how your cycle affects your skin throughout the month

Updated: Apr 9, 2018

Your menstrual cycles determine how your skin behaves and looks like week by week, thanks to hormone changes that occur naturally in your body.

Our skin is sensitive to hormonal activity. Just think back to your puberty days and recall how hormonal activity changed you hair and body. Hormonal activity happens daily in less intensity than your teenage years, affecting how your skin looks and feels like.

Shifting hormones can change the amount of sebum your skin naturally produces, which in excess leads to blemishes and breakouts. You may be tempted to attack them with aggressive products, but, over-drying breakouts can actually lead to sebaceous glands producing more sebum to compensate.

The main hormones in action are estrogen and progesterone, which rise and fall throughout the month. During the first half of your cycle, estrogen is helping the body prepare for pregnancy, followed by progesterone during the second half to maintain the lining of the uterus if an embryo is developed. It's really all about making babies.

We recommend recording and following the way your skin reacts to hormonal changes, just like you are recording your monthly cycle and symptoms. This will help you plan your skincare routine in advance and stay ahead of breakouts by preparing your skin to what you body is about to produce.