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Periods, Hormones & How it Affects Your Skin

That time of the month can bring on a variety of skin challenges. Get Olay’s expert tips to keep your skin beautiful during your period and other times of hormonal changes. 

Teenage Years

Many teens breakout when it’s that time of the month. Teens going through puberty experience many hormonal changes—typically a decrease in estrogen and progesterone and an increase of testosterone. These elevated testosterone levels cause glands to produce more oil, leaving your skin oily and shiny. Excess oil allows bacteria to grow leading to breakouts. 

Skin Solution

Always wash your face, especially when you are on your period. Cleansers with salicylic acid, a key acne fighting ingredient, will help treat current acne and can help prevent new pimples from forming. 

Ages 20-35

As you age out of your teen years, hormones begin to balance out. Balanced estrogen levels give skin a naturally flushed glow. Estrogen increases collagen and elastin levels, helping your skin look full and plump.During your period, testosterone and estrogen levels drop. The decrease can leave skin looking less vibrant with a sallow, yellowish tint. 

Skin Solution

Products that contain niacinamide (Vitamin B3) can help your skin look more full and lively. The ingredient has been proven to help skin’s tone and texture. 

Ages 35-49

As you age, your skin starts to lose elasticity and firmness as a result of decreasing collagen and elastin levels. Your skin will also begin to feel dry since your skin has a harder time retaining its natural moisture. 

Skin Solution

Use creamy moisturizers that contain niacinamide (Vitamin B3) which binds water to your skin, keeping it moisturized all day long. A night cream can also help alleviate dry skin overnight, so your skin can wake up rejuvenated and refreshed.