One of the fun things that comes with being a female is the wonderful inevitable hormonal breakouts and there is unfortunately not a lot we can do to prevent this. If you are someone that doesn't suffer that badly with 'that time of the month' spots then I majorly envy you. After years of dealing with these breakouts I can finally say I have a small set of products that I can count on to minimise or sometimes if i'm lucky completely avoid. I guess one good thing about hormonal breakouts each month is that we can track when our skin is due a break out - for example mine is always the week before my delightful 'time'.

As soon as I can feel a breakout coming on I switch my regular toner for the Pixi Glow Tonic as this gently exfoliates the skin and removes any dead skin cells to give an overall more radiant look to the skin. As you can see from the photographs in this blog post it is a well loved product and I can always count on it to not dry my skin but still leave it feeling super clean. I simply use it on a cotton pad straight after using my everyday cleanser and before my moisturiser. When I visited Pixi's website to link the exact one I have I noticed it has actually been awarded an 'acne award' so I'm not surprised this works such wonders for my hormonal breakouts.

Any excuse for a face mask right? I adore the L'oreal Blemish Rescue mask for when my skin is really suffering from the hormone build up as it leaves the skin visibly clearer and removes any bacteria to prevent future break outs. Again this is a product that works its magic without drying the skin and it does this with its main ingredient as Marine Algae Extract.

Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion - need I say more? For years I heard people talking about this product being a life saver when it comes to blemishes and I am so mad at myself for not trying it any sooner than I did. It is a real game changer! You only need a very small amount and it is important that you don't shake the product. If you leave it to sit you will notice there is a clear liquid and a pink powder that will settle at the bottom - the pink is what you want. I apply it by dipping a cotton bud all the way to the bottom of the bottle until the tip is coated in the pink powder and then dab it directly onto each individual blemish and leave it over night.

I hope you have found this post helpful and please feel free to leave any of your recommendations down in the comments.