Part of growing up is dealing with hormonal acne, and it’s more prevalent when you’re on your period. That time of the month is never fun, and dealing with sudden breakouts doesn’t make it any better. However, it’s not actually all bad news. There are ways to prevent your skin from flaring up during your period, and there are ways to calm it down once it’s already happened. Here’s exactly what you need to do to make your skin and yourself a little less stressed.
Unclog Your Pores
About a week before you get your period, your skin begins to experience the symptoms of PMS. This has to do with hormones levels changing, which cause your skin to become more sensitive. You’ll want to open up your pores to draw out any excess oils and impurities that can cause breakouts. You can start this process by exfoliating with a facial scrub or a peel. Applying an acid treatment or a charcoal mask can also help dry out all of that excess oil and restore your skin.
Stop Touching Your Face
One of the worst things you can do for your skin during a hormonal breakout is picking at it. When your skin is in a sensitive phase, such as PMS or your period, you’ll be doing even more damage if you continuously touch it. Plus, touching and picking at a pimple only further spreads bacteria and leaves room for a breakout to spread—trust me, I know none of you want that. As frustrating as it is, let keep your hands off of an existing pimple and use the right products to target it.
Stay Hydrated & Rested
I know, I know, this sounds like everything else you’ve always heard about skincare. I don’t mean to state the obvious, but staying hydrated and being well-rested will, in fact, improve your skin. Your skin is especially stressed during your period, and it doesn’t need to be dehydrated on top of that. Getting a good night’s rest is important because your body detoxes as you sleep, giving your skin time to reset itself.
Visit A Dermatologist
Although all of us ladies have to deal with hormonal breakouts, for some it’s a lot more severe than a monthly period. As adults, hormonal acne can be caused by more severe hormonal imbalances and other serious skin conditions. Your dermatologist can determine if you need oral medications or medical-grade topical products to help control and prevent breakouts.