How to Treat Hormonal Acne Without the Nasties

Posted by Rebecca Yong on

Some people believe that acne is a skincare condition for teenagers, however almost half (46%) of those aged 25-34 have felt judged because of a skin breakout.

Adult acne is often referred to as hormonal acne and for those affected by it there can be a very real emotional impact that impacts self-esteem and confidence.
Here we explore its causes and some hormonal acne treatments, including natural solutions.



What is Hormonal Acne?

Hormonal acne is tied to fluctuations in hormones. It is therefore common in teenagers due to the hormone surges of puberty. However, because adult women have natural fluctuations in hormones due to their cycles, hormonal acne tends to be more common in women.

Hormonal acne can be more severe in people with hormonal imbalances. Hormonal imbalances are caused by:

  • Menstruation
  • Puberty
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Medical conditions
  • Lifestyle habits
  • Environmental conditions
  • Diet
  • Excessive stress
  • Medications


These surges in hormones cause acne because they increase:

  • Skin inflammation
  • Oil production
  • Clogged skin cells
  • Production of acne causing bacteria


Hormonal Acne Treatment

Hormone production is a critical internal body function, and as such, even using the best skin care products for hormonal acne isn’t as effective as a holistic inside out treatment. 

That’s why SkinB5’s revolutionary three step system begins with addressing the skin’s needs on a biochemical level with supplements that address both causes and symptoms.

This important step supports stabilised, healthy hormone production and helps to reduce the symptoms of stress as well as improves immunity.

Powerful cleansing and moisturising products with Vitamin B5 that cleanse and exfoliate the skin also are gentle enough to protect natural skin barriers to support optimal healing and glowing skin.

SkinB5’s three steps include:

Step 1 - Control

  • Addresses the biochemical needs of the skin
  • Supports sebum metabolism
  • Supports healthy hormone production
  • Reduces skin inflammation
  • Improves immunity
  • Reduces symptoms of stress
  • Promotes healing and cell regeneration


Suggested products to use:

Extra Strength Acne Control Vitamins

Clear Skin Superfood Booster

Step 2 - Cleanse

  • Deeply cleanses the skin
  • Unclogs the pores
  • Removes dead skin cells without drying or damage


Suggested products to use:

Acne Control Cleansing Mousse

 Acne Control Australian botanicals Cleansing Mousse

Skin Purifying Mask (Top Tip: this mask can be used instead of a topical acne cream to treat individual spots or mixed with foundation for an anti-acne effect)

Step 3 - Moisturise 

  • Hydrates
  • Balances
  • Renews the skin


Suggested products to use:

 Acne Control Moisturiser

 Acne Control Australian Botanicals Hydration


Harsh Chemicals and Side Effects

SkinB5™ Founder Judy Cheung-Wood created her potent, nutrient-led formula after struggling with acne as a young adult and trying countless cosmetic, skincare and medicinal hormonal acne treatments.

 Like many people she’s talked with, Judy found the harshness and side effects of these treatments difficult to live with. Some of the treatments are listed below, along with their common side-effects. It’s important to be aware in order to make informed choices about how you wish to proceed.


Hormonal Acne Treatment

Oral Contraceptives

Side Effects: Mood swings, nausea, headaches, blood clots and high blood pressure.

Anti-Androgen Drugs

Side Effects: Rashes, diarrhoea, fatigue, hot flashes, dizziness and nausea and loss of bone density.


Side Effects: Dryness, irritation, skin colour changes, redness and blistering and sensitivity to sun

 Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Side Effects: Skin irritation, redness, discoloration and increased sensitivity to sun.



Hormonal Acne Treatment - Inside and Out

Highly effective hormonal acne treatment with long term results begins within the body. There are simple steps to follow to support your body and have glowing skin. Firstly, develop an easy to follow skincare routine. Secondly, include vitamin-based hormonal acne supplements in your diet, and thirdly, ensure that you seek out quality information to make an informed choice about the right way to proceed and support your body with any hormonal acne challenges you may experience.

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