Are you thinking about coming off the pill or birth control but want to avoid your skin going crazy? Or have you recently come off the pill only to get two or three months down the track and have your skin erupting in cystic acne?
Want to get rid of hormonal acne after the pill? Read on:
Learn how to prevent and cure your acne after coming off the pill, naturally. Now I will be honest, curing this type of acne is harder to treat than other types of acne due to your body trying to balance its hormones again. But you will get there, and a lot faster with these tips on how to get clear skin fast.
Take A Zinc Supplement
One of the first things you should do is go out or online and buy yourself a decent Zinc supplement. Why? Because zinc is directly involved in the metabolism of different hormones in your body. Low levels of zinc increase the conversion of testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in your body which is one of the androgens that contributes to the cause of hormonal acne.
You might notice that your skin is SUPER oily after coming off the pill which is the perfect breeding ground for more acne. This is because the increased DHT causes the enlargement of the sebaceous gland which increases the production of acne-causing sebum or oil!
Dosage: Take 25-50mg of Zinc per day for best results in conjunction with the clear skin meal plan and advice in my eBook here.
Limit The Caffeine
Swap your morning latte for a calming herbal tea instead. Tea’s like dandelion root, nettle, liquorice and cardamom all help to reduce inflammation in the body and support your liver and kidneys.
You want to assist your body in healing and balancing your hormones so it’s best to avoid caffeine during this time. Why? Because caffeine increases your cortisol (stress hormone) levels and can wreak havoc on your endocrine system – leaving your body feeling stressed.
The last thing you want to do during this time is place any more additional stress on your body, particularly if you are already suffering from hormonal breakouts. That in itself is stressful enough.
Avoid All Toxins
Avoid all toxins, including the ones in your food AND your beauty cabinet. Be mindful that you are consuming the largest amount of toxins through what you eat so it’s so important to follow a clear skin meal plan like the one in my eBook – Clear Skin Project.
One of the secrets to curing hormonal acne for good is avoiding toxins and drinking lots of water to assist your body in eliminating what it needs to. If you don’t avoid toxins and drink enough water, you may make your skin worse as when your body can not eliminate toxins normally, it can excrete through your skin instead.
Be mindful that you can also be exposed to toxins through your beauty cabinet including harsh chemical skincare products, makeup and household cleaning products. Look out for ingredients like: SLS/SLES, mineral oils, parabens, PEGS, artificial preservatives, fragrances, parfum and colours.
Click here for the top list of ingredients to avoid.
Add More Maca To Your Diet
Maca powder is widely known for its history of promoting hormonal balance in both males and females. Most women will notice a decrease in PMS symptoms (YAY!), increased fertility, and improved skin.
Maca is high in minerals and essential fatty acids, making it the perfect supplement for hormones and has relatively no side effects. If you plan on taking maca powder to help clear your hormonal acne naturally, you should start with a small dosage.
How much do I take?
Maca is a powerful superfood that can give you more energy than you re used to and can quickly support hormone balance. Ideally, you should start with around 1tsp of maca powder per day and then increase to 3 teaspoons over a period of 1-2 weeks. If you find that you are more hyperactive than usual or your acne becomes worse, you can lessen your dosage to suit your needs.
Remember that natural remedies take a few weeks to hit your system properly so there may be around three weeks before you notice the changes affecting your body properly and improving your skin.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
We’ve heard this one time and time again, but in the case of treating hormonal acne – this really does work. One of the side effects of not enough sleep, is your body craving all the wrong foods. When this happens, you’ll more than likely feel tired and eat poorly based on not having enough energy to prepare your meals properly.
In order to allow your body to balance its hormones correctly and clear your hormonal acne for good, you must get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep every single night. The optimum hours for sleeping are 10pm-7am so try to be in bed winding down with a cup of herbal tea or a book by 9:30pm every night.
It’s really important to listen to your body during this time and allow it the rest it needs to balance your hormones naturally. Your body needs time to adjust to not being on the pill anymore and will be using extra energy to recover and heal.
If you are finding it hard to wind down after work or school, try these simple tips:
1. Run a bath with 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil.
2. Burn 2-3 drops lavender essential oil in an oil burner before you go to sleep.
3. Make a cup of chamomile tea before you go to bed, to relax yourself into dream time.
4. Write all your thoughts and to do lists down in a journal before you go to bed so you’re not going to sleep worrying about what you have to do the following day.
5. Listen to some relaxing music or meditate for 20 minutes before hopping into bed.
Follow A Clear Skin Meal Plan
This would have to be the MOST important step in curing your hormonal acne naturally after coming off the pill – I cannot stress this piece of advice enough. It is VITAL that you follow a clear skin meal plan, avoiding all the wrong foods and eating all the right ones.
Your diet is a huge factor in curing hormonal acne quickly. If you follow a meal plan like the one in my eBook you will have much faster results in clearing your skin for good.
Why? Because certain foods can make your acne worse and in turn will make you lose even more confidence. The last thing you want to do is lose hope and then go back on the pill in a desperate plea for clear skin again! Do not give into this temptation. You have decided to come off of the pill for a reason, so don’t feel tempted into going back on it just so you can put a temporary fix on the problem for a while – it will still be there when you try again next.
By avoiding certain acne trigger foods and increasing your intake of acne curing foods, you are helping your body to clear your skin more quickly. Foods like pasta, white bread, pizza, cakes and sugar are things that you are going to be craving during this time – these are also the worst possible foods for your skin.
By increasing your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables and consuming healthy grain choices like brown rice, quinoa and coconut flour – you are reducing the amount of inflammation in your body and improving your skin. For a full list of foods to eat, foods to avoid, a downloadable shopping list and a 14 day meal plan – you can check out my full guide here.
Let’s Get Started
Now you have these top tips on how to get rid of your hormonal acne and clear your skin for good, you can put them into action.
If you feel that you need more help, one-on-one coaching or a copy of my full guide please feel free to email me [email protected] or click here for my full guide. It’s the best investment you’ll make and something that you can keep for the rest of your life – constantly reviewing when you need some extra skin advice.
The full guide explains the exact foods you need to eat and avoid to clear your skin and end the breakouts. It’s been created using hours of research and tried and tested foods for acne.