UNDERSTANDING OUR MONTHLY HORMONAL CYCLE
Our hormones go through 4 phases each and every month as women. Before I explain the link between acne and our period, it is important to understand what happens when.
Menstruation: The menstrual cycle begins with menstruation, which is the shedding of the uterine lining. This phase typically lasts 3-7 days.
Follicular phase: After menstruation, the body begins to prepare for ovulation. During this phase, the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) are released, causing a follicle in the ovary to mature and release an egg.
Ovulation: Ovulation occurs when the mature follicle releases an egg into the fallopian tube. This typically occurs around day 14 of a 28-day cycle, but can vary depending on the individual.
Luteal phase: After ovulation, the empty follicle forms the corpus luteum, which releases the hormone progesterone. Progesterone helps prepare the uterine lining for implantation of a fertilized egg.
Menstruation (again): If the egg is not fertilized, the corpus luteum disintegrates and hormone levels drop, causing the uterine lining to shed once again, and the cycle begins anew.
LINK BETWEEN IMMUNITY AND ACNE
The immune system plays a key role in regulating inflammation throughout the body. When the immune system is weakened or compromised, inflammation can increase, which may contribute to the development or exacerbation of acne.
For example, studies have shown that individuals with compromised immune systems, such as those with HIV or other immunodeficiency disorders, are more likely to experience severe or persistent acne.
Additionally, some medications that suppress the immune system, such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressants, have been associated with an increased risk of acne.
It's important to note that while there may be a link between a dip in immunity and acne, other factors such as genetics, hormonal fluctuations, and lifestyle habits also play a role in the development of the condition.
WHY WE BREAK OUT THE MOST A WEEK BEFORE AND DURING OUR PERIOD
Research suggests that a woman's immune system is at its weakest point during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, which occurs after ovulation and before menstruation.
During this phase, progesterone levels rise and can suppress the immune system, making a woman more susceptible to infections and illnesses.
One study found that natural killer (NK) cell activity, which is a type of white blood cell involved in fighting off infections and cancer cells, is lower during the luteal phase compared to other phases of the menstrual cycle.
Another study found that women were more susceptible to herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection during the luteal phase.
This is why we always recommend taking the Radiance Powder at least 1 week before your period starts, and why women often report less painful periods after consistent use. The probiotic strains within help support a healthy gut microbiome, which is important for immune system function. The new formula also contains elderberry powder and several vitamins and freeze dried powders that naturally help support the immune system and hormone function during this phase, ultimately helping keep acne at bay and drastically reducing breakouts during your most vulnerable time of the month.