How to Stop Hormonal Pimples

A consistent routine and your toner can make a huge difference.

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Whether you’re a teen or an adult, you can say you’re a hormonal-acne patient if you usually breakout around the time of your monthly cycle. Yup, those zits that come with your PMS symptoms are often caused by the menstruation-related changes in your body’s hormone levels. (Our hormones go through significant swings as it prepares itself for pregnancy or menstruation.) Other signs to watch out for:

  •  Hormonal acne usually appears or starts to appear around the mouth, chin, and jawline.
  •  Days before you’re about to get your period, you notice that your acne is building momentum and beginning to worsen. Then as your cycle ends, your skin starts to clear up (or breakouts lessens in severity).
  •  It’s often cystic—those big, hard, fluid-filled bumps that take forever to go away. This makes it more stubborn and harder to treat!
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How To Deal
If you’re dealing with hormonal acne, it’s not enough to just do spot treatments whenever those zits strike. Save yourself from pimple-related stress by adding a gentle pimple-fighting toner to their daily regimen. Look for one with a Dermaclear formula and zit-zapping ingredients such as salicylic acid and tea tree extracts. When used regularly—after cleansing—your toner serves as a mild exfoliant, helping unclog pores and control the production of excess oil, even on your so-called red days. 

The Bottom Line
While you may not be able to completely prevent hormonal acne, you can definitely lessen its severity. The most important thing for you to learn to control this monthly nuisance is consistency in your skin care routine. For best results, step up your skin-cleansing habits days before your period! This includes regular cleansing, ideally with a pimple-fighting facial wash that contains Dermaclear formula to help prevent breakouts.

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PDS is the only specialty society in Dermatology recognized by the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP). PDS is not an endorser of any product found in the site.



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