This Saliva Test Can Help Treat Your Hormonal Acne

I’ve tried basically everything in my quest for zit-free skin: Retinol creams, juice cleanses, cortisone injections. Well, I thought I had, until a conversation over holiday break with an acne-suffering friend enlightened me to a different method: Hormone panel tests.

Hormone tests, often used to help women approaching menopause, are now being commonly used by 20- and 30-somethings to determine the root cause of symptoms such as cystic acne, low moods and fatigue, and even weight gain. Many of us just assume our adult acne is triggered by hormones, but by taking this test, you could quickly discover whether the most likely culprit is, say, high levels of testosterone—and then strategically plan your approach accordingly.