About two weeks before menstruation, your body increases estrogen and progesterone to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. During this time, production of prostaglandins—the hormone-like substances produced by the uterine lining that cause the uterus to relax and contract—increases.
Breakouts can happen when these hormones increase, which stimulates oil glands to produce more sebum. When mixed with dead skin cells and bacteria, pores can get clogged, leading to breakouts. Skin also tends to be overall more sensitive during your period, too.
Here are some ways to deal with Acne during your period:
1. Wash your skin every morning and every night with a gentle cleanser. If you wash your face more than twice a day or use a rough scrubbing product, it can make acne worse.
2. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of taking birth control pills. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, birth control pills can help to reduce acne, especially for women who tend to get acne mainly around their menstrual cycles.
3. There are a couple medications that can be used to deal with severe acne. These are medications that must be prescribed by a dermatologist. These medications are Accutane and Low-dose antibiotics. Accutane comes from Vitamin A and has serious side effects. It is not to be taken lightly. Those with acne might need low dose antibiotics for infected or deep pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. These medications are not the first choice in any way shape or form for treating acne but they can help to get rid of the acne.
4. Use topical medications to prevent and treat acne. Facial masks or treatments such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can also be used.
5. Take nutritional supplements regularly to help prevent acne during your period.