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How Your Period Hormones Affect Your Skin

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As hormones levels in your body go up and down throughout the month your skin is affected in different ways - your skin can become very oily and breakout. For some people just the opposite; they experience periods of skin dryness. This is all because of the amount of certain hormones - estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and luteinizing hormone, that your body is producing throughout the month in order for your period to happen. It is important to note that if you are taking birth control pills the skin changes you experience will be less dramatic than if you do not use birth control pills. Your body goes through a set cycle of hormonal changes every 28 days or so. Right after your period is over your estrogen levels begin to increase. This is when your skin looks its best. As the uterus' walls thicken and as an egg begins to mature in a follicle your skin benefits as well with increased collagen production, smaller looking pores, and well hydrated skin. Skin will look bright and healthy during this time of the month. If you are acne prone you might find that you need to use less of your acne products during this time, but do not stop using your anti-acne products entirely. Also keep up your positive skin care habits like using SPF daily, not smoking, and caring properly for your skin at home. About two weeks before your period ovulation occurs. This is when the egg leaves the ovary and makes it way down the fallopian tube to the uterus. Now estrogen levels increase and trigger another hormone called the luteinizing hormone (LH) to increase as well. Unfortunately LH causes an increase in oil production in the skin. This can mean breakouts for some people. Acne prone skin cells shed more dead skin cells than regular pores. At this time of the month our skin can't keep up with all these dead skin cells, and they start to clog our pores. Once the egg reaches the womb and is not fertilized our bodies get ready to shed the excess blood in the uterus. This is right before your period will begin, and it is also when your skin looks its worst. The hormones progesterone and testosterone increase while estrogen decreases leading to more oil production in the skin, clogged pores, and once again breakouts. Breakouts that are connected to this time of the month are generally concentrated on the chin, jawline, and cheeks. Keep in mind that this is also the time of the month when your skin is its most sensitive so having other beauty treatments like waxing at this time of the month can be particularly painful. Once your period actually begins you might not actually breakout but your skin can appear blotchy or puffy. Once your period is over the entire cycle described above starts all over again.

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