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Periods and Pimples

Menstrual acne is a common condition amongst 65% of women. Women will PMS every month. Accordingly, the average woman will experience irritability, bloating, pains, and the undesirable breakout every month. But why do women breakout during this time? Two words…Hormonal changes.

A women’s menstrual cycle is usually 28 days. Each day is hormonally different. A woman’s ovaries produce female sex hormones, and the two main hormones are estrogen and progesterone. Nevertheless, the ovaries also produce testosterone, which is a male hormone. During the beginning of a woman’s menstrual cycle, the leading hormone is estrogen. Estrogen controls sebaceous glands producing finer pores and drier skin.

In mid-cycle, progesterone rises and becomes the predominate hormone. Unfortunately, progesterone stimulates the sebaceous glands increasing the production of sebum (an oily substance that acts as the skin’s natural lubricant). To make matters worse, higher testosterone levels before and during menstruation further increases the production of sebum. Consequently, progesterone and testosterone generate an excess of sebum, which then provides the energy and nutrients for P. acnes bacteria to grow and multiply, increasing breakouts and inflammation during a woman’s menstruation. This is why women usually experience breakouts at least a week before their menstruation and/or during it.

Hormonal changes are inevitable during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Therefore, you cannot change the connection between hormones and acne. However, you can adopt a skin care regimen that will help control the excess oil your skin produces before and during your period. For more skin solutions visit http://mdbeautysecrets.com/skin-concerns/oily-skin/ OR http://mdbeautysecrets.com/skin-concerns/acne/

 

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