Updated 12/1/14. As any woman knows, blemishes and acne cysts can increase exponentially around the beginning of a monthly cycle. The fluctuations in hormone levels right before and during your period can stimulate sebaceous glands to produce excess oil resulting in breakouts. There are a few options available that may help prevent this—or at least, lessen it.
1. Take Vitamin B6 daily one week prior to your cycle as this may act as a natural antibiotic and help regulate hormonal imbalances and therefore lessen breakouts. I have some clients who feel this works well but every person’s body chemistry is different so you’ll have to experiment.
2. A week prior to your cycle, tweak your skin care routine by adding in a few products such as a cleanser and moisturizer that are focus on keeping acne-causing breakouts from appearing. Switch to products that use the ingredient salicylic acid that can penetrate into the pore lining to keep pores clear like BHA Clarifying Serum, AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel and Skin Clarifying Gel. (Note: the Skin Clarifying Gel has a gel consistency so you can use a thin coat under your regular moisturizer to keep the skin free of bacteria.)…
3. Apply a thin coat of Anti-Cyst Treatment on the specific areas prone to breakouts to keep blemishes from developing. While this product is formulated specifically for cystic acne, it also can work very well for preventing regular pustular blemishes.
So while the body’s hormones will always have a life of their own, these helpful tips can make some improvement.
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