How Hormones Affect the Skin Before, During, and After Period

Did you notice that your skin has good days and bad days? Have you wondered why is that? Surely, stress and certain food that you eat can make a difference in how the skin looks. But, you need to know that hormones play a major if not crucial role in affecting your skin condition. 

Each day of the menstrual cycle reflects the different levels of hormones - estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Their mutual correlation can affect how your skin looks and how you feel. Learn how to take charge of your skin during certain days of your cycle and how to understand the hormones. 


Days 1-7: Menstruation Days 

Cycle day one is when your menstruation begins. All three hormones, progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen are low. Testosterone and estrogen will start to slowly rise by cycle day three. 

Hormones Effect

All three hormones support mood and metabolism. On the other hand, estrogen’s low point will lead to low collagen production, as well as hyaluronic acid and elastin. Your skin may appear dull and without that natural glow that you like. 

What To Do With Skin 

Don’t skip cleansing, exfoliation, and toning during this week. However, you should use moisturizers rich in phytoestrogens to support and mimic estrogen. Skin will appear more elastic and luminous. 

Increase consumption of nuts, especially nut butter, chickpeas, and edamame. Drink water, a lot of water so your skin is hydrated from the inside. Avoid drinking too much coffee since it can dehydrate your body. 

You should definitely avoid sugar and simple carbs. Otherwise, expect acne to appear in this part of the period. 


Days 8-15: “Venus Week”

This week is designed for women to feel their best. Estrogen and testosterone are climbing together to higher levels just prior to ovulation (around day 15). 

Hormones Effect

The hormones of this week increase romantic and positive mood, as well as confidence and desire. Dopamine and endorphins should lift up the energy and good mood. Metabolism is more efficient and skin is glowing. 

What to Do With Skin

Let your natural glow be visible this week. Makeup should be minimal, as well as sugar and carb intake. Continue with your regular skincare regime, and don’t forget to exfoliate and moisturize to keep the glow going. 


Days 16-28: Progesterone Dominance, aka “Minerva Phase”

Just after ovulation, testosterone, and estrogen dip, while progesterone takes place. This hormone serves as a pregnancy protector, even if you have not conceived. Its job is to ensure rest and eating, so don’t be surprised if your appetite goes up. Meditation and organization are ways to deal with the unwanted effects of this hormonal period. 

Hormones Effect

As progesterone rises, it can cause you to feel bloated, as well as cause weight gain. As the cycle progress, the progesterone starts to fall, the other three hormones take place and the mood can be a bit changeable. A sudden drop in hormones can cause dopamine, endorphin, and serotonin to drop as well. 

What to Do With Skin

This is a part of your cycle when you should exercise. Set aside at least 20 minutes a day to do your favorite workout. When it comes to skin, you should take extra caution to prevent breakouts and dullness. A calming mask, exfoliation, and appropriate cleanser will improve the skin condition. Think about spot-on treatments or the ones that you leave overnight. 

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