Due to rising progesterone levels during your period, there is an increase in the production of sebum aka oil. Cue: clogged pores and pimples (typically on your jawline and chin). While PMS breakouts are a reality, they don’t need to hold you hostage during that time of the month.
There are tons of great products to try and tips to employ that can assist you through this turbulent time, helping to tame your PMS breakouts. Here are some methods for dealing with those hormonal flareups of acne:
Talk to your doctor about birth control.
Certain birth control pills are shown to have positive impacts on reducing period related acne, as they control the hormone increases, which can lead to breakouts.
Look for products with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
Dermatologists recommend looking for these ingredients when you’re purchasing an over-the-counter acne fighter.
Try face oils.
It may seem totally counterproductive, but using certain face oils (like jojoba oil) in addition to your regular cleansing routine, can minimize pores and help tackle acne, by reducing sebum and clearing out your pores.
Take a probiotic supplement.
Probiotics, like those present in some yogurts, can not only help ease your stomach woes, but also have been proven to help with skin problems that lead to acne.
Consult a dermatologist.
If over-the-counter solutions don’t do the trick, consult a dermatologist. They can prescribe something stronger and work with you to find the right cure, for your skin.