I cannot stress how important it is to understand how much hormones can affect both your skin and your overall health.
When looking to improve your skin health – it is important to understand how large of a role of epi-genetics plays (this refers to your gene expression being determined on the environment you put them in).
Environmental stressors that can negatively effect your hormones:
– Emotional Stress
– Excessive Exercise
– Vitamin/Mineral Deficiencies
– Toxic Overload
– Lack of sleep
– Poor diet
Diets high in refined carbohydrates can lead to an imbalance between sex hormones and stimulate overproduction of the androgens – resulting in hormonal acne and oily skin. A poor diet can also lead to Insulin Resistance, which is a factor in PCOS (a condition in which the body produces higher than normal levels of androgens)
Which hormonal imbalances are linked to specific skin symptoms?
Low Thyroid usually results in dry skin.
Low Estrogen in women usually results in loss of skin elasticity.
Low Testosterone in males usually results in loss of skin elasticity.
High Androgens usually results in increased pore size, oil production and acne.
High Cortisol usually results in more breakouts and deeper lines/wrinkles.
If you’re looking for a hormonal acne protocol to follow that focuses on overall hormonal balance – I highly recommend checking out “The Hormone Reboot – Hormonal Acne” in the guide section of my website.