What is hormonal acne?
Hormonal acne is due to hormonal fluctuations, especially an increased level of androgens such as testosterone. Although it often affects teenagers during puberty, hormonal acne may occur at any stage of an adult’s life. Furthermore, hormonal imbalances may lead to acne in adults who have underlying medical conditions.
Symptoms of hormonal acne
During puberty, hormonal acne often appears on the T-zone, which includes your nose, chin, and forehead. Hormonal acne in adults may start on the lower area of the face, which includes the jawline and lower cheeks.
Acne may appear as comedones, which are of two types — whiteheads and blackheads.
Blackheads (open comedones) open at the surface of the skin, and they appear black after sebum interacts with the air.
Whiteheads (closed comedones) are closed beneath the skin surface and appear white on top.