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Treating Hormonal Acne

7 Effective Treatments for Hormonal Acne

First, you want to keeping your face clean the week or so before your cycle. No sleeping in makeup, and cleanse your face right after a workout, if possible.

Things that touch your face–pillowcases, towels, washcloths, sleep masks, makeup brushes and sponges, cell phones–should all be washed or otherwise disinfected regularly.

1. Retinol

Retinol unclogs pores, keeps skin cells from sticking together to block pores, is anti-inflammatory, and clears away existing acne.

For mild to moderate hormonal acne, this should be one of your first considerations.

It’s that good.

There is a risk of skin irritation, redness, and flaking, so you’ll want to start low and slow with this.

2. Vitamin C serum

Like retinol, vitamin C serum works hard to do many things at once; primarily, it neutralizes free radicals, stimulates collagen production, protects against sun damage, fades hyperpigmentation (and acne scars) and calms inflammation.

That last point is the key to vitamin C’s effectiveness against acne. When you take away the redness, irritation and inflammation of pimples, the acne is greatly reduced. Vitamin C really excels here.

3. Detoxifying and clarifying masks

How could this list be complete without a good detox mask?

If you haven’t tried them, these masks are heavy-hitters when it comes to drying up active breakouts and killing those below the surface.

They also smooth out the texture of your skin. Most masks of this type tend to be of clay or charcoal, and you can often see results after just one use.

You can pick up some excellent, clean choices like Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask and Tata Harper Clarifying Mask.

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