How do I prevent breakouts before/during my period?

curlyerikacurlyerika Posts: 247Registered Users
I have pretty clear skin. However, as soon as my period begins to come, whiteheads will start popping up on my face. Around my mouth, chin, and forehead. They're easily removed with gentle scrubbing with hot water and the mark is also easily covered with makeup, but is there any way to prevent it in the first place?

I have Retin-A and Duac that I don't use very much anymore. Would those be effective to preventing pimples before and during my period? Or are the hormones just going to do their own thing no matter what?
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,391Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
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  • rudeechickrudeechick Posts: 6,726Registered Users
    You cant really...but staying hydrated helps.... as does exfoliating regularly. But hormones are hormones. If they are really bad and it bothers you, birth control can help.....
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  • *Marah**Marah* Posts: 8,032Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    This is my trick. Benzoyl Peroxide Gel. I slap that stuff on my face like it's going out of style at night before I go to bed right before my period is going to start.

    It works like a charm! And I have acne prone skin that I have under really good control (now no one believes I ever even suffered from acne) but around my cycle I still used to ALWAYS get one or two zits that hurt like heck. It was either one on my nose or one on my chin. It was like they were lumps imbedded under the skin. They were red and ohhhhh they were tender.

    I started using the Benzoyl Peroxide Gel concentrated in those spots and I don't get them anymore. And I know that is what's working because I experimented on purpose and stop using it just to see..and BAM.. I got the darn painful zit again. Used it again..no zits.

    I think it's the because it has the 10% in it. I think even the Proactiv lotion only has 2.5% in it. And I don't get any expensive brands either. I get these kinds : Walgreens brand, Body Sense, or Clearisel (sp?). They all work just the same cause they all have the 10%. And they are dirt cheap and can be picked up at any drugstore and Walmart.
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  • hgsteffy46hgsteffy46 Posts: 7Registered Users
    I always stay away from oily foods during that time. Well, guess that doesn't say much, but it really does help me.
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    curlyerika wrote: »
    I have Retin-A and Duac that I don't use very much anymore. Would those be effective to preventing pimples before and during my period? Or are the hormones just going to do their own thing no matter what?

    I would use the Retin-A all the time.
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  • CurlyCowgirlyCurlyCowgirly Posts: 299Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Pre-mensy zits are caused by hormones--not b/c you didn't wash your face well or you ate a lot of sugary foods. Those type of zits are non-controllable. Birth control is the only solution, and it doesn't work for everyone.

    I will agree with Marah Mizrahi though...benzoyl peroxide is my life-saver with acne, especially before that time of the month. It'll help get rid of those zits fast. I get mine from acne.org. The site owner, Daniel Kern, sells 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel (which studies have shown works exactly the same as 10% and it won't dry your face out like the 10% does). I've tried Retin-a, Pro-active, salycylic acid products, Burt's bees herbal blemish stick, etc. Nothing's worked as well as benzoyl peroxide.
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,391Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
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  • Alice_42 Alice_42 Posts: 791Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Right before I get my period I start drinking a lot of water and doing face masks. My favorite is the Mint Julep one by Queen Helene. It lasts forever and it's amazing at drying zits out. I even use it as a spot treatment when the zits are being stubborn.
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  • fonkifonki Posts: 353Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Doesn't benzoyl peroxide eventually dry out yr skin & age yr skin quicker? I read that somewhere.
    I also read that cetaphil cleanser contains benzoyl peroxide but I cldnt see it on the ingredients. Would it be called something else?
  • eveumeveum Posts: 744Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I don't think benzoyl peroxide makes you 'age quicker', as long as you counteract the dryness. The dryness is real though, I couldn't handle it even at 5%. It made every makeup application a nightmare and was flaking off within a few hours. The benefits were just not worth the side affects. I have been using 2% BHA as an alternative and it's much better for me.

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  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,221Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I have good luck with Finacea.
  • fonkifonki Posts: 353Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    What's BHA
  • multicultcurlymulticultcurly Posts: 5,136Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Beta hydroxy acid I believe

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  • KurleeEdnaKurleeEdna Posts: 714Registered Users
    Yes, BHA is Beta Hydroxy Acid. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid.

    I haven't heard of benzoyl peroxide aging one's skin, either, but it can be very drying. If you're young and/or your skin is very oily, you should not have a problem with using it regularly.

    No two faces are exactly alike, so you will have to experiment to see what works for you personally.

    I found that reducing dairy from my diet has also reduced my hormonal breakouts. (One glass of milk = one huge zit!)

    I use a gentle cleanser every morning and night (either Cetaphil or philosophy purity).

    Every morning, (because I tend to break out more during the day), I use a 2% salicylic acid product (Neutrogena or Paula's Choice) mixed with a vitamin C & hyaluronic acid serum. (I always follow with an SPF 30 moisturizer.)

    I exfoliate with either a face brush or philosophy microdelivery exfoliating wash twice a week. (If your skin can handle glycolic acid / alpha hydroxy acid, a chemical exfoliant, it might also help.)

    At night (after cleansing), and depending on how oily or sensitive my skin is, I might use Thayer's (Alcohol-Free) Rose Petal Witch Hazel as my toner. (If your skin can handle retinol, this can also help with keeping your pores clear and keep acne pimples from forming.) I then follow with a basic moisturizer (I like First Aid Beauty products) together with aloe vera gel. If my skin is particularly oily, I use Mario Badescu Special Healing Powder, which has sulfur in it.

    I don't often break out anymore, unless I'm stressed. If I still have any acne breakouts, Mario Badescu sulfur products work best for me. But that could be just me...

    Again, it might take time (and $$$), but research and experimentation will lead you to find what works best for you. I hope this helps and if you find a good regime, please let me know!
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  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If your skin is extremely dry then exfoliation is a no no.

    If you are getting zits then have a word with pharmacist. You can use some of the creams with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid mentioned here but they must be at the weakest dose.

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  • Blogger2BeBlogger2Be Posts: 8Registered Users
    May not prevent but reducing or eliminating dairy intake during that time may help.
  • hairl3sshairl3ss Posts: 7Registered Users
    As others have said there really isn't a lot to do as it is a hormonal thing.

    Reduce the amount of oily foods you eat and try as best you can to not touch your face in those areas (stuff form your fingers is left on your face).

    Seems like you do a pretty good job anyway of holding them back so I would think all you can do is adjust your diet.
  • hairl3sshairl3ss Posts: 7Registered Users
    As others have said there really isn't a lot to do as it is a hormonal thing.

    Reduce the amount of oily foods you eat and try as best you can to not touch your face in those areas (stuff form your fingers is left on your face).

    Seems like you do a pretty good job anyway of holding them back so I would think all you can do is adjust your diet.
  • ashleysummerashleysummer Posts: 20Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My skin gets very clear right before and during my periods I know it sounds strange as it's common for women to get more breakouts on their period, but its the complete opposite for me.
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