Hormonal changes can affect the skin of both women and men at various stages of their lives:
Hormones are the body’s chemicals that send signals between cells. They control and regulate many functions in the body, including temperature and blood pressure, and they support other diverse functions, such as growth, cell repair, metabolism, fertility and reproduction. The communication that a hormone has with organs in the body, along with other hormones, can also affect the skin of both women and men at various stages of their lives.
It is essential to be aware if the different types of hormonal skin, and how each can be treated.
Hormonal skin can have effects anywhere from overly dry skin to acne breakouts.
1) Young Adulthood
During young adulthood (adolescence to adulthood), acne often comes into play. Androgen hormones will stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin. If they are overstimulated, acne will occur. Clients with hormonal acne may also experience irregular menstrual cycles, hair loss, diabetes and infertility. These health challenges can also lead to other skin conditions.
Hormonal acne will benefit from more gentle, effective treatments because this skin can be sensitive and aggressive treatments may cause unwanted reactions. In the treatment room, a combination of deep cleaning treatments, enzymes and light-to-medium peels are effective.
Another highly imbalanced hormonal stage occurs during pregnancy, and often results in melasma, also commonly known as “pregnancy mask.” This condition occurs when there is an overproduction of melanin. Professional treatments that can help include lasers and peels, but they are only recommended after the child is born. A series of microdermabrasion facials also can be helpful. Home care during pregnancy can include natural brighteners, such as vitamin C.
During the course of the pregnancy and beyond, always recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, since this will help prevent further pigmentation problems.
Menopause can happen naturally as women age or be induced prematurely due to illnesses, surgeries and medications. Because the main source of female hormones, the ovaries, shut down at this time, many side effects can affect the skin, as well as the treatments done by the professional. Menopause is the state of an absence of menstrual periods for at least twelve months. There is usually a transitional period to menopause, which can include smaller stages of perimenopause, the transitional time of hormone fluctuation and post-menopause, the period of time after the very last menstrual cycle occurrence. Because each woman experiences menopause differently, treatments may need to be altered.
We recommend our Hormone Balancing Kit, It Includes:
(Rx 105 Multi Fruit Exfoliating Cleanser – 6oz.) – Use In The Morning
(Rx 102 Firming Astringent & Toner – Travel Size) – Apply After Cleanser
(Rx 117 Ultra Balancing Hormone Créme – 1oz.) – Apply After Toner Day & Night
(Rx 104 Enzymatic Cleanser – Travel Size) – Use At Night