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“If you’re prone to bad skin purely around the chin area, this is a clear indicator your hormones are not being regulated well,” explains dermatologist Nikki.
“Hormones called androgens stimulate the production of sebum, which is the oil responsible for clogging pores. That’s why you often see acne flares during menstruation and puberty.
“The hormones that cause this
type of acne are oestrogen and progesterone, which both fluctuate widely throughout the menstrual cycle month.”
Stress hormone cortisol can also lead to flare-ups.
Nikki says: “I would advise drinking lots of water, which will flush out toxins and keep skin hydrated – which makes a massive difference.
“But if your stress levels are not manageable, or if you are finding pimples all month long around your chin rather than just at your time of the month, I would suggest going to your GP for some tests.”
Nutritionist Elina adds: “Increase your intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids to help balance your hormones and to benefit from their anti-inflammatory effects.
“Good sources include oily fish, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseeds and walnuts.”