Do you get acne and pimples during your periods? Dr Jaishree Sharad explains hormonal change & breakouts

‘Treating the root cause of the problem is the most important step’ says Celebrity Dermatologist Dr Jaishree Sharad on hormonal changes and breakouts. Find out more
Do you get acne and pimples during your periods? Dr Jaishree Sharad explains hormonal change & breakoutsDo you get acne and pimples during your periods? Dr Jaishree Sharad explains hormonal change & breakouts
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Periods are something that a woman has to live with for the most part of her adult life. Typically, it comes every month and brings along a variety of problems. From hormonal headaches to menstrual cramps and back pain, these symptoms are something that you have to deal with every month. While these problems come along and go with the periods, one thing that it also brings is acne and pimples scars your face for life! While some of these problems are not too bothersome, acne is something that messes up with your appearance and leaves scars on your face.

 

Premenstrual acne is a real phenomenon. Also known as ‘PMS acne’, it comes every month and worsens the condition of your skin. So for some people with acne, PMS just ends up worsening it to a whole new level. And others who have clear skin only experience acne before or during their periods. While this is the body’s way of reacting to the hormonal changes, it gets stressful if you have to deal with it every single month. 

Now, instead of cursing your sin for breaking out, ‘The most important thing is to understand the root cause of it’, says Celebrity Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr Jaishree Sharad.

While most breakouts happen 5-10 days before the cycle, it is mostly because of the dip in the estrogen levels. This results in a higher level of testosterone (Yes, females have this male hormone in their bodies) and it can make your skin more oily and cause pores to swell shut, trapping dirt and oil.

 

If you experience breakouts every month, she further explains, ‘Get your hormones checked to see if you have PCOS or hypothyroid or raised prolactin or androgen levels. Treat the condition accordingly by visiting a gynaecologist or an endocrinologist’

While doing so, there are certain foods that can trigger acne. Dr Jaishree also mentions, ‘Avoid food with a high glycemic index such as sweets, sugar, potatoes.’

 

‘Using proper skincare products’ can also help in treating acne and pimples before and during your periods. So, do not curse your skin this month, instead, understand and treat it accordingly.

 

Do you have any skin care questions? Do let us know in the comments section below.

 

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