Period Induced Acne
Acne!!!! Something that I hate. I have alway longed for smooth skin. I have one problem. My monthly cycle tends to bring about the most hideous, painful acne. This is always a sign for me that mother nature’s curse is just around the corner. As if the cravings, mood swings, bloating and cramps are not a dead giveaway, that last thing a woman needs is PMS acne.
Curious as to why this is happening to me, I decided to do some research to see what actually happens to a woman’s chemical levels during PMS. According to webmd.com, the two hormones, estrogen and progesterone, falls to the lowest levels as bleeding approaches, leaving the male hormone, testosterone, remains the same and relatively higher than the female hormones.
With the imbalance of hormones, the skin produces more sebum, the thick, oily substance that lubricates the skin. In mid-cycle, the progesterone levels rise, the skin swells and the pores are compressed shut, causing the sebum to build up beneath the skins surface, thus causing acne.
Now according to research, there are several things that could be done to help solve this problem. Leave it to the professionals, taking birth control will help correct this problem. Or have your doctor prescribe medication that will lower your testosterone levels. If you are overweight, losing the weight and maintaining a healthy diet will help minimise breakouts and decrease the testosterone levels as well.
Now I, being a person who does not like to take medicine, chose to take a more relaxed way to decreasing breakouts. There are certain areas that gives a clear sign to that time of the month is drawing near. My temple area and cheek on the left side is where the problem begins. I go above and beyond with my skin care regime. I don’t have one particular skin care line that I use for there are many that I have found that works for me.
Mary Kay’s mask, acne treatment and night cream along with Seacret’s sea salt scrub works wonders. First, I cleanse my face with the sea salt scrub, rinsing thoroughly followed by the mask. I allow the mask to sit overnight. In the morning I rinse off the mask and apply the acne treatment. The acne that comes about during my period is very painful. The night cream helps with that pain leaving a cooling sensation on my skin. I use this throughout that day. I repeat these steps nightly excluding the mask. The mask I only use the first night of initial breakout.
I also found that eating foods with natural sugars, like fruit, will also help. Stay away from caffeine drinks. I pretty much result to a fruit and veggie diet. This helps with the mood swings and bloating.