Spots around the mouth and chin


This kind of acne is hormone-related and tends to appear around the mouth and chin during or just before menstruation. Other  symptoms could be PMT, mood swings, stress, depression and breasts’ tenderness.

The spots tend to be dark, purple, red, sore, sometimes hard and large. They take a long time to heal.

The way to deal with this condition is to cool, relax and sustain the body. In order to achieve that, you need to split the diet into two parts.

PART1 just before and during menstruation.

PART2 after the menses have ceased.

This diet is targeted. Don’t focus on one food group or individual ingredients, you need all of them to act in combination.  If you have a medical condition, please follow your doctor’s advice and don’t use this diet as a substitute, if you are allergic to a particular food, use a substitute.


  Now, print this page and take it shopping with you!
These foods you include in your diet when you start getting spots and feel PMT
before and during your period
They will help to cool you down, make you calmer, more relaxed.  At the same time they keep up your physical strength.
Grains: Barley, wheat (Cooling and tonic)
Vegetables: Aubergines, broccoli, celery, chicory, spinach (Cooling and tonic for the body)
Fruit: Avocado, oranges, strawberry, apple (Calming and cooling)Beans: Mung beans (Cooling and tonic)
Drinks: Mint, chamomile, peppermint, green tea, black tea, spearmint (Cooling, help to improve mood, move the flow of body energy in a gentle way, ease the onset of menstruation)
 Jamie’s inspiration  …

After your period add these foods to your diet and continue  with the cycle, add the herbs and spices to your meals, they are very important, drink the lovely teas

Grains: Corn, millet couscous, oats, rice, wheat (These foods strengthen your body)
Vegetables: Asparagus, fennel, potato, string bean, sweet potato, watercress, yam, kelp, laver seaweed (All these vegetables enrich the body energies and the blood quality – seaweed softens hard lump – use small amounts)
Fruit: Blackberries, cherries, grapes, lemons, limes, cranberries, raspberries (These fruit as well as acting as tonics also detox and help rid of pustules)
Herbs: Chives, dill seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek, basil, oregano, parsley, black pepper, sage, rosemary, thyme (These are all aromatics their aroma stimulates the digestion and make it more efficient, they also stimulate the body to eliminate lumps and pus gently)
Spices: Caraway seeds, cinnamon bark (very good for fibroids and endometriosis but use sparingly), cloves, poppy seeds, sesame seeds black and white (These seeds warm and gently energise the body and circulation)
Beans: (Very important) Aduki, black beans, broad beans, kidney beans, lentils, soybeans (All beans deeply strengthen and support the constitution)
Fish: Carp, clams, eel, lobster, mussels, oysters, scallops, shrimps, prawns, squid (Fish is a tonic it also deals with excess water and lumps)
Meat: Beef and chicken kidneys and liver, duck, lamb, mutton (These meats are deeply warming, enrich the blood, strengthen and support the constitution)
Dairy: eggs. goat milk (Tonics without being greasy)
Condiments: Miso, soya sauce, molasses, salt (All these condiments act as detoxifiers and softeners- don’t over use them)
Drinks: coffee, dandelion, jasmine tea, star anise, licorice (These drinks gently move the energy in the body)
Nuts: Chestnuts, pistachio, walnuts, sesame seeds (Very good body tonics)

  Managing the skin
This can be tricky, you probably have mixed skin conditions some greasy and some dry and the skin will likely change at times of the month. What you need to do is to dry the spots as soon as possible, prevent build up of blood and mucus, avoid scarring and being left with a red mark after the spots are gone. Non white skins in particular, need to be very careful in managing the condition.
Check with your GP and ensure they give you products that stop the spots from getting too big and purulent. Go to a professional beautician once, and learn good skin management.

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Recipes courtesy of Jamie Oliver

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