Can Irregular Periods Cause Acne?

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Stick with good skin hygiene and good skin care!

Any extra dirt or bacteria that attach on your acne prone skin may provoke clogged pores. Here are a few recommendations to deal with this:

  1. Wash your body and face twice a day – but avoid over washing!
  2. Don’t touch your face with your hands /fingers if not needed! You can’t keep your hands /fingers always clean all day long. Touching your face or other acne-prone skin would bring more dirt or bacteria into the skin.
  3. Regularly clean any objects or accessories that may drive dirt to your skin such as your cell phone, makeup brush, and so on!
  4. Avoid smoking, including passive smoking (secondhand smoke)! Tobacco smoke is bad for any kinds of acne breakouts.

How about birth control pills

In general, most of birth control pills can help increase the production of SHBG (sex-hormone binding globulin).

SHBG is functioned to help control the production of testosterone. At the same time, it also improves and increases the production of estrogen. This is a good thing to help restore the balance between testosterone and estrogen.

So taking appropriate birth control pills would help, ask your doctor for more advice!


Sometimes your menstrual pimples may don’t respond to the use of birth control pills alone.

In such case, you may need a medicine called spironolactone. It can help reduce the excessive oil production due to high levels of testosterone before and during menstruation.

However, there are also some side effects you need to concern from spironolactone such as fatigues, tenderness of breast, and headaches.

To keep safe, consult with your GP /doctor before taking spironolactone!


Keep on your healthy weight!

Almost anything that triggers the increased level of testosterone and decreases SHBG would worsen your acne menstrual problem. And did you know that obesity can factor into this?

More pounds of extra weight can increase testosterone production and reduce SHBG, including in the days prior to menstruation.

If the acne doesn’t improve or even gets worse, see a dermatologist for more guidance!


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