Of all the symptoms that wreak havoc in our lives when dealing with our hormonal woes, it seems like acne is at the bottom of the list for women with endometriosis. This doesn’t mean it isn’t something that can be frustrating and demoralizing, and these are perfectly normal feelings to have! Thankfully, there is a fair bit you can do to make this better.
First of all, it is important to determine whether your acne is hormone related. Signs that your acne is related to hormones are the timing of your breakouts, location, shape, size, sensation and appearance, as well as the the treatments your acne responds to (or doesn’t respond to). Read here for further info on this. If you think you might have hormone based acne, discuss it with your healthcare provider to see if anything else can be done about it.
Furthermore, here’s some great advice you can incorporate into your daily routine to try and avoid more breakouts:
Keep your face clean. Wash your face twice a day to remove all impurities and extra oil from your skin. Use warm water and a mild facial cleanser and toner.
Try not to use too much make up. Ideally, go make-up free! If you can’t do without, at least ensure you use oil-free products without added dyes and chemicals, and try and have a make-up free morning or afternoon at least once a week to give your skin a break.
Don’t touch your face. Imagine where your fingers have been! When you touch your face, oils and dirt on your hands are transferred causing pores to clog up.
Wash your pillow case at least once a week. When you sleep on your pillow, you are basically planting your face on a pillow of sweat and dirt for 8 hours.
Exercise! Working out increases the blood flow through the body which will keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. Plus, you eliminate dirt, toxins, and chemicals a lot more efficiently when you’re sweating.
Reduce stress. Dermatologists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre suggest that acne prone individuals experience acne flare ups when they are exposed to stressful situations. And although emotional stress won’t trigger breakouts, stress potentially worsens an existing skin disorder.
Eat healthy and cut out refined sugar. While many studies fail to prove a direct link between food and acne, doctors and health experts agree that maintaining a healthy diet can go a long way in preventing acne. General consensus is to stay away from dairy, sugar, junk and fast food to avoid your breakouts.
Drink plenty of water. Drinking water not only hydrates your skin but it eliminates all the unhealthy toxins from your body.
Worth a try!