Pimples And Menstruation

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Whenever I feel tiny bumps surfacing on my chin and forehead that would only mean that I am heading for another ugly pimple outbreak which also implies that it is time for me to replenish my stock of sanitary napkins.

I know that a lot of women, especially teen-agers, can relate to my dilemma, but have you ever wondered why an outbreak usually comes before menstruation.

According to dermatologists and researchers, pimples are caused by numerous factors. It can be as complicated as having a chemical imbalance in the body, or as simple as using the wrong brand of shampoo. Other reasons for pimple outbreaks that are commonly pointed out are eating to much oily food, stress, and the lack of Vitamin E in one’s diet.

Pimples that come before menstruation are called hormonal pimples. They are caused by hormonal changes which alter the hormonal balance of the body.

Do you know which hormone causes the imbalance? It is androgen, also known as the male hormone. You see, it is not only men who have androgen. Women have them too. Before or during a menstrual cycle, a woman’s body produces androgens which make the body produce more oil leading to clogged hair follicles. This explains why pimples usually appear on the chin and forehead because those areas have more facial hair. Anyone can develop hormonal pimples, so don’t stress too much about it.

Here are some simple ways that can help you from getting those annoying pimples.

  • Drink a lot of water. – This will help not only with your fight against pimples. It will help improve your health in general.

  • Minimize your chocolate and eating fried food. – Although some say that there is no direct relationship between these types of food and getting pimples, I would suggest that you rather eat more of “healthy” food, like fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Wash your face twice a day using gentle cleansers but make sure not to overdo it. Washing more than needed strips the face of its natural oils leaving it dry. The body will then compensate by producing more oil. Next thing you know, your pimple problem just got worse.

  • After washing, pat your face dry. Do not rub the towel because this will irritate your skin. Also make sure than your towel I clean. If not, it will be just like wiping bacteria all over your face.

  • Change your beddings at least once a week – They touch your face for at least 6 hours a day so it is important for them to be clean. It is better if you take a bath before going to bed so you don’t transfer the outside dirt onto your bed.

  • Stop touching your face. – Constant touching or rubbing to any part of your face will promote thickening of the skin. This also causes pimples.

As doctors always say, prevention is better than cure. Try doing these simple precautions to avoid getting pimples. If you already have them, do not prick or squeeze. This will cause more damage and might leave you a mark permanently.


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