Modify your skincare routine slightly about 3 to 5 days prior to the start of your menstrual cycle. Replace 2-3 products in your current regimen with ones that focus on clearing away bacteria to prevent the formation of breakouts. I generally suggest switching up your cleanser. If you’re currently not using a mask, add one for daily use during this time. If your hormonal breakouts usually appear on a certain area of the face such as the chin, you might consider using these products on that area only, so as not to give other places on your face something they don’t need.
If you’re over the age of 25, more than likely you’ve found that your blemishes are staring to level out. However, you may still deal with “that time of the month” breakouts. Often I’ll hear my clients say, “Like clockwork, I always break out right at the start of my period.” These breakouts can be cysts on the chin area (those hard, sore bumps under the skin that are painful and take forever to go away), or those familiar pustular-type zits. Either way, it’s frustrating and leaves you with the challenge of how to deal with them when they only come monthly during your cycle.
Why do you get them? What can you do to help prevent these hormonal breakouts? How do you ensure your skin is blemish free every day of the month? No worries! I’ve got answers and I’ve got solutions to “clear things up” for you.
What causes monthly hormonal breakouts? Just before the start of a woman’s cycle, there is more progesterone in the skin causing water retention resulting in the skin appearing puffier. (If you find yourself bloated and your pants get a little tight, then this surely will sound familiar.) When this occurs, it puts pressure on the pores and creates a narrower pore lining. Additionally, oil can get thicker because of the imbalance of hormones and the increase of testosterone during the pre-period hormonal shift. When you have thicker oil trying to get through a narrower opening, this creates an environment within the skin where breakouts can now begin.
What can you do to prevent these from appearing? The key here is prevention. Most of you probably have a plan of attack for when a blemish appears, to get it to go away as quickly as possible, but it’s more challenging to try to figure out how to prevent them from showing up in the first place.
Use products containing the ingredient, salicylic acid. It’s a keratolytic beta hydroxy acid (BHA) ingredient famous for its ability to penetrate the pores to help clear out bacteria and shed breakout-clogging cells—all without irritating the skin and causing dryness. It is important to understand that most acne products are intended to dry out breakouts when they are in their active stage; while this is appropriate for someone who has a lot of pustular acne showing all over their face (such as a teenager), it’s simply NOT appropriate for the prevention of adult acne. Drying out the skin will only make it worse as this creates surface cell buildup that can keep oil and bacteria trapped in the pore leading to even more breakouts. Plus, adult skin types need to focus on keeping the skin in a healthy, hydrated state to encourage the slowdown of lines and wrinkles. You’ll usually find salicylic acid in cleansers, serums and masks, as well as in acne spot treatments. It’s a fabulous ingredient with proven results in preventing the appearance of blemishes. (And it helps with blackheads, too!)
Article from Renee Rouleau