QI’ve noticed that my pores appear larger when I’m on my period. I’ve always suspected it’s due to my hormones. What can I do to prevent them from looking bigger?
– Isabel Toh
AA surge in luteinising hormone during ovulation, and progesterone and testosterone near menstruation, can stimulate the sebaceous glands. Skin becomes more oily, leading to period pimples. Oestrogen and androgens (male sex hormones) also enlarge pores. Switch to oil-free makeup and moisturiser at these two times of the month.
What you eat also affects your pores. Eating lots of high glycaemic index (GI) carbohydrates, refined sugar, and omega-6 fatty acids (found in flaxseed oil and pumpkin seeds) overstimulates the sebaceous glands.
If you have oily skin, eat more dark green leafy vegetables, dried beans, fruits and calcium-rich food. This reader wins a set of Prive Skinworks products worth $252.40, comprising White Lightening Wash, White Lightening Toner, Triple Action Skin Defence SPF50, and Honey Soothing Cream.