Dry...bumpy...greasy..spotty...sore. Our skin sure can suffer because of our periods. And it's all down to the hormone shifts that occur throughout our menstrual cycle. So what can we do?
Today, Pink Parcel's dermatologist, Bruce Pollock, gives us some try-at-home solutions to our most common skincare queries…
Why do painful spots appear just before my period arrives?
"In the first two weeks of the menstrual cycle, estrogen is the most prominent hormone and in the last two weeks, progesterone is most prominent. Progesterone is what causes the facial oil glands to produce excess grease such as sebum – this is why you get more spots."
Bad acne on the cheeks...what's that all about?
"Make sure you are following a daily skincare routine - cleansing, toning and moisturising twice a day is always the best place to start. Shop for specific products that fight acne, they wipe out bacteria and gently peel away dead skin cells. Also, avoid oily make-up."
What causes those dry, sore patches of skin under the eyes?
"Dry weather, wind and air conditioned offices could be the reason your skin is dehydrated. Ensure you use regular moisturiser, avoid soap at all costs, get plenty of sleep and drink two litres of water a day. Check that none of the products you're using on your face contain perfumes, colourants and parabens - this should help."
What can be done to help bad skin because of the implant?
"Cleanse, tone and moisturise every morning and evening. Make sure you incorporate exfoliation into your routine and look for products containing salicylic acid. If this doesn't help, visit your GP to discuss your options."
Any tips for combating an oily t-zone and enlarged pores?
"Look for creams that contains alpha hydroxy acid, this can help treat these conditions. Make sure you wear sunscreen on a daily basis to prevent sun damage as this can cause the pores to enlarge too."
Is blotchy skin and periods related?
"They could be related, yes. Your hormones have dropped when you get your period and less blood is circulating to the surface of your skin. This means both blotches and a paler complexion."
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