Are You a Victim of Hormonal Breakouts? Read This Now.

Allie Flinn

As the saying goes, life simply isn't fair—and acne flare-ups are one of those little injustices some of us have to deal with, even though we're no longer in our teens. (Seriously, wasn't dealing with pimples in high school enough for one lifetime?) And sometimes even the most carefully executed regimen is hopeless against hormonal breakouts.

"Fluctuating hormones (including pregnancy), stress, family history, and pore-clogging beauty products can be to blame for pimples that always pop up at the most inconvenient times, particularly before big events or job interviews," says Dr. Michelle Henry, a Harvard-trained, board-certified dermatologist. But how can you tell if you're dealing with hormonal acne or your run-of-the-mill pimple brought on by a late night and not washing your face? And most importantly, what can you do about it? Keep reading to find out.

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