Inside the pore or hair follicle is a gland called a sebum gland, that is stimulated by androgen hormones to produce oil. The job of the oil is to keep the hair in the follicle soft so it doesn’t break. The oil that finds its way onto the skin keeps our skin soft and pH balanced. Acne occurs due to improper skin care and/or hormonal imbalances.
Acne is a skin disorder that attacks people of all ages and sadly enough, is very common today. Years ago acne was a right of passage for teens and was mostly over looked as something that “you would just grow out of.” We know now that it can be a sign of hormonal imbalances.
It is not surprising that Acne is the number one skin care complaint. What most people don’t know is that a busy life style supported by caffeine, sugar and quick meals tax our bodies. The chronic physical and emotional stress causes imbalances in our hormones. The result is too much oil production and break outs. Our bodies are trying to tell us something, listen!
Hormones are chemical messengers in the body. It is true that we go through natural hormonal changes at onset of puberty and an average of every 7 years after that. However, hormones are affected not only by our body’s natural maturation processes but also by our lifestyle.
Hormones need to be in complete balance for our bodies to function properly. If our bodies are not in balance, this can affect our overall health.
Before you run to your nearest health store and start playing pharmacist, try these simple strategies to balance your hormones naturally. Proper self care is essential to hormone balance. Eating a diet that is rich in fresh foods, lean proteins and whole grains coupled with plenty of water is the first step. Also, moderate physical activity, daily rest and regular laughs are a must.
If a balanced lifestyle and proper skin care do not fix the problem, you may have a more serious condition that may need to be treated by a professional. For most of us it is not a magic pill that we need. We need more awareness about how we are treating ourselves and our bodies. Be patient with yourself. Your body will take a few weeks to catch up to your new outlook on life. Soon you will be balanced with beautiful skin!