How Hormonal Imbalances could be the cause of your Acne.

This particular type of acne is tied to hormonal imbalances in teenagers and menstruating, peri menopausal and menopausal women. It affects all ages from teens to 50 plus. Teenage hormonal acne will usually appear across the forehead, chin and nose area whereas adult hormonal acne tends to develop in the lower face, around the jawline and chin area. Hormonal acne shows up in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cysts.

If we look at hormonal acne suddenly appearing in ages 30-50 we can usually tie this to an intrinsic issue such as a hormone imbalance due to an influx of hormones from sources such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, pregnancy, endometriosis, menstruation, menopause, decreased estrogen and increased androgen levels.

As an aside if you are using hormone replacement therapy, an influx of chemical hormones can cause hormonal acne, using a body identical hormone replacement therapy may be more suitable for you.

It is also poignant to remember that sugar plays a part here, the more sugar you consume in your diet will cause your glucose levels to spike which forces your pancreas to release more insulin. Eventually the cells in your body will become resistant to insulin (insulin resistance) and your pancreas will struggle to keep up with the demand. The consequence of this is that your bloodstream will contain excess sugar which is then left in your blood stream causing spikes in your blood sugar. This can have very detrimental affects if your body is unable to metabolise sugar properly.

We all know that if this happens the sugar will be stored in your tissues as fat. As well as being a major impact on your overall health it can also be a problem for the ovaries if your pancreas releases too much insulin. This can cause them to produce more androgen hormones such as testosterone which sometimes influences the development of follicles on the ovaries and can affect ovulation which in turn can lead to irregular periods, acne, male pattern hair growth etc, Insulin resistance and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome etc.

This is just a small consideration of the plethora of reasons why hormones can become imbalanced unfortunately an imbalance can have a major impact on not only our health but our skin too. 

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