Skin Health & the Menstrual Cycle

The natural changes in your hormones throughout the month create some subtle changes in the appearance of your skin. When we break the average menstrual cycle down into the two phases, it can give you a better understanding of how these hormone fluctuations affect your skin, and how you can adjust your skin routine accordingly.

While there are many hormones that play a role in skin health, today we will be discussing the specific roles of progesterone, oestrogen and testosterone and how they impact oiliness, texture and the appearance of your skin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀

Your Skin During the Follicular Phase

The follicular phase starts on the first day of menstruation and ends with ovulation. As oestrogen levels begin to slowly rise, you should notice a healthy glow by around the ninth day of the menstrual cycle. Between the tenth and thirteenth day of the menstrual cycle, oestrogen will be at its peak. This is also when testosterone levels will begin to rise. Your skin will be rich in natural moisture and collagen which will make your skin stronger.⠀

During menstruation, the first days of the follicular phase, oestrogen and progesterone are low. This leads to dry skin and the dull, lifeless appearance of the skin. Another added bonus for this time of the month is that any lines or wrinkles appear more obvious. Moisturising and hydration are the best skin boosters during the initial days of your cycle. Increase your water, and consider a Rose Mist Spray to use throughout the day to give skin a boost and add in hydration. ⠀

Your Skin During Ovulation

Ovulation happens about 14 days before your period starts. Your skin will look its best during the next five days until testosterone and oestrogen will begin to decrease. Oestrogen is at its peak levels now, and gives your skin that desired healthy glow. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Your Skin During the Luteal Phase

The luteal phase is the second half of your cycle, where you may experience some PMS symptoms (such as cravings, bloating, irritability) and also some annoying skin changes. At this time leading into your next period, you may experience increased oiliness and breakouts (and possible some puffiness). Keep hydrated and resist the temptation to pick at your black heads or pimples. Cleanse your face twice a day at this time, as any hormone imbalance during your cycle will cause sebaceous glands to go a little crazy, leading to breakouts.

Whilst some of these subtle changes are expected throughout your cycle, if you’re noticing big changes in your skin’s appearance some further investigation of your hormones can be extremely informative. Want to learn more? Book your complimentary 15 minute consultation here.


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