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Don’t Cover Up Because of Chest and Back Acne

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Women know that accessories can cover a multitude of imperfections. A strategically placed belt or necklace can distract, cinch, and cover everything from a blemish to a bloat. However, when it comes time to bare all, accessories may not be a feasible option. If you suffer from chest or back acne, all may be well and fine until it’s time to hit the beach.  But worry not, we’ve got you covered even when you’re uncovered. Here are some tips for dealing with chest and back acne.

Why You Get Body Acne In The Summer

In the summer, you sweat more, and your body produces more oil, and unfortunately, “oil” plus “sweat” tends to equal to “acne”. Factor in sunscreen, and you’ve got a recipe for chest and back breakouts.

The Difference Between Facial Acne and Body acne

Even though they tend to look the same, and generally respond to the same treatment, there is some difference between facial acne and the acne on the chest and back. The breakouts below the neck are technically referred to as folliculitis, which occurs when the hair follicle becomes infected.

Treating Chest and Back Acne

If you’re facing breakouts on the chest and back, hit the showers ASAP after getting back from the beach or gym to prevent the sweat oil and sunscreen from building up around the hair follicles. Use a gentle body wash with salicylic acid consistently. Everyday usage of an acne-controlling body cleanser will help keep pores open and reduce inflammation.

Will a Face Wash Help?

Face washes can be useful, but only if they contain salicylic acid rather than benzoyl peroxide.  While benzoyl peroxide can be effective for treating facial outbreaks, you may not want to put it on your body because it tends to bleach fabrics and, while polka-dotted bikinis are very fashionable, they may not have the intended effect. Spot treatments and gels can work as well, and are less likely to damage to clothing. However, if none of the above work, a visit to the dermatologist may be in order.  Doctors can prescribe any array of wipes and medications to help treat serious cases of acne on the body.

What About Scrubs?

Scrubs may not be the best idea for helping with body acne because scrubbing too vigorously can over dry skin, triggering more oil production, and resulting in more breakouts. Also, the delicate skin on your chest can scar easily, if it is accidentally removed. A better option would be to use a shower puff soaked in salicylic acid wash and moved in a scrubbing motion on the chest and back. Just be sure to wash the puff as soon as you get out of the shower to avoid bacteria growth.

Are you dealing with chest and back acne? What are your recommendations for treatment? Let us know! We love to hear your comments and suggestions.

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Review These Recent Updates on Sunscreen

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Usually, we view the use of chemicals as a big environmental no-no, but when the environment seems to conspire against us, we sometimes become unwillingly united with chemicals by a common enemy. When the sun becomes harmful, sometimes chemical containing sunscreens seem like our only option. But are they, really? Read on to find out.

The Breakdown

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its 2117 Sunscreen Guide and, in short, the news is not great. According to its findings, nearly three-fourths of sunscreen either contain harmful chemicals or are ineffective. The independent advocacy group reviewed nearly 1,500 products including sunscreens, lip balms, and moisturizers with SPFs only to find that only just over one-quarter of them met the EWG’s stringent guidelines – meaning that only 300 sunscreens, nearly 40 lip balms and just over 100 moisturizers made the grade.

The Factors

The EWG report focused on five factors in their evaluation.

Harmful Ingredients

The first things the researchers examined were if the product contained ingredients that were harmful to a person’s health and if the application of said product could cause harm. Spray-on sunscreens, for example, could be harmful if inhaled.

How Well The Products Worked

The four remaining factors focused on how well the products worked. The EWG wanted to determine how effective the products were in blocking cancerous UVA and UVB rays and how much a product’s active ingredients were broken down by the sun, rendering them ineffective. The researchers also wanted to look at the balance between the UVA and UVB protection. The SPF, or sun protection factor, only takes the ability of the product to block UVB rays into account. Each product was scored on a scale of 1 to 10, with one being the best rating. Only products scoring a two or lower met the EWG’s strict standards, a feat that only one-quarter of the products were able to accomplish.

Improvements

Despite the fact that only a small minority of the products were able to score a two or lower, there have been some noted improvements in sunscreen safety in the past few years. The percentage of “mineral only” sunscreens doubled from 17% in 2007 to 34% in 2017. “Mineral only” refers to sunscreens that claim titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as their active ingredients. Also known as physical sunscreens, these products sit on top of the skin, physically reflecting the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them, unlike other sunscreens.

