Hormone Balance: The Missing Link to Skin Health and Vitality


Hormones and Your Skin — What's the Connection?

Healthy glowing skin is generally at the top of every woman’s want list. The billion dollar beauty industry’s no expense spared homage to the goddess of gorgeous skin is testament enough.

But cosmetic cover-ups and spendy anti-aging creams that primarily work on the surface can’t get to the root of stubborn skin problems.

Diet, stress, sleep loss and sun damage are the more obvious influences upon how our skin looks and feels.

Far less obvious and often overlooked, is the hormonal connection to healthy skin.

Good Skin Starts From Within

In the widest sense, human skin cells are targets as well as producers of hormones. Teeming with hormone receptor sites from head to toe, it’s no wonder that the skin is the first place hormone imbalances are likely to show up.

The quest for a glowing complexion can be frustrating and costly. Many of the expensive beauty creams women rely on contain largely unregulated amounts of chemicals and/or hormones that can trigger hormone imbalances and problem skin waiting to happen.

I spent a fortune on anti-aging creams and I still don’t look any younger.

What Hormone Imbalance Does to Your Skin 

From teen acne to adult breakouts, facial hair, eczemas, rashes, dryness or crow’s feet, great skin is hard to come by if hormone imbalances are at work behind the scenes.


Hormone Highs Diets high in sugars and refined carbs stimulate overproduction of the androgens (testosterone and DHEA) triggering acne and oily skin, and possibly excess facial or body hair. Excessive production of cortisol stress hormones also disrupt with skin rashes and breakouts. Although we associate skin eruptions with younger folks, any age can suffer.

Hormone Lows  Stress, smoking, junk food and lack of sleep can accelerate hormone losses making us look old before our time.

To make matters worse, facial skin has a higher concentration of estrogen receptors than anywhere on the body, so imbalances of estrogen in relation to other key hormone players generally show up first on the face as fine lines, dry, thinning skin and wrinkles!

Elsewhere on the body, loss of lean muscle due to declining androgens (DHEA, Testosterone) is replaced by sagging skin, another sign of hormone sabotage. 

Lack of sleep, wrinkling, and stress hormones go hand in hand.

We know that skin cells repair during sleep. A recent study of 60 women, ages 30-49 found that those who sleep 5 hours or less per night had more fine lines, uneven pigmentation and sagging skin than those who slept soundly 7-9 hrs/per night.

Did you know that a hormone deficiency is a major cause of your skin thinning, wrinkling, and flaking due to dryness?  Have you heard that hormone excesses can create acne-causing oiliness, dark discoloration spots anywhere on your body?  Your thyroid can have a big impact on your skin's health with troublesome itching, skin rashes, eczema, myxedema.  
Are you tired of treating the above symptoms?  Are you ready to take the first step towards getting at the root of your problem?  The Skin Vitality Profile will test a range of hormones to help health care providers indentify when you might have a hormone deficiency or excess contributing to your skin conditions.  

Bad Skin? Blame it on your Hormones!

Do the following symptoms of hormone imbalance sound familiar?

  • increased wrinkles
  • decreased skin elasticity
  • Acne/oily skin
  • Melasma (dark patches)
  • hirsutism
  • male pattern baldness
  • low thyroid symptoms: puffy eyes/face; dry, thinning skin/ hair/ eyebrows; brittle nails
  • Skin rashes/eczema
  • Sleep loss with under eye circles/bags, sallow skin, wrinkling
  • Got two or more (troubling or persistent) symptoms? These are telltale signs of the hormonal barriers between you and better skin.

Testing can help to detect and correct the culprits!

The Missing Link to Skin Vitality: Hormone Testing

Hoping for healthy glowing skin without taking hormone levels into account is like applying makeup without a mirror.

Skin vitality is diminished by imbalances of:

  • Estrogens and progesterone – loss of hydration, elasticity, collagen
  • Androgens (Testosterone/DHEA) – highs linked to acne and hirsutism, lows linked to sagging, loss of skin tone/firmness
  • Cortisol – highs linked to deepening wrinkles, rashes and breakouts
  • Vitamin D – deficiency linked to immune disorders like psoriasis
  • Thyroid – low levels linked to drying, thinning hair, and skin, and/or puffy eyes/face

Timeline to Better Skin 

Eating whole, foods, drinking plenty of water, exercising to reduce stress, getting enough sleep, avoiding environmental toxins and using natural non-synthetic skin care products can help restore hormone balance and healthy skin that looks good on you at any age.

If you:

  • have tried every anti-aging cream, or
  • acne medication
  • eat healthy
  • drink lots of water
  • exercise daily
  • practice good skin hygiene
  • recently had a detox facial, and…
  • STILL cannot get the healthy skin you deserve…

Have you considered testing your hormones?


Canary Club's new Skin Vitality Profile from ZRT can identify hormone imbalances linked to unexplained skin conditions, premature wrinkling, and aging.

The combination home collection kit tests the following hormones:

  • In Saliva: Estrogens (estradiol and estriol), Progesterone, DHEA, Testosterone, Cortisol (morning, noon, evening, bedtime)

  • In Bloodspot: TSH, Vitamin D2/D3

ZRT Laboratory’s new Skin Vitality Profile is the missing link to healthy vibrant skin. 




Candace Burch, Hormone Educator



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