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The Hormonal Rollercoaster: Navigating Skin Changes During Your Period

Young woman on her period concerned about acne.

Many women find themselves staring at the mirror, a day or two before their period starts, hating the sudden appearance of a spot or the increased oiliness of their skin. "Why does my skin act up on my period?" is a question many ask. Let's delve deep into the intricate dance of hormones during the menstrual cycle and how these can influence your skin.

Introduction: Skin Changes During Your Period

The skin is the largest organ in the body and is profoundly influenced by hormonal fluctuations. This connection is never more evident than during the different phases of the menstrual cycle. As hormone levels fluctuate the skin reacts, often in ways that might be unwelcome. Understanding these skin changes during your period can provide a roadmap to better skincare and complexion.

The Four Phases of the Menstrual Cycle and Their Impact on Skin

Follicular Phase (Day 1-9 after your period):

  • Hormones: oestrogen levels start to climb.

  • Skin Impact: The rising oestrogen rejuvenates the skin, promoting collagen production. As a result, there's a natural glow and improved skin elasticity.

Ovulatory Phase (Days 10-13):

  • Hormones: Luteinising hormone (LH) surges, and there's a peak in oestrogen.

  • Skin Impact: While skin typically looks its best, the increase in sebum production can be problematic for some.

Luteal Phase (Days 14-24):

  • Hormones: Progesterone dominates.

  • Skin Impact: The sebaceous glands are stimulated, leading to more oil production. If you are wondering " at what stage of my period do I get acne?". It's during this phase that most women experience breakouts. The appearance of deeper, painful acne, predominantly on the lower face, leads us to another query - "what is hormonal acne?".

Menstrual Phase: your period (Days 25-30):

  • Hormones: Both oestrogen and progesterone levels are low.

  • Skin Impact: Skin may appear dull, with reduced barrier function leading to increased dryness. This is a prime time for hydration and moisturisation.

Hormonal Acne

Hormonal acne stems from the hormonal turbulence during the luteal phase. Unlike surface-level pimples, these are rooted deeper in the skin, often causing pain, and are often around the jawline and chin.

Strategies for Radiant Skin, Regardless of your Cycle

Navigating skin changes during your period requires a mix of consistent skincare and informed choices:

1. Adapt Your Skincare: Tailor your skincare routine according to the phase. For instance, focus on hydration during the menstrual phase and oil control during the luteal phase.

2. Balanced Diet: Reduce intake of processed foods, sugars, and dairy. Incorporate omega-3 and vitamin A rich foods. Omega-3 is a natural anti-inflammatory, and is also essential for retaining skin moisture. Vitamin A is useful in controlling oil production and reducing congestion in the skin, reducing the formation of breakouts. This powerhouse combination can be added to your diet using the Advanced Nutrition Programme skin supplements.

3. Professional Advice: Regular check-ins with Dr Gemma can help address specific concerns and provide tailored treatments.

Conclusion: Take Charge of Your Skin's Health

While we can't control the natural hormonal fluctuations, we can certainly take steps to manage and even prevent some of its skin-related repercussions. If you've been pondering, "how can I prevent bad skin during my period?", the first step is understanding and then acting.

For personalised advice and solutions tailored to your unique skin profile, book an initial consultation with Dr Gemma at our tranquil clinic in Ramsbottom, Bury. Navigate your hormonal journey with confidence and radiant skin!

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