Throughout your life, hormones created naturally by your body have a direct impact on the health and appearance of your skin.
Hormonal skin changes first become obvious during puberty when surging androgen levels lead to acne breakouts. Hormonal shifts associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) also cause breakouts and can even worsen existing skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis. During pregnancy, you may experience a wide variety of skin problems that usually resolve after you have your baby.
As you approach menopause, your estrogen levels decrease dramatically. Falling estrogen levels lessen the production of collagen, the substance that helps your skin retain its elasticity and firmness. The process results in thinner skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Excessive dryness and sagging or loss of fullness also become apparent.
Good skin care that includes UV protection, healthy nutrition and a quality moisturizer can help support skin health during hormonal shifts. Skin treatments, cosmetic procedures and even hormonal supplementation programs can sometimes alleviate certain effects of hormone-related skin changes.
If your skin changes are severe or causing concern, seek advanced treatment from your primary care doctor, a professional esthetician or a dermatologist. A combination of quality skincare products – like those offered by Hale Cosmeceuticals – and professional treatments if necessary can ensure your skin stays healthy no matter your age.