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Part 1: Premenstrual Acne: How to Treat it Naturally

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Acne associated with periods can happen to women of any age. It might be most easily associated with women in their teens and early twenties but it affects a large number of women in the thirties and forties as well. What is important as women try to decide why they are getting acne is to notice that they tend to break out each month. Do they tend to have outbreaks around the same time during each cycle?

The main reason women are having acne outbreaks is because of imbalanced female hormones. The best way to correct the problem is to balance the female hormones, our estrogens and progesterone. Correcting the imbalances requires women to look at the inside of their bodies for the solution instead of trying to put ointments on the outside of their bodies to solve their acne problems.

Looking at the inside means changing habits like what they eat, how much they sleep and how they manage stress. Women’s hormones fluctuate during their monthly cycle but the estrogens and progesterone have to stay in appropriate ratios even during those fluctuations.

Once women’s bodies produce and use their female hormones they eliminate them into their intestines. If the body does not eliminate them through having a bowel movement then the body will recycle the hormones by reabsorbing them into the body. When the hormones are reabsorbed it throws off the ratio causing the hormonal imbalance.

There is a second problem as well which is the body still is trying to get rid of the waste and if they do not come out through a bowel movement the body tries to get rid of them through the skin. This causes acne on the face or other parts of the body that can be embarrassing to women and impact their self-esteem or perception of their own beauty or feelings of sexual attractiveness.

The hormonal imbalances cause more than just skin issues. It can cause other premenstrual symptoms as well. Symptoms might include irregular periods, heavy bleeding, headaches, breast tenderness, irritability; mood swings, feeling emotional, bloating, anxiety, depression, fatigue, fuzzy thinking, weight gain or insomnia.

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Can't wait for the next entry! I am 46 and went off the pill about two years ago, after using it for most of my adult life. I have been having horrible issues with acne (never had before) usually sometime during the week before my period. This could be my problem; I've also had serious anxiety arise in this same two-year timeframe. Thanks, Dr. Dae!

March 18, 2010 - 1:23pm
EmpowHER Guest

i think i have a hormonal imbalance. i'm 20, i struggle with acne- in a way that is not treated by creams/washes/facials etc. my mood swings seem to be getting worse and worse. i am honestly at a loss and do not know what else to do. my periods are extremely irregular. i've gone about 2 months between each one before. i exercise regularly and 90% of the time i eat right- fresh fruits and vegetables. this is really my last resort but i have no idea how to solve this problem.

March 18, 2010 - 11:53am
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