Hor­mones. The mere men­tion of the word elic­its groans from women and growls from men every­where. While it’s easy to blame our skin prob­lems on our hor­mones and qui­etly re­joice in pim­ple pop­ping, the more we un­der­stand this in­tri­cate bod­ily func­tion, the bet­ter we can man­age its ef­fect on our skin.

“Hor­mones is the term used to de­scribe our body’s chem­i­cal mes­sen­gers that are pro­duced in or­gans such as ovaries and thy­roid glands,” Bi­ologi der­mal spe­cial­ist Lucy Ku­per says.

“These chem­i­cal mes­sen­gers help reg­u­late the body’s tis­sues and or­gans and can play a big role in the ap­pear­ance of our skin.”

Lucy says it’s when the body over or un­der-pro­duces cer­tain hor­mones that skin con­di­tions can ap­pear.

“This can hap­pen dur­ing pu­berty, men­stru­a­tion, preg­nancy and menopause, but can also be caused by ex­ter­nal fac­tors such as stress, poor diet and nu­tri­tion,” Lucy says. “Hor­mone im­bal­ances can wreak havoc on our skin, caus­ing blem­ishes, acne, hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion, fine lines or skin con­di­tions like rosacea.

“Hor­monal acne is re­lated to the rise in an­dro­gen lev­els (testos­terone), which is pro­duced in both men and women. This rise trig­gers higher se­bum pro­duc­tion (the oily sub­stance se­creted at the base of hairs) and can lead to break­outs and clogged pores.

“We of­ten hear of women ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this, how­ever, it can hap­pen to men too and be­cause they naturally se­crete more testos­terone, their cases of hor­monal acne can be more se­vere.”

Lucy says hor­monal pim­ples usu­ally ap­pear as a con­cen­trated area of blem­ishes on the face, typ­i­cally on the chin and jaw­line.

“If you’re no longer a teenager but prone to break­outs this can be linked back to your hor­mones,” Lucy says. “An­other way is if you’re notic­ing break­outs once a month, oc­cur­ring sim­i­lar to a men­strual cy­cle.”

Un­for­tu­nately there’s no straight­for­ward “cure”, but lead­ing a more whole­some life and us­ing qual­ity skin­care prod­ucts can make a world of dif­fer­ence.

“Pro­tect your skin from sun dam­age and keep it in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally hy­drated,” Lucy says.

“Fo­cus on eat­ing a nu­tri­tion­ally dense diet, in­clud­ing pro­tein. Eat a lot of ve­g­ies, high­fi­bre foods, healthy pro­teins and healthy fats.

“Try to de-stress when you can. Stress can in­crease cor­ti­sol lev­els, lead­ing to more se­bum pro­duc­tion and acne break­outs.

“For some women, birth con­trol pills can help reg­u­late hor­mones.

“In­vest in a skin­care rou­tine that will tar­get hor­monal im­bal­ances. Bi­ologi’s range of serums will help to man­age skin ef­fects from hor­mones by re­duc­ing oil build-up, acne, wrinkles, pso­ri­a­sis and rosacea.”

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