Updated 22 November 2017

Learn how hormones can affect your skin

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If you’re a woman, you will know that pimples can suddenly appear shortly before and during your period, even if your skin is normally clear. Why is that?

Our hormones are one of the major causes of acne − for adults as well as for teenagers. During puberty, levels of testosterone rise in both men and women. 

In women, it increases muscle and bone strength and also causes acne, which is why it is so prevalent during teenage years. Up to 70% of young people have to deal with problematic skin during puberty.

In most cases, the acne improves significantly after puberty. Up to 40% of all adults are affected by acne at least occasionally. The surprising thing is that 75–85% of these are women.

In men, hormones stabilise over the years. However, women’s hormones continue to fluctuate throughout adult life, making them prone to hormonally triggered acne.

There are three factors behind this:

The menstrual cycle



Now that you know a little about what causes these acne outbreaks, what can you do about it?

Look after yourself. Exercise and a healthy, balanced diet will help you keep your body in good shape and increase your sense of wellness.

Try not to get stressed. Easier said than done, but stress can actually make acne worse.

Finally, take care of your skin. There are a number of products designed to keep your skin in top condition. Eucerin DermoPURIFYER is a highly effective skincare range specially formulated for blemish-prone skin. Used correctly, these products can ensure that your skin receives the care it needs to remain blemish-free and healthy. 

If you have severe acne, first check with your doctor or dermatologist.