Why Do You Get Acne During Your Period (Menstruation)

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I recently received a question about menstruation and acne from someone on my live show. They were wondering why they get acne during their period. If you’ve been wondering this as well, this video is for you. 

Every other month the ovaries take turns in ovulation. This month, it may be the left ovary, and acne may start to show up on the left side of your jawline. The next month it would be your right ovary, and you may see acne on the right side of your jawline.

What causes acne during menstruation? Well, let’s take a look at the whole month. 

• On day 14 when you’re ovulating, you get the highest spike in estrogen.
• About a week later, you get the highest spike in progesterone.
• During menstruation, you have the lowest amount of estrogen and progesterone.

Why would you get acne when both estrogen and progesterone are low? Well, there is actually another hormone involved called testosterone. 

Women have a certain amount of testosterone, but if there is too much, it can cause things like acne.

What’s happening is you’re getting too much testosterone for the amount of estrogen and progesterone that’s in the body. Testosterone enlarges the sebaceous gland, which can release more oil and bacteria, which then results in acne.  

How to get rid of acne:

1. DIM (androgen antagonist) 
2. Decrease cortisol (monitor your stress level)
3. Normalize insulin (ketogenic diet)

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Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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