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PMS Skin & what you can do about it

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No amount of acne can come between you and our love for you. We understand that on some days, you want flawless skin and your cycle shouldn’t be the reason you don’t get it. 

First, let’s understand why acne is super clingy when it comes to your cycle. Your cycle has four phases: menstrual, follicular, ovulation and luteal (premenstrual). 

In the premenstrual phase, which starts around 10 days before your period, oestrogen levels in your body fall while progesterone increases. When this happens, your sebaceous gland gets activated.

The sebaceous glands are spread throughout your body and they produce this oily thing called sebum. Normally, our body produces just enough sebum to lubricate our skin. When too much of it is produced, thanks to hormonal changes, the extra bits get collected in your pores, which then becomes acne.

Talk about being interconnected! 

There are some very simple things you can incorporate into your schedule to deal with acne:

  • Cleanse your face twice a day with a foam or gel-based product if you have oily skin. If your skin is dry, try a cream-based cleanser instead.
  • Hydrate. Very simple – just keep sipping water.
  • Finally, don’t forget to exercise. A simple walk every morning is just as good as 60 kegel reps!

If these don’t help, that’s okay because you can always consult with a doctor. Even if it’s mild acne, just go for it. Better to be safe than sorry.


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Read other articles by Dr. Poonam Wadhwani on InSync here.

Dr. Poonam Wadhwani
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Dr. Poonam Wadhwani is a dermatologist and cosmetologist who has been working for nearly 19 years. She completed her education from Mumbai University. While skin, hair, and beauty are her forte, she also performs routine skincare and cosmetic procedures.
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