While the only way to halt or even potentially reverse the effects of fluctuating hormone levels on skin is hormone therapy, there are ways to kickstart skin’s natural healing cycles and boost skin health without altering hormone levels.

For those experiencing late-onset acne, a dermatologist may recommend a topical retinoid. If using a topical, only apply as much as directed—using more isn’t going to achieve better results or a clearer complexion faster. In fact, applying too much could dry out skin, causing further clogging of pores and even more breakouts. Alternatively, you may be an ideal candidate for Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) acne treatments.The two lights work together to stimulate skin’s natural healing cycle while soothing redness and inflammation and destroying further acne-causing bacteria in the process. The result is a one-two punch to current and future breakouts, resulting in clearer, healthier-looking skin.