Q I am 17 years old and I get pimples every month, a week before my periods and it stays for close to two weeks. How can I prevent these pimples from coming back every month?
A The oiliness of the skin can increase due to hormonal activity during certain days of the month. So, you need to follow a routine that helps to reduce oiliness and prevent eruptions.
Wash your face twice a day, morning and night with a medicated soap. Then wipe you face with an astringent lotion, using cotton wool. Astringent lotions are available at any cosmetic store. Mix a little rose water with sandalwood paste and apply on the face. Wash this off after 15 minutes.

Mix cinnamon (dalchini) powder with a little lemon juice and a few drops of honey into a sticky paste. Apply only on the pimples daily and leave it on for one or two hours.

Mix Fuller’s Earth (multani mitti) with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply on the face two or three times a week. Wash it off when it dries.

Avoid creams and moisturisers. Use only oil-free products.  Include fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts and yoghurt in your daily diet. Drink at least six to eight glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and drink it up, first thing in the morning

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