Aunt Flo’s wrath takes a toll on my skin. When “that time of the month” rears its ugly head, so do my oil glands. It’s SO not cool, but something I’m used to dealing with. If you’re in the same boat, I’ve got some tried and true at-home remedies that have worked wonders for me, as well as some of the best natural products on the market to keep the bad from turning ugly. Here is how to tame hormonal acne; when possible, the best way is to prevent it altogether!
Even though it’s the hardest thing humanly possible when on your period, keep your diet clean and antioxidant rich (even when all you want is a life size chocolate bar). Drinking lots of water helps, and exfoliating your skin regulary helps oil from getting backed up as easily.
At Home Pantry Remedies:
No time to run to the store? Zap your zits with stuff you probably already have (and as a bonus, feel good about knowing exactly what you’re applying to your skin!).
At Home Remedy 1: Grab some apple cider vinegar and dab it on the blemish. Leave cider on your blemish for the day and repeat daily. Make sure to just spot treat to not agitate skin.
At Home Remedy 2: Apply fresh lemon juice to the blemish and leave on overnight. Just please remember that lemon juice makes your skin photosensitive (meaning, the sun could do some damage), so don’t go out into the daylight with lemon juice all over your face.
At Home Remedy 3: Apply mustard to your problem area(s) and leave for 15 minutes. Mustard is super high in salicylic acid. But mustard also has plenty of vitamin C, omega 3, six fatty acids, and zinc, all of which are great for your skin.
For an added bonus, instead of using bottled mustard, add about ⅛ of a teaspoon of mustard powder to 1 teaspoon unfiltered honey and stir well. Use this as a tiny little pimple mask. Wash it off after about 15 minutes.
Solutions for the Over-the-Counter Gal:
Don’t be fooled into thinking that you need millions of chemicals to kill that zit!!! Natural remedies are knocking it out of the park these days and are so much better for us in the long run. If we couldn’t put it on our skin while pregnant, why start now?
Neutrogena Natural Spot Treatment. Packing salicylic acid and non-comedogenic ingredients, it’s 93% natural.
Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Spot Treatment Cream. This powerhouse brings willow bark extract, which is one of nature’s true beauties. It contains natural beta hydroxy acids, which work as a skin exfoliator to help unclog your pores and bring the true you out in the clear.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Gel. Tea tree oil has unique disinfecting and soothing properties and, unlike other acne treatments, will not strip your skin of its natural oils and cause further damage. Once you learn how to use tea tree oil, it will be an effective tool in your battle against pimples.
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