With so many mechanisms at work, unfortunately itâ€™s hard to prevent period breakouts for good. However,there are several things you can do to minimize themâ€”and to make any zits that do get through less severe.
1. Try Birth Control
The Pill helps slow down excess skin oil production by blocking the normal increase in estrogen and progesterone that occurs one to two weeks before menstruation. This can quash breakouts caused by this regular fluctuation. Itâ€™s important to know that since every woman is different, birth control pills may help lessen acne for some but not for others.
2. Donâ€™t Touch Your Face
With most of us in front of screens at some point in the day, it can be easy to lean your face into your hands without noticing it, dragging bacteria and dirt from your hands to skin to cause pimples. Keep your fingers off your face otherwise, and always wash your hands before applying or touching up makeup.
3. Clean Your Cell Phone
As it is, hormonal breakouts tend to cluster near the jawline by natureâ€”and your digital BFF could be sealing the deal on period acne. People donâ€™t realize how many germs and bacteria live on the screens of cell phones, causing breakouts on the cheeks and jawline.
4. Shower After Working Out
Plan your workout so you can clean up immediately afterwards. Otherwise, sweat buildup, bacteria, and oil produced during that barre class can mix to flare menstrual acne really quickly. Prone areas include not just your face but your chest and back as well.
5. Apply Retinol Creams
Whether itâ€™s retinol at the drugstore or a prescription like Retin-A, the vitamin A derivative helps keep pores clear of clogging skin cells. Remember to give retinol at least eight weeks of regular use before you assess results. Tough acne cases will likely require a prescription cream.
6. Consider Accutane
If your period acne is severely cystic and hasnâ€™t responded to other treatments,you may be a candidate for prescription Accutane. Youâ€™ll want to talk with a board-certified dermatologist about this option, as side effects and your medical history should be considered.
7. Get Older
Yep, thatâ€™s rightâ€”aging helps in the case of period acne. While breakouts may plague you as an adult, they will typically lessen after a certain point, when the amount of hormones the body produces begins to decrease with age.