Getting period is a healthy and normal occurrence and it signifies that our body is working normally, but lets face it, it is an inconvenience. The hormonal changes during the period can cause fatigue, cramps, diarrhea and pimples. We all have been there and we all hate period pimple. Sometimes, it upsets us more than the cramps and the discomfort we experience during our menstrual cycle. The fluctuation of hormones leads triggers pimples and acne breakouts. They are common common symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome). Many of us get period pimple but the good news is you can get rid of the pimples by taking proper care of your skin before and during your periods. Read on to know how you can prevent pimples during menstrual cycle. (
ALSO READВ ). 1. Know your cycle Knowing your cycle will help you to take care of your skin before it starts to break out.
A week before your period, the progesterone level increases and it stimulates the production of sebum. The sebum coming out of your skin pores block it and this greasy pores lead to pimples. A slight increase in testosterone levels during this time also contribute to the sebum production. What you should do: Follow your regular skin routine to keep your skin clean and along with this, use toner or a face wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. It will de-grease and un-clog the pores. 2. Keep your cell phone clean You will be surprised to know how many bacteria live on your mobile phone screen. This germs caused pimples on your jawline and cheeks. You should clean your cell phone or use the earphone during calls. What you should do: Cleanse your face properly with a face wash containing benzoyl peroxide. Before you hit the bed, remove your make up using a make up remover and then apply oil-free moisturizer. ( ALSO READВ 3.
Keep your hands off your face You keep your hands on your laptop while working, touch the door handle and other places during the day and touching your face will transfer the germs and bacteria to your face, this can lead to breakouts. What you should do: Always wash your hands before touching your for apply, re-touching or removing make up. Try to avoid leaning your face in your hands while working or sitting. 4. Eat vegetables Eating vegetables will help your to stay healthy and help in preventing period pimples. You can also have nutritional supplements recommended by your doctor. According to studies, mineral zinc can help reduce pimples and acnes. Nutritional supplements can also improve your skin texture. ( ALSO READВ ). 5.
Take a shower after workout Hygiene is very important during periods. If you are planning to hit the gym, make sure that you take a shower right after your workout. This will help you to get rid of the oil buildup, bacteria and sweat. If zits are popping up in these spots at the same time every month, you\’ve got hormonal acne. Chin up girl, we\’ve got the fix. Get to know your skin cycle, so you can stop monthly breakouts for good! Your skin is majorly PMS-ing thanks to your estrogen levels dipping and progesterone (a hormone that amps up oil production) taking over, says Whitney Bowe, M. D. , an NYC derm. What to do: De-gunk and de-grease pores with a salicylic acid toner pad. If you feel a pimple brewing beneath the surface, slather on a clay mask в it sucks out grime from inside the skin, preventing a breakout. The zits creeping up on your chin and jaw?
They\’re the result of last week\’s pore-clogging progesterone surge. What to do: Double up your cleansing game: Remove makeup with a wipe and then suds up with a benzoyl peroxide face wash (which kills germs and reduces inflammation), says NYC dermatologist Doris Day, M. D. Next, use an oil-free moisturizer to prevent overdrying. After a bumpy ride (literally! ), your estrogen and progesterone hormone levels have gone back to normal в and so will your skin. What to do: For a stubborn cystic zit (these can last up to 10 days! ), dab cortisone on the spot (only once or twice total в too much can backfire), says Dr. Bowe. And PS, now\’s not the time to slack. Sticking to a skin care routine, even when you\’re acne-free, will help prevent pimples next month. This article appeared in Seventeen \’s March 2015 issue. Check out the