So you’ve tried everything when it comes to managing your acne, dry skin, and fine lines.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Maybe it’s my hormones?” Some of the first signs that your hormones might be out of whack are when issues begin to show up on your skin. In this free guide, we’ll explore how to determine hormones are the culprit of your skin troubles rather than assuming they may be, what can influence imbalance and lifestyle foundations to help you bring your hormones, and your skin, back into harmonious balance.
“I believe the skin is a reflection of what is happening on the inside and it is essential that the foundation is addressed for long-lasting results.”
- Dr. Grace Chang, Naturopathic Doctor & Licensed Acupuncturist.
What you will find in this guide:
- Key hormones to know and their function in the body
- How these hormones affect the health and appearance of your skin
- How key hormones linked to skin health get out of balance
- Ways to explore bringing your hormones back into balance
- Lifestyle foundations that cultivate optimal hormonal health, radiant skin and overall well being.
Who Is This Guide For?
Women and people with periods/vaginas/ovaries who believe their primary skin concerns may be linked to hormone imbalance, and want to seek out further information.
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What Are Hormones
Hormones are responsible for communication between our organs and cells. These chemical messengers are secreted from glands, like one’s ovaries or thyroid, into the bloodstream. As hormones flow through the bloodstream, carrying their message, they attach to a corresponding receptor found in a cell, causing a physiological response.
Our day-to-day physical and emotional experiences are directly influenced by our hormones. From our metabolism, sleep and moods ,to fertility, stress response and skin health; our hormones play a vital role in how well our bodies function.
How Do Hormones Affect Skin Health?
Hormones have an influence on everything from collagen production and moisture content to how much oil our sebum glands produce.
Let’s take for instance acne. Studies show that acne is typically a result of an overproduction of sebum or oil. Why would your skin want to overproduce oil? Maybe you just got off the pill and now the spike in androgen production that a post-pill body can experience is causing an overproduction of sebum. Or perhaps your oily skin is in response to an increase in inflammation in your body due to stress or unstable blood sugar.
Struggling with dry skin or fine lines and wrinkles for the last year that seemingly came out of nowhere? Research shows that estrogen increases moisture content in the skin in addition to supporting production of collagen. What can cause a decrease in estrogen? Stress is a large contributor to a decrease in estrogen levels. This can look like unresolved trauma, overexercising, high caffeine consumption, negative self talk; the list goes on. Stress comes in many forms so take stock of what may be at play in your unique experience.
Our habits and lifestyle have a direct impact on our hormonal health and as a result, our skin health. If you want to better understand how your hormones may be playing a role in your skin troubles in addition to exploring lifestyle shifts that can support your body and skin back to wellbeing, download the ebook, Lifestyle Foundations For Hormonal Health and Radiant Skin!
This guide was created by Lizzy Moran, Holistic Hormonal Wellness Coach, and was reviewed by Dr. Grace Chang, ND, LAc
Lizzy Moran is a Holistic Hormonal Wellness Coach based in Seattle, WA. She is passionate about sharing shame-free, unbiased information so that people can make informed decisions about their reproductive health and overall wellbeing. You can find out more about her online practice and offerings at www.lizzymoran.com or on instagram @lizzmoran_
Dr. Grace Chang is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist practicing functional medicine and primary care in Seattle. Her mission in medicine is to empower womxn to embrace their inner strength, their bodies, and their health. Her clinical interests include hormones, digestive concerns, and IV nutrient therapy. Follow her on Instagram, @drgracechang