The hormones regulating your menstruation also affect your skin. During the last 14 days of your cycle, your estrogen level is low and your sebum production is excessively high. This can cause your pores to become clogged or infected, often resulting in pimples or sometimes even a case of acne.
You probably want to squeeze the pimples. Don't do it! This increases the risk of a bacterial infection and permanent scars. Keep your skin as clean as possible to limit sebum production. But don't scrub or wash your face too frequently, as this can irritate your skin and lead to an overproduction of sebum. Cleaning your face once or twice every day, preferably with lukewarm water, is sufficient.
Your skin can dry out due to low levels of estrogen. If you suffer from dry skin, use extra moisturising products during the last two weeks of your cycle.
Can skin problems be prevented?
The most drastic solution for preventing skin problems resulting from the menstrual cycle is to take the contraceptive pill. The pill prevents the strong hormonal fluctuations and the associated skin problems. If you prefer not taking the pill, then you can use creams that fight acne and pimples. Your physician will advise you on what might work best for you.
Nutrition for your skin
- Salmon contains many healthy omega-3 fats that are good for your skin.
- Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale, protect your skin from irritations and desiccation from the sun.
- Blueberries improve your skin's moisture content.
- Green tea and white tea are full of anti-oxidants and combat skin infections.
Tip: Taking Nutri-Gyn MenstruComfort in combination with lifestyle changes helps relieve physical symptoms during menstruation.