How Can I Treat Hormonal Acne?

One of the most common types of hormonal acne is adult female acne. At Eternal Dermatology and Aesthetics in Fulton, MD, we offer hormonal acne treatment plans that include several different treatments and topical solutions that can combat this type of acne and help you achieve clear skin. Combined with a healthy lifestyle, these treatments can help you achieve a clear, healthy complexion and maintain it long-term.

Hormonal Acne Treatments

Different patients have unique needs for acne treatment, which is why we create customized hormonal acne treatment plans for each of our patients. These plans may include several different services like chemical peels, exfoliating treatments, laser treatment, Sebacia, and customized skin care products. We can also develop a treatment plan to treat acne scars using microneedling, laser treatments, and even injectables.

The Causes of Hormonal Acne and Adult Female Acne

There are many different factors that contribute to hormonal acne, the most common being a hormonal imbalance. To understand what causes adult female acne, it’s also important to understand what causes hormonal imbalances. Aging, diet choices, lifestyle factors, and hormonal fluctuations before, during, and after pregnancy, all contribute to adult female acne.

The good news is that many treatments can target adult female acne from the outside and inside out. Adult female acne can make you feel hopeless because not all hormonal acne responds to typical acne treatments. However, it’s important that you seek out professionals who understand what causes acne and how to best treat it so that you can achieve clear skin.

Our Treatments

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is an exfoliating treatment that uses a combination of acids to dissolve the top layer of the skin. Dead skin cells, oil, and pore debris often increase acne and worsen hormonally induced acne.

Customizing a chemical peel designed for those who suffer from hormonal types of acne can help regulate sebum production and also clear the pores, minimizing breakouts. Chemical peels also promote cellular turnover and can lighten the dark spots that often result from acne.

What Happens During the Treatment?

Once we confirm you are a good candidate for a chemical peel, we will customize your peel and choose the right strength for your skin. Light, medium, and deep pills deliver different levels of exfoliation.

The lightest peels only take 30 minutes to complete and require no downtime. Others may take longer to effectively exfoliate the skin and destroy acne-causing bacteria, resulting in mild redness or peeling post-treatment that subsides relatively quickly. During the treatment, we will apply the peel to your skin, leave it on for the recommended amount of time, remove it and complete your treatment with a sunscreen application to protect the area.


Sebacia is an effective acne treatment that can help patients experience clear skin without using oral or topical acne medications. This treatment is specifically designed to target acne-causing oil within the glands of the skin to treat active acne and prevent breakouts.

The device uses a combination of gold microparticles and a dermatology laser to target acne at the source. This treatment is designed to reduce oil production in the skin, which can make a significant difference in the total number and size of acne lesions on the skin.

How Does It Work?

This treatment process begins with cleansing your skin and applying a serum to the treatment area containing gold microparticles. The pores will absorb these microparticles, and the microparticles will reach deeper into the skin where oil glands exist.

Then, we will apply a beam of laser light on the skin’s surface, which is so effective because the laser is attracted to the gold microparticles. Once the laser reaches into the deeper layers of the skin, it safely heats the areas and shrinks the oil glands, which helps break down blemishes and prevent excessive oil production.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Most patients benefit from three 30-minute treatments with one week between each. You may require additional follow-up treatments based on your ultimate skincare goals. An initial consultation will determine if you are a good candidate for Sebacia and, if so, how many treatments are required to help clear your skin.

Other Acne Treatments

We also offer other acne treatments like prescription medications, microdermabrasion treatments, dermaplaning, and customized products that can help treat your acne.

Enhancing Your Treatment Results With Lifestyle Modifications

Since hormonal acne is caused by an internal condition, it’s important that you make lifestyle, dietary, and health changes to promote balanced hormones to achieve the best results.

Skincare treatments can help combat hormonal acne from the outside of the skin, but lifestyle changes will help treat this condition from the inside out. Combining a healthy diet, low-stress levels, and adequate activity with skincare treatments is the best approach to healing your skin while balancing hormones on different levels.

Making Healthy Diet and Lifestyle Choices

A healthy lifestyle goes a long way in balancing hormones and improving the skin. Avoiding excess stress, which increases cortisol levels and can cause hormonal imbalances, and maintaining balance blood sugar levels by avoiding excess sugar consumption can all help combat hormonal acne.

Drinking plenty of water and eating a mostly plant-based diet filled with leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and proteins will all promote skin health by reducing the reoccurrence of adult female acne. Additionally, hormonal treatments like BHRT can treat hormone deficiencies that may be causing hormonal acne so that when combined with the right skin care treatment plan, you can achieve a clear and healthy acne-free complexion.

Experience Clear Skin With the Right Hormonal Acne Treatment Plan

Acne doesn’t have to affect your confidence. With lifestyle changes and the right acne treatment plan inclusive of products and in-office treatments, you can combat this type of acne and achieve beautiful blemish-free skin that you can feel confident about. We will design a unique treatment plan based on your skin’s needs. Once we evaluate your skin type, the severity of your acne, and the root cause, we can help you experience the right treatments to eliminate it effectively.

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