The struggle is real.

By Julia Malacoff
Updated: August 02, 2017

Some months it feels like pretty much every part of your body-including your brain-is fair game for period symptoms (mood swings, food cravings, cramps). One symptom that's especially irritating? Hormonal acne. (Related: Acne Strategies to Stop Post-Workout Breakouts)

So when Chrissy Teigen posted a video on Twitter showing off what her skin looks like when she's on her period, we could totally relate. Spoiler alert: It's a bit blotchy and red, but not that noticeable. Still, anyone who gets period breakouts knows that feeling of waking up one morning and wondering why your skin is so angry, then remembering it might have something to do with your cycle. It can be especially maddening when you're *already* feeling lousy thanks to cramps and realizing you're all out of Tampons. (Side note: Is your relationship causing your PMS?)

Of course, most people know that hormones and acne are intimately linked, but it's still pretty frustrating to be getting breakouts like a 16-year-old when you feel like you should have left them behind with your teenage angst. What can you do to deal with these types of breakouts? The key is stopping them before they start. "Hormone levels rise mid-cycle, causing pimples," Joshua Zeichner, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told us in The Best Skin Care Routine for Acne-Prone Skin. "Rather than trying to treat them once they occur, you can head them off at the pass by switching to a cleanser with alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids about two weeks before you get your period." It's time to hit up Sephora, people.

If your period breakouts are really bothering you, a visit to the dermatologist never hurt anyone. And remember, even inspirational, über-famous people like Teigen deal with the same issue.

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October 28, 2017
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