Premenstrual Acne

For millions of women acne breakouts occur consistently every month with menstruation. For those women who believe that they are alone experiencing an increase in acne during their monthly cycle, “The Effect of the Menstrual Cycle on Acne,” published in the December 2001 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology confirmed that many women do suffer from premenstrual flare-ups. Ethnicity and oral contraceptives were found not to have an impact on premenstrual acne, however age did play a factor. 50% of women over the age of 33 experienced a higher rate of premenstrual acne then women under the age of 20 (30%). Although it is likely that this is due to hormonal changes in the menstrual cycle, this has not yet been confirmed. Premenstrual acne is not something that women will grow out of, and a treatment plan, like Derma Cleanse or in some cases vitamin B6 at 50 mg per day, may help to control flare-ups.


Androgens are hormones that stimulate the sebaceous glands and hair follicles in the skin and are most often the cause of hormonal acne. When these sebaceous glands are over stimulated, around the time of menstruation, women of all ages tend to have flare ups. Studies have shown that the oil duct openings on the skin tend to be smallest during days 15 through 20 of the 28-day cycle, increasing on days 21 to 26 and decreasing again in the two days before menstruation. Premenstrual acne on average was found to be the worst on day 22.

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