How to STOP Breakouts Before Your Period!

5 Simple Steps to Controlling  Hormonal Acne

As a skin care specialist who spends a lot of time working with clients who suffer from acne I get asked the same set of questions on a daily basis.  What causes acne and breakouts, and WHAT can I do to have healthy skin?   I am going to focus on one of the 5 major causes of acne in this blog…HORMONES.

A hormonal imbalance can lead to chronic acne or that once-a-month flare-up. What is it about hormones that create such havoc with the skin? Androgen and estrogen balance creates harmony for the skin, sort of a biochemical Yin and Yang.  Upset this delicate balancing act can lead to blemishes, galore.

Genetically, acne sufferers are pre-disposed to having stickier sebum (natural oil from your sebaceous glands). They inherit an androgen hormone receptor that receives the testosterone hormone (male and female) and this hormone is then turned into dihydro-testosterone by a little enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. The result is that their sebum becomes more sticky than normal. This results in a greatly increased potential for pores to get blocked up. On top of that, dead skin cells that should naturally exfoliate off the skin, tend to stick to the sticky sebum and therefore cause even greater blockages in the pore.

I have recently been educated on the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase mentioned above, and as a result of this information I have provided clients with a new approach to healing their acne.  What I have learned is that if you can inhibit this enzyme with certain products the skin will immediately thank you by looking and feeling amazing!

Here are 5 simple steps to controlling hormonal acne flair-ups:

1. Use the right products for your skin type look for natural ingredients to control production of sebum, inflammation, bacteria, and cellular buildup.

2. Find an educated skin care therapist who can coach you through this journey.  In the end you will have saved hundreds of dollars on unnecessary products and treatments if you let a licensed professional educate you on the proper way to heal your skin.

3. Stick to your regime! Yes, you must commit to using the right products twice a day, giving these products at least 3 weeks to start working on your skin and getting monthly facial treatments that focus on pore cleansing.

4. Clean up your diet and start exercising.  Living a healthy lifestyle can help our hormones stay in balance.

5. Do not pick, as this will cause damage to your skin.  I know it’s hard to walk around with a puss-filled pimple, but if you traumatize your skin by picking it will surely be around a lot longer. Getting your monthly facials will help prevent these pimples from appearing as a licensed esthetian is trained to extract the proper way for you.

Lori Crete – Skin Care Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, Spa Owner- devoted to helping women from all over the world look and feel beautiful!  Are you looking for a skin rejuvenating facial treatment, a beautiful and natural looking airbrush spray tan or a clean and friendly environment for a waxing service…if so give Spa 10 a call!  To book an appointment with Lori or her team of Licensed Estheticians please visit

© Skin Care by Lori, Inc. 2011


ACNE Strategies: By Andrew Scoular

12 Hidden Beauty Robbers

I found this list of “Beauty Robbers” written by Jennifer Devlin in one of my trade magazines, and thought the information was valuable and well worth sharing!

The following ingredients, which are found in most personal care products, should be avoided at all costs.  Clients with skin sensitivity issues often see a significant improvement in their condition when they stop using these ingredients.

  1. Benzoyl peroxide
  2. DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), & TEA (Triethanolamine)
  3. Dioxin
  4. DMDM Hydantoin & Urea (Imidazolidinyl)

    Ingredients to Avoid!
  5. FD&C Color & Pigments
  6. Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl)
  7. PEG (Polyethylene glycol)
  8. Phthalates
  9. Propylene Glycon (PG) and Butylene Glycol
  10. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
  11. Sunscreen chemicals
  12. Triclosan

Although there have been few clinical studies on what these ingredients actually do to the skin, I have personally seen incredible healing when clients at Spa 10 start using  product lines we offer that DO NOT contain these ingredients.   Our licensed estheticans have watched acne heal, sun spots diminish and redness and skin sensitivity simply just disappear!

Lori Crete – Skin Care Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, Spa Owner- devoted to helping women from all over the world look and feel beautiful!  To book an appointment with Lori or her team of Licensed Estheticians please visit

©Skin Care by Lori Inc. 2011

References: les nouvelless, July 2011, Jennifer Devlin