It’s February and that means love is in the air. Between romantic dates and champagne…
When it comes to patchy skin and acne flare-ups, typically hormonal changes are to blame. For instance, when we are stressed, our bodies release cortisol, which can lead to clogged pores, sweating, and those “stress” pimples that pop up all over our jawline and chin. And for the ladies—our hormones estrogen and progesterone fluctuate throughout our menstrual cycles, which can cause breakouts.
The good news is the right set of products and skin-care tips can help prevent chronic acne and keep our skin fresh, despite hormonal changes. And there’s no better time to start with a game plan than right before holiday season, when there’s no question that stress can arise.
Here are a few hacks for managing hormonal acne that’ll keep your complexion clear and get rid of those zits stat.
Use Cleaners to Keep Your Skin Clean
Don’t go to bed with makeup on or an oily face. You’ll want to use the right set of products to keep your face clean and fresh. You should also pick one that’s gentle and can work for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. A great pick is one that contains salicylic acid, which can directly target breakouts and clear up blocked, oily pores.
Be Consistent in Your Routine
It’s all about consistency when it comes to keeping hormonal acne at bay, as using an acne treatment plan and repeatedly washing your face after workouts and before bed will provide a good base to fight flare-ups. You can always try an acne treatment system, one that is comprised of a cleanser, a masque, a hydrator, and a salicylic acid peel, all of which can work together to make sure your skin is at its best.
Keep Stress Low
While you can’t do much about your monthly flow, you can tame stress levels through self-care habits that’ll help relax you and bring joy. A few might be mindfulness meditation, a dance class, a workout, a spa day, where you might get your nails done or schedule a massage or facial, or a nice, long bath—glass of wine, optional.
If you’re feeling stressed out or your period is approaching, the worst thing you can do is to give into those crazy cravings for sweets, salt, and greasy foods, as they’ll only exacerbate hormonal acne. Instead, reach for vegetables, fresh fruit, lean proteins that are plant-based, such as lentils and quinoa, and drink lots and lots of water to stay hydrated. Your skin needs water to retain moisture, so be sure to not skimp on those glasses a day, and aim to eat foods with high water content, too, such as cucumbers, watermelon, citrus fruits, and leafy greens.
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