3-Minute Read: When to See a Doc for Your Hormonal Acne
Welcome to 3-Minute Read, your midweek rundown of everything we're talking about at Byrdie HQ. Every Wednesday, we'll get you up to date on the beauty news you need to know—in just three minutes.
1. Pro tip: For hormonal acne, consider seeing a gynecologist instead of a derm.
An ob-gyn can help you get directly to the root of the issue by addressing your hormones—and if your breakouts are particularly persistent, she might recommend taking birth control pills (or switching to another kind) to help clear things up. "They decrease the amount of testosterone in your body and that leads to less outbreaks," explains gynecologist Eduardo Lara-Torre to Teen Vogue. Not all birth controls decrease testosterone, so your doctor can help you figure out the best option.
Not so in love with the idea of taking birth control for clearer skin? Try these more low-key hormonal acne remedies first before dialing up your doc.
2. Fenty Beauty has an official launch date.
We've been talking about Rihanna's new beauty collection since before it was even official—which was, ahem, well over a year ago. Finally, some concrete news: According to a press release we received yesterday, the line is launching in the States in just over a month on September 8. (We'll keep you posted on the details, including when you can get your hands on it here in Aus.)
3. Speaking of niche wellness trends, is dry brushing legit?
4. This viral photoshoot is the coolest thing you'll see on the internet this week.
While gathering in Costa Rica for a 10-year reunion, members of the 2007 class of Florida A&M University's Delta Sigma Theta posed for an amazing series of photos in nude bathing suits—which they ultimately titled Melanin Illustrated. The internet collectively exploded in virtual applause.
And that reaction alone is quite telling. "[We had] no idea this would go viral," Delta Sigma Theta sister Jardan Doneghy told Glamour. "But the fact that it did is proof that it's uncommon to see such a large group of real women—mothers, doctors, lawyers, business owners, and educated Black women—saying, 'This is what beauty is.'"
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