The hormonal changes associated with menstruation produce a reaction in our skin. Both in premenstrual syndrome and during the period itself, hormones act peripherally, i.e. on the surface of the skin. It is very common that due to these imbalances the skin changes and we get the dreaded pimples. It is therefore very important to take care of your skin during your period.
The luteal phase (4th phase) is where most of the effects known as premenstrual syndrome occur, such as bloating, abdominal pain, breast tenderness or the case we are going to discuss today, acne outbreaks. This week on the FreeU blog we tell you why it is so important to take care of your skin during your period.
Acne occurs because, after ovulation, the follicle (hormone that releases the egg) forms a small gland of yellowish tissue rich in cholesterol and with large amounts of progesterone (sex hormone released by the ovaries), in case the egg was fertilised. Otherwise, after 12 hours it would disappear and hormone levels would stabilise again, so that menstruation would take place. Some women show this explosion of hormones with pimples and blackheads on the face.
The vast majority of these imperfections associated with premenstrual hormonal changes tend to appear around the chin. Therefore, it is very important that you maintain proper cleansing and know when it is most important to take care of it. At FreeU we recommend using products with salicylic acid (to eliminate and prevent the appearance of blackheads and other skin blemishes in people with acne). It helps prevent and eliminate blackheads by removing dead skin layers and unblocking pores, reducing redness, dryness and flaking.
Low oestrogen and progesterone levels often have a negative effect on the complexion. You may notice a more sensitive, dull, dry and lacklustre appearance. This dull appearance will accentuate wrinkles and blemishes. Knowing how these hormones affect your complexion will help you create a foolproof skincare routine.
To find out in which phase you should pamper your skin the most, we recommend you read our article on Menstrual Education where we explain each phase of your period in detail.