“Mineral only” sunscreens have proved to be stable in sunlight, which means the sun will not cause them to break down, and they protect against both UVA and UVB rays without the use of harmful ingredients. The EWG also acknowledged that nearly all sunscreens analyzed for the study were “broad spectrum,” which meant that they protected against both UVA and UVB rays.

Additionally, it was noted that the percentage of sunscreens containing retinyl palmate, a type of vitamin A linked to skin tumors in animal studies, had decreased from 40 to 14% since 2010.

Sunscreen for Children

Even though many products are advertised for babies and kids, the FDA does not have any guidelines when it comes the children’s sunscreens, meaning there is basically no difference between products advertised for kids and those designated for adults.

The EWG identified 19 of the best sunscreen for kids as lotions, rather than sunsticks, which often are not applied well, and products that are fragrance-free and water-resistant.

Most harmful to children were those containing harmful ingredients, like retinyl palmitate and oxy benzone, those with very high SPFs or those which came in a spray on formula. The EWG notes that sunscreens with SPFs over 50 usually block UVB rays, but not UVAs. Since UVB rays are responsible for making the skin red, people often think that, because their skin is not reddening, no damage is being done. However, this is not the case. Spray-on sunscreens are also not recommended, as they tend to result in uneven application and inhalations from these products may not be safe.

What do you think of the news on sunscreens? Are you going natural? Let us know! We love to hear from you!

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Protect Your Skin When Waxing

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Waxing? You were the kid who screamed when your mom took off your bandaid. How are you going to survive waxing? A little whiskey, maybe? Will you need a designated driver to get you home from the salon? Will you get turned away by the technician for hyper squeamishness? Waxing can be taxing, but there are ways to make it a little more tolerable. Read on to get some advice on preparing for and recuperating from a waxing session.

Check the Label

Before you begin, you want to be sure the wax doesn’t contain anything that you’re allergic to. The last thing you need is unnecessary redness. Waxes are usually composed mainly of resin, but they can be based on certain ingredients like lavender or tea tree oil, and some contain artificial colors and fragrances. Always check products before using and look into products for prepping skin, removing wax, and soothing skin afterwards.

When receiving professional waxing, you’ll probably be asked to fill out a form to make sure your skin is compatible to the waxing formula, but in case you’re not, you should tell the technician about anything you’re allergic to and ask him or her to make a note of it on your client profile for future reference.

Apply Oil or Powder

After cleansing your skin, apply pre-epilation before a soft wax, or pre-epilation oil for a hard wax. These will serve as buffers, helping the wax to adhere to the hair rather than the skin, lessening the probability of resulting redness.

Technique

Make sure skin is held taut while pulling hair out to prevent unnecessary tugging. Use a wax designed for sensitive skin; cream-based products are often milder than other waxes. Avoid waxing over an area more than one time, as this can cause redness, inflammation, and can even strip pieces of skin.

Keep Temperature of Wax Moderate

Very hot wax can burn skin, so avoid letting wax that requires heating sit in the microwave too long. Make sure to test out the temperature on the back of your hand before applying. Conversely, wax that isn’t warm enough may stick to skin and cause irritation. Try to find a happy medium.

Soothe Skin

Apply a cooling product or aloe-based gel to soothe skin after removing wax. Cooled tea bags or ice packs can be placed on the eyes after waxing brows to reduce swelling.

Cover Up

To conceal redness after waxing, apply mineral makeup. It’s light on the skin and will allow it to breathe more easily than cakey concealers or foundation.

Alternate Methods

Waxing is not for everyone. If skin bleeds, scabs, or becomes irritated, it may be best to try another method. Threading and sugaring are options that remove the hair follicle from the root while remaining easy on the skin. You may want to try these instead.

How do you prepare for and recuperate from a waxing? Let us know what you do before and after. We love to get your comments.

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The Connection Between Weight Fluctuations and Your Skin

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When you look at before and after pictures in a weight loss ad, you may see a picture of someone holding up a pair of pants that look like they could fit about three of him or her as they are now. It is far less common to see After pictures of a person showing off their loose skin as proof of their weight loss. No one wants to think that their valiant weight loss efforts will have less than stellar results, yet sometimes they do. Here is why dramatic weight loss may leave you less than toned and what you can do about it.

