Skinteresting: Natural Ways To Treat Irritating Skin.

Shaming yourself for a pimple? No way. A care routine based on your feminine cycle could help, because there is more connection than you might think. Fluctuations in the hormonal balance are usually responsible for the appearance of pimples.

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Shaming yourself for having a pimple? No way. Natural ways to treat irritating skin.

Shortly before our period, many of us are annoyed by the increased appearance of pimples. Fluctuations in the hormonal balance are usually responsible for this.

A care routine based on the monthly cycle can help to prevent skin irritations. And in case the pimples are already there, we have collected some of the most effective approaches to treat them in a natural way.

Causes of irritating skin before your period

In addition to puberty, pregnancy or menopause, the monthly menstrual cycle also upsets the hormone balance.The natural hormonal fluctuations affect the sebaceous glands, the moisture balance and the blood circulation. If the skin produces more sebum, the pores can clog more easily.

As a result, unpopular skin irritations such as pimples and blackheads appear. This hormonal acne, also called menstrual acne, usually occurs 7-10 days before and during menstruation. Once menstruation is over, hormonal acne gets better again.

How does the skin change during the

 

 female cycle?

 

Usually, a cycle lasts 28 days. The beginning is the first day of the period, the end is the day before the next menstruation. If you want to learn more in detail, you can also read our article about the menstrual cycle our download our free beautiful Menstrual Cycle PDF.

Back to the topic. During this phase, hormone levels fluctuate naturally. This can affect not only the mind, but also the skin. Let’s have a quick look into the details of every phase.

Phase 1: Your skin in the menstruation phase (day 1 to 5)

The first day of the cycle starts with the first day of menstruation. During the period, it is mainly the estrogen level in the body that drops. The hormone level is low overall.

Effect on your skin: It is more sensitive and sebum production is reduced. Moisture can also no longer be stored very well, which in turn promotes dryness.

Phase 2: Your skin in the follicular phase (day 6 to 12)

After menstruation our body prepares for fertilization of the egg, a new uterine lining is built up. Estrogen levels rise again, and collagen production is boosted.

Effect on your skin: Estrogen and collagen have a positive effect on the appearance of the skin. The complexion appears particularly rosy during this phase and the skin is generally plumper.

Phase 3: Your skin in the ovulation phase (day 13 to 18)

In the middle of the cycle, during ovulation, the estrogen level reaches its highest level. There is also a slightly increased level of testosterone.

Effect on your skin: Balanced hormone levels are good for the skin. It usually glows and appears clearer.

Phase 4: Your skin in the luteal phase (day 19 to 28)

After ovulation, there is a turning point in the cycle. If the nested egg was not fertilized, the estrogen level drops. Testosterone, on the other hand, rises. Our body prepares for the next period and menstruation follows.

Effect on your skin: The sebaceous glands are stimulated by testosterone to produce more sebum. This can lead to oily skin, clogged pores and, as a result, pimples before the period.

Preventing skin irritation: A care routine in balance with your cycle

The female cycle is complex – but usually a few simple actions can already make a big impact. Such as an adapted skin care routine help to prevent the appearance of blackheads and pimples before the period. A care routine in balance wih your feminine cycle could be easier than you imagine.

We have collected a few easy tips for each phase of your menstrual cycle. Download our free Menstrual Cycle PDF or track your cycle with an app and adjust your skincare to the phases. Here we go:

Skin Care before the period

In the time before menstruation, there can be an increased production of sebum. Regular facial cleansing is especially important then.

It is best to use special products for combination skin. For example, a clarifying toner that removes excess sebum and dirt from the skin and cleanses the pores.

Care Routine during your period

Dry skin can occur more quickly during this phase. Therefore, use mild cleansing products and a rich moisturizer. A serum or moisturizing mask is also ideal.

Skin care after the period

Once menstruation is over, the skin clears up on its own. Now is the ideal time to exfoliate to remove dead skin cells.

Keep moving – avoid stress

Stress can promote the development of skin irritation. Therefore, try to avoid stress as much as possible. Tip: Exercise relieves cramps, boosts circulation and can provide feelings of happiness.

Eat beautiful

A healthy diet can also have a positive effect on the appearance of the skin. Foods that are rich in antioxidants are especially recommended. These include vegetables, salads, sprouts and fruit. Also drink about two liters a day in the form of unsweetened teas or water.

Did you know that there is a free Wolva Period Recipe Book waiting for you? You can download it, no strings attached. If you want to dive deeper into the topic, read our article More Balance In My Belly – What To Eat During The Period.

The pimple is already there? Home remedies to tame skin irritation

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But even with all preventive actions, skin irritations can still occur. The good news is, however, they don’t have to stay that way. Clearly, just waiting for a pimple to disappear on its own is the best way, but there are situations in which this is not an option.

So, what does really help against pimples? Here are some simple home remedies to get relief.

