Does estrogen cause acne?

Normalizing estrogen levels can actually reduce and improve acne breakouts. The reason is that acne breakouts often increase when there is an imbalance between progesterone (too high) and estrogen (too low), which typically occurs in women after ovulation in their monthly cycle.

Many women who have mild to moderate hormonal acne will usually break out just after ovulation and see their breakouts clear up just after menstruation. These hormonally-triggered acne breakouts begin when estrogen levels begin to decline, about the midpoint of the menstrual cycle, and tend to peak just before menstruation. Estrogen levels start to increase again at the beginning of the menstrual cycle. The estrogen binds to the cell receptors that would otherwise respond to testosterone, which is associated with oil production. This essentially "turns off” oil excess oil production and helps clear up pores, preventing future breakouts.

DIM is a naturally occurring nutrient found in cruciferous veggies. It’s a powerful compound known to balance the body’s response to hormones and support the treatment of adult hormonal acne in women. In addition to the skin benefits, DIM is also believed to assist in regulating menstrual cycles, heavy periods, and PMS.

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