It’s the age-old problem that women have struggled with since puberty, one that I myself have battled for many years, adult acne and hormonal acne. The truth is, there’s no topical cure for hormonal acne because hormonal acne is caused by an internal imbalance. There are many topical acne treatments or home remedies for acne you can use to lessen, heal and help prevent hormonal breakouts but the ultimate solution is to bring balance to your hormones.
If you struggle with skin issues you’ve probably tried from topical treatments to antibiotics, however, there’s no shortage of acne-fighting solutions out there, especially if we talk about pharmaceuticals and how safe are they in the long run.
Healthy skin needs to look beyond the topical route of pharmaceuticals, and start focusing on a healthy lifestyle.
There ́s evidence that diets low in refined sugars supports skin health and in recent years research has found certain foods that can offer excellent support for your skin.
Let’s take a look at what is women hormonal acne and how maca may be one of the best foods for you.
What is hormonal acne and how it affects women?
Most regular acne is caused by bacteria and inflammation or overproduction of sebum, sometimes, excessive touching of the face, dirty pillowcases, long exposure to blue light (cell phones, tv, tablets, etc), environmental pollutants and even genetics may be causes of acne.
Hormonal acne is different, in that it is caused by an imbalance of hormones which women are very sensitive to and therefore the main population of hormonal acne diagnoses.
Although the hormone testosterone is mainly present in males, females produce it in small quantities, but when women's bodies produce too much testosterone it’s a problem, not only creating abnormalities in the menstrual cycle but leading to a hormonal signaling that causes an overproduction of sebum (a natural layer in our skin), which is too much supply, causes pimples.
What is maca root and how is it fights hormonal acne?
Maca is a high altitude plant that grows in the Peruvian Andes. The root of the plant has been prized for thousands of years for its ability to increase stamina, energy, and fertility.
The unique compound off maca is a glucosinolate, these natural chemicals contribute to the plant defense against pests and provide a characteristic bitter flavor.
Health professionals consider glucosinolates to be natural stimulants of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland which in turn stimulate the endocrine glands like the thyroid, pancreas, adrenals, ovaries, and testes activating feedback mechanisms. (1)
Therefore, maca can aid in the regulation of hormones needed to maintain balance in the human body.
Using natural acne treatments such as maca can take longer to see results than using conventional methods but may give you longer-lasting results since natural methods are centered around solving the root of the problem in a holistic manner and without the side effects of drugs.
OUR NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATION
- Try to consume 1 cup of our quinoa with maca cereal with 1 cup of soy or rice milk in the mornings.
- Try to drink from 2-2.5 lt of water a day.
- Eat a healthy diet low in refined sugars.
In about 30 days you’ll start to feel better and look better, healthy habits and hygiene are key factors in order to have healthy skin, embrace a lifestyle of wellness and not only in the short term for a month or two.