7 Products To Ward Off Hormonal Acne Because Period Breakouts Are The Worst

by Julia Guerra

Any woman who has had her period has likely experienced the wrath of hormonal acne. I mean, between cramping, headaches, and fatigue, what's one more ailment to add to the list, right? Hormonal acne is as individual as your cycle, which means the product that works for me, won't necessarily have the same magical effect on your skin. It's good to explore your options, though, and you can absolutely prevent period breakouts once you find what works for you.

Here are a few products known to ward off acne when you need it most because, let's face it, no blemish is worse than that of a period breakout.

1. OSea Can You See These Pimples?

OSea Malibu

OSea Blemish Balm, $44, OSea Malibu

A friend of mine had been raving over the OSea Blemish Balm for months, so when I was beyond desperate to yield a potential pimple outbreak recently, I divided one small pump into a spot treatment before I went to bed.

I fell asleep with a bulging zit in the center of my forehead, and woke up with barely a red mark left behind.

Made with juniper lead to decongest pores, rosemary for irritation, and tea tree oil to absorb oil, this stuff is a fast-acting remedy in your time of need.

2. Stick It To 'Em

Indie Lee

Indie Lee Blemish Stick, $26, Amazon

I first tried the blemish balm on a whim at my work desk. I dabbed the wand along the inflamed surface and let it set. After a series of small tingles, the liquid absorbed, and hours later, the difference in my skin was definitely visible.

Keep this stick in your clutch or office drawer for a quick fix. The zinc and camphor extract reduces inflammation, while glycolic and salicylic acids actively work to unclog pores.

3. Barely There Blemish Treatment


BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Acne Clearing Treatment Serum, $42, Nordstrom

I was thrilled when BareMinerals released its own acne treatment last year because, if nothing else, the masterminds behind this brand know how skin operates.

This serum tonic has been infused with salicylic acid to treat acne and calm the skin.

Keep in mind, the formula doesn't show dramatic results overnight, but consistent use of the product will.

4. Nerds Know Best

Nerd Skincare

Nerd Skincare Acne Treatment, $85, Nerd Skincare

To be honest, I was just about to give up all hope in acne treatments right before I came across Nerd Skincare.

The treatment serum is unlike any other, formulated with nine plant extracts and herbs like cucumis fruit extract, licorice root, and sulfur, to create an ecosystem of facial flora to clear acne, reduce inflammation, and act as a prebiotic.

5. Dirt Won't Hurt


Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, $69, Sephora

Glamglow's putty can be applied as a face mask or spot treatment, and addresses skin traumas like acne, red spots, scars, razor bumps, and in-grown hair.

It's made with activated charcoal, K-17 clay, and the brand's exclusive Teaoxi complex to extract any toxins polluting the skin.

6. Scrub-A-Dub Detoxifier

Yes To

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal warming Facial Scrub, $6, Target

As much as I live for my skincare routine, we all have our lazy days.

If you're looking for a quick treatment you can mindlessly implement into your morning shower, Yes To Tomatoes has you covered.

The warming facial scrub brings the heat, along with activated charcoal to draw out impurities to reveal clearer skin.

7. Mask It

Tata Harper

Tata Harper Clarifying Mask, $68, Sephora

Tata Harper's new face mask is super luxurious. Derived from an AHA super-fruit blend and quartz sand micro crystals, a thick layer left on for 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a week should do the trick.

These products are proof that you can beat the hormonal blemish -- it just takes patience, and (a lot of) product.