If you’ve been born female, then you are more than likely familiar with the effects your monthly visit from Mother Nature can have on your complexion. But what to do about it—that is the eternal question. Instead of simply anticipating the monthly breakout freakout, here’s what you can do to combat those pesky, monthly visitors.
How your period affects your skin
In case you didn’t know, your periods is actually divided into three different phases. These are the menstrual phase, the follicular phase, and the luteal phase. During each of these phases, your body goes through different changes in hormone balance and fluctuation causes different effects to the appearance of your skin. Don’t worry, there are things you can do to keep your skin glowing and radiant all month long!
The Menstrual Phase: Tired-looking skin
This stage of your period is the most obvious. Why? Because this one is the phase that manifests itself by leaving lovely red marks in your clean clothing, in other words when your uterus sheds its lining.
The skin is responsive to the hormones and most happy when the hormones are in balance
In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD said that your skin reflects the hormonal changes in your body, which become more apparent when you’re menstruating. During this phase of your cycle, your skin may look dull or tired. This is because the estrogen and progesterone levels in your body drop causing a decrease in blood circulation and body temperature.