DO HORMONES CAUSE BREAKOUTS? CAN I BALANCE MY HORMONES AND CLEAR MY SKIN? WHAT IS SEED CYCLING?
Hormones and the Skin
After studying hormones concerning PCOS, we are fascinated by their impact on individuals, especially their skin.
Hormones are chemical messengers that tell our bodies what to do. Reproductive hormones are some of the most well-known hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone.
These hormones are naturally produced in the body and are present in both males and females, in varying amounts. While primarily affecting the reproductive organs, these hormones also play a role in other systems, particularly our skin.
In addition to regulating the menstrual cycle, estrogen affects the reproductive tract, the urinary tract, the heart and blood vessels, bones, breasts, skin, hair, mucous membranes, pelvic muscles, and the brain. [Hopkins]
Estrogen and progesterone are primarily female hormones produced mostly in the ovaries, and testosterone is primarily a male hormone and is produced in the testes.
Estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone are not needed in the same concentrations, but they are all important and affect each other. Progesterone is necessary for estrogen to work and for the production of enough testosterone. [MedNews].
Besides contributing to creating new life, reproductive hormones can also impact the skin in various ways:
Estrogen helps to stimulate collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production that helps the skin to stay plump and firm.
Progesterone stimulates the production of sebum or the oil glands in the skin. It can cause the skin to swell, and compress the look of pores.
Testosterone, which typically presents during menstruation, works similarly to progesterone by activating the sebaceous glands to produce oil. [AxiaWH]
You may wonder what happens when the levels of each hormone go "out of whack." We know that our bodies want to be balanced - all the hormones in the proper concentrations at the right time and anatomical location. Normal bodily functions can be disturbed when they're not balanced.
Too much progesterone or testosterone can trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. The oil build-up contributes to acne formation. This is a common occurrence, especially in teen boys during puberty when their bodies are still learning to regulate testosterone.
During a woman's menstrual cycle, changes in estrogen and progesterone levels can lead to an increase in oil production, resulting in breakouts that are commonly associated with periods.
Women may experience hyperpigmentation issues due to hormonal changes in their reproductive system. One such condition is melasma, also known as cholasma in pregnant women. It is characterized by the presence of a patch or "mask" of darker skin, predominantly on the cheeks or around the mouth.
During menopause, women experience a decrease in estrogen levels which can cause dryness and sagging of the skin.
Many people seek ways to achieve hormonal balance, and one method is through strategic consumption of the right foods. Consuming specific foods can help achieve hormonal balance to prevent or slow conditions caused by imbalances.
This is when seed cycling swoops in to help! This approach can help achieve equilibrium with reproductive hormones.
Seed Cycling is a method of supplementing with the right seeds at the proper times to reap the benefits of these seeds, and certain seeds can assist in bringing hormone levels back to normal. Read more about it in our eBook.
Seeds are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which help the body produce hormones naturally. These seeds are also effective in processing and eliminating excess hormones thanks to the presence of lignans. Lignans act like packaging plants for hormones and prepare the surplus hormones to be excreted out of the body.
Incorporating seeds into your diet can have numerous health benefits, as they are rich in fiber, which helps eliminate waste from the body. Additionally, they offer a variety of other advantages to your overall well-being.
If you are interested in these seeds, we carry freshly pre-ground raw organic seeds in packets that are easy to use.
Achieving clear skin can be challenging, but our Clear Skin Boot Camp provides expert guidance.
Our program is a natural and holistic approach that focuses on healing the body from the inside out to reduce acne. We combine skincare routines with healthy lifestyle changes to ensure that you achieve the best possible results.
Our program includes guidance on seed cycling, which works alongside your boot camp to help balance your hormones. To learn more about seed cycling and how to incorporate it into your routine, read our Seed Cycling eBook. It contains detailed information and instructions that will help you get started on the path to clear, healthy skin.
If you have chronic acne, learn about the solutions we offer on our Acne Page, or Request an appointment to schedule your Clear Skin Boot Camp Enrollment appointment. We are excited about seeing you start on your Clear Skin Journey!