We are used to thinking that acne is a struggle which only strikes us during the teen years, but it commonly affects adults as well. Many women can notice the appearance of one or several pimples in a week before their menstruations. When the period starts, they usually disappear but it can be really annoying and the look is far from pleasing.
Simple Body Chemistry
Why do those pimples appear? It’s because of hormones. Hormonal balance in a woman’s body changes throughout the month. In the premenstrual period, the level of estrogens that regulate the function of sebaceous glands reduces. On the contrary, the amount of progesterone that boosts the sebum production increases.
This is how you get premenstrual acne. But why do some women suffer from it and others don’t if all women have periods? Well, hormones are not the only cause. Pimples can also appear due to gastrointestinal issues, stress, climate change, some medications or poor skin care. Whatever the causes may be, it’s surely not a pleasant condition.
Natural Solutions for the Problem
Although premenstrual acne usually doesn’t last long, it can upset any woman who is already having a hard time with her PMS-related pelvic pain, mood swings and bloating. These simple natural remedies will help you make it better.
Tea tree oil
The antibacterial and soothing properties of tea tree extract are well-known and helpful in a number of situations. Apply a drop of tea tree oil on a pimple and wait for it to get dry quicker.
You will need them dried. Cook a brew (1 tbsp. dried flowers for a cup of water). As it gets cold, freeze it. You can use the ice cubes from this iced remedy as a face wash. However, you should always wash it off with plain water in the end.
Aloe vera juice
Mince several aloe vera leaves. Add a cup of cold water. Let the mixture sit for an hour, then boil for 2 minutes. Strain it. Apply on your pimples and hold for 15 minutes. Wash away with cold water.
Blue clay masks can not only relieve your skin condition but also prevent the appearance of unwanted pimples if you apply them twice a week. Mix 1 tbsp. of each; blue clay powder, lemon juice, calendula extract, and water. Apply on your face for 10 minutes, then wash away with cold water.
If your premenstrual acne affects not only your face but also appears on your chest and back, baths with the burdock root extract will help. Boil 2 ounces of minced burdock root in 4 cups of water. Add this extract into your bathwater.
These natural remedies are not only safe for your skin but can improve its conditions in general, and not only in your PMS period. It especially concerns cases when acne is not only a premenstrual condition but is always present and gets worse in these days. No matter what is the question, nature always has the answer!