Menstrual acne is quite common and often strikes even the ones with the least troublesome skin. The reasons may vary but are often narrowed down to changes in hormone levels, which, in turn alter the basic nature of the skin like the activity of sebaceous glands, cell turnover etc. While you may not be able to completely eradicate it, you certainly can use these little tips to prevent menstrual acne as far as possible.
Wash your hands often and touch your face as little as you can. With all the germs our hands attract, touching your face will transfer them onto it and cause breakouts. Wash your face twice a day to make sure that all the pollution and grime is thoroughly scrubbed out. Use a gentle skin cleanser so you don’t strip your skin of its natural oils.
Stress can cause acne, so make sure you don’t get too worked up or worried before/during your period. With the hormones already a bit haywire, additional stress can only do harm. Get a massage or a facial to help you set the mood for relaxation.
Getting a facial a week or two before your period can go a long way in preventing or at least reducing breakouts. The comedone extractions done during a facial/clean up purge the pores and prevent them from flaring up into full blown acne.
There is never a reason not to hydrate. Drink water As soon as you wake up and then make sure to get your fill throughout the day. This flushes out the toxins and that will get you clearer and more glowing skin.
This may be the worst time to control your cravings, as will power has probably hit rock bottom, thanks to our hormones going crazy. But, binge eating causes sugar levels to fluctuate and that is never good for the skin. Try to satiate cravings with healthier alternatives like fruits, juices, sorbets, baked chips etc.
At the first sight of a blemish and spot treat it right away. use your regular medicated acne creams on the blemish or opt for OTC products like spot treatment pens which contain salicylic acid that help reduce the severity of the breakout.
Regardless of your skin care routine throughout the year, prior to your period, make sure you incorporate tea tree, chamomile or lavender into your routine. Tea tree has purifying properties, while chamomile and lavender have calming properties. This will ensure that your skin breaks out less and is less irritated.