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Menstrual Hygiene Day 2022: Is Your Skin Ruled By Your Menstrual Cycle?

To avoid worsening of your acne flare-up, you should avoid wearing too much makeup around your period days.
Published -25 May 2022, 14:34 ISTUpdated -27 May 2022, 11:47 IST
  • Kumari Rajnigandha
  • Editorial
  • Published -25 May 2022, 14:34 ISTUpdated -27 May 2022, 11:47 IST
reasons for period acne

What could be more painful than a period cramp? A breakout of acne. A fluctuation in hormone levels contributes to your moodiness, sore breasts, and other PMS-related symptoms, in addition to acne.

The last thing a woman with PMS needs is to glance in the mirror and see a large red pimple on top of her moodiness, cramps, and bloating. However, many women, regrettably, do. Menstrual acne, or pimples that appear every month around menstruation is fairly frequent. 

Let’s talk about period acne in detail in this article. HerZindagi connected to experts to delve deeper into the subject. 

Reason For Acne Before Period

reasons for acne

Talking about the development of acne and breakouts as a part of PMS, Dr Bharti Priyanka Sr. Consultant, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Fortis hospital in Vasant Kunj said “I would like to bring to your notice that hormones fluctuate around the menstrual cycle and just before your period starts levels of oestrogen drop, this triggers the sebaceous glands to secrete more sebum. Too much can result in clogged pores and breakouts.” 

She further said, “Hormonal fluctuations during your menstrual cycle definitely are responsible.”

She added that the acne flare-up can be especially irritating for young girls and teenagers. She even suggested how one can keep this acne flare up around periods at bay. The first and foremost thing is to watch out for intently is the diet.

She said, “Try to avoid having sugary food, drinks, white bread, caffeine and carbonated drinks. If at all despite taking these measures, you still develop acne then you should limit your exposure to UV rays by staying indoors whenever possible. You should use non-oily moisturisers and you should wash your face with cold water very frequently. If the acne is too irritating then you can apply benxoyl peroxide ointment to treat them. A cold compress ice pack can be dabbed over the acne for five to ten minutes, every four to five hours a day to relieve the pain and swelling caused as a result of acne flare-up.”

How Hormones Impact Acne

hormones impact acne

Hormones are to be blamed for how your menstrual cycle affects your skin. Hormones play a huge role in the breakouts you get shortly before your monthly cycle, just like they play a major role in acne development during adolescence.

If your skin is oilier, then it becomes easier for oil to get filled in clogged pores. Other factors are also at play in the causation of acne around periods.

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Diet To Get Rid Of Period Acne

diet for acne

Talking about the diet intake, Dr. Bhavuk Mittal, Consultant Dermatologist at Manipal Hospital in Ghaziabad said, “Foods high in glycemic index ought to be avoided. For instance, dairy products and food made up of chemical preservatives including cold drinks, juices, pizza should be avoided.”

He further advised, “More and more fruits should be consumed during the time of periods. You should drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated.”

He also said, “Going overboard on makeup acne can lead to fresh breakouts. Harsh exfoliation can also worsen your acne flare-up and hence mild cleansing is recommended.”

Talking about the triggering factors, he said, “Stress, smoking and inadequate sleep can aggravate your acne.”  

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Benzoyl peroxide For Acne

This popular acne treatment also helps with hormonal outbreaks. If your acne is minor, an over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide may suffice. If you need something stronger, prescription benzoyl peroxide is an alternative.

If you wish to share any interesting skin care tips with us, then do let us know by commenting on our Facebook and Instagram page. 

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