Introduction and background

According to the published studies and research, premenstrual acne and pimples affect about seven out of 10 women and are caused by a hormone called progesterone. Unfortunately, no amount of lotions, washing or acne treatments can help prevent premenstrual acne. Monthly flare-up of premenstrual acne is a problem common among women from puberty to menopause. Acne can be bothersome and embarrassing and can leave permanent scarring. This type of pimple prevention requires a more long-term solution. There are a few different foods to avoid, as well as some simple life changes that can help diminish flare-ups before and during your period.

1- Vitamin B Complex: Take vitamin B to help reduce acne during your period. Vitamin B6 also helps alleviate premenstrual symptoms such as depression, bloating and moodiness. Foods with vitamin B6 include fruits and vegetables, beans, cereal and grains.

2- Exercise: Start exercising before you are premenstrual and establish a regular routine. Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. Acne is worse when you are tired and unhealthy. Regular exercise helps keep you healthy.

3- Eat a well-balanced diet: Talk to your doctor about what type of diet is best for you. Generally, you should try a low-fat diet with several servings of non-citrus fruits and vegetables per day, plus whole grains, fiber and lots of water.

4- Avoid the bad foods: Avoid sugar, artificial sweetener, caffeine, white flour, alcohol and nicotine when you are premenstrual. Limit fruit intake to only three servings per day. Citrus fruits can aggravate acne, while a diet of processed and refined foods robs the body of essential fatty acids that cause hormonal acne.

5- Birth control pills: Visit your doctor to get a prescription for birth control pills. The hormones in birth control pills help balance the hormones that cause acne. Birth control pills also relieve other symptoms of PMS.

6- Stress reduction: Reduce stress during PMS with meditation, yoga, massage or creative alternatives like painting or writing. Acne can get worse if you are under a lot of stress.

7- Herbal acne pills: Anti-acne herbal pills, if chosen properly and wisely, can help control  and even prevent premenstrual acne in majority of female subjects. The best part is that such pills can be easily bought online, are cost-effective and affordable and are generally free from side effects or health or safety risks.


Women go through several different hormonal stages in their lives, starting with menses (the onset of menstruation), followed by many years of menstruation, perhaps a pregnancy or multiple pregnancies, perimenopause, and finally, menopause. Any or all of these new phases can change a woman’s hormonal balance yet again and cause her acne to flare anew. Try the above-mentioned few ways to combat premenstrual acne, and put an end to the stigma of monthly premenstrual acne.



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