A Celebrity Facialist’s DIY Face Mask for Hormonal Acne
Updated: May 6
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Many of us suffer from hormonal acne, breakouts that occur like clockwork due to hormonal changes caused by our monthly cycles. The worst part is that our skin can be clear for a majority of the month, only for PMS to come along and sabotage our dreams of makeup-free futures — at least until our period is over, but longer if they leave behind post-inflammatory acne scars (which can take months to fade).
Face-mapping reveals how hormonal acne tends to cluster in the chin and jaw region. In truth, pimples can appear anywhere — the face, neck, chest, or back — and can vary in type from person to person. But more often than not, they take the form of hard-to-treat, impossible to extract cystic acne that pops up along the chin and jaw regions of the face.
Hormonal acne can be caused by low levels of estrogen, and excess levels of androgens like testosterone. It can also be caused or exacerbated by stress, which releases the stress hormone, cortisol. Thus long-term healing comes from the inside and may incorporate lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques, depending on your case.
To treat the breakouts themselves, dermatologists may prescribe Spironolactone, a diuretic that makes you pee out excess acne-causing androgens. This is often used for those who suffer from PCOS. The supplement DIM (diindolymethane) can also be taken to support acne that is caused by deficient estrogen levels. Both can work wonders on clearing hormonal acne when taken on a daily basis.
To treat the root of your imbalances, you will have to rule out diagnoses like thyroid conditions and PCOS with an endocrinologist. Even if these are the underlying causes of your imbalance, finding a doctor — a naturopath like Dr. Stacey Shillington, N.D., or an integrative M.D. that incorporates functional medicine into her practice — can help enormously in managing the resulting symptoms.
While we're at home under lockdown, in-office treatments for hormonal acne have come to a standstill. At least temporarily, we cannot get the kenelog or cortisone injections that can flatten cystic acne flare-ups literally overnight. Peels, PDT, radio frequency and laser treatments are all off the table for now.
Thankfully, celebrity facialist Cecilia Wong, founder of Cecilia Wong Skincare, has shared the DIY recipe for hormonal acne that she personally uses to help with hormonal acne and breakouts. Plus you get to make and apply it from the comfort of your own home. This DIY skincare mask tends to problem skin gently, naturally, and — ideally — organically.
What You'll Need
- 2 tablespoons of white radish AKA daikon purée
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey
-1/4 teaspoon of maca powder
Note: She adds not to over-measure the maca powder as it is very strong!
Combine the ingredients and apply them to the skin. Leave the mask on for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing with tepid water. You may feel some tingling and redness, but this is normal.
The Beauty Benefits
"I use this mask whenever I have breakouts or hormonal issues with my skin," explains Wong. "It stimulates and revitalizes the skin, and helps with puffiness." It does so by using a simple, uncomplicated recipe that draws upon the food-grade ingredients explained below.
Wong reveals that white radish, or daikon, helps to drain excess water and puffiness from the skin. It also brightens, hydrates, and helps to clear the complexion. Raw honey is antibacterial, and works to hydrate, moisturize, and detoxify the pores. Finally, maca powder strengthens and revitalizes the skin to reduce the effect of aging. Plus, it helps to balance the hormones and acne.
Do you like DIY beauty? Then try this food-grade hair masque, created by a naturopath, nutritionist, and skincare line founder, next.