Stress. I know you’re a little concerned with your acne and all your life stress, but you’re going to need to relax. Why? Because your adrenals release almost as much testosterone into your bloodstream as your ovaries do. If stress and overwork are part of your daily life, try to spend a couple of moments each day in a relaxed state of mind. Laugh, be creative, or meditate. Welcome to de-stressing and taking care of your inner child.
So, colloidal silver and essential oils are what I recommend. They may not CURE the acne from inside, but you know what….if it alleviates the problem and makes me look good and feel good with no side effects, at this point, that’s all I want. And it’s budget friendly. I no longer feel like hiding in my house or wearing makeup to run to the store, or avoiding social situations based on how my skin looks.
"The suspicion should be raised if acne originates or persists into adulthood and is resistant to conventional therapies. Other symptoms include reduced ovulation leading to irregular periods, ovarian cysts which can be seen on ultrasound scanning and signs of raised androgen levels (male hormones) such as oily skin, increased body hair, and thinning of scalp hair."
Im pretty obsessed about my acne! And Im not the confident girl i once was, always thinking about how my skin looks since my skin got a bit uneven after my severe acne. Im starting to think about getting on the pill or taking antibiotics, even though its against all that i belive in 🙁 please give me some information if you can, i feel so lonely in this.
Bacteria that live naturally on your skin can infect the blocked follicles, causing your body to produce an inflammatory response. A group of hormones called androgens, which include testosterone, stimulate the sebaceous glands to enlarge and produce excess oil. This increases the likelihood of acne developing. Although considered a male hormone, both men and women have androgens in their body. Hormonal acne is very common - about 80% 11-30 year olds are affected by it.
If you're an adult male with acne, you may need a combination of treatments to begin to clear your complexion. If you decide to try an over-the-counter product, use one that contains the ingredients sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur. Prescription drugs effective in male hormonal acne include oral antibiotics, which fight bacterial infection, and isotretinoin, a powerful drug that can clear the most stubborn acne. Isotretinoin, however, can cause some serious side effects, and dermatologists often reserve it for their most severe acne cases.
Just wanted to say thanks for approaching this topic. I get so very frustrated with conventional dermatology. They just want to peddle their creams, lotions and antibiotics. They absolutely will not listen to my suggestions that diet plays a role and even minimize the role of hormones. I have had cystic acne for more than 25 years. I’ve been down the accutane road. I’ve done antibiotics, every cream known to humanity and even some crazy treatments I found on I’ve been DF for 5+ years and Paleo for 1. Still. Breaking. Out. Sigh. Getting off dairy and gluten helped tremendously, but I long for the day when I can wake up and the first thing I do is not feel my face for new cysts. Keep fighting the good fight.
My college roommate Eve, on the other hand, has more or less accepted zits as a part of life. “As a teenager they made me a bit depressed, but I’m less self-conscious about my skin now,” she explained. “I like to focus on the overall condition of my skin. But it does take longer to get ready if I have to cover pimples up!” Whether you’re cool with your acne or not, spending extra time covering up your zits is yet another thing we don’t need in our lives.
The digestive system has much more of an impact on hormones than many of us realize. Not only is the digestive tract the source of many vital neurotransmitters in the body, but an imbalance in the gut can translate to an imbalance in neurotransmitter and hormones. Serotonin, a necessary neurotransmitter for sleep/stress balance is more concentrated in the gut than even in the brain! 70% of the immune system is found in the gut and it is quite literally the motherboard of many functions in the body. Even thyroid health has been linked to gut health.
Caused by a bacteria that lives on our skin, acne comes to life at any age when our hormones cue our body to produce excess oil, essentially throwing fuel on the fire. “Our skins’ oils are a wonderful environment for acne bacteria to thrive in, unfortunately,” says Dr. Robert Anolik, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine. Add dead skin cells, dirt, stress, irritation from everything from diet to skin products, and a breakout is going to result unless you (constantly) work to prevent it.
Great article! What about estrogen dominance or luteal phase defect? My hormonal acne on my chin has improved probably 90% since going Paleo. Plus cutting out dairy; taking zinc, krill oil, and other supplements, and treating my hypothyroidism. My naturopath also prescribed Thorne SAT liver support (as extra support for familial hypercholesterolemia) and that definitely made my skin improve too, but I still get a few small cysts on my chin every month and I wonder if it has to do with my recently diagnosed luteal phase defect/low progesterone? I’m going to be taking chaste tree berry to treat that as soon as I go back to see my naturopath so maybe that will help… Anyway, you didn’t mention low progesterone as a possible cause of hormonal acne so I was just wondering about that…
Im pretty obsessed about my acne! And Im not the confident girl i once was, always thinking about how my skin looks since my skin got a bit uneven after my severe acne. Im starting to think about getting on the pill or taking antibiotics, even though its against all that i belive in 🙁 please give me some information if you can, i feel so lonely in this.

