“This is my skin on my period,” she said. “Look at it. So angry. Ow.”
Between appearing at awards shows and posing for elaborate photo shoots and magazine covers, Teigen regularly shares aspects of her “real” life on social media. Every human with a period can relate to the skin issue, which is probably why the post racked up over 16,000 likes and a slew of supportive, appreciative comments from fans.
Of the many annoying ways a period impacts the body, breakouts can sometimes feel like the most annoying, thanks to their visibility.
Dr. Bethanee J. Schlosser, an assistant professor in dermatology and obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, explained to Refinery29 in 2014 that we can thank lower levels of the sex hormone estradiol and higher levels of testosterone, changes that occur two weeks before your period, for these monthly clusters of blemishes.
“It’s that shift of balance that can lead to increased activity of sebaceous glands and can manifest as oily skin, with an increase in developing acne lesions and oily hair and scalp as well,” she said. Resulting pimples, along with the potential for cystic acne, continue through the week of your period as well.
Thanks, Chrissy Teigen, for keeping it real when it comes to sebaceous glands, and pretty much everything else, too.