Hormones and Skin in Adulthood I/III.

Hormones and Skin in Adulthood I/III.

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.

Postpartum Encore: Cortisol's Comeback

After the baby arrives, cortisol gets another moment in the spotlight. This time, it's adapting to your new role as a parent.

  • Stress-Induced Cortisol: The sleepless nights and new mom stresses can send cortisol levels soaring, possibly causing skin sensitivity and other concerns. That's where self-care becomes your trusty sidekick.

  • Skin Impact: Postpartum skin can become hypersensitive, making it prone to irritations. The key to keeping your skin cool and collected? A solid, gentle skincare routine, which is adding up to your daily stress management. Remember, it's not just about the skin; it's about your well-being too.

Cortisol's Farewell

As women approach pre-menopause and menopause, hormonal changes take center stage, with cortisol undergoing its own transformation.

  • Cortisol Decline: Cortisol gracefully exits the scene, tapering down as you journey through pre-menopause and menopause. This change harmonizes with shifts in other hormones like estrogen and progesterone.

  • Skin Impact: The cortisol decline during this stage can contribute to drier skin, increased skin pH, and a weakened skin barrier. Proper hydration and a barrier-strengthening moisturizer becomes essential. Self-care remains your best ally, nurturing both your skin and your spirit.


Cortisol's fluctuations are intricately tied to skin health. By understanding these hormonal rollercoasters and arming yourself with top-notch skincare, you're ready to conquer every act of your skin's epic journey. Remember, self-care is not a luxury; it's a necessity!

Stay tuned for the next installment of "The Hormone Chronicles".

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