There are two types of comedones (a.k.a. pimples): open and closed. Open comedones are what we call blackheads, they are pores plugged with dead skin cells from within the follicle and excess sebum that becomes grey or black in color when oxidized with outside air. Closed comedones are known as “whiteheads” and are closed to the outside air. That white stuff is indeed pus, the aftermath of inflammation at war with bacteria. These are often more swollen and red.
Exercise. Has anyone ever told you not to work out if you’re having cycle-related breakouts? They’re actually right. Hormones are fat soluble, so they’re stored in the body fat. When you work out, you break down body fat for energy. Any stored hormones in that body fat can get into your bloodstream. Mixed with sweating and increased heart rate, you’re creating the perfect environment for a breakout. This is where I personally become concerned with hormones in my food, especially fatty foods like meat and dairy. If you have to choose one thing to eat organic, choose your animal products!
Today’s man is waking up to the benefits of high-tech grooming. More and more, men are making efforts in taking care of their health and overall appearance – and this is reflected in their skin. Current fashion calls for tailored, clean lines and a move away from the sloppy and slouchy. Men’s grooming habits are following this trend as well. The smash television series “Mad Men” depicts a dashing Don Draper as an icon of retro masculinity. Men today are seeing more and more personal care products targeted towards them. Viral marketing campaigns focused on men’s grooming have been hugely popular this year. This may be a reflection of the societal changes that impact men in this day and age. Men today are feeling the pressures that many women are already used to. Working later in life means competing with younger men in the workforce, a phenomenon heightened by today’s economic state. Men must mobilize every personal asset in order to compete effectively. Trends in the plastic surgery arena also reflect these changes. Men are heading to their doctor’s offices to get nipped, tucked, and polished before heading out into the workforce for a second chance. This second chance is not confined to his career. With divorce rates as they are, it is safe to assume that many men are on their way to their second or third marriages. This means a renewed competition for older men, where youth and health are still regarded as proofs of power by the women selecting them. Although men are beginning to be more concerned about wrinkles and skin elasticity, they are not going to fall for claims of overnight miracle cures. Men know that toned abs take time, so toned skin must. Men’s skin care is being refined for all of the issues that women have been targeting for so long. No longer will a man be a soap-and shampoo kind of man. In fact, Euromonitor predicts an 18 percent increase in men’s anti-aging products in Europe over the next couple of years.
Thank you for writing on this topic and responses are comprehensive and helpful. I must say my diet has never really been the best, but do eat better than I use too. I’m also dealing with mild depression and my job is very stressful, I struggle with balancing my job and my life. I’ma athelete and have always been an active person, but for the past 2 years my diet and exercise have been so inconsistent! My lack of activity has increased and sleep patters changed (sleeping moore). My diet, my mental/emotional health and my physical health is all tied together with my total well being and right now I’m ready to make some changes! I eat a lot of nuts, dairy and wheat, so I will cut them from my diet. I will work on my depression, get up early, go to the gym, and leave the job at a reasonable hour. One day, just one day hopefully my acne problems will be “NO MORE!”

