Hormones: How They Affect Our Skin

Firstly, what are hormones? Hormones are our body’s chemical messengers. They have an influence on many things including growth, fertility, ageing and even sleep.  We take a closer look at how hormones affect your skin at different ages and how you can manage any hormone-induced skin problems.

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Hormones And Adolescence

What’s happening to the skin?

Adolescence is typically  defined as the transitional stage from childhood to adulthood, generally between the ages of 13 to 19. Before you hit your teenage years acne is often uncommon. That changes when puberty hits! During puberty your hormones levels leap up, with increases in oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone. This increase is what causes the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum (hello oily skin). The increase in oils on your skin is what can then lead on to acne breakouts. Acne is a condition which will affect pretty much every teen at some point.

What can you do?

A close link to acne is the intake of sugary foods, so try to avoid sugary drinks and junk food. Your skin is often a reflection of what’s happening inside your body. Need some help with the right food choices, check out our skin superfoods guide here. Be picky with your skincare and makeup! Look our for products which are non-comedogenic, this means they won’t block your pores and lead to more breakouts. All of our products at glo Skin Beauty are non-comedogenic and kind to your skin. If you feel like you’ve exhausted all of your readily available, over-the-counter options, then seek help from a dermatologist who can develop a treatment unique to your needs.

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Hormones And Pregnancy

What’s happening to the skin?

During pregnancy, many women see an increase in their skin pigmentation. Due to the increase of oestroegn, progesterone and other hormones, one of the first signs of pregnancy women will notice is the darkening of the skin. As high as 70% of women will notice some areas of pigmentation on their face during pregnancy because of melasma. Melasma is dark spots/patches of skin, which usually appear on the forehead and cheeks.

What can you do?

Fortunately, in most cases, pigmentation tends to settle down once the pregnancy is finished. This is due to your hormone levels returning to normal. If you want something to reduce your symptoms during pregnancy, reach for the sun block. Try to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible, and when you are out in the sun use high factor, high quality sun protection.

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Hormones And The Menopause

What’s happening to the skin?

The Menopause. By definition, it is the day a woman has been diagnosed without having a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. Also known as a gathering of wonderful physical, hormonal effects including (but not limited to) hot flushes, mood swings and weight gain. But what impact does the menopase have on the skin? Oil levels in the skin will start to reduce, this leads to dryness which can, in some cases, further lead on to eczema. As part of the inevitable ageing process our skin will lose firmness and thickness. The result of this is sagging skin and wrinkles.

What can you do?

If you’re reading the above and giving up hope then don’t! As your skin ages one of the most important things to remember is the importance of a moisturiser! Keeping the skin hydrated, will slow down the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Again, at any age, sun protection is crucial! Especially as the skin is becoming thinner. The good news, if have been prescribed HRT medication, one of the positive side effects is improved quality of the skin.

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