Is it ‘that’ time of the month again? As if mood swings, unbearable pain, bloating, weight gain, cravings weren’t enough, some of us get breakouts during periods too! These acne show up approximately ten days or 2 weeks ahead of the arrival of Aunt Flo. 😛 It happens because all of these hormonal changes stimulate the production of excess oils which leads to breakouts. So in today’s post, let’s talk about it and know if we can do anything about such breakouts!
As they say, prevention is better than the cure! A little bit of measures before the beginning of your cycle and a little alteration in your lifestyle will go a long way in controlling those horrible acnes? Here’s how!
Take Vitamin B6
Start taking Vitamin B6 tablets daily, one week prior to your cycle. This particular vitamin acts as a natural anti-biotic and helps regulate hormonal imbalances.
Tweak Your Skincare Routine Before Your Cycle
Use a cleanser that is gentle on your skin and will not clog your pores. As our skin is already producing extra oils and you don’t want any more of that. Wash your face twice a day and use a cleanser that has salicylic acid as one of the ingredients, as it will penetrate deeper into your pore linings and will help to clean out the pores.
Focus on Hygiene
One of the other causes of acne is not changing your pillowcases and towels regularly. To prevent those dreaded acnes, always use clean towels, pillowcases and linens around the time of commencement of your cycle.
Alter Your Eating Habits
To control the PMS acne, take a diet that is rich in vitamins and low in sugars. Vitamins impart a healthy glow to the skin and prevent hormonal acne. If nothing else, sip on 2-3 cups of green tea a day and keep that acne at bay!
Medications Helps Too
Retinoids are good for your skin around that time as they will unclog your pores, preventing the production of excess oils and thus acne. You can also use benzoyl peroxide in the form of creams and face washes as it is drying for the skin because of that acne formation is reduced.
I think at least half an hour of even light exercises solves most of the problems. Sometimes, PMSing plus acne can really stress you out. Practice some breathing exercises, yoga, brisk walking or just dancing. All of these things decrease the effect of all the hormonal changes happening inside your body.
I hope these tips will prove beneficial to you. Make sure you practice these before the commencement of your next cycle to see the results.
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