Why Skin Stretches

The biggest factor in your skin’s maintaining its elasticity is how long you were overweight for. Regardless of how long it took you to shed the pounds, the longer skin was stretched for, the less likely it is to snap back.

According to Marie Jhin, MD, “It’s like a balloon. When you first blow up a balloon, it’s really small and tight.” You stretch it before inflating it, but it doesn’t return to its original shape when the air goes out.” It’s the same with skin. After it becomes stretched, it doesn’t always regain its firmness. Genetics and age can also be to blame. “Everyone starts to lose (elasticity) as they get older,” she says.

Problems

Besides its unattractive appearance, saggy skin has other disadvantages. For instance, rashes and yeast infections can develop in the folds of skin. Jhin explains, “Perspiration gets trapped, and you can get a rash. I recommend powder or cornstarch. It will help you absorb the moisture.” Other people prefer to use a little fabric to do the job. Compression garments may also help.

In addition to the rashes, loose skin can make getting in shape more difficult. New York city plastic surgeon Jennifer Capla, MD, says, “It changes your center of gravity. It’s harder to move.”

What Can You Do?

Unfortunately, there is no easy fix for saggy skin. Building muscle may help get some definition back, but Capla warns, “There’s no magic cream. It’s something that has to be dealt with surgically.”

However, only about 20% of weight loss surgery patients have body contouring done. A total body lift can cost $30,000 and, while health insurance may pick up the bill for a tummy tuck, as stomach folds may be detrimental to your health, the insurance companies might not be so generous when it comes to surgeries done for what it considers “cosmetic purposes.”

What Else Can You Do?

Susan Hawkins, of Atlanta accepts her saggy skin, saying, “my clothes do a remarkable job of hiding the aftermath.  ‘d take the excess skin any day (over obesity.) For me, it’s my badge of honor.”

For others however, the struggle is more difficult. New York City psychologist Alexis Conason says. “Many view excess skin as a reminder of their old life and associations with emotional issues they are struggling with then they were at higher weight, such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, and low self-esteem.”

However, after a weight loss of 140 pounds, Tanisha Shanee of Brooklyn, New York says, “There are challenges for one to accept with this journey. I had to relearn how to love my body and accept the new healthier one.

Where do you stand on all of this? Is surgery the way to go? Let’s hear what you have to say.

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The Perfect Sunless Tan

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We are all familiar with the risks of sun bathing… skin cancer, premature aging, risk of sunburn…. but that doesn’t stop us from aspiring to a flawless tanned look. Although we have the means at our disposal, self tanning often leads to unnatural colors, weird smells, and, after all that, it can take hours before the results of the tan actually take effect. Read on to find out how you can acquire a tan that will dry quickly and show up instantly.

Prep Work

Fashion writer Jessica Prince Erlich stresses the importance of prep work in the self tanning process. She recommends starting by exfoliating to wash away dry, rough skin and create a smooth surface. It is recommended you use an oil free moisturizer as residue from oils can leave streaks. Then follow up by moisturizing. It’s also a good idea to shave before self tanning. Shaving a day or two after acquiring a self tan can strip the color. Therefore, it’s a good idea to make sure you are nice and smooth beforehand.

Use the Right Products

Once you are ready to tan, using the right products are very important. St. Tropez tanning expert Fiona Locke tells us to start by reading product reviews to make sure you are using a reputable tanner. Unfortunately, it is difficult to consult the ingredient list to find the right products. Locke says most tanners have the same basic ingredients, but it’s the amount of the ingredients each product uses that sets them apart. This information can not be found on labels.

How to Apply?

Now that you are ready to apply your tanner, seek a cool, dry place in front of a mirror to apply. Also, it’s a good idea to invest in a reusable tanning mitt to avoid staining your palms orange. Start at your feet, then work your way up your legs in long, even strokes. Avoid rubbing in the product aggressively as this will make the tan uneven. On the other hand, don’t worry about going over the same area multiple times, as it is the parts that are missed that will result in uneven tanning. If you are using a spray tanner, do not apply directly to face; spray into mitt and then rub that in to your face. To use a spray tanner on your back, spray mist, then walk backwards into it.

Maintenance is Key

To keep your tan looking flawless, take cool short showers, and then pat yourself dry. Rubbing skin with a towel will remove the tan. Wear a water resistant SPF sunscreen at the pool and apply a moisturizing, tan extending formula daily. Buff off the tan once a week to get rid of old patches, and then start again if desired.

