Hormonal Acne: 3 Telltale Signs and How to Keep Skin Clear and Healthy All Month Long

Posted on February 26, 2015 by Rachel Duran

Monthly Cycle: Birth Control Pills and Calendar

Rachel Duran Does a new breakout seem to surface every month? Even if you eat right, sleep well and are mindful of your skincare routine, your complexion may throw tantrums in rhythm with your monthly cycle. 

Many women experience regular breakouts, especially along the jawline. While they may seem totally random, adult acne is often “scheduled,” says New York dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross.

Your zits aren’t watching the calendar but your hormones like to keep a regular schedule—especially as a woman. The monthly surge of hormones around your period may trigger increased sebum, clogged pores, bacteria, and plenty of unwelcomed inflammation.

Here are a few clues for determining if your breakouts are hormonal—and how to keep monthly breakouts at bay.

The Timing

Hormonal acne will often flare up at predictable times due to the cyclical nature of hormones during a women’s menstrual cycle. A new crop of blemishes may peak in the days leading up to your period, during menses, or even while ovulating. 

The Location

Breakouts related to hormones generally occur around the mouth, chin, and jaw, versus spots across the forehead or the bridge of the nose.

The Appearance

Deep, cystic acne sensitive to the touch. This type of acne is generally associated with pain and a gentle pressure, and is more likely to scar if you pop/pick at the blemish. Resist!

The Treatment

If your acne gets better or worse with hormonal birth control methods, that’s a legit sign that your hormones are connected to the problem.

So what to do if your acne is hormonal?

“If you have hormonal acne, I suggest that you take care of your skin with daily preventative measures,” says Dr. Gross. Good skincare habits include cleansing, moisturizing, and treating blemishes with a product like our Acne Control Complex. If you take birth control, take it consistently according to your prescription.

And no matter what—don’t give up on your skin or yourself. Hormonal acne may be causing you grief, but your body is communicating with you: listen closely and with the right care, you should be able to achieve clear, healthy skin—all month long.


  • Rachel Duran is an editor at Arithmetic
  • About Us: Arithmetic is a new skincare company focused on helping adults achieve clear, healthy skin

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