So Your Hormones Are Messing With Your Face. Here's What You Can Do About It

Just when you thought you'd shaken off all the spots and blemishes your teenage years could throw at you, there comes hormonal acne in your 20s or 30s ready to send you into a bad skin frenzy once more.

A particular strain of adult acne, hormonal acne is caused by an imbalance in yep, you guessed it, hormones—natural regulatory substances that keep our bodies working to their optimum. Unfortunately, just about everything we do is out to upset our hormonal cascade. From diet to menstrual cycle and from stress levels to sleep quality, each of these factors can tip the balance and cause spikes in our insulin (stress hormone) and testosterone levels, which can show up on our faces in the form of acne.


The natural knee-jerk reaction is to ply skin with topical formulas that promise to eradicate all the resulting signs of acne. But if your bad skin is because your hormones are out of whack, focussing on rebalancing them can lead to much more long-lasting results.

It isn't going to be as easy as swapping in a new cleanser, though. We spoke to a panel of Cult Beauty brand founders, who each launched a skincare line spurred on by their own problem skin, to find out how to tackle hormonal acne once and for all.