Skin breakouts define vulnerability. If only we didn’t have to wear our imbalances on our faces- am I right?
Why couldn’t they show up elsewhere like… well I’ll let you decide.
But for so many of us, breakouts persist well beyond puberty. Why?
Because if the hormones like testosterone and estrogen predominate in abundance, we produce more sebum; so much that your skin has trouble keeping up and thus the pores begin to become inflamed producing a gnarly red protrusion.
Is there a magic pill? Nope.
But treatment starts with targeting [and if possible] testing testosterone and estrogen levels. If either are high, the herb saw palmetto is a game changer. It’s nature’s version of the Rx Spironolactone.
Zinc is also going to play a huge role in helping the skin cells turn over more quickly to keep up with the sebum production. Foods high in zinc include pumpkin seeds, legumes and shellfish.
Kicking dairy to the curb for a hot second and then reintroducing it will tell you with crystal clarity [or lack thereof] that consuming dairy is exacerbating already high levels of estrogen. Your skin will break out pretty immediately after a 2-4 week hiatus.
And finally, topically, make sure to buy legitimately clean skin care products not products that say “green” with flowers on the packaging to fool you. [hint: cleaning your makeup brushes regularly is so helpful too].
Crave more geeky hormone balance talk where this came from? Registration is now open for my online membership: The Table.
We will spend the next 3 months exploring how to optimize testosterone [estrogen and progesterone] levels to clear up that gorgeous skin of yours but also strike hormone balance across the board- unlocking your sanity.
If you want a taste-test of how I teach, consider starting with my 1 hour skin care camp workshop. Click HERE to download and dig in. If you like the way I jam on the biochemistry of something as [seemingly] superficial as skin, then you’ll fall in love with how I teach a 3 month course on hormone balance.
And just like that, you’re ready to commit to the deep source of skin clarity.