If, for some reason, you are unhappy with your tan, have no fear. Showering and exfoliating often, as well as sitting in a hot bath will fade tans quickly. Squeezing lemon juice on to cotton pads and sweeping over streaks and dark spots should be an effective remedy for uneven tanning.

So, what do you think is the best way to self tan? What products do you like to use?

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Maximize Your SPF by Layering It On

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Protecting your skin from the sun is serious business. If you’ve read the FDA guidelines, you know you need a shot glass-full of sunscreen per day applied to every exposed body part you can think of, and some that you can’t. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that your SPF 30 moisturizer is going to do the trick, and it may not. To make sure you get full protection, you need to layer your SPF products. Read on to find out how to do it.

Sunscreen Products

You may have noticed a lot of products popping up on the market with added SPF.  There are concealers with SPF, primers with SPF, moisturizers with SPF, and of course, there’s good old sunscreen. Which is the best to use? The answer is all of the above.

As long as one of your skincare products carries a rating of SPF 30 or above and you apply it generously, you can add as many other products to the mix as you like, and you will get better results. However, if layering is not for you, you’re probably best off using a daytime moisturizer rated at SPF 30 or above applied liberally followed by a foundation with any SPF number greater than that.

Layering Sunscreen

While there are really no rules for applying sunscreens, it’s important to cover the exposed areas, like your neck and face. The idea is to layer by texture. If your skin is oily, you should start with a matte finish, lightweight formula with a 30 SPF, followed by a sunscreen infused primer and then a powder or liquid foundation, also containing sunscreen. If you want to add eye cream to them, do that after applying the moisturizer, directly before applying makeup.

Why You Should Layer Sunscreen

People just don’t apply enough sunscreen. That’s why the FDA tells you to reapply the stuff every two hours. If you repeat this enough times, eventually you should end up with enough on your skin to meet the daily requirements.

If you look at most studies, when it comes to sunscreen, there can’t be too much, but there certainly can be too little. That means, the more sunscreen you get on your face, the better, which is why layering is so effective. It allows you to get a lot on your skin before you go out, bringing you closer to the daily requirement.

However, since it is not known exactly how much added protection layering gives you, you need to make sure that at least one of the products you’re applying is rated a minimum of SPF 30 and that it is applied generously and evenly. For example, there is no evidence that applying an SPF 30 product followed by a SPF 20 product will guarantee an SPF of 50, but it will give you greater protection, and that is what’s important.

Are you layering your sunscreen? Let us know how you do it! What products are you using and in what order? Let us know!

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These Ingredients Make Up the Anti-Aging Dream Team

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Sometimes, there can be such a thing as too much choice. It’s like going into a donut shop and trying to choose the best one. The only solution is to one of each and there are surely not enough calories in the recommended daily allowance to allow for all of them. You may wish you had an expert to recommend the best one. If you’re having similar problems choosing from the vast array of antioxidants to include in your skincare routine, help is on the way. Here are some of the best antioxidants for your skin:

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is often listed as tocopherol or tocotrienols on the ingredients label and it is available in natural and synthetic forms. While both provide antioxidant benefits, you’ll want to go for the natural forms to get the most potency and the longest lasting results.

Vitamin E is best known for its ability to protect skin from damaging elements, and is often used in sunscreens because of its role in defending skin from stress caused by exposure to UV light. It is even more effective when partnered with Vitamin C. Look for it in serums and moisturizers.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can be quite a hard to spot on the ingredient label. Often listed as ascorbic acid or tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, the vitamin is known most commonly for its ability to reduce wrinkles, dullness, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.

Vitamin C works by making skin more resilient for added firmness and a smoother appearance. Research shows it improves skin tone and brightens dull skin, making it visibly younger looking. Look for vitamin C in concentrations between 0.5% and 20% for best results. Although you will find Vitamin C in a multitude of products, it is probably most efficient in skin brightening and targeted solution products.

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in red wine, red grapes, and fruits such as cranberries and blueberries. It helps to protect the skin’s surface from negative environmental impact, brighten tired complexions, and also has skin-calming properties that may help to reduce redness. Resveratrol can be found in eye creams and moisturizers.

