Our endocrine system works together to control the level of hormones circulating throughout your body, and if one or more is even slightly imbalanced, it can cause widespread, major health problems and acne is very common among them.
Identifying such cases is important, not only to better treat women’s acne, but to correct hormone imbalances that can lead to other health problems. For many of these women, medications that target hormones, rather than skin bacteria, would provide the most help. In order to find relieve from acne which is caused by hormonal imbalances you can follow this 4-step holistic and natural treatment plan which focuses on your diet, life style ,herbs and natural food supplements.
Step 1 (Things To Avoid)
- Typical American diet which is getting very common in our culture as well that includes lots of refined grains, sugar, processed or packed food and unhealthy fats should be avoided as it will trigger inflammatory response and raise the level of oxidative stress in your body responsible for acne
- Avoid high amounts of stress and sleep deprivation
- Avoid makeup and skin care products contain ingredients that can cause acne. Common offenders include lanolin, mineral oil, aluminum, retinyl acetate, alcohol, oxybenzone, triclosan, parabens, polyethylene, BHA and BHT, and formaldehyde-based preservatives
Step 2 (Things to follow)
- Foods that contain high level of antioxidants such as green leafy vegetables cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, blue berries, apricots, guava, oranges and water melon
- Omega-3 rich foods such as chia seed and flax seed are a good option as they have good amount of fiber in them as well which will improve your gut health. Walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts are also a good source
- Healthy fat and protein intake is also vital. Instead of hydrogenated canola or vegetable oils you should go for extra virgin olive or coconut oil for cooking. For healthy protein intake organic chicken and eggs, Yogurt (but not milk), chia , pumpkin or flax seeds and almonds are a good source.
Step 3 (Herbs and Natural Food Supplements)
For hundreds of years, Neem has been highly prized herb in ancient Indian medicine. It is well known for its beneficial effects against acne due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Neem is also a strong antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals that may influence the development of acne.
Beside these benefits neem is ideal for women who are facing acne because of their poor gut health as it induces positive effects on our gut health by improving digestion and also destroying bad bacteria in the intestinal region
Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil
Cod liver oil is highly trusted supplement all over the world for its beneficial effects on skin. This is because it is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), and it contains relatively high amounts of vitamin D as well as vitamin A which combats acne by sloughing away dead skin cells (helps prevent clogged pores and inflammation)
Spirulina can be a very refreshing supplement for your skin because of its numerous qualities. Basically spirulina is 70% packed plant protein along with some other vital anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. It contains various amino acids which help maintain collagen and elastin (two kinds of proteins) which play role in strengthening skin, plus may benefit elasticity and hydration.
It`s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling, acne and prevent further breakouts as well. It increases your skin’s metabolism which enables faster healing and also prevents bacteria overgrowth.
Spirulina contains tyrosine, vitamin E or tocopherol, and selenium, all of which are known for their anti-aging effects. Tyrosine slows down the aging of the skin cells. The antioxidants present in it eliminate the free radicals that are responsible for skin aging.
The combination of Moringa/Chamomile infused herbal tea is a great option when it comes to fix hormonal acne. Moringa is loaded with anti-oxidants (over 47 Anti-oxidants) which will help your body fight free radical damage and reduce inflammation also moringa has over 92 minerals and vitamins in it which will help restore your hormonal imbalance.
Chamomile on the other hand is synonymous with calm, making it among the most well-known stress-soothing teas. Various Studies have shown chamomile to be effective in aiding with relaxation, and also helping with anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
If you are facing high levels of stress because of your domestic life or have stress full job then it will increase your cortisol levels which is our body`s main stress hormone and it triggers inflammatory response in our body and constant stress will eventually lead to chronic inflammation which might cause multiple other complications and imbalances.
For all such women facing stress issues this herbal tea infusion can be a great option as it will not only fulfill your nutritional deficiencies, reduce inflammation but will help reduce your stress levels and provide restful sleep.
Step 4 (Topical Treatment)
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a popular choice for treating acne because of its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It’s thought to calm redness, swelling, and inflammation. It may even help to prevent and reduce acne scars, leaving you with smooth, clear skin. You should not apply tea tree oil directly to skin. Dilute 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil into a small amount of a carrier oil(Olive, coconut or almond oil). Gently apply it to the affected area several times per day.
Apricot seed oil is rich in nutrients, proteins and unsaturated fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid. The oil is packed with antioxidants as it is a good source of vitamins A and C but also have vitamins E, K, and even niacin. It is one of the oils that has a lipid content similar to your skin and it is appropriate for all skin types including sensitive skin. Applying apricot oil directly on active acne can help control the inflammation and prevent the buildup of sebum in the glands.
To hydrate and heal the skin masks can be really beneficial. You can go for yogurt and honey mask which is very easy to make at home. Mix one tablespoon of raw honey with one tablespoon of yogurt. Apply to face, paying particular attention to hairline, jawline and other acne prone areas. Relax for 10 minutes and gently wipe off with a damp cloth.