If you’ve noticed that you get breakouts right before your period, testosterone is the culprit. Why? The first half of a menstrual cycle, there are increased levels of estrogen. During the second half of the menstrual cycle, progesterone is more heavily produced. As progesterone produces testosterone, your skin can take the brunt of the hormonal increase.  
I was prescribed the birth control pill at age 16 due to irregular periods, and stayed on it until about age 22 when I started to notice severe cystic acne all over my chin and jaw. I've never had more than a few small zits before, so I knew something was totally out of whack with my body. Looking back, this all began around the same time I started experiencing a multitude of other symptoms like hair loss, fatigue and mood swings. At the time, I blamed everything on the pill. This was also around the time I started to become interested in natural medicine and nutrition, so going off of the pill felt like a natural progression to me. When I went off of the pill, my acne improved for a short period and then came back with a vengeance which led me to step 2, reassessing my diet.
Hi Rolyn, thank you for reaching out! We would be happy to speak with you and help you to get your skin clear 🙂 The best next step would be to hop online to schedule a 15 minute complimentary consult, or you can schedule a 360-Complexion Analysis so we could thoroughly discuss your situation and provide information about our natural acne program. Here is the link to schedule: 🙂

I am just about acne free after six months of cystic acne! After two months I caved and went to the doctor for antibiotics. A month later (I had a six month prescription) I threw them away because they were doing absolutely nothing but giving me side effects. I was taking doxycycline 200mg a day. I had stomach aches and headaches like crazy. I started researching lots. Shortly after that I started the total elimination diet where I avoided dairy, gluten, eggs, soy, refined sugar, citrus fruit, nightshade veggies, alcohol, beans, nuts and coffee. I noticed major improvement in a week. First things I introduced were dairy and gluten and not long after I broke out again. So no more dairy and gluten for me. But my skin still wasn’t great. I wasn’t breaking out very much but the zits were still coming. I have long suspected a zinc deficiency (I have been vegetarian for 5 years) so I picked up some zinc from the health store and also some turmeric. I took zinc daily and applied turmeric on my face almost daily as well as drinking turmeric milk daily as well. MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR IMPROVEMENT. Like seriously three days later I had almost no zits??? I also picked up some curcumin tablets and have been taking those daily as well. I am left with a fair bit of scarring but I take that over acne any day. At this very moment I have maybe 5 zits and they are mostly from eating dairy gluten and sugar and also not drinking turmeric milk on the daily as I fell off the wagon a bit. I hope this helps somebody out there with acne that feels like they are about to give up!!!

I have suffered severe acne since high school and well into my adult years combined with a never ending battle with my weight and I sweat profusely in my face. It drives me insane!! Summer time is always the worst time for me and these pesky spots. I have been put on the pill and used ruoccutane for a year before my acne cleared up. I hated every minute of the treatment as the med’s made me moody and very aggressive. I was clear for three years and then my acne resurfaced. I had to go back on the ruoccutane and not only is it very pricey but I knew what was laying ahead of me … I was on it for six months before it cleared. My Dr told me it was hormonal and I will continue getting it .. which has now happened after seven blissful years of only having a spot now and then at the age of 36. I refuse to go back on ruoccutane. I am hoping to get some relieve by turning to natural remedies. I know treatment from the outside alone will not cut it so I am watching what I eat and drink. I have lost allot of weight and now that I have a bit more body confidence I am stuck with bad skin. Murphy must have it in for me huh? lol!! But I am trying to remain positive and looking for something that will bring some relieve!!

For those with a hormone imbalance or who are struggling to get pregnant, avoiding these unnecessary chemicals is very important! Cook in glass or non-coated metal pans (no non-stick or teflon) and avoid heating or storing foods in plastic. Find organic produce and meat whenever possible and don’t use chemical pesticides or cleaners. Here is a recipe for a natural cleaner.

In that time, I also began researching. I started talking with friends of mine who'd done the GAPS diet for Lyme Disease (when you live in Connecticut, it's pretty much a given that you know a handful of people or more who have had Lyme). Each of my friends claimed that while the GAPS diet had helped them heal their gut, they were left with hormonal imbalances. I checked with the Chinese Face Maps, and sure enough, a majority of them said that acne on the jaw, cheek or around the mouth was due to hormones.
I avoid alcohol, caffeine, excess sugar/carbs before & during my period. I still only drink rice milk, but I do occasionally eat cheese. I don't eat red meat and try to eat more vegetables & fruit & am trying to minimize eating boxed processed food (crackers, grains, etc). Also trying to have more probiotics in my diet (sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir).

