Isn’t it frustrating when your skin breaks out before your periods? Sometimes, like clockwork.
Working with women with hormonal acne, a common hormonal imbalance I see that worsens skin breakouts during this time is LOW PROGESTERONE. 
In this blog, I talk about the benefits of Progesterone and how it’s one of my favourite hormones for calm, clear, and happy skin.

Benefits of Progesterone

  • Calms the skin by reducing androgens by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. The result is faster-growing hair, less skin oil, and fewer skin breakouts.
  • It also acts as a natural antidepressant, enhancing mood and relieving anxiety. It has a calming effect on the brain. It stimulates the brain’s GABA receptors, the feel-good, calming neurotransmitters which help with maintaining sleep.

Causes of Low Progesterone

  • Anovulation – cycles where you don’t ovulate. You may still have a period or you may lose your period. Progesterone is released when you ovulate.
  • Low quality ovulation – the corpus luteum which normally produces progesterone is not healthy enough so it doesn’t produce enough.
  • Irregular ovulation – where you ovulate some cycles and some don’t.

What causes this?

  • Ongoing or excess stress that your body doesn’t feel safe to ovulate
  • Inflammation
  • Obesity
  • Over-exercise
  • Being underweight
  • Perimenopause
  • Thyroid problems
  • PCOS
  • Mitochondria problems (energy production)

Synthetic progesterone found in the mini-pill or hormone coil is NOT the same as natural progesterone.

Synthetic Progesterone: Progestin or Levornorgestrel

It can trigger or worsen breakouts because they are androgenic, stimulating androgen release, causing increase production of sebum, resulting in oilier skin, clogged pores and increase breakouts.


I hope you find this blog useful!

Do you need help with your skin breakouts?

You can learn my approach to clearing hormonal acne by clicking here.


To your best self,

Dr. Terry