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How to Help Reduce Hormonal Breakouts at Any Age

Hormones: can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Hormones are integral to our bodies and our skin. They regulate our emotions, our metabolism, our reproductive cycles, and so much more. Hormonal skin changes can result in skin that’s prone to breakouts, skin blemishes, dullness, and irritation. Or just skin that’s a little less than happy! Thankfully, our skincare can help treat hormonal acne and bring harmony to skin.


What causes hormonal acne?

Hormones play a major role in the clarity of skin. They are responsible for controlling and maintaining our skin’s oil production. Any changes to hormones can change the balance of oil in our skin – leading to blemishes and acne. Hormones can also aggravate acne by increasing inflammation or throwing our balance of bacteria out of whack. Hormonal acne causes are many and varied!

Who gets hormonal acne on face?

Acne can affect anyone of any age and any skin type. Hormonal acne is particularly common among women, especially during menstruation. Menopause acne is common, too. Hormonal acne can appear in the t-zone – the area including your forehead, chin and nose. In fact, hormonal chin acne affects women of all ages! It can also appear around your cheeks and jawline.

How to treat hormonal acne with natural skincare

There are many different ways to treat hormonal acne. Skincare products can be a great place to start, as they’re often less expensive than big ticket treatments. Always patch test first and if you’re unsure, see your doctor. Antipodes® products address skin concerns rather than age – which means any age can use these 100% natural origin products.

1: Be gentle

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Products that are dermatologically approved for sensitive skin are great for hormonal acne. They are less likely to aggravate the underlying inflammation that causes skin blemishes and spots. Certified vegan and organic, Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser & Makeup Remover contains a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient: Vinanza® Oxifend. This is a super-antioxidant & anti-inflammatory blend of New Zealand pinot noir red grape skins and sauvignon blanc grape seeds. Marigold bloom, also known as calendula, soothes and cleanses. Because Grace is an effective cleanser, it’s a great product for those wondering how to treat hormonal acne.

Hormonal acne skin need not avoid serums. Apostle Skin-Brightening Serum is also dermatologically approved for sensitive skin. Despite its high concentration of antioxidant-rich ingredients, it won’t aggravate or inflame skin blemishes. Apostle is a corrective serum, so it helps to brighten dull skin – a common side effect of blemished skin. The formulation features Vinanza® Grape & Kiwi, a compound made from kiwifruit skin and sauvignon blanc grape seeds that’s clinically shown to help brighten skin*. As a water-based organic serum, ingredients are carried to the skin for maximum impact.

2: Use calming ingredients

antipodes calming ingredients

For blemish-blasting skincare, look for products that contain New Zealand manuka honey. With antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, this superfood is more than delicious on toast! Skin loves it too.

Aura Manuka Honey Mask is a cult favourite product for a reason. It’s a best product for hormonal acne, effective once or twice a week as a soothing mask or as a spot treatment for skin blemishes and breakouts on the go. Manuka honey is a natural humectant, drawing moisture to the skin, and a potent antibacterial agent for cleansing the skin and helping to treat hormonal acne for a brighter, clearer complexion. The formulation also contains Pohutukawa, a bioactive extract from New Zealand’s native tree that conditions and moisturises. Antibacterial products are great for blemish-prone skin because they help to address inflammation that causes acne.

Supplement your manuka honey mask during the day with a manuka honey moisturiser. Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Light Day Cream is perfect for oily and combination skin, as it hydrates while helping to balance oil production. Hormonal acne causes redness, so a brightening moisturiser will help to combat this.

3: Keep skin hydrated

antipodes rejoice light facial cream

Believe it or not, oily and hormonal acne-prone skin is often dehydrated. Drying skincare products – while well-intentioned – can strip skin of oil, causing it to go into overdrive and produce even more oil. The best way to prevent this is to keep the skin hydrated without leaving skin greasy and clogged.

Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream is both certified organic and vegan, with plenty of clean ingredients to nourish hormonal skin changes without irritation. It contains antibacterial manuka flower oil to help keep skin fresh and blemish free, as well as avocado oil to replenish and nourish.

4: Keep skin clean

Keep skin clean

Clean skin is the foundation of healthy-looking skin. No routine should skip an effective cleanser! A light cleanser targeted at how to clean clogged pores is suitable to treat hormonal acne, day and night. Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser contains manuka honey as well as Vitamin C-rich kiwifruit extracts. It’s super effective for removing makeup while being gentle enough to use daily.

Supplement your blemished skin cleanser with a cleansing and detoxifying mask such as Halo Skin Brightening Facial Mud Mask. It helps to remove impurities that can clog skin, resulting in further breakouts. Peony flower and mineral-rich geothermal mud lift lifeless skin and leave a complexion that feels soft and cleansed.

5: Calm & balance skin

Antipodes Probiotic Culture Recover Water Cream

The best product for hormonal acne will calm and balance the skin’s delicate microbiome. For this, a probiotic night cream is recommended. Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream delivers good bacteria to skin, bringing balance and harmony.

In this weightless night cream, Kalibiome AGE Probiotic – a unique, non-live probiotic – helps to balance the skin’s microbiome and enhance the skin barrier. This is essential to help calm hormonal breakouts. With clean ingredients such as plant hyaluronic acid, skin feels healthy and hydrated throughout the night.

Hormonal skin, and issues such as hormonal chin acne and menopause acne, need not be a drama. With clean, 100% natural origin skincare, skin feels calmer and clearer. Try a few different Antipodes products to see what works for your unique skin needs, and always remember to patch test first.


*Independent study by New Zealand Extracts: Eight-week independent clinical studies involving 10 women (2012).



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