Wow, that’s amazing. I like drinking green tea. I also have to suffer from breakouts. Now thanks to your article, I know the benefits of green tea and certainly I will drink green tea frequently to prevent breakouts. Yesterday I also read an article about foods causing acne breakouts. Besides the foods that you mentioned, you can find more at Thanks so much!
I’ve written about Leptin and thyroid hormones before, and these are just a small piece in the complicated hormone system in the body. In a given day or month, a woman’s body will have fluctuations in hormones like estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, lutenizing hormone, prolactin, oxytocin, leptin, ghrelin, thyroid hormones, melatonin, serotonin and others.
I am a 38 year old white woman. I live in the desert SW, I’m very physically active, eat a clean diet, drink plenty of water, and I’ve had acne for probably 26 years now. I have 4 children, and my skin was its clearest actually while I was pregnant, but began to break out immediately after the birth of my babies. My acne tends to be large, painful cysts, deep in my chin that can last for weeks and weeks. My face literally hurts all day long and throbs when I have a cyst. There are two things that have worked for me. Pantothen. Which is high doses of Vitamin B5 and pantothenic acid, if I recall. If you read up on this, you might decide to go this route. I had zero side effects from the Pantothen. It helps your body flush out excess oils and my face was immediately less oily when I started to use it. I don’t use Pantothen anymore, but what I have been doing, that has worked MIRACLES for me, is twice a day, I put colloidal silver on my face. I buy it in a bottle from There have been no side effects and I’ve been using this for almost 9 months. The colloidal silver kills the P. Acnes bacteria on the surface of this skin, without drying out the skin. Acne needs oil and bacteria to be produced, and by killing the acne bacteria, it’s eliminating one part of the equation. I get maybe 1 cyst a month now, compared to almost daily new ones sprouting up.

Roaccutane, also known as isotretinoin, is one of the most common tablets prescribed for hormonal acne. It's an oral retinoid so can do everything from reducing sebum and bacteria to stopping pores from clogging and eliminating redness on the skin. Unfortunately, its benefits come with a number of side effects with dryness being the most common. If you're put on a course of Roaccutane, the NHS recommends wearing sunscreen daily and using contraception as it is "likely to harm a baby."

I have suffered from acne since I was a teen. After going thru this program I feel for the first time that I do have the tools to and knowledge to be on the offense instead of defense against the breakouts!! This program is not magic it is real and it takes work, patience and consistency. But it does work!!! I'm so grateful for my coach Juliana! She was the key to keeping me on track, challenging me keeping me accountable all while encouraging me!! My skin is not perfect but I have the tools to keep healing and fighting!! Thank you Natural acne Clinic for being the real deal for addressing the whole body and all while being NATURAL. Karenread more
- Despite having acne-prone skin, I experience a lot of dullness/dryness - and I also have acne scars that I am trying to heal. I use this balancing face oil twice a day after cleansing, and the blend of pure plant oils absorbs quickly into my skin without being greasy. To be honest, I was terrified of putting MORE oil on top of my acne-prone skin, but if anything, this oil has improved any current acne breakouts, while continuing to heal any past scars or redness.
Natural Progesterone Cream– PMS and menstrual troubles are often linked to specific hormone imbalances. Especially for those with short cycles or short second phase of their cycle (ovulation through start of menses), progesterone can be the issue. I’ve seen people add only natural progesterone cream and see symptoms greatly reduce. If you do use progesterone cream, do you own research, make sure you have a good brand that is soy-free and only use for the second half of your cycle (ovulation through menses). Check with a doctor or professional before using any hormone supplement.
“Oral antibiotics cut off the oil supply while also stopping the bacteria that can lead to acne,” explains Dr. Schultz. Ask your derm if an oral antibiotic is a good choice for you (and keep in mind that long-term antibiotic use can have serious side effects). Users tend to see their skin clear up in a week or two, and once bacteria and oil levels are in check, you may be able to keep up the in-the-clear results with just a topical skincare routine.