Nutrition & Health
Understanding Your Health, Hormones & Skin
Our skin is an amazing organ weighing in at about 7kg for the average adult. It is the largest organ in your body and responsible for many activities to ensure your mental & physical health. These factors are often not considered when you have a skin condition such as Acne, Rosacea, Eczema, poriasis and sun damage such as solar keratosis or even premature ageing or YOU SIMPLY KNOW YOU ARE OUT OF BALANCE, feeling tired & lacking motivation!
Your skin, in fact , plays a very large role in responding and telling you about your hormonal heath. Let me explain… Skin cells have hormone receptors and therefore imbalances in your hormones may be mirrored in your skin.
Hormonal glands such as your adrenals (responsible for fight and flight, immune function, reproductive health support amongst a few things), Your reproductive glands, ( ovaries & testes ) and thyroid gland,( body regulator), and your hypothalamus and anterior/posterior pituitary, ( they live in your brain) all are vital to be in harmony to have healthy skin & a healthy body. Just to make it clear when I talk about a healthy body I am talking about a healthy blood pressure, healthy weight for your frame size and healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Imbalances in these areas is called collectively metabolic disease and can reek havoc on your health, energy level, vitality & self esteem.
For instance your Acne or Rosacea may be caused not only by poor diet and poor quality skin care but also a stressful lifestyle that has left you hormones struggling to maintain their balance.
High testosterone or Cortisol levels are associated with Acne, Rosacea and hair loss high. Conversely, if your testosterone levels are low you may have sagging skin with an increase in lines and wrinkles.
Testosterone can increase the secretion of sebaceous fluid on skin. However, too much or too little of Estrogen, Progesterone and Insulin for example can affect not only our delicate symphony of hormones and also the health of our skin, its hydration, it’s ability to lay down collagen and build strong connective tissue and a blood supply to support those structure. This can result in low function poor resilient skin.
Research has also shown that an increase in the Hormones made by the adrenal glands – glucorticoids in a response to stress inhibit lipid production and therefore contributes to the to the disruption of the skin barrier. Add this with a highly processed food diet and skin products that skin the skin and you have a recipe for disaster!
Your thyroid gland is your body regulator and therefore an imbalance of you thyroid hormone can affect every metabolic function in your body including growth of your skin such as rough dry skin, loss of lateral one-third eyebrow, loss of eyelashes, drooping eyelids affect & skin healing. Low cortisol levels are known to mirror skin conditions such as Acne, Rosacea, psoriasis.
In a nutshell
Your skin both body and face mirror your health. If you have a weight problem, blood pressure or cholesterol it may well be a hormonal imbalance that needs to be corrected. Our hormones are vital for our health and affect all areas of our wellbeing. They are especially under more workload in times of stress – mental, emotional & physical stress as well as life changes such as puberty, andropause/menopause & pregnancy. Without healthy hormones we can not have vitality and wellness. The health of your skin whether it be your face or your body will always mirror your health, vitality and self esteem.
Correcting the imbalance is possible but needs careful monitoring support and often changes in lifestyle. So call us today for your initial consultation and get back into life with energy beauty & vigour 9383 4225