Your hor­mones go out of whack

Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty -

When hor­mone lev­els fluc­tu­ate – be­cause of pu­berty, menopause, med­i­ca­tions or other un­con­trol­lable cir­cum­stances – they of­ten aect the ap­pear­ance of skin. Just look at what hap­pens when oe­stro­gen dips, leav­ing a higher pro­por­tion of testos­terone. Skin can get oilier, and greasi­ness cre­ates a sur­face shine that ac­cen­tu­ates pores and makes your skin look less glowy. And melasma, a hor­monal form of hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion, leaves you with dark patches that don’t fade with top­i­cal bright­en­ers be­cause the pig­ment takes hold in both the up­per­most and deeper lay­ers of skin, says clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor of der­ma­tol­ogy Dr Arielle Kau­var.

THE SO­LU­TION

Blot­ting sheets and clay masks get ex­cess oil o your skin. But if that’s not enough, your der­ma­tol­o­gist can pre­scribe med­i­ca­tion to treat the hor­monal cause of oili­ness. For stub­born melasma, ask your der­ma­tol­o­gist about pre­scrib­ing creams or oblit­er­at­ing the pig­ment with laser treat­ment.

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