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Hormonal Skin

Apr 6, 2024

From puberty to menopause our hormones go up and down like a roller coaster. Whether it’s premenstrual or pregnancy a dip or spike in estrogen and testosterone can send our skin into haywire leaving our mood and complexion feeling high jacked.
So, what can we do to help?

Exercise.
Yup, it’s probably not what you want to hear when the dreaded PMS strikes and all you want to do it cosy up on the sofa with a hot water bottle but exercise is your best friend. It reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as cortisol which can cause sebaceous glands to produce excess oil in the skin. Instead of HIIT workouts which can stress the body try long walks or weight / resistance band.

Sleep.
Again, it’s about fending off those stress hormones that can trigger the skin to become unsettled. Adopting a relaxing night time ritual will help to unwind & improve sleep quality.

Diet.
Reduce your intake of high carb foods such as sugar, white bread & processed products. We know, this is particularly hard when you’re feeling hormonal & have an overwhelming urge to dive into a pot of Nutella. These foods, along with dairy, can exacerbate acne flare ups so it’s best to limit them as much as possible.

Oil control.
Often hormones can increase oil production in the skin so ensuring you’re using a great skin health system is critical when keeping breakouts at bay. The GSR system from@zoskinhealth_uk consists of 3 steps – cleanse, exfoliate, control oil- to ensure our complexion is clear and pores remain dirt free.

Retinol.
Is an amazing ingredient that not only helps with signs of ageing but also helps to treat acne due to its anti inflammatory benefits and ability to unclog pores. Whilst we can’t always stop our breakouts we can speed up the recovery by using retinol to boost the skins cell renewal.