You Are NOT Alone: Menstrual Acne
Since the human body’s largest organ includes the skin, we don’t have to look very far to discover that the majority of the population is dealing with some kind of skin problem. From adolescence, through adulthood, acne, characterized by comedones (pimples) and blemishes, is the most common skin concern in the US, affecting over 55 million Americans annually.
The known and scientifically accepted causes of acne are genetics, clogged follicles, and bacteria.
Some common triggers are stress, cosmetics, certain foods and hormones.
Menstrual acne, a flare-up of blemishes every month that coincides with menstruation, is one of the most common triggers in women. According to a study published in the Archives of Dermatology, 63% of acne-prone women experience this increase in breakouts and inflammation around the time of their periods.
Menstrual-related acne is not a matter of hygiene; it is an internal effect. However, any extra bacteria you introduce to your face will worsen menstrual acne. So while you cannot change the relationship between acne and hormones, there are things you can do to make those breakouts less severe.
Taking special care of your skin around your period may assist in not making things worse.
This problem can greatly affect one’s self-esteem and in some cases be incredibly painful. Please let us know how we can support you. Please reach out to us with questions and concerns, or share your story of acne and how you cleared up your skin!
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Archives of Dermatology
Women’s Health Magazine