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How To Deal With Period Acne

Bad cramps, mood swings and heavy flow- you periods can not get worse than that. Unfortunately, for many women they do. Studies show that 65% of women experience acne flare around the time of menstruation[1]. We call this period acne. You must also have noticed breakouts or your acne becoming worse during periods. This is no coincidence.

We understand how frustrating it can be. Between all the period discomfort and caution, dealing with bad skin days can be nerve-wracking. To deal with period acne, you need to know it better. And that is exactly what we are going to do in this article.

Like most of your period issues, blame your hormones.

Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle are no secret. And your acne does largely depend on the hormones. A week or so before your period starts, there are two major changes in your hormones- the progesterone level falls and the estrogen level increases.

Increase in the estrogen level stimulates the sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands secret sebum (the natural oil of your body) and the overproduction of sebum leads to oily skin, clogged pores and acne.

These hormonal fluctuations are also responsible for the redness and inflammation of your skin. Another major cause of acne is stress. And as PMS is known to increase your stress level, that might also be the reason for your period acne.

Yes, period acne does have a favourite spot. Period acne is mostly seen on your chin and around your jawline. Small red spots start to appear around your chin which slowly become painful and inflamed. We suggest you refrain yourself from the temptation of popping these zits. That will be painful and is going to leave nasty scars on your face. In most cases, the period acne will trouble you through the duration of your period. And towards the end of your period, it cools down. But, it is not always the case. Sometimes, it stays for a longer time. Again, your hormones are at play. As the estrogen level begins to fall down and the progesterone level rises, another hormone- testosterone- in your body triggers the sebaceous glands to secrete more sebum. This clogs your skin pores and worsens your acne.

How To Deal With Period Acne

Here are some easy and effective remedies to deal with period acne.

1. Using Chemical Treatment Benzoyl Peroxide

You will find plenty of benzoyl peroxide creams and gels in the market. Benzoyl peroxide has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a potent solution for acne[4]. It wards off any acne-causing bacteria from your skin surface and reduces the swelling to calm down the inflammation.

2. With Home Remedies

Home remedies are another(and better) way of dealing with period acne. These are nourishing for the skin and can be whipped easily with the ingredients from your kitchen.

3.Tea tree oil

One of the best antibacterial agents, tea tree oil is quite effective in dealing with acne. It also helps to reduce swelling, inflammation and redness thanks to its anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties.


Turmeric is the prime choice for dealing with most of our skin issues. It has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to get clear skin and also reduces the redness, swelling and pain[7]. It might also help to prevent acne scars.


Honey has been used since long to tackle different skin issues in Ayurveda and now has found its way in many cosmetic products today. Being an excellent emollient, it keeps the skin moisturised and its antimicrobial properties keep the skin clear of any acne-causing bacteria.

Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel is a storehouse of skin-enriching properties. It has antibacterial properties that ward off any acne-causing bacteria to keep your skin clear and its anti-inflammation and antiseptic properties reduce the swelling and irritation