Most of us expect a few spots and blemishes throughout our teenage years but for many of us we can still experience breakouts around the time of our period particularly around the chin and jawline. Not fun. We look at how to tackle those pesky monthly breakouts.  

Hormones play a role in our skin health. Testosterone (yes, even though it’s a male hormone, all women have a certain amount of it) is the main hormone to have an effect on our skin. It influences the amount of sebum (AKA oil) produced by the skin cells – and at your time of the month when the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone start to decline, testosterone rushes in and this is what can cause oily skin and spots.

Oestrogen also plays a role in the health of our skin cells, and is one piece in the jigsaw puzzle of collagen production. Collagen, as we know, keeps skin looking plump and youthful, so as we get older and our oestrogen levels start to drop, it impacts the tone and quality of our skin. This also comes into play in the days leading up to the period, when our oestrogen declines and our skin looks dull and washed-out.

Hormone Breakouts

So what can we do?

1. Gently wash the face twice a day to remove dead skin cells and avoid clogging. Moisturise with a gentle, oil-free moisturiser after washing.

2. Avoid Night Cream particularly if you have oily skin. Countless blogs advise using coconut oil but this too can block the hair follicles and cause more problems for those of us prone to congestion.

Hormone Breakouts

However, breakouts around your period are ultimately a hormonal issue, rather than a hygiene issue so while improving your hygiene can help, it can also help to look at your diet. 

3. Nourish your skin from within by cutting back on alcohol, sugar, caffeine and saturated fats to help calm down any skin irritation

4. Choose foods that combat inflammation. Cucumber, celery and green tea are great choices, as are Omega 3-rich oil fish such as salmon and mackerel. Fresh fruit and veg are full of important anti-oxidants. Aim for at least eight servings a day.

5. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) helps to maintain normal, healthy skin. Find it in beef liver, lamb, milk, mushrooms, almonds and spinach or choose a good quality supplement.

Hormone Breakouts

6. Eating a diet with adequate zinc may help with breakouts. Choose seafood, cashews, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, lentils and beef for zinc.

If you’re feeling stressed, under the weather or simply not eating healthy foods consistently, consider taking a good-quality supplement specially designed for women. Cleanmarine For Women contains a number of key ingredients including omega 3, vitamin B6 to help regulate hormonal activity and vitamin B2 to support normal skin.

Solutions may not be instant, but they are out there. With a little bit of extra self-care, you can look and feel better every day of the month.