Hormones exert a scientifically proven influence on our skin throughout our lives, and this connection is particularly evident during puberty. However, the impact of hormones on the skin doesn't cease with adolescence.
Welcome to the kickoff of our blog series, "The Hormone Chronicles." Today, we're diving headfirst into the fascinating world of cortisol, the enigmatic "stress hormone" that pulls the strings behind the scenes.
Cortisol: The Double-Edged Sword
First things first, cortisol can go from zero to hero—or villain—real quick! When stress kicks in, cortisol levels can surge to a whopping nine times their usual levels. Talk about drama!
Cortisol During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a transformative journey for both body and mind. Cortisol experiences fluctuations during this period. But it's not all about stress. During pregnancy, cortisol is like your backstage manager, supporting the physiological demands of pregnancy.
Increased Cortisol: Pregnancy naturally increases cortisol levels to maintain blood pressure, control inflammation, and keep your body's harmony in check.
Skin Impact: This boost in cortisol can give your skin a radiant glow, but it may also play tricks, causing acne and increased sensitivity. Also, it can weaken your skin's elastic fibers, leading to stretch marks, even without significant weight changes! Choose a lotion infused with potent active ingredients and indulge in a gentle massage to awaken your skin's fibroblasts, promoting collagen production.