Treating Hormonal Skin: A Complex JourneyJanuary 1st, 1970
Hormonal skin affects most of us with nearly 85% of people getting acne at some point in their lives.
It is an up and down, tumultuous journey. Often spending money on what feels like a million products, finding that nothing has quite done the trick yet. We have all been there, while most of us are still there.
But achieving completely clear, healthy skin doesn’t happen overnight as much as we wish it did. It requires perseverance and a good skincare routine.
Our skin is actually the largest organ on the human body and is able to reflect internal matters such as gut problems, anxiety, periods and so on. Not so surprisingly, this means that skin complaints can be managed by addressing the internal issue.
For hormonal skin, breakouts are first caused by fluctuating hormones. One hormone in particular that causes bad skin is Androgen. This hormone is triggered when we experience stress and fatigue. It signals the sebaceous glands (they produce oil) to go into overdrive which results in too much oil in the pores that turn them into clogged pores (congestion).
In hormonal skin that is past the teenage years, the sebum gland wants to keep hydrating the skin because it thinks it is dry. To counteract this, choose skin care products we highly recommend natural and non-abrasive products – rather than harsh antibiotics or chemical cleaners. It is essential that after washing you apply a moisturiser to let the skin know it does not need to produce more oil.
If you use an exfoliator limit this to once a week if absolutely necessary. If practiced wrong, the skin is prone to drying out, and micro-tears from the exfoliator.
This leads us onto why exactly the way we clean the skin is so important for balancing the oil production.
There is a bacterial issue that keeps hormonal skin stuck on repeat.
What causes this is how the sebum gland works in harmony with our skin’s microflora (a mix of bacteria living on the skin’s surface).
As mentioned before, the sebum gland which is responsible for producing a reasonable level of oil is over-producing. When we cleanse the face it strips away dirt, oil and bacteria lifting it from the pores. But what we need is for the cleanser to gently and only remove the bad versions of oil and bacteria because there are good versions that live on the skin that are necessary to the microflora’s stability.
When the skin is over-producing oil, it is because it dried out too much, and this allows the bad bacteria to feed off the extra oil, increasing the chances of this nasty bacteria’s survival.
This key to avoiding this is to use a gentle natural cleanser and to moisturise morning and night. These are hormonal skin’s absolute survival essentials.
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