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Effects of Hormonal Imbalance on Skin and Hair.

Published : July 2, 2021 4 mins read Updated On : Nov 01, 2023

There may be a morning when you wake up with dry skin compared to the usual. Or there may be an acne breakout. There are times when your skin changes in tone, texture and type for a reason not visible. Of course, you may think that it could be because of the burger you ate last night, but the reason may go much deeper. The reason may have something to do with the hormone imbalance effects in your body.
Causes of Hormonal Imbalance

Effects of Hormonal Imbalance on Skin and Hair.

Here are some common causes of hormonal imbalance in females:

  • Menopause: The natural aging process in women leads to a decline in estrogen and progesterone, causing menopausal symptoms and

hormonal changes.

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): PCOS is an hormonal disorder with Polycystic ovaries, excess testosterone, androgen, and insulin

resistance, which leads to disrupted menstrual cycle and other symptoms..

  • Thyroid Disorders: Conditions like hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) can disrupt the balance of

thyroid hormones, affecting metabolism and other hormonal systems.

  • Stress: Chronic stress can lead to increased production of the stress hormone cortisol, which can affect other hormonal systems, including

sex hormones.

  • Birth Control: Some women experience hormonal imbalances as a side effect of birth control pills or other forms of contraception that

contain hormones.

  • Pregnancy: Hormones fluctuate significantly during pregnancy, and postpartum hormonal changes can also affect mood and overall health.
  • Obesity: Excess body fat can lead to changes in hormone production, including increased estrogen levels, which can disrupt the balance of

hormones.

  • Eating Disorders: Conditions like anorexia or bulimia can lead to hormonal imbalances due to extreme weight loss and inadequate nutrition.
  • Medications: Certain medications, such as corticosteroids or antipsychotics, can affect hormonal balance as a side effect.

What Hormones Affect Skin and Hair in Females

  • Estrogen – it helps to stimulate collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production which is essential for the skin to stay plump and firm.
  • Progesterone – it helps to stimulate the production of sebum or the oil glands in the skin.
  • Testosterone – it acts similar to progesterone by activating the sebaceous glands to produce oil.

Effect Of Hormonal Imbalance on Skin and Hair

As mentioned above the hormonal imbalance in your body can affect the skin, but it also affects the hair. Let us look at the different ways in which the hormones affect the skin and hair.

  • Estrogen - A fall in the levels of estrogen can cause the skin to sag and lose its tautness which in turn causes fine lines and wrinkles. At the

same time, a fall in estrogen levels leads to hair loss as well.

  • Testosterone - Excess testosterone in the body can lead to excess production of sebum and leads to acne. It also is converted to a stronger

hormone known as dihydrotestosterone which causes the hair follicles to become inactive leading to hair fall.

  • Thyroid - Hypo thyroid is a condition in which the thyroid gland becomes sluggish and produces less hormones. This can cause the skin to

become excessively dry and prone to damage. At the same time the hair will start thinning due to hair loss.

  • Cortisol - This is the stress hormone in the body and regulates the stress levels in the body. However, due to excessive stress this hormone is

released in a large amount and causes acne and impaired healing. It also has an effect on the hair follicles and causes hair loss.

Hormonal Imbalance Treatment

Here are some common approaches to treating hormonal imbalances in females

Lifestyle Changes:

  • Diet: A balanced diet with whole foods, lean protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates can help regulate hormones.
  • Exercise: Regular physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight and balance hormones.
  • Stress management: Reducing stress through relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing can be beneficial.

Medications:

  • Birth control pills: Hormonal contraceptives can help regulate the menstrual cycle and manage conditions like PCOS.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT): Used during menopause to alleviate symptoms and hormonal imbalances.
  • Thyroid medications: If a thyroid disorder is the cause, medication may be prescribed to regulate thyroid hormone levels.

Management of Specific Conditions:

  • For PCOS: Treatment may include lifestyle changes, birth control pills, anti-androgen medications, or medications to induce ovulation.
  • For menopause: HRT can alleviate symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings.
  • For thyroid disorders: Medications like levothyroxine may be prescribed.

Nutritional and Dietary Supplements:

  • Some supplements, like vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and certain herbs, may support hormonal balance when taken as part of a balanced diet.

Surgery:

 In cases of certain conditions, such as uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts, surgery may be necessary to correct hormonal imbalances.

Conclusion

If you are experiencing skin or hair problems that do not seem to have a cause that you can identify, then the reason could be hormonal imbalance and for this, you should immediately see a doctor. If necessary, you may have to take medication and also make some significant changes in your lifestyle to overcome hormonal imbalance. It is also a good idea to take hair and skin supplements like Chicnutrix Bounce and Chicnutrix Glow which will keep the skin and hair healthy.

author
Dr. Devanshi M. Imran
MD Dermatologist

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