Period breakouts: Aligning Your Medical-Grade Facial with your menstrual cycle to prevent breakouts

Are you experiencing breakouts before or during your period? If so, you are not alone! It’s a common frustration shared by many women. In fact, research indicates that about 65% of women face hormonal acne during this time. Thanks a lot, hormones!

In this blog, we’re diving into the menstrual cycle and its phases, shedding light on what our skin craves during those hormonal swings – and we’ve even got some of our favourite skincare tips to share. Keep reading to find out when is the best time to book your facial and keep those pimples in check!

Decoding the Menstrual Cycle: Understanding Its Phases

To make the most of medical-grade facials and other types of skincare treatments, it’s important to first understand our skin’s needs during each menstrual phase. There are four stages and they typically occur during a 28-day timeframe. We are MD Formula lovers , and therefore will be sharing our most effective products depending on which stage you’re at in your cycle. So, let’s break it down:

1. Days 1-7: Menstrual Phase | During this time, hormonal changes are the most visible. As we shed the uterine lining, the levels of estrogen and progesterone decline fast, which leads to dry, sensitive skin. This is an ideal time in your cycle to enhance your skincare routine with extra hydration. Incorporate face masks, serums, and moisturizers rich in hydrating ingredients like collagen, aloe and hyaluronic acid. Here’s a list of our favourite MD Formula products perfect for this phase:

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MD Formula Collagen Mask

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MD Formula – HA Recharge Serum

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MD Formula – Forever Calm Moisturizer

2. Days 8-14: Follicular Phase | Estrogen levels start to rise, promoting collagen production and skin cell turnover. The skin is usually at “its best” during this phase. It’s an ideal time to incorporate active ingredients such as Vitamin C into your skincare routine. We recommend:

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MD Formula Multi-C Serum 15%

(Ideal for normal, combination and oily skin)

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MD Formula Miracle C-Tea

(Ideal for dry, sensitive and mature skin)

3. Days 15-21: Ovulation Phase | The skin becomes oilier due to a surge in testosterone, which can lead to breakouts. We recommend to book your facial during this stage of your cycle, to give your skin a deep cleanse and exfoliation. At Victoria Park Medispa, we offer medical-grade treatments such as BelaMD for clearer, brighter and rejuvenated skin. Keep reading to find out what they are and which skin concerns can be treated! As a pro tip, do not skip your moisturizer, as dehydrated skin can lead your skin to produce more oil. In addition, products containing salicylic acid can help clear out excess oil and prevent breakouts. Try out these products:

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MD Formula Pure Balancing Gel

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MD Formula – HA Recharge Serum

4. Days 22-28: Luteal Phase | Progesterone peaks, causing the skin to retain more oil and potentially leading to inflammation and acne. Our tip is to incorporate a gentle cleanser into your skin care routine and we recommend the Daily detox cleanser by MD formula.

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MD Formula Daily Detox Cleanser

 Medical-grade facials: BELA MD (Microdermabrasion)

In the realm of medical-grade facial treatments, BELA MD and Hydrafacial are two of the most sought-after treatments for achieving clear, glowing skin. Incorporating these treatments into your skincare routine can reduce the likelihood of a breakout, but what are they and how can they help your skin?

BELA MD: BELA MD is an advanced skincare treatment that combines medical-grade diamond microdermabrasion, infusion & extraction, and LED therapy. This treatment is ideal for people looking to deeply cleanse, exfoliate, and rejuvenate the skin. It’s designed to tackle a variety of skin concerns including:

  • Dry, dehydrated skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone or texture
  • Congestion and acne

The treatment lasts between 40-60 minutes and there is no downtime required.  Results are instant! Click here to find the Victoria Park Medispa location closest to you.

Hydrafacial: This treatment is a multi-step process that cleanses, exfoliates, and rejuvenates the skin using a combination of pre-formulated hydration and nourishment serums along with a patented vacuum-based system for gentler exfoliation. This treatment offers a standardized approach to hydrate and nourish your skin with no downtime required.

The Best Time in Your Cycle for a medical-grade facial

Given the above phases, the optimal time for a BELA MD treatment is during the Ovulation phase (Days 15-21). Here’s why:

  • Enhanced Healing and Rejuvenation: Following the rise in estrogen of the follicular phase, your skin enhances collagen production which accelerates skin cell turnover, making your skin more receptive to the benefits of these treatments.
  • Reduced Sensitivity: Your skin is generally less sensitive and more resilient during this phase, minimizing the risk of irritation and maximizing the absorption of active ingredients.
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Tips for Maintaining Healthy Skin Between Treatments

Consistency is key to maintaining healthy skin between your BELA MD and Hydrafacial treatments. Here are some tips to keep your skin in top shape:

  • Stick to a Routine: Establish a consistent skincare routine that includes cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and sun protection.
  • Hydrate: Keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using hydrating serums and moisturizers.
  • Healthy Diet: Consume a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support skin health from the inside out.
  • Avoid Harsh Products: Steer clear of harsh chemicals and abrasive exfoliants that can disrupt your skin’s natural barrier.

Product Recommendations for Preventing Breakouts and Post-Care

To maintain the results of your skin care treatment, here are some skin care recommendations:

  • Gentle Cleanser: Opt for a gentle, hydrating cleanser to keep your skin clean without stripping it of essential oils.
  • Non-Comedogenic Moisturizer: Choose a non-comedogenic moisturizer (free of ingredients that can block your pores) to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. Browse MD Formula non-comedogenic moisturizers.
  • Serums with Hyaluronic Acid: Incorporate serums containing hyaluronic acid to maintain hydration and plumpness. Our favourite are: Forever Plump and HA Recharge .
  • SPF Protection: Always use a broad-spectrum SPF to protect your skin from UV damage and maintain your treatment results. In addition, incorporating a Vitamin C serum can help prevent skin damage and premature aging that is caused by environmental stress factors. We recommend our glowy best seller Multi-C 15%.

Timing your BELA Md treatment with the right phase in your menstrual cycle can make a difference in the effectiveness and longevity of the results attained by your treatment. By scheduling these treatments two weeks after your period, during the ovulation phase, you can ensure your skin reaps the maximum benefits.

Ready to experience the transformative power of a BELA MD treatment? Book a consultation with our skincare experts today to learn more about these treatments and to receive recommendations tailored to your skin’s needs.

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