We’re dubbing 2019 as the year to reach attainable goals. We asked our Sonya Dakar community to weigh in on their 2019 #SkinGoals. Rather than addressing common skincare problems, we went directly to the source to find out what SD fans and followers are looking to perfect and correct in 2019. We received an inquiry from an Instagrammer who’s 2019 #skingoal is to clear up the hormonal acne on her jawline. An issue, many people frequently struggle with. Read below for Sonya’s tips, tricks and product suggestions for a clear, beautiful, hormonal acne free face.
Hormonal Acne Jawline
Weren’t you supposed to shake off acne in your teen years? Sadly, not—especially if you’re battling bouts of hormonal acne, which most commonly appears in adult women ages 20 to 40. And even the post-40 crowd is not in the clear. There can be a resurgence of acne breakouts around menopause due to hormonal fluctuations in the body. If you’re noticing inflamed cysts around your lower face, (especially your chin and jawline,) you can assume it’s more than likely hormonal. The key word here is “hormonal,” as this type of acne is linked to your hormones. Hormonal fluctuations, which can be menstrual or cyclical in women cause increased oil production in the pores.
What to do:
Cut out dairy
Milk was not made for humans, period! The hormone levels in milk lead to excess sebum production, which promotes acne. Since sebum production is influenced by androgens and hormonal mediators, (such as insulin-like growth factors found in milk and other animal products), the consumption of milk, cheese, and yogurt may become factors that influence endogenous hormones and mimic the hormones that trigger oil production in the skin to ignite the acne process. And that could mean more painful, stubborn pimples that won't budge from your chin.
Keep Your Cell Phone Clean
Another small simple change that can make a world of a difference. Like touching your face, cell phones are not the cause of acne, but they can potentially make acne worse due to the presence of bacteria on your mobile device. Be sure to wipe down your phone daily to avoid unnecessary bacteria from seeping into your skin.
Out with the BAD bacteria, in with the GOOD
70% of our immune system is located our GI tract and our digestion can be affected by stress. An excess of unhealthy bacteria in our system can eventually lead to a leaky gut, and toxins are released into the bloodstream causing inflammation throughout the body, which can result in a flare up of breakouts. Oral probiotics help regulate the imbalance of bacteria in our bodies. Because your skin is really a crystal ball to what is happening to you on the inside.
Our Pick: Acidophilus Flora probiotics
The hormonal acne treatment starts with a good cleanser. Choose an option with salicylic acid to help exfoliate the skin as topical anti-microbial strains of topical probiotics help improve the skin’s protective barrier and inhibit bacteria that causes breakouts.
Our Pick: Silver Clarifying Wash
Heal. Clear. Protect.
Healing and soothing hormonal flare ups is the first step in a successful treatment strategy. Choose a salicylic based acne treatment that also contains anti-inflammatory ingredients to decrease redness and puffiness. The salicylic acid will clear clogged pores and help prevent new flare ups. Finally, maximize skin health with antioxidants, collagen-supporting ingredients and environmental protectors.
Our Pick: Super Clear
Retinoids help your skin slough off dead skin cells at a more normal rate so the dead skin cells don’t bind together and clog your pores. A good Retinol product delivers both long-term and short term results and can also prevent new acne in the long term. They key is to find a retinol that is NOT irritating to the skin. Red, peeling skin can only make your hormonal acne worse.
Our Pick: Retinu. This time release advanced retinol serum delivers tiny bursts or retinoids to the skin for maximum results with no irritation.