleep over my complexion. It’s really heartbreaking to look back at now.
We as humans are programmed to think that we need to look a certain way to be beautiful. I used to be really hard on myself and thought that I wasn’t good enough because I didn’t fit the beauty standard. Then I decided that life is much too short to be stressed out over the way I look. I want to enjoy every day and every experience, I want to be free and live in the moment.
I’m not here to tell you that your acne doesn’t make you beautiful, but what I will do is help you with tips and tricks that I’ve picked up throughout my long battle with acne. My first post of many in my Acne Struggles series.
You may have heard “You should go on birth control, it’ll help with your acne.” This is a little outdated. Birth control doesn’t work for everyone, it might clear up your skin but it also might make you break out fiercely like it did with me. Acne is usually caused by a fluctuation in your hormone levels.
If you wash your face twice a day, moisturize/ treat your skin properly, eat a balanced diet and drink loads of water, but you still find yourself breaking out constantly, you may have a hormonal imbalance. This was something that took me a long time to discover. I didn’t want to be on birth control or really any medication for a long period of time so I looked into the most natural way to balance my hormones.
The main cause of hormonal acne is androgens, a male hormone. Androgens causes an increase of oil secretion. When oil gets trapped in your hair follicles acne will occur.
My goal was to treat myself internally as well as externally and do everything as healthy as possible. I started with making sure I was taking care of my gut, which we’ll dive into another day. Then I looked into my hormones.
Here are a few of my symptoms that made it very clear for me.
Severe acne, check.
Irregular periods, heavy bleeding, check.
Constant fatigue, issues sleeping, check.
Mood swings, depression & anxiety, check.
Weight gain, check.
Severe headaches, check.
A few touchy things I should mention as well, on top of irregular periods, heavy bleeding, low libido and vaginal dryness are also associated with a hormone imbalance.
I began looking into quick and longterm solutions to help me with this. Supplements play a big part in treating a hormonal imbalance. Adaptogen herbs are a unique class of healing plants that promote hormone balance and protect the body from a wide variety of diseases, including those caused by excess stress.
I’ve tried out a ton of supplements but today I’ll be talking about my two favourites and the only ones that have proven to be beneficial to me.
Evening Primrose – Is known to help reduce pain associated with PMS, reduce skin irritations and conditions and can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent. Your body needs a healthy balance of essential fatty acids, such as the omega-6, found in evening primrose.
Maca root – Contains a variety of amino acids, the building blocks of hormones. Taking Maca regularly can balance hormones for both men and women. Because hormones affect various aspects of health, having a balanced and healthy endocrine system can lead to numerous perceived benefits.
If you don’t want to take multiple supplements you could also go for a general “women’s hormone balance” supplement. They usually contain different vitamins and minerals that prove beneficial in balancing hormones in women.
Don’t think because you take supplements that you can lead an unhealthy lifestyle and reap all the benefits of a few small pills. You have to make sure you are drinking a lot of water, I know that sounds redundant but hear me out. Water is absolutely essential, it removes toxins, regulates body temperature, transports valuable nutrients to the body and supports your organs and immune system.
Your diet should also be well balanced and full of omega 3 fatty acids. Swap out your carbs with healthy fats. Include as many fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and lean proteins as possible. Skip the fast food and junk food that’s filled with sodium, which dehydrates you and fuel your body with nutritious foods instead.
If none of this works for you, I highly recommend going to see a naturopath or Chinese herbalist. Western medicine can have more side effects than benefits and prove to be more damaging in the long run. You want to treat the condition rather than the symptoms.
You only have one body, take care of it. Fuel your body, support your body and most importantly LOVE your body.