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4 Tips To Prevent Hormonal Acne From Popping Up During That Time Of The Month

4 Tips To Prevent Hormonal Acne From Popping Up During That Time Of The Month

By Karmen on 16 Jul 2020
Digital Editor

Notice that you tend to get breakouts around your chin or jawline about a week before and during your period? It's probably hormonal acne.


During menstruation, our hormones fluctuate, causing increased oil production in the skin, clogged pores and skin inflammation. The chin and jawline has a high contentration of oil glands which is why ladies tend to get acne around these areas when they're on their period.

Keep reading to find out tips to prevent and treat hormonal acne! 

#1 At-home chemical peel

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The word 'chemical peel' sounds scary but it's just a stronger version of your usual chemical exfoliation products. These contain exfoliating ingredients such as AHAs mandelic, lactic, and glycolic acid, and BHAs (salicylic acid). Using chemical peels will help remove dead skin cells, unclog your pores and remove debris which prevents acne.

The starting point for chemical peels are 20% for glycolic acid, 3% for salicylic acid, 22% for mandelic acid and 30% for lactic acid. If your skin responds well, you can slowly work up to higher strengths if needed. Do note that chemical peels may not be suitable for you if you have eczema or rosacea.

#2 Oral contraceptives


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There are certain oral contraceptives that are also used to treat hormonal acne. They decrease the circulation of androgens, which reduces sebum production and the formation of acne.

#3 Cut refined sugars & dairy

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Dairy foods like milk, skim milk, cheese and ice cream are known to trigger or worsen acne. When we digest the protein in cow's milk, they release a hormone similar to insulin which stimulates skin cell growth and sebum production, leading to clogged pores and breakouts.

Refined sugars also raises insulin levels as it's a response to increased blood sugar levels. Foods high in refined sugars include white rice, white bread, pizza, pasta and processed food.

Try a 2-month diet without dairy and refined sugars and see if your skin condition improves!

#4 Drink green tea

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Green tea is rich in catechins, which are natural antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory benefits. Although drinking more green tea won't prevent hormonal acne, it may make your acne less inflamed.

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