Women suffering from hyperandrogenia (increased androgen hormones) usually present with premenstrual acne flare. High androgen levels result in increased oil production in the skin which could clog the pores.
Benefits of period blood facial, are there any?
According to a study (Yang et. al.), menstrual blood is composed of three distinct body fluids: blood, vaginal fluid, and the cells and fluid of the late secretory phase of the uterine endometrial lining. Other components are proteolytic enzymes, cytokines, and proteins from the diverse types of immune cells.
In theory, there may be potential benefits of period blood facial, BUT there is no current scientific evidence to support the application of menstrual blood for acne. It would not even be substantially absorbed by the skin to “achieve” the desired “anti-acne” effect.
Is it effective?
No, it is not effective. There are currently no validated studies to support its use.
Is it safe?
It may cause potential harm as virus and bacteria contaminating the menstrual blood can cause possible inflammation or aggravation of acne. It may even be more troublesome if it gets into your eyes.
Is it worth trying?
No, it is better to avoid this practice.
How about “vampire facials”? Some derma clinics offer this service wherein they draw blood from the patient, separate the plasma, and then reintroduce the blood/ plasma into the skin? Is there any risk? Is there any benefit?
“Vampire facials,” also known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, are hyped to stimulate the growth of new collagen to give skin a more youthful appearance. The use of PRP has been documented in other medical cases i.e. for wound healing, joint injuries, and arthritis-related pain.