Period skin: how to care for it during the menstrual cycle

During the menstrual cycle and during menstruation, our skin is put to the test! Hormone variations during the cycle and especially during the flow weaken the skin cells in constant evolution. Skin and menstruation, what is the state of the face during and after menstruation?



What is menstrual skin?

When we talk about menstrual skin, we may be referring to a quote or an expression mentioned among friends or to announce that we are menstruating or to talk about a menstrual symptom. It can also mean that you haveacne, oily or dry skin. Remember that your skin is constantly changing during your cycles and that changes in consistency and appearance are completely normal. During your period, your face will undergo various changes: we will guide you through these few tips to help it regain its radiance.

What are the effects of menstruation on the skin?

Menstruation is the cause of several menstrual disorders. The general condition of the skin is one of them. Hormones during the menstrual cycle will play a determining role in the visible state of the skin:

  • Acne and pimples
  • Excess sebum, oily skin
  • dry skin
  • dehydration
  • itching
  • blackheads
  • irregular skin texture

Understanding the change in skin at each stage of the period

The face will reflect all the stages of the menstrual cycle and will react to them. How can you identify the different phases of the cycle by observing your face?

Before the period: the arrival of oily skin

After the ovulation period and at the time of the premenstrual syndrome, the fluctuation of hormones and in particular the levels ofestrogen, progesterone and testosterone will lead to an excessive production of sebum in women. In this phase, you may observe clogged pores, blackheads, pimples and skin that tends to be more oily than normal. We can also talk about hormonal acne for those who have significant skin eruptions during this period.

During your period: dry and sensitive skin

As soon as your flow arrives, your face will become more sensitive and dryer. The skin texture becomes more visible and duller and has less radiance. During this period, your hormones are at their lowest and your skin barrier is sensitized. Skin during menstruation is prone to inflammation: it must be well moisturized without being irritated.

After your period: the return to normal skin

After menstruation, we enter a pre-ovulatory phase. The skin becomes less dry, more radiant, smoother and less oily. Ovulation hormone levels begin to rise and estrogen will have an impact on skin cells, which become smoother, more resistant and stronger against external aggressions.

What types of products should I use for my skin during my period?

During menstruation and at each phase of the menstrual cycle, it is important to take care of your skin and follow these few tips:
If you suffer from cysts, cystic acne and scars, do not hesitate to consult your dermatologist or doctor who will advise you on the creams, serums, masks or other beauty treatments to use for your skin during your period Your women's health professional can also prescribe hormone therapy or nutritional supplements.
In general, use creams and masks that work well for you. Adapting your beauty routine can help you live your menstrual cycles better and also help you gently treat the imperfections of "period skin" and especially oily skin.

Beginning of menstruation: Which routine for oily skin?

You can clean your imperfections in depth by carrying out morning and evening care with soft scrubs which will unclog the pores and avoid letting accumulate excess sebum. It is therefore necessary at this time to open the pores and dry the excess oil present. Avoid using too much makeup or foundation that could clog pores. Prefer gel textures to oil and don't forget to rinse with water or a gentle cleanser. Never use irritating substances that could make your face sensitive to the sun. Use a sunscreen for optimal protection. If you notice any other symptoms or discomfort, consult a dermatologist!

During your period: Purify and moisturize!

This is the time to revitalize your skin and body by drinking plenty ofwater and eating fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Apply a detox and beauty routine to your body. Do not hesitate to use exfoliants that containsalicylic acid. Avoid waxing but prefer a good hammam and relaxation! You can use a nourishing and moisturizing cream and a gentle cleanser on a daily basis to avoid accentuating the effect of dryness and dehydration of the upper layer of the epidermis.

End of menstrual cycle: Moisturize and enjoy

After the menstrual period, use natural and/or organic products such as coconut oil, a vitamin C serum and moisturizing masks that will bring oxygen to your epidermis to deeply moisturize it without making it greasy and restore its health.

Period skin FAQs

How do I clean my skin during my period?

During your period, you can clean your face with mild soaps with the most neutral pH possible. Do not hesitate to use natural products that will moisturize it.

How is the skin after my period?

After your period, your skin gets a second wind and becomes stronger and smoother. Wait a few days after menstruation before carrying out care or depilation in order not to weaken your face.



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