Dealing With Hormonal Acne: A Guide
When it comes to having problem skin, I cannot think of anything more frustrating than hormonal acne. Hormonal acne is a process—and it sucks. There’s no cure for acne, so everyone will continue to get spots here and there—but knowledge is power and can help you find the right solutions for your particular problem. If you’re someone like me who always suffers from a lousy breakout during their time of the month, then here are a few tips to help you maintain great skin. Let’s get started.
Less Is More
I occasionally find myself layering on multiple serums and moisturizers during my hormonal breakout weeks, and this rarely works in my favor. Many women don’t realize that layering on too many products can be the culprit of their pimples until they have minimized their routine. Everyone is different, but even the best and most expensive products can backfire if you use too many. Some people want to kill “all” bacteria to eliminate signs of hormonal acne. While it ultimately depends on what you’re using, too many products at once can irritate or dry the skin. The layers of serums and hydrators may not properly absorb into the skin, causing clogged pores. When moisturizing, apply a pea-size amount, and gently pat, not rub, all over the face. It is always important to remember that less is more.
Don’t Touch Your Face
I’ve learned the most important lesson of all, only touch your face with clean hands! If acne-prone skin is already a problem for you, then face touching will undoubtedly lead to more breakouts. Touching can spread bacteria and inflame existing acne. Hands aren’t always the cleanest things in the whole world, so you may not want to be touching your face all of the time. It’s a good idea to wash your hands before touching your face, not just to reduce acne, but because hands can harbor germs. Once you feel a pimple, it’s hard to fight the urge to pick at it. Relax, we have all been there. In this case, it’s so much easier to avoid temptation by not touching your face in the first place. Distract yourself with activities that do not involve fingers exploring your face.
Clean Your Pillowcases, (In Raven-Symoné Voice) “Ya Nasty.”
So you’re doing steps one and two, but continue to suffer from unexplained breakouts in the morning. How often do you wash your pillowcases? While your pillowcase may look clean at first glance, there’s a build-up of oil, dirt, dead skin cells from every night you have slept with that pillow. Gross, right? Your pillowcase is likely to harbor remnants of makeup and skincare products which can lead to facial irritation and acne. Do yourself a favor and remember to wash your pillowcases once a week.
Something goes wrong and all of a sudden your cortisol levels spike. High cortisol levels cause your oil glands to produce more blemishes. I am continually battling stress. I want to be as carefree as possible but quitting my job and resolving drama is not that easy. I found that tackling your problems head-on limits the number of issues you need to address. Also, exercising can help ease your cortisol levels. Go on a run or do some other kind of cardiovascular activity, make sure your diet is balanced, maybe do some yoga or pilates. You must remember to take a break and treat yourself with whatever makes you happy.
Water is the holy grail of all holy grails. However, it’s especially important to drink water during your period. There is a large amount of blood loss during your period, so it leaves you feeling sluggish and weak. This might be caused by dehydrated. Every time my period comes, for one week straight I am physically and mentally exhausted. I need roughly eight 8oz glasses of water a day to stay upbeat. I have to remember to pace it out throughout the day though, rather than to gulp it down in one go, or else I will feel like a water balloon, ready to pop. Ladies, if you have come this far in reading my helpful tips, I have one question for you: have you ever felt constipated on your period? Digestive problems can be a huge concern during a woman’s period. You might be asking yourself, “What could I do to stop feeling constipated?” Drink water. Digestive problems are a common period side-effect, so if you are constipated, rehydrating can relieve the situation. Drinking more water helps to flush out your system and keep you hydrated. Water will not cure your menstrual migraines and headaches, leave that to your favorite bottle of wine. I’m kidding. Alcohol is dehydrating, so it is not the best choice of drink, but it could take your mind off cramps.