Generally, we get more pimples as teenagers. Is this because of all of the hormones in your body? What about if your skin is dry? Can hormones cause that, too? Let’s find out!
Not surprisingly, hormones affect males and females differently.
Testosterone is the chief male hormone. It’s produced in both males and females, even though testosterone is predominant in males. When males hit puberty, they produce testosterone. Skin becomes oilier during puberty because of greater testosterone levels. Oily skin means acne! From ages 10 to 29 or so, males produce large amounts of testosterone. Chances are if you’re in your teens or 20s, you have oily skin or are more acne prone.
Are you in your 30s, 40s, or 50s? Maybe your skin is starting to feel dry. Winters may bother your skin more than they used to. This is because your testosterone production decreases, leading to less oil! To help combat this, try adding a serum containing hyaluronic acid or squalene to your regimen. Read more about moisturizers and which may be best for you on our blog.
The hormones that primarily affect female skin are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Estrogens help to keep your skin and hair youthful. When it comes to your skin, estrogens affect thickness, wrinkle formation and moisture. They can increase hyaluronic acid to maintain fluid balance and structural integrity as well as increase collagen production in the skin.
Like in males, testosterone increases in the body during puberty, leading to breakouts!
During perimenopause, which generally takes place in your mid-30s to late 40s, there is a decline in estrogen and progesterone production. Skin changes during this time run the gamut: drier skin, oilier skin, larger pores, and loss of firm skin because of lower collagen and hyaluronic acid production.
During menopause, estrogen and progesterone levels are lower, the effects of testosterone are magnified. That means breakouts!
So, next time your skin is feeling dry or oily, take into account your hormones and how to combat them!