For most of us getting your period means you also have to deal with PMS, cramps and a shocking headache or back pain. It seems completely unfair that this is also the time we have to deal with those “time of month” breakouts!
I’m here to tell you that there IS a way to prevent these monthly breakouts from occurring. Yes, that’s right. There is a natural way to banish these breakouts for good.
What Causes Hormonal Breakouts?
Hormonal or menstrual breakouts occur during your monthly cycle or during pregnancy. This is due to the hormonal changes experienced in the body during menstruation.
It can be visible as early as 7 days before you are due to menstruate but can also clear up as soon as menstruation begins.
The common causes of hormonal acne:
- Fluctuations in hormones
- Poor skincare routine leading up to and during menstruation
- Poor diet leading up to and during menstruation (drop the junk food!)
As we approach menstruation, our hormone levels begin to shift from female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) to male hormones (testosterone). An increase in testosterone can result in our skin being more prone to acne, particularly those painful cyst like nodules.
The shift in hormones can lead to sebaceous glands increasing in activity and manifesting oily skin. This then increases the chances of acne lesions, oily skin and an oily scalp. This is also the perfect time for inflammation and breakouts to occur.
The Solution to Hormonal Acne
The week before your period is due is the week where you are most prone to excess oil production. Your skin will look more shiny and you will be more prone to breakouts including cystic acne – those deep painful cysts usually on the chin or jawline.
Follow these four skincare tips:
Cut the Dairy
Modify your diet by reducing or removing dairy from your diet. Dairy contains cow hormones that can increase activity in your oil glands. Opt for an organic rice or oat milk instead.
This is the time where we feel like devouring a whole block of chocolate in one sitting, but I can tell you that this is the worst thing for hormonal acne. In order to prevent hormonal acne, it’s really important to keep your blood sugar stable and reduce the inflammation.
Include Protein in Every Meal
Be sure to include a protein source in every meal (doesn’t necessarily have to be meat) whether that be an egg, protein powder or lean turkey.
Exfoliate Your Skin 2-3 Times Per Week
It’s hard to find the motivation to upkeep your skincare routing when you are feeling fatigued and crampy, but exfoliation is key in preventing hormonal breakouts. Be sure to exfoliate 2-3 times per week to reduce bacteria, remove dead skin and increase circulation.