Choosing the right rejuvenation technique for themselves, many women wonder if peeling can be done during menstruation. Critical days are a stressful period for the female body, during which hormonal changes occur. Therefore, facial skin reactions to peeling during menstruation can be unpredictable. What you need to know in order not to get rid of unwanted complications after peeling.
What do women expect from peeling?
Natural facial skin renewal occurs daily. A new layer forms under the obsolete epidermal cells, so the skin integuments retain their barrier function. But the skin does not have time to independently and in a timely manner get rid of excess keratinized particles. Accumulating on the surface, dead epidermal scales attract atmospheric pollution, the remains of sebum, becoming a favorable environment for the life of bacteria and subcutaneous mites.
Hyperkeratosis, or densification of the upper layer of the skin due to keratinized cells, causes a grayish complexion, deepening of facial and age wrinkles, and oxygen starvation of the young epithelium. Internal processes in the dermis are slowed down, the production of natural collagen fibers and cell regeneration are stopped. Externally, keratosis manifests itself in the fact that a woman begins to experience many aesthetic problems: the skin pores are stretched and clogged with the secretion of the sebaceous glands, redness and ulcers form on the site of the grown hairs, the reflection in the mirror shows acne, acne and obvious signs of years lived.
Chemical and physical peels help women get rid of a dense “mask” of keratinized skin flakes. The basis of any exfoliation is the mechanism of exfoliation of non-viable cells with a peeling agent. These can be molecules of natural or synthesized acids, fine abrasives, liquid nitrogen, ultrasonic waves or laser radiation. No matter what the cosmetologist will affect the skin of the face during peeling, the main component of the peeling composition or technique will completely destroy the dense stratum corneum of cells and awaken the dermis to natural regeneration.
Depending on the depth of penetration into the skin, peels for the face can save women from many defects in appearance. Chemical and hardware peels make it possible to smooth out the gossamer from wrinkles, lighten age spots, remove excess T-zone grease, relieve inflammation, cleanse and narrow pores, smooth out the microrelief of the skin after acne and restore the face freshness. But no matter how gentle, gentle and superficial peeling may be his time should be. And not only in terms of season, skin age or indications. The peeling procedure should be performed taking into account the physical condition of the woman. Therefore, menstruation is one of the significant contraindications for acidic or mechanical cleansing of the face.
During menstruation, it is strictly forbidden to perform middle and deep peels with acids, diamond chips or laser beams. Surface chemical exfoliation and scrubbing are also undesirable. It is better to consult a cosmetologist about the possibility of such peelings during the period of female bleeding.
Menstrual changes in the body
Critical days are a time of general malaise and mood swings in a woman’s usual life. The phases of the menstrual cycle determine the work of all body systems, especially reproductive and endocrine. The latter responds to the state of the hormonal background and the regulation of progesterone and estrogen levels in the blood. Hormonal imbalance during women’s days makes the body’s reactions to external factors unpredictable. The state of excitation and inhibition in the brain quickly replace each other, externally manifesting as:
- hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating due to increased work of sweat glands);
- increased heart rate;
- anxiety and irritability;
- high blood pressure and general body temperature;
- high hemoglobin level;
- an increase in the number of platelets in the blood, which leads to prolonged edema;
- hypersensitivity to pain;
- increased functioning of the sebaceous glands, leading to the appearance of inflammation and acne;
- a general decrease in immunity and the inability of the body to fully resist the spread of infection.
With the end of menstruation, these physical and psychological worries disappear on their own – the body begins to prepare for the next possible pregnancy.
Low immunity, unstable hormonal levels and a high pain threshold are the reasons why cosmetologists recommend refraining from peeling during menstruation. The condition of the skin on critical days becomes noticeably worse than usual, but normalizes without outside interference by the middle of the menstrual cycle. Therefore, do not rush to transform using peeling during menstruation, but rather postpone exfoliation for at least a week.
Peeling during menstruation: put on pause
Acid and mechanical effects on the skin during menstruation are undesirable for several reasons:
- at this time, the sensitivity of the nerve endings is aggravated, the woman feels pain more, so the peeling procedure can cause discomfort and become intolerable;
- swelling of the skin after cosmetic procedures during menstruation will persist 2 times longer than usual;
- on the external impact, especially with laser peeling or microcrystalline dermabrasion, the skin can respond with deep and long-lasting hematomas and bruises;
- unstable hormonal background in women’s days can provoke serious post-peeling pigmentation;
- against the background of a general decrease in immunity, an infection that can be introduced into the skin with median and deep peels will develop rapidly and have a risk of serious complications;
- increased work of the sebaceous glands in the final phase of the menstrual cycle is dangerous by the appearance of inflammatory rashes, acne and ulcers. Such facial skin conditions themselves are contraindications for peeling;
- low blood coagulation during menstruation can provoke uncontrolled bleeding of the skin during the peeling process.
When planning a course of rejuvenating peels, you need to take into account the phases of the menstrual cycle. The best time for exfoliation will help you determine the beautician, based on your “calendar of critical days.”
“Peeling phase” in the menstrual cycle
The optimal time for acid and mechanical peelings falls on the second half of the menstrual cycle. For all women, this period is individual, on average it falls on 14-17 day after the onset of menstruation. At this time, the level of hormones in the body normalizes, the functioning of the sebaceous glands and secretion by them decrease, the sensitivity of pain receptors decreases, and blood coagulability increases.
The middle of the menstrual cycle as an ideal time for peelings is recommended by most cosmetologists. The risk of side effects from peeling in the second week from the onset of menstruation is minimal, which means that the procedure will not leave bruises, bruises or extensive pigmentation on the face.
Serious cosmetic procedures during menstruation, which include facial peeling with acidic compounds, rejuvenation with laser beams or polishing the skin with diamond powder, are money wasted. Exfoliation sessions will hurt and can have unpredictable consequences, and the rehabilitation period after peelings is likely to stretch to 2-3 weeks.