We use cookies for two reasons: to give you the best experience, and to make sure our ads you see on other sites like Google are relevant to you. Please click the button below if you agree to our use of cookies and personal data – find out more or change settings here.

Treat Hormonal Skin

Skin Facts With Dermalogica

In today’s blog I have decided to talk to you about some of the skincare changes we suffer from during menopause, our monthly cycle and pregnancy. Discover how to manage changes in your skin as a result of hormone fluctuations. Learn how to tackle fluctuating skin conditions during your monthly cycle. Read answers to why your skin changes throughout pregnancy and how can you adapt your regimen.


Did you know, there are around 34 symptoms of the menopause and many of them affect your skin. From dryness to breakouts, loss of elasticity and wrinkles to sensitivity and flushes.

Normalising The Conversation:

Around menopause is a positive step to empowering women to maintain self confidence, through these potentially dramatic physical and emotional changes. Many women start to experience perimenopausal symptoms from their early to mid-40s, but they battle silently with the physical and emotional changes they bring. Understanding these hormonal shifts can help with embracing the changes and how to adapt your skincare regimen.


Is the period of transition that begins several years before menopause. The fluctuation of oestrogen levels can lead to irregular periods, hot flushes, mood swings and weight gain to name a few. Inevitably, skin changes become evident too. Breakouts, increased sensitivity, rosacea, pigmentation and dryness, not to mention an acceleration in skin ageing.


Is diagnosed as an absence of menstrual periods for at least 1 year. Due to low levels of oestrogen post menopause, skin ageing and dryness plus slower wound healing becomes a key challenge.

Key Products:

To address menopausal skin symptoms are those fortified with skin regenerating peptides and retinol plus, Vitamins C and E. Look for nourishing formulas to replenish the skins depleting barrier and commit to regular resurfacing to boost cell renewal for smoother, radiant skin.

  • Skin Resurfacing Cleanser
  • Antioxidant Hydramist
  • Phyto Nature Firming Serum
  • Dynamic Skin Recovery
  • Multivitamin Power Firm


Did you know the hormonal changes during ovulation and menstruation can cause skin to produce more oil and increase skin sensitivity, leading to inflamed breakouts typically around the chin area.


Is the hormone associated with increased oiliness and breakouts. As oestrogen declines during the 10 days preceding your period, the balance with testosterone shifts, so you might start to notice your skin change.


Is responsible for regulating menstruation, progesterone stats to rise post ovulation in the second half of your cycle and causes increased inflammation resulting in blocked pores and spots.

Tack Your Cycle:

You may find your skin changes at ovulation, around a week before your period or your skin may break out during menstruation. Using a period app to track your cycle, can help you to make skin care tweaks to stop the dreaded period spots and minimise their impact.

Suffering From PMT:

Don’t forget the importance of self-care during this time. Eat well to help balance your mood and skin and make time for a relaxing skin treatment or massage to manage stress.

Introduce A Breakout Clearing Serum To Your Regimen:

Apply the serum to the areas you usually break out. Use twice a day in your pre menstrual phase and continue to use for around 7 to 10 days. Look for hydrating formulas with Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide to keep pores clear and reduce post breakout pigmentation.

Key Products:

  • Age Bright Clearing Serum
  • Age Bright Spot Fader
  • Clear Start Clearing Defence
  • Clear Start Breakout Booster


Did you know as you move through each trimester, your skin can change in response to hormonal fluctuations. From an early pregnancy skin glow to possible breakouts, sensitivity and hyperpigmentation. You may need to modify your regimen as your pregnancy progresses.


During pregnancy breakouts are common in women, who breakout during their menstrual cycle and those with genetically oilier skin. To manage excess oil and spots, include a clay based cleanser in your daily regimen and light hydrating formulas with skin balancing probiotics.

Safe Skin Care:

Generally speaking, skin care and cosmetics are safe for pregnancy unless stated on the packaging. Retinol products are to be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, it is always best to check with your GP if you are unsure on whether your products are suitable.

Sensitive Skin:

Skin may become more sensitive during pregnancy, and it may come as a surprise that your skin acts differently than normal. Strip your regimen back to basics and reach for a sulphate free, soothing cleanser and a hydrating mist, to keep skin calm and protected.


Up to 70 percent of pregnant women will develop hyperpigmentation, which are darker skin patches on their face ( a skin condition known as melasma). Our pigment producing cells, the Melanocytes are sensitive to pregnancy hormones and can go into overdrive. Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing a high SPF daily can help to minimise the discolouration. A good Vitamin C serum can help brighten the skin to balance uneven skin tone.

Key Products:

  • Active Clay Cleanser
  • Ultracalming Cleanser
  • Ultracalming Mist
  • Invisible Physical Defence
  • Biolumin C Serum

If you have any questions please message us, we always have our skin experts available. If you are local you are more than welcome to come and see us.

Profile Photo of Emielia Echeverri author for John and Ginger
Emielia Echeverri
Monday, April 27, 2020