Ever been to a doctor and heard him/ her saying you have hormonal imbalance while you were in your teens. I am sure that must have left you wondering what is that and normally when we say a Doctor quotes a person to have hormonal imbalance people always consider either it’s some kinda menstrual issue in females or libido constraint in males, which is not true.
ROLE OF HORMONES
Hormones are chemical messengers that are produced in organs such as the ovaries, adrenal gland, thyroid gland.
The hormonal changes are now these days being closely examined to reveal just how important they are to skin health especially in women.
Which hormones play an important role in maintaining healthy skin?
1] Estrogen – plays an important role in skin thickness, skin aging, and maintaining skin’s moisture also making hair grow long and healthy [ in essence estrogen help our skin and hair remain youthful ]
2] Testosterone – plays an important role in balancing the sebum secretion of the skin and providing all male attributes to our skin such as coarse and thick hair.
3] Thyroid Hormone – plays an important role in maintaining the thermostat [ temperature of the skin].
Your hormones don’t just control how you feel – they can impact the health of your skin as well.
How do hormones impact our skin health?
Hormones play a key role in skin health.
Certain hormonal disorders manifest themselves in the skin and hair.
Hormone levels largely go unnoticed unless there is something off for instance
‘’one of the most amazing things about dermatology is that the skin can serve as a window into the health of the body “
Many endocrine and other internal disorders are diagnosed by dermatologists says Dr Hollmig .
our body responds to signals by our hormones and skin being the largest organ of our body.
Our skin can be a great representation of some hormonal imbalance going inside our body.
Let’s highlight a few now
Which skin problems are associated with hormonal imbalance ?
LET’S TALK ABOUT SKIN CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH HORMONAL IMBALANCES
Studies suggest that the prevalence of acne in people with hormonal imbalance is about 48 percent and severe pustular acne seen in young females mostly.
- FACIAL HIRSUTISM
The prevalence of hirsutism aka unwanted male-pattern hair growth on a women’s face most often noticeable around the mouth and chin caused by an excess of male hormones called Androgens
3] ACANTHOSIS NIGRICANS
A skin condition characterized by dark, velvety patches usually found in body folds such as neck, armpits, groin, navel, forehead, and other body creases
4] STRIAE DISTANCE AKA STRETCHMARKS
Indented, red streaks usually appearing on skin from rapid weight changes due to hormonal changes.
5] ACROCHORDONS AKA SKINTAGS
A small benign tumor that forms in the areas where the skin forms creases or rubs together such as the neck, armpit, groin, eyelids etc.
6] KERATOSIS PILARIS AKA CHICKEN SKIN
A benign condition in which the skin appears tiny, tan, red, or bumps that occur on the upper arms, legs, buttocks or cheeks usually occurs due to an impaired ratio of estrogen to progesterone.
7] POST- INFLAMMATORY HYPERPIGMENTATION
Those dork marks or discolored spots left behind after a pimple heals can be even more aggravating and distressing than pimples themselves.
8] MELASMA AKA CHLOASMA
A tan or dark facial skin discoloration, irregular patchy skin mostly found on upper cheeks, nose upper lip, and forearm.
9] PALE, THIN AND WRINKLED SKIN
The paleness in the skin is due to the abnormal dermal content of mucopolysaccharides and water, which is caused due to inadequate circulating of thyroid hormone.
10] XEROSIS AKA EXTREMELY DRY SKIN
A recent study shows that 57~59% of Thyroid patients develop a significant deterioration in skin texture. Skin hydration and fin scaling is also a major problem in thyroid patients.
Diet and Lifestyle habits that can optimize your hormonal and skin health
1] Adhering to a detox or cleanse
2] Getting adequate sleep
3] Having a balanced diet
4] Exercise regularly
5] Reducing alcohol consumption
6] Avoid smoking
7] Clean living
8] Skip severe diets/crash dieting
9 ] Harsh cleansing of body
If you have or need help or advice
How does Ayurveda helps in balancing your Hormones?
“Hormones will come into balance, when our lives come into balance “
5 ways in which Ayurveda can optimize your hormonal health giving you away a revitalized skin.
1] Kindling your digestive fire – pay attention to your elimination process, make sure your bowels are active every day, if not consider including cooked prunes and figs in your diet.
2] Switch to fruits – consume more fresh papaya, pomegranate or pineapple to balance hormones
3] Balance – Follow a balanced daily routine, significantly reducing stress
4]Rest – Try to rest at least one day a week
5] Detox– Reducing Ama [toxins]
And if you’re feeling particularly a whack, it may be time to consider a Panchkarma / Skintox Regimen [ Ayurvedic Detox ]in conjunction with an Ayurveda Skin Expert [Ayurveda Practitioner].
which is a much faster route to unraveling the actions that have brought us out of balance than just integrating regular tips and tricks.
Visit an Ayurvedic Skin Consultant or Dermatologist or an Expert
Issued in Public Interest by Dr Swati Watwani, an Ayurvedic Skin Care Specialist
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