How Your Period Affects Acne

It’s no secret to many women who suffer from adult female acne that your period has an impact on your acne breakouts. Acne occurs in response to hormonal fluctuations in the body, with most outbreaks resulting in response to the menstrual cycle. A study published in the Archives of Dermatology states that 63% of women who are prone to acne have premenstrual flares. In most cases this happens between seven and ten days prior to the woman’s period. Once menstruation has started, the acne breakout diminishes.
The Cause
During the first 14 days of the menstrual cycle, a woman’s body has higher levels of estrogen in her body than other sexual hormones. During the second 14 days of the 28-day cycle, progesterone is the predominant hormone. Immediately prior to the beginning of menstruation, both hormones drop to their lowest level. During this same phase, testosterone stays at constant levels, making it predominant over the female hormones.
While progesterone is at its highest levels, more sebum is produced in the skin. It also causes pores to swell and become compressed. Once testosterone becomes predominate, more DHT is produced, and sebum production increases even more, while pores are compressed and the oil is more likely to become blocked. This sets the stage for bacterium P. acnes to flourish in the clogged pores, resulting in acne breakouts.
The Solution
DHT is produced as a byproduct of testosterone, which remains at constant levels throughout the woman’s menstrual cycle. Clearogen can be used to treat current acne breakouts and prevent future ones, by reducing the amount of DHT produced and the amount of sebum that is in the skin’s pores. To learn more about using Clearogen as an effective adult acne treatment for women, call 877-30-CLEAR.
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