Periods bring with them a whole lot of unwelcome side-effects. And one of those side effects that we would definitely like to avoid is – menstrual acne. Menstrual acne is seen in a whole lot of people with breakouts on the face and sometimes elsewhere on the body before and during periods.
While the pre-menstrual and menstrual acne is not very thick and spread out as the usual acne, some people have large pimples and fairly painful ones at that. Dealing with them at home with some simple remedies like the ones we list out here can work in most of these cases of menstrual pimples.
What Causes PMS and menstrual acne?
It has been found out that menstrual acne is one of the most common side-effects of menses and is more common than we think it is. The acne starts about a week before the onset of the period and subsides as the bleeding begins. What causes these acne breakouts during and before the period? It turns out that these were the reasons as per the studies done.
- The hormonal changes are responsible for the cause of this acne. The Progesterone levels go down and the testosterone increases as we get closer to period. As the progesterone falls, it increases the levels of sebum (which forms acne) and thereby initiates the acne formation. Over the next few days leading up to the periods, the acne flares and then subsides.
- The skin finds it difficult to fight the bacteria that may cause and spread the acne during the periods as the immune system is slightly less active than usual.
- The blood vessels are slightly more constricted than usual during and around your period. This may make it seem like your skin is flushed and red and this sometimes leads to formation of pimples during your menses as well.
10 Natural Remedies for Dealing with PMS Acne
Since menstrual acne is a recurring condition, using medicines every month may lead to harmful side effects. Using simple home remedies which are of natural means can be a great way to keep these acne breakouts under control. These tried and tested natural treatments for menstrual acne may definitely be of help.
Turmeric is one of the most useful kitchen spices ever, for many skin and other health related issues. Using it for acne has been a practice since a long time now. Using Turmeric for PMS acne is a great choice because it is not too strong on the skin. Yet, it brings about a healing with these mechanisms mainly – by killing the microbes in the area of the acne, by calming the inflammation and the swelling and by bringing about a balance in the ph. Here is how we use turmeric for pimples during menses.
- Take some turmeric powder that is not adulterated and is of a good quality.
- Add water to it to make a smooth paste out of it.
- Apply it on the pimples and leave it on for about 15 minutes or more.
- Wash it off with warm water and wipe your face clean.
Lavender oil is one of the milder essential oils that Is used for acne works well in clearing out the mild acne that we get during and before menstruation. It works by causing a cleansing of the skin around the pimples, by removing excess oil from them, by acting against the bacteria in the skin around the pimples. Using Lavender essential oil can be done in the following simple steps.
- Take some Lavender oil and dab it over the pimples lightly in an undiluted form.
- Massage gently for a while and leave it on for about 15 minutes to half an hour.
- Wash it off with warm water and use a face wash after you are done with the whole process.
Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the most commonly used anti-acne home remedies. We can use it for PMS acne as well, for healing thick and stubborn pimples that form during the time. It causes a thorough cleansing of the skin around the pimples removing oil, dead skin cells and piled up dirt. This causes the pimples to diminish.
While Benzoyl Peroxide is a strong remedy, it does not harm the skin, especially when we use it in a diluted form and not too many times as the pimples that are caused due to periods or PMS tend to be smaller and thinner. Here’s a way in which you can use Benzoyl peroxide for period acne.
- Take some Benzoyl peroxide and make a paste out of it by mixing it with water.
- Apply this paste gently over your pimples with your index finger and leave it on for about 20 minutes to 30 minutes.
- Wash it off your skin and wash your face with warm water.
Lemon is one of the most simple and effective remedies for healing acne which is small or big. It works well in healing period acne as well. Lemon works in multiple ways against acne – it is an antioxidant which causes cleansing and kills microbes, it brings about a balance in ph of the skin, it removes excessive oil on the skin.
- Using lemon may cause a slight itchy feeling as soon as you apply it to the skin due to the change in acidity but the feeling subsides as you continue using it. Here’s how you give your pimples a lemon rub.
- Take a lemon and cut it into two halves.
- Rub the juicy portion of one of the halves over your pimples for about ten minutes.
- After you are done, leave the juice on your face for ten minutes or more.
- Wash it off with warm water and a face wash later on.
- You can use this remedy two to three times a day for good results.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a simple home remedy that works well for small pimples that are caused by PMS or other menstrual changes. Apple cider vinegar works on pimple by mainly controlling the ph of the skin around the pimples. It also brings about a balance in the oil on the skin affected with acne.
The astringency might cause the skin to itch slightly when we apply for the first time but eventually it fades away. Here’s a simple way in which you can use apple cider vinegar for the PMS acne.
