Commonly known as PMS, the Premenstrual syndrome is a series of symptoms a woman experiences a few days before her period. These symptoms include; mood swings, cramps, bloating, tender breasts, etc. The PMS symptoms begin between the ovulation and the date the period is supposed to start. When it comes to those dreaded 5 days of the month- you may just want to curl up under a blanket with your hot water bottle until your body is done shedding. But hey, the evil does not stop here. You also have to deal with another nightmare – acne breakouts on your face owing to the fluctuating levels of the hormones in your body. Ever wondered why PMS breakout is a consistent problem for you, but not your best friend? Or if you could control PMS breakouts? Well, we’re here to answer all that and more today! Let’s start with the why’s and the how’s of the problem before we get to the solution for it.
Why the breakouts?
Most women experience PMS symptoms about 3 to 7 days before menstruation begins. The changes that occur within your body, leading to the main event, start about a fortnight ahead of time. About two weeks before you start menstruating, your hormones start to rev up and change. There occurs a disturbance in the levels of progesterone and estrogen produced by your ovaries. At the same time, your ovaries also start producing testosterone. Progesterone is a substance that increases the production of oil or sebum on your skin and compresses your pores, thus creating the perfect environment for blemishes and clogged pores. At the same time, testosterone is doing the same thing – ramping up the levels of sebum. Working together, these create the perfect recipe for acne breakouts all over your face.
Is it only me?
Each woman’s skin reacts to hormonal changes in a different way. As common as it, some women rarely get PMS breakouts, while others always do. As a woman’s body changes over the years, so might her tendency to get PMS breakouts. You might discover that although you used to be completely immune to PMS breakouts as a teen, you are now suffering from them every month. There are some things, however, that you can do in order to control your PMS breakouts.
- Lifestyle factors : A low quality diet, full of fats and filled with fermented foods and added preservatives, along with poor digestion, too much or negligible physical activity, low quality sleep, irregular sleeping patterns – all contribute to the misbalancing of hormones in your body, ultimately becoming the culprits of PMS breakouts.
- Don’t stress out : The more stressed out you are, the worse your PMS breakouts will be. It is therefore advisable to make sure that your stress levels are consistently under control throughout the month. Book a spa day, get a massage, go for a walk, gorge on your favorite dessert – do anything you can to make yourself to stop stressing.
- Diet : Consume food rich in omega 3 fatty acids like fatty fish, flaxseeds, soyabeans etc. as these help balance hormones and reduce inflammation as well as androgen. Also, don’t forget to eat a lot of greens in order to boost your immune system. Drink lots of water to flush out toxins from your body, keeping your skin hydrated. Avoid refined carbohydrates and increase your fibre intake, as dietary fibre will help detoxify your body, thus preventing acne.
- Keep it clean : Avoid touching your face, keep your cell phone clean and ensure your pillow cases are washed.
Consult your dermatologist before using any new product on your skin to alleviate any risk of potential irritation or medical disposition.