Mood swings, feeling exhausted, bloated and getting a few breakouts are all common symptoms of PMS. Both teenagers and adults get one or two pimples before they start menstruating. The hormonal fluctuation in the body causes your skin to produce excess sebum — this becomes the perfect ground for bacteria to thrive and cause breakouts.
So, are you powerless against them? Not really. You can do a few things to make sure your skin looks healthy and flawless even during that time of the month. Here are a few tips that will help.
- Tip #1: Pay special attention to your skin
- Tip #2: Adopt an acne-fighting diet
- Tip #3: Stay active
- Tip #4: Spot treatment
Tip #1: Pay special attention to your skin
During the third week of your cycle, start paying special attention to your skincare routine. This does not mean you wash your face excessively or lather on more products than required. Instead, use a gentle yet effective cleanser like the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel to get rid of excess oil and bacteria. It contains the antibacterial properties of lavender along with soapbark that deeply cleanses the skin. Apart from keeping your skin clean externally, drink lots of water to flush toxins out of the body.
Tip #2: Adopt an acne-fighting diet
It is natural to get junk food cravings right before your periods’ start, but sticking to healthy foods will keep your skin clear and glowing. Cut back on sugar and dairy, drink fresh juices, coconut water and include a lot of leafy vegetables in your diet. Reduce the intake of alcohol and processed food to prevent breakouts. This will not only keep your skin happy but will also stop the bloating.
Tip #3: Stay active
If you want to fight hormonal acne, one way to do it is by staying active. Feeling tired and lazy on the days leading up to your periods is natural, but it is necessary to remain active physically and mentally. Exercising makes you feel energetic, happy and releases toxins from the body along with sweat. Meditation and yoga will keep stress at bay and calm you.
Tip #4: Spot treatment
One way to stop a pimple in its tracks is by using a spot treatment. As soon as you feel a pimple is about to pop because the area has turned red and painful, apply the Dermalogica Age Bright Spot Fader. Infused with salicylic acid, it clears away breakouts and the marks they leave behind to give you glowing and flawless skin.