The appearance of acne during the menstrual cycle is normal and should not worry you. But acne that does not pass can result from a hormone problem. The increased level of androgens (male) hormones can cause increased secretion of the sebaceous glands. This results in closure of the pores and an increased appearance of acne.

Hormonal acne isn’t a joke, and it isn’t the same as the occasional bump or blemish that everyone have from time to time. If you’re among these women, your body probably can’t carry out proper detox.

This effect can become more pronounced before period because the blood comes closer to the surface of the skin, exacerbating the redness and acne. You might even notice unwanted hairs or hairloss at this times due to the testosterone.

The skin is the biggest organ responsible for the elimination of toxins, and it works together with other important organs like the lymphatic system, liver and large intestine. So what you consume is what will determine the outcomes on the skin. The foods you consume, the cosmetic products you apply, and even some cleaning substances you use need to be eliminated.

This is what you should avoid and include to make your skin radiant again:

AVOID

Dairy: Milk is one of the vital products for all mammals. We are consuming it from birth. But in this case, we are not talking about mother’s milk, but for cow’s milk. It is very common practice for cows to give more milk, to inject a growth hormone. As a result, this milk has the hormone IGF 1, which not only affects acne, but also on the appearance of cancer in the small intestine.

Soy: If you’re hormonally sensitive, the phytoestrogens in soy may aggravate the problem and cause more acne. Soy can appear in unexpected places, like food supplements, so pay attention on the nutrition labels.

Gluten: When you take gluten through food, your body reacts to constant irritation, which is responsible for elevated levels of the hormone cortisol.

Peanuts: Even those who don’t think they are allergic to peanuts may experience negative reactions to them, including breakouts and skin inflammation.

Canola, vegetable and sunflower oil: These oils contain more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids, which causes skin inflammation during the peak estrogen time.

Caffeine: It can strip your body from essential B vitamins, zinc and magnesium — which affects the immune response of your skin.

INCLUDE

Consume the right nutrients: Prepare a healthy juice using half a cup of cilantro, 2 celery stalks, half a green apple, half a cucumber, 4 strawberries, 4 leaves of romaine lettuce and the juice made of half a lemon. You can also add a bit of coconut water.

Replenish the good bacteria: Probiotics are very important for healthy gut, and good digestion is essential for balanced hormones. To make sure you have enough good bacteria in the gut, start taking probiotics every day.

Choose organic beauty products: Just like organic food is important for the skin, so are the beauty products you apply. Eliminate everything that contains: endocrine-disrupting phthalates (DBP and DEHP), ethel sulfates, sodium lauryl sulfates, parabens, anolamines and petroleum jelly.