During a woman’s menstrual cycle, she undergoes a hormonal roller coaster. It’s been proven that hormones can be a major cause of acne breakouts. A study published in the Archives of Dermatology found that 63% of acne-prone women experience premenstrual acne breakouts. The breakouts usually occur about seven to 10 days before the period and then subside as soon as it ends. So what are the best ways to help keep skin clear during that time of the month?
- Make sure to cleanse face well with an acne fighting wash the week before your menstrual cycle, which is when sebum production increases and can lead to breakouts.
- Avoid touching your face with your hands as much as possible. You don’t want to introduce more bacteria onto the face.
- Cleanse your cell phone with an alcohol swan to clear it of any bacteria.
- Relax as much as possible the week prior to your period, stress hormones could exacerbate any breakouts.
- Don’t try and pop any pimples that do pop up. Spot treat them with acne medication or make an appointment for a cortisone injection if the pimple is inflammatory.