Cyclical skin: MECCA HQ team’s skincare and self-care for that time of the month

As longwinded as our skincare routines may be—or as targeted as our serums—in many cases nothing will stop the wrath of a hormonal breakout at that time of the month. For some, periods bring on unwanted bumps and texture, and for others, it’s the grand return of a slew of unwanted pimples on the chin (or as I like to call them, ‘chimples’).

So many of us go through it, and with a world of hardworking skincare before us, the women of MECCA HQ have managed to crack the code on the formulas that actually work to calm, treat and prevent hormonal skin. Read on to discover the products getting us through PMS.


When ‘that time of the month’ rolls around I’m all about being kind on myself, and my skin. I like to take things easy, which is a great excuse to get comfy on the couch, watch the latest season of The Bold Type, indulge in a little online shopping and hey, I might even make myself a microwave self-saucing chocolate pudding—it’s all about that self-love. If the odd breakout decides to make an appearance on my chin, I head straight for the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion—it’s bulletproof. I love how it works quickly overnight to reduce a nasty spot that’s popped up, as well as any associated redness. My other go-to is the Frank Body Glow Mask. It isn’t a spot treatment mask, however, it does help revive skin thanks to shea, cocoa butter and caffeine leaving it plump and juicy. And what better way to distract people from the spot on your chin than with glowing skin?

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Some months are worse than others (please explain?!) but the monthly meltdown over my skin has been a ritual in my house since day dot of getting my period. I’m lucky enough to have half-decent skin the rest of the month, but that was little comfort until I tried the Sand & Sky Pink Clay Pore-refining Mask. A friend’s advice prompted me to try it (I was willing to try anything) and it is a fresh face-making machine. On first try I could literally feel my pores shrink up, and those oily bumps dry out. I use the mask as an overnight spot treatment too for those big stubborn nightmares on my chin. Slather it on, make a cuppa and let that A-beauty wonder detoxify your skin and your mood.


After being on acne-targeted medication in my high school years (I will be forever grateful that my parents made me go to a dermatologist!), I am so lucky to have maintained clear skin for the past near-decade. It also kicked off my skincare obsession, which is now, in a way, my career. But every single month—without fail—my chin will remind me of the blemishes of my past. One or two hormonal pimples will typically pop up on my chin (sometimes those deep, painful ones), and thrive they shall not. Here’s my (so far effective) approach: as that time of the month nears, I’ll switch over to Dr. Dennis Gross’ B3Adaptive SuperFood Stress Rescue Serum and Repair Moisturiser —it delivers nutrients to my skin which are typically being sent to my reproductive system during my cycle instead. Every second day I’ll use the Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel to eliminate the chance of any additional acne that may be caused by dead skin cells or excess sebum, and to give my creams and serums the best chance of working at full strength. Any spots on the rise I’ll treat with Mario Badescu Drying Lotion —I’ve also heard Herbario’s Skin Rescue Paint is game changing for spot-treating, to I’ll be trialling that as soon as I run out.

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Each month like clockwork, I get the exact same reoccurring pimple arise in the exact same place on my chin. Trying to burn it off with harsh products in the past has only resulted in dark spots and scarring, and I’ve since found the only thing that really works to minimise the appearance and length that it sticks around is a gentle oil—the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is what I have been currently using. During the day, I’ve heard anything with zinc is also good for hormonal spots, so the Ren Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream is what I apply under makeup. Some self-care time featuring chocolate (stereotypical) and coconut water (a little more niche) as I marinate in the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment mask also helps prevent any other spots that make an appearance at that dreaded time (okay, maybe not the chocolate, but definitely the mask).


If there’s one thing I can be certain of each month, it’s that I will develop at least one HUGE blemish on my chin around the time of my cycle. This month I got two! Hormonal pimples are often super stubborn, so I try to not let them bother me too much. I find the best way to tackle my skin at this time of the month is to try and keep the rest of my complexion looking hydrated and fresh with calming products like Kate Somerville’s Gentle Daily Wash and Tatcha’s The Indigo Cream. For my breakouts, I use Drunk Elephant’s A-Passioni Retinol Cream as a spot treatment, which helps reduce the severity and size of the pimple.

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