What is hormonal skin?
Hormonal skin is a way the skin problem develops in response to hormonal changes and especially a rise in androgens, such as testosterone.
Does hormones affect the skin?
When our hormones are out of balance, we are more likely to develop dry skin, fine line, wrinkles, acne and rosacea. At puberty and around pregnancy, women have hormones surges that can lead to acne. Stress also increases cortisol, which leads to more sebum production, inflammation and acne breakouts.
Hormones control oil gland activity, so hormonal fluctuations may lead to acne. Salicylic acid or Gluconolacctone can gently clear up blemishes without over-stripping the protective barrier.
Hormones can also control melanin production. Lightening ingredients like Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Retinoids, Vitamin C, along with laser therapies, can help clear up hyper-pigmentation.
Plummeting levels pf estrogens or a thyroid hormone imbalance can reduce production of the skin's natural oils. Emollients with a boost of omega-3's in the diet replenishes skin's lipids.
Hormonal imbalance, including elevated stress hormones,dehydrates skin. Humectants like hyaluronic acid and urea bind necessary moisture to the skin. Lactic acid hydrates and exfoliates.
Stress-induced cortisol peaks or a prolonged estrogen-deprived state can ramp up inflammation. Ginger, Tumeric, probiotics and oats are a must in the diet to keep skin under control.
Source : Doctor Claudia