How Your First Period Messes With Your Sensitive Skin

The teenage years can be highly challenging.

“This can’t be happening, not in the middle of Speech class with Senior guys surrounding me. I felt a sort of warm gush and immediately knew: my first period, ninth grade, totally unprepared. Luckily, a friend sitting next to me handed me a wrapped pad that I discreetly placed in my pocket. I raised my hand, covered my jeans with my oversized sweatshirt, and beelined it to the bathroom. When I told my best friend I had finally gotten my period, she smacked me across the face, hard. Said something about a family tradition.” -Brooke, New York

Whether your first period flows smoothly or wreaks havoc, it definitely leaves a mark. This introduction to the world of “I’m finally a woman” can become extremely traumatic when you have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin may be caused by genetic factors, or it may become sensitized as a result of pollution, stress, hormonal fluctuations, smoking, alcohol, poor diet, medical procedures and even over-processed or exfoliated skin. Cosmetic ingredients including alcohol, lanolin, fragrance and D&C colorants can also lead to sensitized skin. The most serious, painful and irritating symptom provoked by both genetic and environmental causes of sensitive skin is inflammation.

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