Period, Hormones & Your Skin.

That time of the month can bring on a variety of skin challenges. There are many reasons for this – but the basic one is that between ovulation and menstruation, a woman goes through a period of two weeks where levels of the female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) fluctuate. We broke down the average menstrual cycle by phases to give you a better understanding of how these hormone surges affect our skin, and how to switch up your skin routine to make sure you’re nourishing your skin in the right way.

During the first week of the menstrual cycle, estrogen which is essential for your skin is low. Aside from regular cleaning and moisturizing, your skin should require little maintenance and overall be in a good shape.

If your skin issues during the period are more severe than what you perceive as normal, consult a dermatologist. There could be other underlying issues related to hormonal levels that need checking out.

Skin Care tips:

  • Clean your face twice a day. Even if you normally don't have to use facial cleansers multiple times everyday, you should consider it to during your period. This is because hormone imbalance during your cycle will cause sebaceous glands go crazy. Sebaceous glands produce sebum — a natural oil. As your skin gets oilier, the more cleaning will it take to remove excess sebum. This will help to avoid pimples and menstrual acne from forming.

  • Cutting out sugars and carbs from your diet will help prevent breakouts.

  • Find the products that work for you best. For some women, cleansing wipes are a magical cure. For others, it is the blotting paper. Rely on lotions and other products aimed to nourish the skin to remove extra oils and keep pores clear.

  • Get facial treatments. Your local cosmetician could be very familiar with menstrual cycle-related skin issues and they might offer treatments, masks, massages, and other effective remedies.

  • Avoid processed and salty foods, Snacks and foods rich in salt will cause more bloating, make your skin feel drier, and increase your breakouts. Also, avoid touching your face and resist picking blackheads, whiteheads acne or any other skin irritation that occurs.

Summing up

Your menstrual cycle has a lot to do with your overall mood, energy levels, and the condition of your hair and skin. Feeling sick during periods isn’t uncommon. As your body prepares for the conception throughout the month leading up to the menstruation, your entire body is adjusting its hormone levels to producing a new and healthy egg.

As a result of the physical and physiological changes within your body, your skin might become either more dry or oilier. These changes trigger by fluctuating levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Learning to adjust your diet and skincare routines will help you keep your skin in great condition, despite intense hormonal changes.

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