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How do hormones affect the skin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Hormones can have a profound effect on skin. Hormonal changes in adolescence can trigger the development of acne. In girls, Acne may fluctuate with hormonal levels over the course of the month. Some women find that taking birth control pills, which regulate hormones, can help control acne. Later on in life, during perimenopause (a time in which women start producing much less estrogen) until her periods stop entirely (menopause), skin is also prone to changes. The skin gets thinner, and is wrinkles are more likely. Good skin care becomes even more important with age. Be sure to discuss any changes in your skin with your primary care doctor or dermatologist.     
Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology
There are multitudes of different hormones in your body. They act as chemical messengers, carrying specific signals from one cell to another and regulating the function of their target cells. Hormones beautifully exemplify the biological lock-and-key concept of "structure is function," in that each particular hormone has a key to a receptor on (or inside) a specific type of cell. This complex communication system can also have many different effects on your complexion. Hormones are supposed to be in balance, but often they surge or dip, wreaking havoc on the skin.
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