Acne can be a frustrating condition that plagues many patients. Hormonal imbalance can be one of the many culprits to skin eruptions. Androgens play a big role in the development of acne through the increase of sebum production, which is an oil released from the skin. Androgens, more commonly known as male hormones such as testosterone, are usually present in smaller quantities in females. They can become an issue when women have an increased amount of testosterone circulating through the blood.
Diet can play a pivotal role in controlling acne breakouts. There are many foods that we are aware of that can be triggering for acne, most commonly sugar and dairy. In regards to hormonal acne, there are a few food items that you can incorporate that may help combat breakouts.
There are studies that show that spearmint tea has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce the amount of circulating androgens. The beneficial recommended amount are 2-3 cups per day.
Foods Rich in Zinc
Zinc is a natural DHT-blocker, which is a metabolite of testosterone. In return, this will lower the increase in sebum production. Foods that have high amounts of zinc are nuts, oysters, and legumes.
Omega 3 Foods
Since acne is an inflammatory skin disease, omega 3 is the perfect competitor for inflammation. Wild-caught salmon, chia seeds, walnuts, flax seeds are rich in omega 3. Try adding one of these to your daily diet.
Foods Rich in Antioxidants
On the same note of inflammation, increasing antioxidants can help combat free radicals that increase inflammation. Berries, pomegranate seeds, and beets are some great examples of foods high in antioxidants.
If you are experiencing hormonal acne related to hyperandrogenism, there is a possibility that you may be experiencing an underlying condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, or adrenal or ovarian tumors. There are lab tests and radiology scans that can be ordered to help determine if this is related to your condition.
At CentreSpringMD, all of our providers are well versed in hormonal acne and hyperandrogenism, and would be happy to work with you to help your condition.