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Healthy Skin Reflects Healthy Hormones

Skin is much more than an outer surface for the world to see.

Generally, healthy skin is considered to be smooth without cracks on the surface. It is warm and is neither flaky nor moist and wrinkled. Everyone wants to achieve healthy and glowing skin, but what actually is healthy skin? Does it mean having brighter skin or having clear skin? 

Read on with us to know how your hormones actually affect your skin.

The definition of healthy skin may differ from person to person. Over the past two centuries, dermatological research has clearly identified parameters that affect skin health and their way of function.

Main hormones that make your skin look fresh and healthy:

There are three key hormones that can cause changes to the look and feel of our skin: 

  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone

Each one plays a very different role.

Estrogen: It helps to stimulate collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production that helps the skin to stay plump and firm.

Progesterone: It stimulates the production of sebum or the oil glands in the skin. It can cause the skin to swell, and compress the look of pores. Too much of it, however, can lead to oil build up. 

Testosterone: It typically presents during menstruation and works similarly to progesterone by activating the sebaceous glands to produce oil. 

No matter if you are in your teens or in your 50s, fluctuating hormones can make it challenging to navigate your skin health. By understanding how our hormones can affect us at each stage, we can adjust our routines to prepare for and treat any potential skin woes.

Hormones can cause acne:

Androgens can stimulate sebaceous glands in skin to pump out oil, one factor that contributes to the development of acne.

Another big hormonal player in skin health is estrogen. Even before menopause, “as we age, estrogen levels can start to decline. Estrogen helps to stimulate the right amount of oil production to keep it supple, smooth, and plump. But as estrogen decreases, skin is drier and itchier. This can be seen in patients with dry skin in general as well as in eczema patients during flares.



Eating a healthful calorie restriction diet, keeping stress in check, keeping moisture in the skin, quitting smoking are among general hacks towards achieving a healthy skin. All that is to say is that respecting this important organ along with adhering to smart skin-care habits can help keep your skin healthy.

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About the Author: Dr. Sayyam Azam is a certified dermatologist who has specialized in Clinical Dermatology (Pakistan) and Aesthetic Medicine (US). During her specialized training, she was involved in multiple clinical as well as aesthetic dermatological procedures such as botox, fillers, and chemical peels. As a licensed dermatologist, she is now running a state-of-the- art Aesthetic Center (The Face Clinic) in Multan, Pakistan.

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