Retinol

You probably will have heard ad nauseam of retinol, nee vitamin A, being referred to as the gold standard in anti-aging, but that doesn’t make it any less true. In fact, it just about hits it on the head. Retinol is a skin-restoring antioxidant that can tackle multiple skincare concerns from bumps, uneven tone, rough texture, enlarged pores, wrinkles, to fine lines. It has also been shown to unclog pores and soften surface imperfections. Look for retinol in all types of skincare products, from serums to moisturizers.

Green Tea

Research shows that tea, be it black, white, or green is a powerful anti-ager. The key compound in the antioxidant is epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG), which helps defend the skin from negative environmental influences. It also has a calming effect, which makes it great at soothing redness. Green tea is most commonly found in moisturizers.

We hope this has cleared up some confusion. Let us know what makes up your skincare dream team. We love to know!

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Be Beautiful Without Botox

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When it comes to items of the list of things that make life unfair, wrinkles may be at the top. Even more unfair may be the fact that some have access to ways to get rid of them.  We see our favorite celebrities showing up after years of virtual seclusion looking younger than they did when they disappeared and no one bats an eye. Sometimes the urge to “get work done” seems less like a ‘why’ than a ‘why not.’ But if you’re considering botox, there are plenty of side effects that more than provide an answer to the latter. If you find the cons a bit overwhelming, here are some alternatives to the neuro-toxin injection.

Retinol

Retinol is often considered the “gold standard” in anti-aging. According to New York dermatologist Doris Day, MD, “People commonly confuse it as and exfoliator, but what it really does is push skin cells up to turn over in a healthier way, and it helps grow collagen to flatten wrinkles.” The over-the-counter version is retinol, while retinoid is the name for the prescription version. You may want to use these with hydrators to combat the redness and flaking often associated with the use of retinols.

Bee Venom

Sounds weird, but it’s definitely safer than botox. Some experts say bee venom is a natural anti-inflammatory and has anaphylactic properties that can cause temporary relaxation of lines caused by tightened facial muscles. Day says, “I think there needs to be more research done on this, but there is scientific evidence that shows it could help wrinkles.” And, bee lovers out there have no reason to fear, the venom extraction is done through a process that protects the well-being and life-span of the bee.

Peptides

Wrinkles usually form, in part, because of a decrease in collagen production. “Peptides work to decrease fine lines and wrinkles by building collagen,” say Jeanine Downie, MD. Peptide serums target lines formed by tension including smile lines around the lips and eyes and brow furrows.

Algae and Kelp

There would seem to be a certain poetry in learning that our oceans are the home of particularly powerful wrinkle fighters. Day says, “If you think about where algae and kelp grow, they’re able to survive and flourish in the harshest conditions—which means huge anti-aging benefits when you harvest the plant extract. I’m into telomere technology and take supplements every day—it’s promising, though we need more science on it.”

Quercetin

Quercetin is a plant-based phytochemical found in red wine, apples, tea, and onions. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it beneficial in diet, skincare, and even the treatment of eczema. Downie explains, “Quercetin doesn’t biologically decrease wrinkles, but it’s kind of like using a primer before applying make up—it definitely helps plump up skin and fill in lines.”

AHAs

Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of compounds often used in acne and wrinkle-fighting products and in professional chemical peels. Examples include lactic acid, citric acid, glycol acid, and mandolin acid. Downie says, “All alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate the top layer of skin to produce more even and smooth skin.”

Niacinamide

Naicinamide, also known as vitamin B-3 has been known to treat a variety of skin conditions by enforcing the skin barrier and preventing skin cells from swelling. Day says, “Niacinamide helps decrease wrinkles by negating the inflammation that causes the free radical activity that leads to deeper and more pronounced lines.”

Still leaning toward botox? Let us know! And if you’ve tried any of the other ingredients, let us know what worked best for you.

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What Science Says About Skin Care

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The science of skin care. You may have heard this expression being tossed around, and indeed there seems to be something to it. After all, don’t all of us want to find a product that is proven to work? It would avoid a lot of wasted money and dashed hopes spent on cosmetics that don’t work. But is it for real, or are skin care companies just gambling on the fact that their customers are just easily impressed by scientific terms?