#1: Onions against pimples

The juice of an onion has a disinfecting and antibacterial effect, so it can also be helpful in the fight against pimples and prevent the spread of impurities. Simply cut an onion and rub it over the affected area. Wash off again after 5-10 minutes.

#2: Ice cubes against pimples

What does cooling pimples with ice cubes do? The vessels constrict, pain and swelling subside, the pimple shrinks. This is how it works: If possible, press ice cubes made of distilled water briefly onto the affected area. Important for sensitive skin types: wrap in a cloth beforehand.

#3: Baby powder against pimples

Is baby powder good against pimples? Yes! Because it soothes irritated skin and binds excess fluid. Instructions for use: In the evening, after cleansing the face, apply a thin layer of powder with a brush or cotton pad to the affected skin area and leave on overnight. Rinse off any residue in the morning.

#4: Baking soda against pimples

The main ingredient of baking soda is sodium. This is effective against pimples because it balances the pH value of the skin and has a positive effect on the acid mantle. Mix baking soda with a little water to make a paste that can be applied to the affected areas. Leave it on until it begins to crumble and is dry. Then rinse gently with lukewarm water.

#5: Garlic against pimples

Is garlic good for pimples? Similar to the onion, garlic also has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect. Peel the garlic clove and cut it in half. Run the cut surface over the skin and wait until the juice is absorbed. Repeat three times.

#6: Healing clay as an anti-pimple mask

In the fight against acne, pimples and skin impurities, the use of healing clay is a gentle and effective home remedy. If you apply it as a mask to the skin, it contracts when it dries. This removes bacteria and excess oil from the skin. Clogged pores are unblocked and the skin can be better supplied with nutrients and oxygen. It takes about 20-30 minutes for the mask to dry. Then simply rinse off with lukewarm water.

#7: Zinc ointment against pimples

Is zinc ointment good for pimples? Yes, because it helps in the healing and wounding process. Zinc oxide dries out the wound and prevents the formation of pus and inflammation. The growth of pimples is thus stopped and they heal faster. It is best to apply the ointment to the affected skin area with a cotton swab before going to bed. Wash off the next morning.

#8: Chamomile tea steam bath against pimples

Camomile is a medicinal plant and can also help in the fight against pimples and impurities. The plant contains essential oils that have a disinfecting effect on the skin. The active ingredients also help with inflammatory processes.

A steam bath with chamomile flowers is particularly effective. This opens the clogged and contaminated skin pores, removes the dirt particles and then disinfects in a gentle way. Simply bring a litre of water to the boil and pour several tablespoons of chamomile flowers over it. Hold the face over it – ideally with a towel over it.

#9: Honey against pimples

Honey has an antibacterial effect. Manuka honey, in particular, which comes from New Zealand, is used as a home remedy against pimples. It can prevent inflammations, support the healing of existing inflammations and even prevent the formation of scars. Simply apply the pure honey to the affected areas and leave on for 3 hours. Then remove with lukewarm water.

The No-Go section for pimples

Besides those really helpful home remedies against pimples, there is also a multitude of tips on the internet that don’t keep what they promise. Some of those tips are not only ineffective, but can even harm you.

Below, we have collected common but unsuitable methods and home remedies against pimples. 

Put toothpaste on pimples?

Toothpaste is supposed to dry out pimples and quickly relieve inflammation thanks to its antibacterial effect. That sounds plausible. However, toothpaste also contains substances that can cause skin irritation.

Lemon against pimples?

It is controversial whether lemon juice helps against skin irritations at all. In addition, the pure use of lemon juice can tease the skin.

Peel away pimples?

Peelings or fruit acid peels are ideal for preventing skin impurities, as they cleanse and remove dead cells that can clog the pores. However, if you already have pimples on your face or even acne, you should take a break from peeling to spare the irritated area.

Squeeze pimples?

Many dermatologists advise against removing pimples on your own. There is a good reason for this: if you try to squeeze out pimples, the accumulated sebum can move into deeper layers of the skin – and the inflammation spreads.

Be cautions – if you press on the blemishes, you may even develop pimple scars. It is better to go to a beauty salon for treatment.

If you suffer from acne, go to see a dermatologist!

In severe cases of acne, don’t be afraid to see a dermatologist. A dermatologist can arrange for any necessary treatment with effective medicines.

Skinteresting – No reason to hide!

Pimples before our period are annoying as hell but for many of us one of the typical menstrual symptoms. For less serious courses, you can already get the skin irritations under control with the right skin care.

In any case, pimples are no reason to be ashamed of yourself. They simply show that our body is going through changes. Changes that are necessary for us to embrace our true nature, to be revived and to create.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

natural skincare, selfcare, menstruation cycle, Body Positivity

Nicole

About Nicole

Until the age of 29, Nicole was on hormonal birth control. While she was backpacking, she got inspired by different women to think about her cycle. She started an intense journey into herself that made her become a yoga teacher in India. Today Nicole lives in Berlin as natural as possible. She writes for sustainable brands and about topics she loves, whilst teaching yoga to help other humans and herself to find inner balance.

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