Hormones 101: How your cycle affects the skincare routine
A female’s ‘time of the month’ is not well-known for being the most fun time on the calendar!
Typically associated with stomach cramps, bloating, lethargy and headaches, we now have another ailment to add to the long list of reasons being a woman can sometimes suck…hormonal skin.
Breakouts (and in severe cases, acne), irritation, dryness, rosacea and excess oil are all cyclical symptoms associated with a surge or fall in hormones many women are likely to experience.
With the hormonal impact on the skin potentially starting at pre-pubescence and lasting through to post-menopause, fluctuations that happen around pregnancy, ovulation and menstruation can mean that a woman deals with the hormonal impact on her skin potentially for most of her adult life!
While some women prefer to treat the skin topically or with heavy makeup, traditional methods of covering and reducing blemishes this way can dry out the skin’s natural oils and damage healthy cells. For many, this can lead to an even bigger skincare problem than the one you’re trying to cover!
Hormonal changes to the skin are nothing to be embarrassed about. But we do know the feeling of wanting to curl up and hide under the doona when hormonal skin isn’t being kind.
So rather than avoid the public or resort to synthetic solutions, here are our tips for healthy hormonal skin, whatever the time of the month!
Avoid the contraceptive pill
The contraceptive pill is often prescribed to treat acne and excess oil by regulating sebum production and reducing the frequency and severity of breakouts.
Unfortunately for the skin, the body is smart!
When a lack of natural sebum is detected, the natural response is to counteract this and put sebum production into overdrive. When you stop taking the pill, the excess sebum will continue leaving the skin potentially oilier and more prone to breakouts than before.
While all women are different, it can take up to 18 months for sebum to regulate and post-pill acne to clear up once a woman has taken the last pill.
While we understand the pill is a common method to reduce the chance of pregnancy, as far as your skin is concerned, avoid.
Consult with a dietician
While hormone imbalances might be the cause of a skin issue, did you know that hormone dysfunction can start in the gut?
A functioning digestive and endocrine system often go hand in hand. If one is unhealthy or out of balance, the other might be too.
If you experience bloating, nausea and stomach pain as a result of a food intolerance or other bacteria imbalance, this can significantly affect the production of essential hormones leading to estrogen dominance, estrogen and progesterone imbalance, over or underactive thyroid and inflammation of hormone receptors. These imbalances can have a serious impact on your skin along with the fluctuations of the monthly cycle.
A dietician or naturopath will be able to identify any gut issues and their potential impact on the skin.
Reduce toxin consumption
We know that at certain times of the month, all you want to do is sit and eat a big bar of chocolate, and hey, we hear you! Unfortunately, the angel on our shoulder wants us to let you know that the overload of sugar and toxins can directly cause an inflammatory response that can leave skin dull, red and irritated.
While we’re all about balance, if you can make healthier choices and substitute the Dairy Milk for natural whole foods instead, your skin might just thank you for it!
Avoid synthetic skincare
When your skin is sore and irritated, harsh, chemical-based products designed to help, can actually cause more problems.
Products designed to clear up acne usually contain retinols which work by drying up the oil glands to regulate sebum production.
While some retinoid-based products claim to be naturally derived from vitamin A, the synthetic ingredients can cause dryness, flaking and sensitisation of healthy skin cells. Products formulated with benzoyl peroxide can appear to get results from the outside, on the inside the cells are being damaged which can lead to long-term sensitivity and chronic skin concerns.
Drink more water
Yes, yes, we know that every time we give some advice we end up telling you to drink more water!
But that’s because whatever the problem, H20 really is the most natural, cheapest and most effective skincare product!
Water helps flush out toxins, strengthen and hydrate the skin cells, soften stools to help the digestive system and balance the skin’s natural internal hydration processes.
Want better skin? Drink more water!
Apply Bd Luminosity Serum
Bd Serum is our go-to for hormonal breakouts and reducing redness. Look, to be honest there is no topical cure for acne and hormonal skin that won’t cause more harm to healthy cells, but our extract of Davidson plum is rich in tartaric acid, gallic acid and quercetin which work to reduce redness and inflammation to help soothe the skin.
The tartaric acid in Davidson plum also works as a fully active, natural enzyme that breaks down dead skin cells and regulates oil flow to avoid the cells becoming blocked.
Most women will see and feel the impact of hormonal skin at some point in their life, by understanding how and when the skin responds to hormone levels and fluctuations will help you better treat the skin with the active ingredients that can heal cells as and when they need it.
To introduce Biologi into a hormonal skincare routine, visit our shop today.