Hormonal Acne

Dr. Neetu K. Sodhi, as a holistic osteopathic physician as well as a cosmetic gynecologist, can get to the source of your skin concerns and help you achieve the clear skin you deserve. Her facility, Bloom Obstetrics and Gynecology, serves Tarzana, CA, the San Fernando Valley as well as the greater Los Angeles area.

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Hormonal Acne

What is Hormonal Acne?

Hormonal acne does not result from a hormonal imbalance, but often results from hormonal shifts and increased sensitivity to sex hormones. It is typically associated with puberty, but can affect adults of any age.

Dermatological treatments for acne are sometimes limited as the root cause in young women is often aberrant hormones.

What gynecological conditions contribute to hormonal fluctuations?

  • By increasing overall skin inflammation
  • Increasing oil (sebum) production
  • Plugging pores by excess skin cells around hair follicles
  • Changing the balance of skin bacteria populations

What are symptoms of hormonal acne?

Signs that your acne may be hormonally induced include acne flare-ups preceding or coinciding with your menstrual cycle, a history of irregular menstrual cycles, increased facial oiliness or adult onset acne. During puberty, breakouts are typically confined to your “T-zone” (forehead, nose, chin), while during adulthood, hormonal acne will usually form along the jawline and lower cheeks and may appear in the form of whiteheads, blackheads, or cysts.

What are the treatment options for hormonal acne?

Dr. Sodhi has a special interest in cosmetic gynecology and in that she offers a full spectrum of aesthetic services at In Bloom Aesthetics. In addition to specialized skin care, ayurvedic products and probiotics, she can prescribe hormone therapy to significantly improve your acne as well as IPL treatments to reduce your breakouts and treat the resulting acne scars that you may have developed.

Dr. Sodhi emphasizes the importance of sunscreen in maintaining beautiful skin and avoiding the harmful effects of UV rays and offers special formulations especially for women suffering with acne.

Pregnant patients will also be relieved to find pregnancy-safe skin care options as well.

In office treatment options for hormonal acne: