“I’m in my thirties! Why do I have acne again?” “Why all these wrinkles all of a sudden?” “Ever since my first baby I’ve had dark spots on my face…what’s going on?” If you’ve ever asked one of these questions, you’re not alone. No matter where you are in the age spectrum, you’ll notice shifts in your body that can only be attributed to one factor: hormones. They’re the agent behind your reproductive cycle, but they also generate oil and collagen for your skin. That’s why even a small imbalance in your hormone levels can wreak havoc on your complexion. So how do hormones affect your skin, and how can you keep them in check?
Estrogen and Your Skin
No doubt you’ve heard about estrogen and its role in controlling reproductive functions in your body. But that’s not all estrogen does. It also helps with oil and collagen production, which are key players in the healthy skin game. When you suffer from a lack of estrogen, you may notice symptoms like dry skin, acne and wrinkles. Conversely, an excess of estrogen from pregnancy or birth control pills can cause dark pigmented spots on your face.
If you suspect hormones are to blame for your skin problems, you may want to have a blood test to determine the best course of action. In the meantime, there are ways you can re-balance your hormones naturally and treat the skin problems that face you.
Refresh and Re-Calibrate
The best way to naturally realign your hormones is to keep up a healthy lifestyle. That means get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, and make sure your diet consists of plenty of fruits and vegetables. Cutting out processed carbohydrates and sugars is also crucial in helping your body regain its hormonal footing. For additional support, think about adding multivitamin or herbal supplements for hormone health. Replacing bad habits with these patterns will improve your skin, but will also bring equilibrium to your body inside and out.
Treat the Outside Issues
As you adjust your habits to re-balance the inner chemical issues, you may need to treat your skin from the outside as well. Hyperpigmentation from pregnancy and other estrogen excesses can be notoriously difficult to treat, but photo-rejuvenation sessions are usually extremely effective in fading those dark spots.
If an estrogen deficiency is causing dry skin or fine lines, hydration is the best course of action. Use a daily moisturizer to ward off dryness, and add a serum to your skin regimen to give your complexion a moisture boost and stimulate elasticity.
When your imbalance manifests itself as acne, use an exfoliating cleanser and follow it with a healing serum. For persistent severe acne, a facial or chemical peel can be incredibly helpful in restoring your clean, clear complexion.