Period Skin 101: How (and Why) Your Skin Freaks Out

Period Skin 101: How (and Why) Your Skin Freaks Out

The hormones associated with menstruation can cause, among other symptoms, skin problems. The reason for this is that these hormones cause your skin to become more oily and sensitive. Oily skin makes pores more likely to be clogged, and can also feed acne-causing bacteria already living on the skin, which increases your chances of developing acne. The hormones that cause this skin problem can become thrown further out of balance if you are overweight or underweight, or if you consume carbs in excess. You may be able to treat your hormonal acne by cutting back on carbs, attaining a healthy weight, or using a facial cleanser containing salicylic acid during the week before your period. If all else fails, you can always ask your doctor about complexion-friendly hormonal birth control, but be wary of the potential side effects.

Key Points:

  • 1What happens to your skin on your period can fluctuate just as easily, causing issues like increased oil production, breakouts, and skin sensitivity.
  • 2Hormones called androgens (like testosterone); as well as the hormones progesterone and estrogen, are all involved in menstruation and fluctuate all throughout the month.
  • 3“Birth control pills are probably your best friend if you have troubles with your skin”.


Think about how your mood flip flops from hormonal fluctuation—it turns out that what happens to your skin on your period can fluctuate just as easily, causing issues like increased oil production, breakouts, and skin sensitivity.

Read the full article at: https://www.allure.com/story/how-period-affects-skin

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