Whether you are 14 or 40 and struggling with hormone related acne, the underlying culprit is the same hormone imbalance.
If your body produces too much estrogen compared to progesterone this imbalance leads to abnormally high testosterone. Testosterone affects oil production in your skin. Increased oil production combined with something called hyperkerininzation (overgrowth of the skin cells surrounding your pores) and certain bacteria on the surface of the skin lead to acne.
Acne of this nature does not just negatively affect your appearance. The hormone imbalance that leads to acne is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, infertility, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes—so it’s important to address the underlying cause—not just mask symptoms.