Your skin changes throughout your menstrual cycle. Depending on what phase of your cycle you are in, your skin changes from dry to oily inflamed. By better understanding your menstrual cycle, you can make better decisions about how to care for your skin and avoid troubled inflamed skin.
Menstrual phase: The days before your period, estrogen and progesterone suddenly drop. Low estrogen levels during your period will make your skin feel dry. Use a moisturising ointment or hydrate internally by drinking plenty of water.
Follicular phase: Estrogen rises in this phase. Estrogen ensures good moisture balance. Keep drinking plenty of water to keep your skin well hydrated. Add lemon or grapefruit to your water as vitamin C helps give a healthy glow.
Ovulation phase: The days before and during ovulation, your skin is at its best. Your skin has more glow and a healthy sheen. In this period, it might be nice to use less make-up.
Luteal phase: Progesterone plays an active role in this phase and activates sebum production. Excessive sebum clogs your pores and provides an ideal breeding ground for pimple-causing bacteria. It is important to cleanse your skin properly in the morning and at night. A diet rich in zinc or a quality supplement will help balance sebum production.
Women can experience hormonal acne or pimples around the ovulation phase due to a surplus of oestrogen or the days before your period as you experience hormonal fluctuations between oestrogen and progesterone.