a spot treatment for period acne

Every month, I get hormonal acne. It's usually on my chin and right cheek. Thanks Eve.

When we are ovulating our skin can be all glowy and 50 shades of gorgeous. Because estrogen.

In women, estrogen is the hormone responsible for reproduction. When a woman is ovulating, her estrogen level is high. Her body is being prepped for pregnancy. When the woman does not get pregnant, she gets her period and the levels of estrogen fall.

One of the results of this is excess oil production. Excess oil in skin means you are likely to get clogged pores and spots.

During this time, I continue to use salicylic acid daily and add a spot treatment to my routine. I like to treat hormonal acne with benzoyl peroxide.

What is benzoyl peroxide?

Benzoyl peroxide is a topical antibacterial used in the treatment of acne.


What does it do?

Benzoyl peroxide penetrates the pore to reach the bacteria that causes acne, and then kill them. 

It also dries the skin to reduce the excess oil that can clog pores. 


Tips on how to treat hormonal acne with benzoyl peroxide

  • Go low

Benzoyl peroxide treatments range in strength from 2.5% to 10%.

Start with lower concentrations because a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide product is likely to be less irritating than a 5% or 10% concentration, yet be just as effective.

I use 5%, mainly because the pharmacy I went to had run out of 2.5% , had only 5% and 10%, and I really had no time to go elsewhere.

  • Literally spot treat

Benzoyl peroxide triggers free radical production.

Free radicals damage the skin, so it is important to use benzoyl peroxide only when and where needed.

Don't slather it all over the face or use it daily foreveeeeerrr...

How I treat hormonal acne with benzoyl peroxide

  1. In the PM after my first cleanse to remove makeup and/or sunscreen, I use a clean dry cotton bud to dab some benzoyl peroxide on the spot.
  2. I give the benzoyl peroxide treatment a few minutes to dry, before wiping it off with a clean moist cotton round.
  3. I continue with my second cleanse.
  4. Apply a BHA toner or serum. I currently use the Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner.
  5. Continue with the rest of the routine after that. 

Where can you get benzoyl peroxide?

It is an over the counter acne treatment, so most pharmacies have benzoyl peroxide.

As I mentioned before, to reduce on the chances of irritation, start with the lower concentrations like 2.5% because it can be just as effective as 5% or 10%.

Some brands also create benzoyl peroxide spot treatments. A common one in Kenya is the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel. I've seen it in Super Cosmetics and Nakumatt. It is fragrance free and contains 10% benzoyl peroxide.

The only reason I haven't tried it is that I have the Benzox 5% tube which will last for ages. I don't know if I'll ever finish it!


In conclusion

In addition to BHAs and azelaic acid, benzoyl peroxide is a great addition to a hormonal acne routine.

Would you ever treat hormonal acne with benzoyl peroxide? Let us know in the comments!

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