ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How do hormones affect acne?

Updated on November 24, 2014

How do hormones affect acne?

Your hormones govern your skin and its possibility of getting acne to a large extent. What are the most influential hormones residing in our bodies and how do they influence our skin? This question might be quite significant for the females, as they go through the monthly cycle, when hormonal levels increase and fall depending on the time of the month.

Acne is basically governed by two hormones - “estrogen” which can lessen it and “progesterone” - which can increase it. This is the reason why women with “hormonal acne” start getting flare-ups the week just before their menstrual cycle because of the rise in their progesterone levels.

Taking birth control pills may assist in reducing your acne, as the pills tend to suppress and substitute your own natural hormones with the synthetic hormones. These synthetic hormones are quite less stimulating to the oil glands that cause increase in acne.

However, taking birth control pills may worsen the acne, if the synthetic progesterone works in the similar way as your natural progesterone does in flaring up the acne.

Apart from this, hormonal acne can also be caused by male hormone – androgen.

In the beginning of the menstrual cycle, the estrogen levels of the female bodies increase continuously and approach its peak about 36 hours prior to ovulation. 

The female body demands extra estrogen for this to happen. The body receives this extra estrogen by converting the androgens to estrogen in the ovaries. Because of the enhanced androgen level, oil secretion of the skin also gets enhanced. Even though, this being a natural process, that results to acne, some women may experience severe fluctuations in their hormonal levels leading to high levels of androgens and hence severe hormonal acne.

How to treat hormonal acne?

It is necessary to understand how hormones impact our bodies and the biochemical reasons that result in acne. Hormonal imbalance can be rectified by appropriate medicines. A topical cream can work well in curing already existing cysts and pimples. Go for the products that have natural ingredients and skin rejuvenating agents.

Disclaimer: The article is written with a sole purpose of information sharing and reference and must not be taken for medical consultation. Readers are advised to consult proper physicians before choosing any of the treatments.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)