Yep, we’re going there.

Let’s talk about periods.

Periods can cause horrible cramping, bloating, irritability, and the list goes on.

For a varying amount of days every month, these symptoms occur…at least some of them, and we’d rather not deal with them, right?

I have a few tricks up my sleeve for surviving my period each month (yeah, I’m being a little dramatic)….so here’s how I deal with the cramps, bloating, and breakouts.

1. DEALING WITH CRAMPS

I’m personally not a fan of drugs, like Midol or Tylenol. Since I know how helpful CBD can be for pain relief, I tried CBD Lotion from Lord Jones on my lower back and on my stomach for the first time a few months ago and it has been life-changing when it comes to pain relief! I deal with lower back achy-ness when I’m starting my period especially, and this lotion kills it. An added bonus: it smells so good!

Another tip: use it on your temples if you suffer from migraines or headaches.

2. PREVENT BREAKOUTS

Ya know those zits you get around your chin area during that time of the month? Those are hormonal breakouts. I nip these ASAP by using Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Pads, which have alpha beta acids to keep the skin in the best possible shape when it comes to zits.

ALSO: butt zits. A whole other story. Want to prevent breaking out on your butt, or really anywhere else on your body? Use a Niacinamide serum or lotion. Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinamide, niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly improve enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and a weakened surface. My favorite is from The Ordinary. I keep it in the shower and I apply it right after I’ve towel-dried my body.

3. ORGANIC TAMPONS

Why organic? Because putting something up where the sun don’t shine, it’d better not be riddled with bad chemicals.

Most non-organic tampons are made using pesticides, which I don’t think anyone wants in their vag. Am I right?

I discovered Cora Tampons one day while shopping at Target, and have been using them for a year now. Cora carries a few different sizes so that you can use a tampon for a heavy flow, light flow, etc. I keep them in my bathroom in an old candle votive.