Hormonal Skin 101

Hormonal Skin 101

Dealing with hormonal skin? We’ve all been there! But did you know hormones are one of the largest factors that affect your skin? This is because pregnancy, menopause, periods, PCOS & other hormonal irregularities can impact your skin health. 

What Hormones Affect Your Skin?

The three main hormones that affect the health of your skin negatively are: Progesterone, estrogen & testosterone. TSH levels & stress induced cortisol can also affect the health of the skin. All of these hormones can lead to over active oil glands, acne, dryness/dehydration, brown spots/melasma (pregnancy mask), & inflammation.

What Problems Can these Hormones Cause & How Do you Treat Them?

When it comes to acne & excess oil production, the  hormones responsible are progesterone & testosterone. Both activating the sebaceous glands & stimulates the creation of sebum (oil). Salicylic acid or gluconolactone can gently clear up blemished without over-stripping the protective barrier.

Stressed induced cortisol, TSH levels & estrogen can cause the skin to become dry, dehydrated & inflamed. Elevated stress hormones, dehydrate the skin. Humectants like hyaluronic acid & urea supply necessary moisture to the skin. Stress hormones can also increase inflammation so you’ll definitely want to include anti-inflammatory foods into your diet! Ceramides, Niacinamide, Aloe & CBD are great skin care ingredients to use to help fight inflammation.

Brow spots, melasma (pregnancy mask), hyperpigmentation happen when your body produces high amounts of progesterone & estrogen. melasma affects up to 70% of women. Lightening ingredients like kojic acid, azelaic acid, retinoids, vitamin C, along with laser therapies, chemical peels & microneedling can help clear up hyper pigmentation. Also, once these hormones balance out, these patches will begin to fade over time!

Understanding these hormones & how they affect your skin will help you better navigate how to treat the concerns you’re dealing with. Aka reach your skin goals a lot faster without all the guesswork! 

Thank you for reading!

This article of the Skinsider Scoop was graciously written by Licensed Esthetician, Megan Gibbs, and edited by the Clean Skin Club team. If you're interested in more from Megan, please shoot us an email, and follow her Instagram - @serenityskinbar