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Does it seem as though your acne tends to flare up out of nowhere from time to time, even though you religiously maintain your skin care routine? It's probably not your imagination. While clogged pores are the actual cause of acne, its severity is strongly influenced by your body's natural hormonal fluctuations.

You can't control your hormones the same way you do your diet or your skin care regimen, but that doesn't mean you can’t take steps to deal with it.

Here’s a quick look at what's behind hormonal acne and the steps you can take to overcome it.

Relationship Between Hormones and Acne

Androgens, which are male hormones present in both males and females, contribute to acne flare-ups by over stimulating the oil-producing glands in your skin.  Fluctuations in hormone levels that are brought on during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, or menopause stimulate the overproduction of oil, called sebum, which impedes the development of cells lining the hair follicles in the skin.  The combination of excess oil and reduced shedding of old skin cells can send acne into overdrive.

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