Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hormones & Skin Health

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I just spent the week listening to various speakers on the topic hormones via the Women's Wellness Summit. I had no idea how much our hormones effect various aspects of our lives. The thought never occurred to me that the reason women break out once a month is due to the hormones. Kind of a duh moment, but sorry never crossed my mind.

At the same time it never occurred to me that hormones are the reason we experience break outs during our teen years. Some women may experience issues with break outs during pregnancy due to hormones. These hormones are tricky little buggers and they play a big role in how our skin looks. The thing is even our lifestyle can play a role on our hormones and our skin.

The Stress Hormone, Cortisol

Stress if not managed properly has an impact on various aspects of our health, but right now let's see how it can affect our skin. I know if I am stressed and keep it in I break out. The main hormone that is causing this issue is cortisol, it is known as the fight or flight hormone and does not know the difference between stress and running from a hungry bear. 

When cortisol is triggered it also triggers, for some reason, sebum which controls how much oil is in our skin. As we know oily skin is more prone to break outs. It also causes the skin to become dehyridated which leads to other issues such as the following.
  • Wrinkles
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Hives
  • Itching 
Ladies we all want to have young, beautiful skin, but stressing out over it is the worst thing we can do. Finding ways to deal with stress in a healthy way is the best thing we can do for our skin and over all health.


Testosterone is responsible for controlling sebum, our bodies natural way of providing oil to the skin. In men low testosterone leads to dry skin and a chronic skin condition, such as psoriasis, can become worse. With women to much testosterone leads to oily skin this can happen during puberty or menopause.


DHEA like our other hormones deplete with age and stress.These hormones are responsible for producing collagen which keep our skin firm and toned. As we mature our skin seems to become drier and DHEA aids in triggering the release of oil to hydrate our skin. 
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Progesterone levels start to decline during our late 30s. When our levels our low we experience a duller apperance in our skin. This hormone is resposible for skin elasticy and circulation. Not only is menopause the reason for a lack of progesterone, but stress also has a negative effect on it.

Thyroid  Hormones

The thyroid gland is actually a source for two hormones called thyroxine  (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3.) When these hormone levels are low, hypothyroidism, it causes dry skin, fine lines, and wrinkles usually become more predominant. Those with low levels may also experience the following.

  • Facial puffiness
  • Cool dry, or waxy skin
  • Thicker skin on the lower legs along with pale or yellowish skin
When we have too many thyroid hormones, hyperthyroidism, the skin becomes warm and moist. This can lead to a rash similar to heat rash especially within folds of the skin. Those with to much of this hormone may also develop pretibial myxedema, localized lesions which may occur on various parts of the body.


Women can experience a loss of estrogen once they reach 40. The loss of estrogen causes various skin issues.

  • Loss of hydration
  • Sagging
  • Thinning skin
  • Fine lines becoming creases 
  • Skin around the eyes and lips droop 
  • Less blood flows through the skin

Growth Hormone

The growth hormone plays a key role in the health of our skin and again one that depletes as time goes by. It's job is to repair skin cells, when we are low on the growth hormone we may experience the following. Sagging skin all over the body, note that exercise, along with our eating and sleeping habits are key for this hormone.

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Keep on Glowing

  • Maintain hormonal levels by exercising 5 - 7 days a week
  • Eat organic whenever possible
  • Avoid toxic skin care products try these instead
  • Deal with stress through a relaxing bath, reading, massage, exercise, meditation
  • Pay attention to the health of your liver as it aids with hormones
  • Have your hormones checked by a health care professional
  • Watch for more posts on using food and herbs to aid with your hormonal balance

Be aware that some of the skin issues here may also be due to another health issue such as poor gut bacteria. 

This information is for educational purposes consult with a health care professional for your health needs.

What do you do to keep your hormones in check?
Have you had an experience with your skin due to hormones?


  1. Good to read your post on the the Healthy-Happy-Green-and-Natural-Party-Blog-Hop-107. Good info that I'll pin. Nancy A. @ obloggernewbie.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks for stopping by Nancy always good to see you, you need to talk sometime its been awhile.

  2. I am in my 20's and have always had the worst break outs right before I get my period. It drives me crazy because regardless of my diet or skincare, it happens on a monthly basis.

    1. Thanks for visiting, it is a hormone issue, but could also be due to gut bacteria. We live in a very toxic world making sure the liver is detoxed and working properly is important. That's the thing many times it is not just one thing. I have had to experiment on myself a number of times to figure out what my body needs.

  3. So it's the lack of Estrogen I have to blame for my changing skin. I wondered what caused it (besides getting older). Thanks for the info!

    1. It could be a combination of things with estrogen being one of them. I believe to heal our bodies we need to feed it well and give the things it needs to work the way it was created to work and heal. I'll be doing some posts on the various foods we can use to fix our hormone problems, so be sure to subscribe.

  4. I am so delighted that you shared your extremely helfpul Hormones & Skin Health post with us at the Healthy Happy Green Natural Party! I'm Pinning and sharing this!

  5. Thank you for linking up with us at the #HomeMattersParty in December. We hope to see you again soon...weekly parties resume in January!