What To Put On Your Face

Austin based comedian Kath Barbado  is a woman daring to combine the yin with the yang. On her skincare blog, “What To Put On Your Face,” the comedian defies stereotypes by uniting the traditionally male associated  aptitude for science with the traditionally female associated quest for the perfect skin care product. It is here that she answers readers questions about the most daunting scientific elements of skincare to bring clarity to the subject.

Barbadoro’s early motivation for unlocking skin care secrets was similar to most of ours. She wanted to look her best. However, her interest led her to an exploration of the science behind it. The comedian began to browse the Reddit thread “skin addiction” in order to clarify information on beauty sites such as “Beautypedia” and Caroline Hirons. This is where I started learning about the importance of skin pH and the acid mantle, for example,” she explains.

Barbado’s take on all of this seems to be a positive one. “You can be a lot more judicious with your purchases when you can look at the list of ingredients in something and actually understand what you’re reading.”

The Scientific Beauty

“The Scientific Beauty’ is a beauty and skin care blog focused on simplifying the scientific language of cosmetic companies – a sort of “Skincare for Dummies” if you will. Founder Sophie explains her aim as being able to satisfy her wish to have “the science…explained in plain English to help decode the chemicals and separate the facts about beauty from fiction.”

Visitors to “The Scientific Beauty” wishing to satisfy their desire for lighter reading material will not be disappointed. Readers will find articles interspersed with lipstick kisses and Chanel brushes, so as not to alienate visitors to more traditional beauty sites.

The Upshot

So what is the final word on “skin care science?” Well, it sure doesn’t seem to be doing any harm. Sure, it’s worthwhile to remember that any skin care advice found on the internet should be clarified by a professional, but combining enthusiasm for cosmetics with an enthusiasm for science may be a step in the right direction. And, if skin care science can provide a social media community for women to share their experiences and answer their questions, so much the better.

What do you think about what science is saying about skin care? Let us know and tell us what you’re learning.

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Hormonal Changes Can Lead to Skin Changes

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You may be familiar with the expression, “kill the messenger.” However, when you take into account that the main function of hormones is to deliver messages, the expression takes on a whole new meaning. Hormones are chemical messengers in the body created in the endocrine glands. They control most bodily function, including reproduction, emotion, and mood. When they’re in proper balance, hormones can be very beneficial, but when they go out of whack, we do too, and sometimes that shows on our skin. Having a full understanding of how these hormones affect skin is key to finding solutions to hormone related changes. Read on to find out how these messengers operate and what you can do about it.

Estrogen

Estrogen affects the thickness of skin, moisture and wrinkle formation. The hormone can increase glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), such as hyaluronic acid to maintain structure of skin and balance of fluids. Estrogen boost s collagen production, allowing skin to remain plump, wrinkle-free and hydrated.

When hormone activity is elevated, as it is by the use of oral contraceptives and pregnancy, skin pigmentation in sun exposed area (like the forehead and cheeks) increases, resulting in a phenomenon known as melasma.

Female Menopause

When women transition into menopause, anti-inflammatory estrogens are lost, leading to increase inflammation. Female skin may become red and blotchy, and certain skin conditions, like rosacea, may result. The decrease of estrogen also means a lowering of collagen production, causing skin thinning, and loss of elasticity, leading to the formation of wrinkles. Estrogen loss also means the number of blood vessels in our skin is reduced, giving skin a pale wan appearance, and the GAGs in our skin, without regulation from estrogen, cause itchiness.

Thyroid Hormones

The thyroid hormones affect brain development, breathing, muscle strength, bone health, skin dryness, menstrual cycles, weight, and cholesterol levels. An overload of the hormone can cause skin to become warm and flushed. Too little can make skin dry, thick, and coarse, with a low level of perspiration.

What Can Be Done?

Hormonal replacement therapy is the latest possible solution to menopausal skin. Topical and oral steroid hormones have been shown to show improvements in  elasticity, skin thickness, and moisture. However, more work is needed to determine whether or not the treatment is fully beneficial.

Since collagen production is dramatically affected during hormonal loss, it is important to use collagen producing ingredients. Retinoids, Vitamin C, and peptides can all benefit hormone affected skin by controlling pigmentation, boosting collagen production, brightening skin, and increasing the production of GAGs. Oils such as Jasmine and Rosewood can provide hydration, while Carrot Seed, Rosehip, and Argan improve elasticity and support the lipid barrier of the skin.

Are you dealing with skin changes caused by hormones? Let us know how you’re handling it!