We all have them surging through our bodies doing a number of important jobs.  However, one thing they can do is mess with our skin.  For some people this is more significant than others, but it does happen to us all in one way or another.  There are reasons why some of us suffer more, usually due to an intolerance, but I will focus mainly on how it manifests itself in the skin and what you can do to limit its impact.

At certain stages of our lives hormones are more present than others, namely adolescence, pregnancy and during the menopause.  However, every month us woman go through huge hormone fluctuations which impact our skin and how it looks and feels.

So I’ll address each one in turn over the next few days.  First up – monthly breakouts.  

So the main reason for these breakouts is due to the impact hormones have on our sebaceous glands (oil producing glands).  About half-way through your cycle more progesterone is produced.  This means your normal sebum production is interfered with and you produce a lot more.  The other delightful thing that happens is that after the boost of progesterone decreases you can have dry patches.  Great.  

So what can you do to deal with all this hormonal turmoil?  The best way to deal with this is to tailor your skincare routine to what your hormones are doing.  Intense I know, but it can work.  More cleansing and lighter products for ½ of the month and more nutritious products in the other half.  

One other way to deal with these changes is to add certain foods to your diet, evidence on how effective this can be can be patchy, however there are certain types of food I try to include.  I'll write another post about the impact nutrition can have on your skin soon.

If you do suffer from these monthly breakouts try not to stress about it – easier said that done I know but, stress actually makes it worse.  Fact.  If you want more info (or a shoulder to cry one) then get in touch.

Check back for blog posts on teenage skin/acne, pregnancy skin and menopausal skin.  What you can expect and how to minimise it's impact.