- Take some apple cider vinegar into a bowl and add water if you would like to use it diluted to test it on the skin.
- Take a cotton bud, dip it into the ACV and dab it over the pimples and the skin around it.
- Massage it gently and leave it on for about half an hour before you wash it off your skin.
- Use a face wash to cleanse your skin completely.
Brown sugar exfoliation
Constant exfoliation is a great way to remove small scale acne as it cleanses the skin and balances out the ph and the oil which keeps pimples at bay. The PMS acne isn’t too thick in many cases and hence, using a scrub – a brown sugar scrub in this case, twice a day is a good way to keep it under control.
Brown sugar cleanses the skin by removing dead cells and excessive sebum and also kills any possible bacteria that grows and spreads on the skin around the pimples. It is also nutritious and hence keeps the skin healthy. We show you a simple process of exfoliation with brown sugar.
- Get yourself some brown sugar which is unadulterated (of a good brand).
- Take a few teaspoons of it and add very little water to it so that it is slightly moist.
- Now rub it over your skin (on and around the area of the pimples) gently for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Let it stay on your skin for a while and then wash it off.
Honey is a great home remedy for clearing out pimples as well as for helping the skin glow and stay healthy. It is one of those remedies which can be used both internally as well as externally. Upon external usage, honey heals your acne by these actions predominantly – its antiseptic action, by absorbing sebum, by causing a cleansing action.
In addition, honey also moisturizes the skin adequately and calms the inflammation on the skin. Here’s one of the simplest ways in which you can use honey to clear your menstrual acne.
- Take some honey which is pure and with your index finger, apply it over the pimples.
- Leave it on the skin for about 15 minutes.
- Wash it off with warm water and then use a face wash to clean it off completely.
Coconut oil can also be massaged on the skin for your tiny PMS pimples to fade away. Despite being oily, coconut oil can still balance out the oil on the skin. It kills the bacteria and fungus that causes and spreads pimples. It also helps by causing a cleansing action and an anti-oxidant action.
In addition, coconut oil also calms the inflammatory system and thereby shrinks the acne. We show you how you can use it on your skin in some simple steps.
- Take some coconut oil and heat it so that it is slightly warm.
- With your index finger, apply it on your pimples and massage it for about 10 minutes.
- Leave it on for another 10 minutes and wash it off your skin with a face wash.
Sea salt exfoliation
Sea salt is another popular scrub remedy that can be used to heal many skin problems including pimples. Sea salt can cause a thorough cleansing and thereby clears out the excess oil, dirt and bacteria that are present on the skin and this clears the pimples out.
Sea salt is rich in minerals and this also helps the skin heal from the pimples and the pimple marks. You can use scrubs or creams with sea salt with them, however, using it directly can give you great results. We show you a simple way in which you can use sea salt as an anti-acne scrub.
- Get yourself some sea salt that is unadulterated and of a good quality.
- Add little water to it so that it is moist and wet.
- Now rub it gently over the pimples on your skin.
- Leave it on for a while and wash it off with water and then a face wash.
Basil (essential oil or mask)
Basil, a commonly used culinary herb can also be used in a form of an essential oil for many healing benefits that it shows. Basil can be especially of great use in clearing skin conditions such as acne. It works well in clearing PMS acne which tends to be milder in comparison with regular acne.
Basil oil works against acne majorly because of its anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties which help in clearing out the pimples and removing any bacteria that is likely to be causing and spreading out acne. Here is how we use the oil in one of the simplest ways.
- Take some Basil oil which is pure and unadulterated.
- Using a cotton bud, dab some of it lightly on your pimples and the skin around it.
- Massage gently for a while and leave it on for about 10 minutes or more.
- Wash it off with a face wash.
Additional Tips to Deal with Menstrual Pimples:
Taking additional precautions is definitely going to help you keep these pimples before your periods at bay along with following natural or medical remedial measures. Some of them are listed out here.
- Keeping your skin clean by washing it regularly before your period is definitely recommended. This will not only remove excess sebum from your skin but also steer away the bacteria on the skin.
- It is recommended that you increase the intake of Vitamin A as this can help in keeping the menstrual acne breakouts in control.
- Exfoliate you skin by using scrubs as often as you can, in the few days that lead up to the periods.
- You should try and maintain hygienic practices, more so before the onset of your period to avoid pimples.
- Lastly, hydrating yourself as much as you can is definitely going to keep your skin healthier and avoid formation of these pimples.
A little care goes a long way in lowering your menstrual pimples and the breakouts. The changes in the hormones are not really in our control (unless we choose to take medication for that), but healing them can be done at home by following some simple remedies and precautionary measures.