The Scoop on Hormonal Acne

Dealing with hormonal breakouts can be challenging, but we're here to guide you!

Dr. Sarah DiMunno, ND, is diving into the root causes of hormonal acne and sharing tips on how you can achieve clear and radiant skin. 


Determining if your breakouts are hormone related 

If you struggle with hormonal acne breakouts, knowing the root cause is essential for achieving clear skin. Hormonal acne arises from an increase in testosterone and DHT, leading to excess sebum production and the growth of acne-causing bacteria. When this occurs, a pimple emerges.

Acne can be influenced by various factors like diet, stress, environment, and hygiene. Hormonal imbalances can also contribute to acne and breakouts. Here's how you can identify if hormonal issues are causing acne:

One key factor to keep in mind is when your new breakouts are appearing. If you're consistently experiencing new pimples the week or two before your period, there's a good chance your acne is hormone-related. If you haven't already, consider tracking your cycle and acne breakouts as a first step.

Additionally, if you’ve ever been prescribed birth control and experienced improved skin clarity, there is a possibility that your acne was affected by hormones. The solution to addressing these instances of breakouts is to focus on harmonizing your hormonal balance.

Lastly, if you have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), you'll understand that a key characteristic is the over-production of male hormones, like testosterone, leading to unwanted hair growth, hair loss, and acne. In this instance, a continued focus on balancing hormones is a first step to addressing the root cause of your breakouts.

If you think your acne breakouts could be hormone-related, consider reaching out for a free consultation. We'll work together to create a personalized treatment plan that empowers you to take control of your health and hormones for clear, radiant skin!

Tips on Managing Hormonal Acne

If you suspect your acne is caused by a hormone imbalance, here's how you can take action:


Diet is pivotal not just for balancing hormones, but also for achieving a radiant complexion and clear skin. Consider incorporating pumpkin seeds into your diet for their rich zinc content, known to aid in regulating testosterone levels and reducing breakouts.

Tip: Add 2 tbsp of pumpkin seeds to a salad, smoothie, or oatmeal to help to reduce breakouts.


If you are experiencing a breakout try Batch Beauty Lab's HEAL Facial Oil as a topical treatment. HEAL is one of Batch Beauty Lab’s custom facial oil blends that combines the incredible ingredients of the fan-favourite BASE 001 with the soothing HEAL Booster. The facial oil blend is deeply healing and contains organic Hemp Seed Oil, renowned for its effective relief of irritated skin.


Spearmint is recognized for its ability to lower DHT, aiding in issues associated with elevated testosterone levels like hair loss, unwanted hair growth, and acne.

Tip: Consume 1-3 cups of spearmint tea daily to assist in harmonizing hormone levels. Ensure to keep covered while steeping to preserve the herb's healing properties.

Seek Professional Guidance

If you're dealing with hormonal acne and need guidance on managing your hormones, I'm here for new clients in Ontario. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about your health and/or hormones! 

Click here to book a free consultation with Dr. Sarah DiMunno today!

Dr. Sarah DiMunno is licensed Naturopathic Doctor that uses powerful holistic treatments to eliminate period pain, boost energy and minimize PMS.

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