You may or may not have made the connection, but your hormones can rule when it comes to your skin and not always in a great way. The eb's and flows of our natural cycles can influence our skin, especially when our hormones are out of balance. But what's more, there are a few clues in the nature of your skin problems that can give you the answers as to what's specifically going on; after all our hormones control far more than our menstrual cycles; they are the messengers sent to get jobs done be it to sleep, feel happy or regulate your thyroid. I want to give you a few answers to really help take you to your best. Here are my top 6 skin fix-its you need in your toolkit of life.
Work it from the inside out.
Your skin is your largest organ but very often the most neglected. The relationship with your gut health and your skin is intertwined. You might be excited to learn (since it may all make sense now) that your skin is one of the only exits (besides the mouth or the bowels) that your body can use to send the toxins and waste packing. So when we see issues like acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rashes and alike, my first point of call is the gut health. Investing in a good probiotic product (just like the GLOW inner beauty powder - actually one of my all time faves) as well as consuming broths rich in collagen for gut repair will help to nourish and support good digestion.
TIP: If your acne is predominantly around your mouth and cheeks, it's a little clue into your gut health being your issue.
If your acne or poor skin is a result of toxic build up, that's leading to sloppy hormones, my recommendation is to invest in a good cleanse. In a perfect world we wouldn't need to detoxify but sadly pollutants are everywhere; found in our water, air, food and environment in general. When our livers are 'backed up', the detoxification process is troubled which can lead to poor hormone conversion, especially converting healthy testosterone to healthy oestrogen. There are plenty of brilliant cleanse programs available. My program Cleanse Yourself is designed with your hormones in mind. Tie this in with the Cleanse inner beauty powder and really take things to the next level. Let it be noted, cleanses don't need to be harsh and drastic. It's all about resetting your body by eating really easily digested foods, cleaning out the gut and regulating the liver gently.
TIP: If your acne is along your jaw line, it's a sure sign your hormones need some TLC.
3. Combat inflammation
Many skin conditions are also a result of crazy inflammation as a result of poor diet. Inflammatory foods including gluten, sugar and dairy can wreak havoc with our insides and really wear away good gut flora, not to mention cause further upset in your quest towards hormone balance. My suggestion - apply the 80/20 rule. You might like to choose to skip on one of the main offenders (say gluten) as a start and see where that takes you. Gluten is a disaster for most people, it's super hard to digest and leads to a plethora of problems. Cut it out for a few weeks as a starting point and see.
TIP: If your acne is quite inflamed with raised pustules, starting here is my recommendation.
4. Rebalance your Hormones
Hormonal acne is most often seen along the jawline and often on the neck and back. If this is where your finding your trouble spots to be (and often they are way worse than spots - they are boulders big enough to seal a tomb) it's your clue to getting onto rebalancing your hormones. Generally I find that in these instances women are oestrogen dominant. You can read more about how to fix that here. For those with PCOS or higher levels of male hormones (androgens), your skin can certainly be problematic and difficult to manage. This is because testosterone can really make a mess when it's in excess. The good news is there is plenty you can do to begin to set your hormones back on track especially with diet and lifestyle.
TIP: If you have a known diagnosis of hormone imbalance like PCOS, starting with a cleanse and following on with treatment for poor gut health is a fabulous idea.
5. Know your triggers and avoid or manage
I know for me, lack of sleep, flying and that special little window before I'm expecting my period are all times that my skin can go a little haywire (the later definitely being hormone influenced). So it's in these times I know I need to step it up with good nutrition, hydration and quality filtered water ongoing. Our diet and lifestyle play a huge role in facilitating the nutrients our bodies need to nourish our skin. It's in these times we might take extra care, nurture ourselves a little better and be mindful of putting our bodies under extra stress that will only make the situation worse.
TIP: My best remedy is a bath, a nice cup of tea and a good night sleep.
6. Find your topical fix
Whilst skin really is an inside out job, keeping it in check externally is key. It took me years to realise that my skincare regime was actually part of the problem. I was madly trying to strip away the oil which only made the issue worse. The more I tried to scrub and lather, the more my skin was being stripped of essential oils meaning it was constantly being tripped into overdrive, causing over production of sebum (oil). The solution for me was oil cleansers combined with a good old face washer! Oil for me was my savior but equally we are all different. When in doubt hydrate with beautiful natural products especially designed to hydrate your skin like the Dream repair serum. Our skin simply loves being well cared for.
TIP: Play around and find what works for YOU. Nobody knows your body better than you do, so allow yourself a little trial and error to get things right.
Hormones can be tricky business and whilst the ins and outs of their ways can feel overwhelming, it's all about breaking it down to get yourself armed with enough information to make choices that are right for you. My best suggestion - find one thing and start here rather than an overhaul. Unless you're in dire straights, taking it step by step is the best way to tackle things, one step at a time.