Our menstrual cycle is regulated by a complex interaction of hormones produced in our bodies. These hormones are also responsible for the appearance of pimples around the chin, jaw or other parts of the face, depending on the stage of the menstrual cycle.
Hormonal changes affect our skin and sometimes cause acne to appear. Our skin doesn’t need the same treatment during ovulation as it does during the premenstrual phase, and that’s something we don’t usually take into account. For example, dry skin that tends to become even more dehydrated during the first days of the cycle will not require the same beauty routine as oily skin, which will become more mixed during the first phase. The key is to understand what type of skin we have and to adapt our skin care routines to the three crucial phases of the menstrual cycle: the follicular phase, the luteal phase and the menstrual phase.
Follicular phase (from menstruation to ovulation)
In this phase there are very high levels of estrogens, that’s what makes our skin look more hydrated and bright during this part of the cycle. This is the phase in which we feel we need to take less care of ourselves as our skin appears more hydrated and luminous.
Luteal phase (from ovulation to menstruation)
In this phase, less estrogen is produced and progesterone enters the equation, which increases the activity of the sebaceous glands. Higher levels of progesterone are responsible for more oily skin and the appearance of blemishes, especially during the premenstrual days. For this second phase, we recommend using a good cleanser and exfoliating the skin well to control excess sebum and keep the skin as clear as possible in these previous days.
During the period
Estrogen and progesterone levels decrease during this part of the month, so the skin is drier, more sensitive and irritable. We recommend using gentle, non-irritating products containing ingredients such as aloe vera, argan oil or marine glycogen, all of which are gentle and soothing to the skin.
1. Get to know yourself
Understanding comes first. We must understand what type of skin and what condition it is in before we buy cosmetic products. We recommend using an ovulation calendar such as the Clue app to help you understand what your cycles are like and what patterns are repeated.
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2. Change your cleansers: introduce oils
It is essential to achieve the removal of dirt and makeup while respecting the natural oils of our skin. Stop using foaming cleansers or traditional bar soap that leave your skin dry and tight. Removing essential oils from the skin can alter the skin barrier, causing dryness and inflammation. Oil-based cleansers contain the same purifying ingredients as a traditional formula, but with higher levels of natural emollients to help soothe and moisturize. And yes, if you have oily skin you need them too. The oil dissolves the oil, making the cleansing oils ideal for a variety of skin types, including patients who have oily or acne-prone skin.
3. Don’t forget to practice self-love and self-care