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How Does Your Period Affect Your Skin?

Part of being a woman is experiencing periods (not so pleasing I know), the menstrual cycle that comes with a bunch of issues such as bloated tummies and general fatigue. And one of the most annoying period problems is breaking out :(. If you looked in the mirror and saw that your skin is freaking out some days before or during your period, you are not alone. Hormones have a great impact on our skin that’s a fact. In this article, we are hoping to get you to understand what exactly happens to your skin during your period and what you can do about it.

 

1 || Your Skin Can Get Super Oily

Androgens, progesterone, and estrogen all are hormones involved in menstruation and fluctuate throughout the month. And that constantly shifting ratio between each of the hormones determines, in part, what your skin looks like. When specific hormones surge in a week or two before your period, oil glands can go into overdrive increasing oil production. This explains why your skin gets oilier during your period.


 

2 || Which As A Result Can Lead To…

Hmmm, you guessed it right, acne. When oil production increases, the cells that line your pores turn over super quickly. Because these cells are not sloughing off easily and with oil building up in your pores, blackheads, and whiteheads can park it on your face. If you are asking why your period tends to be the breaking-out time of the month? That is simply because excess oil feeds whatever acne-causing bacteria there is. To prevent breakouts, switch to a cleanser that contains salicylic acid a beta-hydroxy acid that removes excess oil from the skin in the week leading up to your period.


 

3 || Hormonal Breakouts

Dermatologists tend to connect hormonal breakouts that appear during your period with your weight. If you are overweight or underweight your period can become less regular which means hormonal imbalances that show on your skin. That said getting as close to your ideal body weight as possible is helpful to keep your hormones in better check.


 

4 || Sensitive Skin

Dry and oily skin, legs feel like tree bark, or your favorite moisturizer feels not right? This is natural, we all have been there. Your skin becomes more sensitive and can be easily irritated during your period. Fluctuating hormones are to blame. Lower your skin sensitivity by using a fragrance-free moisturizer following by a sunscreen, ideally one with an SPF of 30 or higher, since (thanks to higher levels of estrogen) your skin can be more sensitive to the sun leading up to your period. If you have acne-prone skin it is recommended to apply topical antibiotics three to four days prior to the onset of your period. Also, cut off on products that contain physical or chemical exfoliants, as well as wrinkle-busting retinoids.