What Is DIM and How Does It Help With Hormonal Acne?

Do you suffer from hormonal acne? We’ll help you balance your hormone levels with lifestyle changes you can make. We’ll also recommend the best acne treatment to add to your skin care routine.

What is Hormonal Acne?

Hormonal acne is a type of acne that is linked to an imbalance of hormones, namely estrogen. For this reason it is most common among women. The hormonal imbalance occurs most prominently in women aged between 20-40, an age range where hormones levels are constantly fluctuating due to periods and menopause. People with the skin condition have the following symptoms:

  • Pimples
  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Cysts

The breakouts are typically located on the lower part of the face, especially the jawline, cheeks and mouth. If estrogen levels are left unchecked, much of the symptoms will be exacerbated and will progress from mild symptoms to painful and severe acne flare-ups.

Strictly speaking, all forms of acne are connected to an imbalance of hormones but can vary from mild forms of acne to severe. Blackheads and whiteheads are considered mild, whereas cysts and nodules are severe, with the latter two leaving long term scarring.

What Causes Hormonal Acne?

Your body naturally produces a healthy amount of sebum, an oil found in the sebaceous glands to lubricate and moisturise your skin. The oil gland is normally connected to hair follicles and releases sebum not only on the face but everywhere on the body, save the palms and soles.

However, hormones, and in particular estrogen, increase sebum levels in the glands which leave the skin feeling too oily. Besides the feeling of greasy skin, an abundance of oil plays a role in clogging the pores, especially in the chin area. This leads to breakouts such as cystic acne, which form underneath the skin as a result of being trapped in the pores. Cysts in particular contain pus and are considered the most severe form of acne.

Other factors and side effects of excessive sebum are caused by the following:

How Can You Treat Hormonal Acne?

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help alleviate hormonal acne. At Dermoi we recommend you use Osmosis Skin Defense for several reasons:

  • Provides excellent antioxidant protection
  • Detoxes the body from heavy metal, estrogen toxins, pesticides
  • Clears the skin and restores luminosity
  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Boosts mood and brain health with N-Acetyl Cysteine
  • Cruelty-free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan

It clears excess toxins, mucus and hormones to lessen the symptoms of those suffering from hormonal acne. Skin Defense also has anti-inflammatory properties which are great if your ance causes severe inflammation.

A natural treatment is to reduce your sugar intake as increased sugar imports more insulin to the body, raising the amount of oil in the sebaceous glands. Therefore it is best to reduce sugar and insulin-rich foods like white rice, white bread and pasta.

What Is DIM?

Diindolylmethane (DIM) is found in some vegatables, mainly cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. It’s proven to balance hormone levels. Rich vegetable diets that contain high levels of DIM are also linked with a reduced risk of breast and prostate cancer.

This plant compound not only maintains a healthy immune system but also balances estrogen levels which in turn prevents hot flashes and hormonal acne from appearing. It promotes the good type of estrogen called 2-hydroxy and reduces the bad form called 16-hydroxy.

DIM supplements like Osmosis Skin Defense are known to improve estrogen metabolism, while also detoxifying the skin from oxidative stress and free radicals.

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The Best Safe and Effective At-home Acne Treatments

If you’re looking for a more personalised, bespoke acne treatment that is effective against hormonal acne, then we recommend our two at-home treatment options that are non-invasive: Osmosis Healing Treatment and iS Clinical Acne Healing Peel.

  • Osmosis Healing Treatment uses a host of Osmosis products such as serums to balance the amount of oil produced in the sebaceous glands to reduce the effect of hormonal acne. Our treatment clears the pores while also improving the skin tone with antioxidants like vitamin A. Active ingredients like niacinamide and L-mandelic acid also battle skin inflammation and prevent future acne scarring for acne-prone skin.
  • iS Clinical Acne Healing Peel uses non-invasive exfoliants like niacinamide and retinal. This at-home treatment kills bacteria related to acne which reduces inflammation, pimples and blackheads. Our peel purifies the skin and helps balance sebum secretion with blue LED lights that are proven to reduce mild to moderate forms of acne.

Author: Naeem Ali


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