How to Prevent Hormonal Breakouts, According to Miley Cyrus's Esthetician

Do you know what stars like Miley Cyrus and The Weeknd do when they get acne? They call their esthetician, Zaida Gordon.

Zaida, founder of Skintegrity LA, is a skin guru who knows how to stop acne in its tracks. Since she works with some pretty high-profile names, we knew her clients wanted to maintain clear skin. We were lucky enough to sit down with her and ask her all about acne and hormonal breakouts in particular. She gave us some amazing advice, keep scrolling to see what she had to say!

Sweety High: Tell us a little about yourself!

Zaida Gordon: From a young age I was fascinated with all things beauty and glamour and I would play with my mother's makeup and creams. I knew early in college that I wanted to work in the beauty industry so I took a leap of faith and became an esthetician! I've worked in the beauty industry for more than 15 years now. I've worked for wellness spas and medical spas. Four years ago, I wanted to start my own practice so I could be as creative as I desired to be. It was the best decision I ever made and now I am able to help my acne clients from my skincare studio and across the country virtually.


SH: What celebrities have you worked with?

ZG: Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd, Jensen Ackles, Yolanda Hadid, India Love and more.


SH: What are the most common acne concerns you hear from people in their teens or early 20s?

ZG: A common complaint from our young clients is stubborn acne, body acne and feeling persistently oily and blackhead-prone.


SH: Can you explain hormonal acne?

ZG: When dealing with acne, we know that bacteria and inflammation are the two main culprits, but along with that sometimes elevated androgens can trigger excessive oil production. This causes clogged pores and breakouts.


SH: Is there a way to treat hormonal acne?

ZG: Having a morning and evening skincare regimen is a great start! In the evening we encourage our acne-prone clients to double cleanse, moisturize with oil-free products and treat their acne with a topical antibacterial product such as sulfur or benzoyl peroxide gel. I recommend our Face Reality Sulfur Spot Treatment or the Face Reality Acne Med.


SH: For anyone dealing with hormonal acne, what products would you recommend?

ZG: Face Reality Skincare is an adaptive and customized system designed specifically for acne-prone skin of all ages. This budget-friendly medical-grade skincare line offers a variety of noncomedogenic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory products. We use this line to deliver impressive results to our Acne Bootcamp clients.


(via Skintegrity LA)


SH: Are there any other acne-fighting products you think we should try?

ZG: Besides non-comedogenic skincare products we highly encourage our clients to eliminate inflammatory foods, refined sugars, high iodine foods and highly processed foods.

We encourage supplements such as probiotics, high-quality omega 3, and opti zinc which are all very safe, but of course we recommend you consult with your doctor should you have any specific questions or concerns before adding any supplements to your daily routine.


SH: Anything else you'd like us to know?

ZG: Your acne does not define who you are and oftentimes the more we stress about the acne, the more acne will be present. The best advice we can give to young women or men is to seek out a licensed skincare professional who is a trained acne expert. With so many products on the market, it can be costly and overwhelming to try and navigate alone. But with the help of a professional, you will receive expert guidance and expertise with someone who truly cares about your clear skin journey!


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