READER QUESTION: “Is my skin drier during a certain week of my cycle?”

/READER QUESTION: “Is my skin drier during a certain week of my cycle?”

READER QUESTION: “Is my skin drier during a certain week of my cycle?”

My HormonologyKara, a Hormonology newsletter subscriber, asks: “As the days get colder, I notice my skin is getting flaky. But, I also noticed it’s drier on some days than others. Could this be related to my monthly cycle?”

My answer:

It could! As estrogen descends in your premenstrual Week 4, it can reduce your body’s ability to produce moisture, resulting in drier skin, scratchy eyes and less lubrication when being intimate. Depending on your sensitivity to this plunging hormone and your body’s own personal makeup, you may notice a lot of dryness or just a little. But by being aware of this ahead of time, you can take steps to overcome it, for instance, by using a moisturizing lotion, eye drops and lubricating jelly.

Have a question of your own? For instance, how Hormonology works, which is the best week of your cycle to do an activity or how your hormones impact you in a certain way? Ask me! Send your question to gabrielle [at] It could end up in the next Hormonology post!

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By | 2018-01-26T19:31:31+00:00 October 30th, 2012|health, reader question|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle's groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools--including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips--to share vital information about hormones.

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