Skin changes such as acne, rosacea, and melasma are common during times of hormonal fluctuations for people of all ages. Many conventional practitioners point to hormone imbalances as the cause of skin symptoms. While hormone changes are inevitable during certain stages of life, outside of those (and even during those stages, if the symptoms are extreme), hormone-related symptoms are not the norm. Many hormone imbalances are in fact symptoms themselves, not the root cause of skin issues. If the cause itself is not addressed, the symptoms will persist.


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What are some potential root causes of hormone imbalance?

There are many different factors that can contribute to hormone imbalance, including stress, diet, and certain medications. Identifying and addressing the underlying cause of hormone imbalance is essential for restoring balance and improving overall health.

According to scientist and longevity expert Raymond Francis, there are only two causes of any disease or condition–deficiency or toxicity. Simply, if the body is not getting the full spectrum of nutrients it needs, it cannot perform its functions optimally. Nutrients are best absorbed through the consumption of fresh, whole foods.

Processed, junk, and fast foods are devoid of high-quality, bioavailable nutrients and will not give the body what it needs. Processed, junk, and fast foods also introduce the second cause of disease into the body–toxicity. These food-like substances are not easily recognized, digested, or eliminated by the body. Toxicants tend to bioaccumulate, leading to an inflammatory state and an imbalanced microbiome.


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What if someone is eating a healthy, fresh diet but still has symptoms?

Proper absorption of nutrients is as important as digestion. Some reasons for inadequate absorption are inflamed or flattened intestinal villi due to a condition like Celiac, leaky gut syndrome, or extreme inflammation. Infestation by a pathogen such as h.pylori, or a parasite like blastocystitis hominis may also interfere. Other potential reasons include weight loss surgery, food sensitivities, SIBO, or inadequate methylation due to genetic variants.

All that aside, one of the biggest causes of hormone imbalance is stress. Stress can be physical, mental, or emotional. It can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term). When the body is in a state of stress, it releases hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones are designed to help us deal with emergency situations. However, when they are continuously released, they can lead to imbalances in other hormone systems.

Man-made or xenoestrogens and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) from pesticides, synthetic fragrances, skincare and personal care products, and household cleaning products are also leading causes of hormone imbalance. These synthetic chemicals including BPA, phthalates, and parabens disrupt the endocrine system and interfere with hormone production, metabolism, and detoxification.


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While genetic reasons for hormone imbalance exist, most of the time hormone imbalance itself is just another symptom, which could have multiple root causes.

Addressing the underlying causes of hormone imbalance is essential for restoring balance and improving hormone-related skin issues and overall health. In many cases, simple food, lifestyle, and purchasing changes can make a big difference. Our accredited Certified Nutritional Aesthetics Practitioner® Training Program teaches you how to educate your clients about the importance of topics like this. You will also learn how to help them make simple, yet significant changes to their lifestyles that will make it easier for them to achieve lasting skin results.

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