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Skin and hormones: a closer look at the surprising relationship

May 26, 2023

Skin and hormones:  a closer look at the surprising relationship

As a woman, you experience several major hormonal changes throughout, which have an impact on your skin. Think of puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, but also normal monthly fluctuations can show up as unwelcome guests to your complexion. It's understandable that your skin reacts to these hormonal phases. But it's only recently become known which exact role your skin plays in your hormone system.

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Like other organs in the endocrine system – as your hormonal organs as a whole are called - our skin is influenced by hormones, but produces these messengers itself as well. These are hormones such as your female sex hormone estrogen, as well as thyroid hormones, your stress hormone cortisol, your feel-good hormone serotonin, and your day and night hormone melatonin. This actually makes sense since your skin produces vitamin D – also known as a prohormone in the body. The hormonal task of your skin has actually been clear for a long time.

There are two important hormonal imbalances to watch out for when it comes to your skin.

1. Stress

If you're always in a state of alert, your body sees that as its top priority because this trigger is translated into that of a survival trigger. Consequently, you then constantly produce too much cortisol, which your skin will suffer for. Too much stress can lead to acne since sebum production goes up as does inflammation of the skin. In addition, your skin also becomes more sensitive to the sun, making you more prone to burning and causing damage sooner to the skin. In the longer term, there is a breakdown of collagen that leads to premature ageing.
Relaxation is therefore crucial, not just once, but you need consistent time to recharge your battery. To help you with this, you can use the power of Ashwagandha. Research on this Ayurvedic herb shows that intake of Ashwagandha leads to experiencing more peace and helps calm your stress system. In addition to this beautiful herb, Femmegetic supplements also contain sufficient zinc to reduce skin inflammation and vitamin D to support your hormonal balance.

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2. Estrogen Dominance

Your female sex hormone, estrogen, is also very important for your skin. This hormone helps your skin stay firm and retain its elasticity. Estrogen also stimulates the production of collagen and improves blood circulation to the skin. Many women who are in their fertile years show signs of a hormonal imbalance where they produce more estrogen in relation to progesterone. This is so-called estrogen dominance. In addition to cycle complaints such as irregular menstruation and mood swings, this can also lead to skin problems. Acne, rosacea, and eczema can be related to estrogen dominance, as can the development of fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the mouth and eyes. Stress management, as described above, contributes to reducing estrogen dominance and thus helps improve skin health. It’s also important to address your digestive problems. As long as you do not have good daily bowel movements, you do not excrete excess estrogen and estrogen dominance worsens.

There are, of course, more hormones at play when it comes to healthy skin. Especially if you suffer from conditions such as PMS (premenstrual syndrome), endometriosis, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), or have stopped hormonal contraception, the effect on your skin becomes an unpleasant surprise. By focusing on your hormonal health, you address the source of the issue and really enable your skin to radiate.

If you have any questions about this topic or anything else, you can always contact us!