Dr. Kay's Tips for Combatting Hormonal Skin

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

As we age, facing hormones increasingly becomes a reality. Our skin is the largest organ on the body; have you ever considered that hormones could be affecting your skin? The thyroid gland produces two hormones that have an influence on everything from menstrual cycle and metabolism to skin dryness and brain development. Environmental toxins such as BPA can be disruptive to the thyroid’s functionality. Making healthy dietary choices and implementing a proper skincare regimen can greatly improve the health of your skin. If you are looking to combat dull and tired skin, try a hydrating serum like the KD Hyaluronic Line filler.

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While male hormones eventually stabilize, it’s more of an uphill battle for the female body. Women tend to experience hormonal acne during pregnancy and between the ages of 20 and 40. As menopause approaches, our hormones begin to act up again. As we age, our estrogen begins to diminish and it’s anti-inflammatory properties go with it. Unchecked estrogen levels can tamper with your libido and lead to irritability, migraines, depression, extreme PMS, and a host of other reproductive disorders. 

Oil is created by our sebaceous glands which are often times influenced by the body’s sex hormones. A cleanser with glycolic acid helps to break down sebum and reveal brighter skin by triggering the skin’s renewal process. Try our KD Glycolic Acid Cleanser! While hormonal breakouts may be inevitable, good skincare can help alleviate them in some capacity. If you haven’t read our blog post “How to Fix Your Skin”, click the link to learn about targeting specific problem areas.

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Some may begin to notice the onset of conditions like rosacea in addition to dehydrated skin. Treatments like oxygen facials and using our KD Triple Shot Serum can help alleviate some of these symptoms. In addition to skincare, what we nourish our body with has a huge impact on our overall health.  Making smart choices or switching to the Keto Diet (click here to read more) could make the world of a difference! Healthy fats like avocado, dark chocolate, and salmon are beneficial in combatting conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Removing dairy or limiting consumption has the potential to curb sebum production. Replace processed junk foods with choices like kale, spinach, grapefruit, and brown rice and notice an all around shift. 

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When you’re stressed, the brain sends cortisol — a stress hormone — into your bloodstream. Chronic stress can often times worsen the effects of hormonal acne, eczema, and rosacea. Exercise, meditation, and yoga are all ways to relax and take a moment for yourself. Apps like Calm or taking classes at studios like CorePower could be the stress reliever you need. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen! Be sure to join us with CorePower Yoga on Thursday September 27th at the Langham Hotel for a free all-levels yoga class on the Horseshoe Garden. Attendance is complimentary! 

Be sure to listen to our podcast, Beauty Bytes, with Candace Burch from Your Hormone Balance! Listen for free on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and TuneIn. Candace will be joining me in my office for a lunch & learn on October 23rd, so mark your calendars!

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