One of the most annoying symptoms that comes with your period is acne. It can seem like it doesn’t matter how good your skin care routing is – once your period arrives you have a breakout. This is annoying enough as a teenager but can become even more of a challenge if they start when you’re an adult.

While other things can cause acne if it’s linked to your period, it is usually caused by hormones. With this post below written by the best naturopaths near me, let us learn what causes period acne and how to treat them naturally.

How Androgen Causes Acne

The levels of androgen, a hormone, in your bloodstream can have an impact on your skin health. If you have high levels of androgen – or are very sensitive to it – your skin ends up producing more oil than usual. This leads to clogged pores and breakouts. You can tell if your breakout is linked to your hormone levels by looking at when and where they occur.

Hormones cause breakouts just before you ovulate or just before you have your period – sometimes both. The breakout will be mostly around your lower face, jawline, and neck. You can also check our collection of organic products for your skin care regime.

How OCP Treats Your Acne

Often, if you go to your doctor, you will be put on an oral contraceptive pill to help clear your skin. This works because the hormones in the pill reduce how much androgen your body makes.

One of the complications is that if you decide to come off the pill your skin flares up again, because your androgen levels increase, and the breakouts are often worse than they were initially. This can make you cautious about coming off the pill.

Natural Help For Period Acne

Talk to a Naturopath if you have concerns about your skin. They can help you to balance your hormone levels and reduce the inflammation that makes acne worse. There are a range of herbs and nutrients that are beneficial in helping to clear up your skin. Book your appointment easily with a Bendigo naturopath near me by clicking the button below.

Some of the things they may suggest include:

  • Reducing dairy; this can be pro-inflammatory and can cause your skin to produce excess oil.
  • Supporting the liver to clear hormones and reduce inflammation.
  • Reducing your intake of processed sugar to help reduce inflammation.
  • Supporting the health and diversity of your gut microbiome.
  • Improving your diet to reduce inflammation and support liver function.

You can also check other healthcare articles regarding menstruation, pregnancy and women’s health issues.


Katherine Knott

Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.   She began studying Naturopathy when she was 18 years old and has practiced in both Melbourne and rural Victoria.  She has also studied 2 1/2 years of nursing and midwifery, but decided that she was happier to work with women as […]

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Nicki Stewart

Nicki has always been drawn to Holistic Health and she follows in her mother’s footsteps who is a Reflexologist and Natural Therapist. Nicki was inspired to study Herbal Medicine after attending one of Dr. Sandi Rogers’ (Naturopath, Director of National College of Traditional Medicine and former President of Australian Traditional Medicine Society) seminars on ‘Fruits […]

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Alyce Beaton

Alyce is qualified naturopath in Ballarat who loves supporting people on their health journey. Alyce believes optimising and restoring health first and foremost begins with food as medicine and creating healthy lifestyle habits. She is passionate about providing a safe, non judgement environment and endeavours to support her clients with strategies they can implement into […]

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