Skin Care

How Hormones Can Impact Your Skin Health

Balanced Hormones

How do hormones affect skin, thank you to our friends at Alumier for this information…..

Sebum production (or oil production) is a key element in how our skin looks and feels and is controlled by hormones.

At the most basic level, if we produce too much testosterone, it’s likely to lead to blemishes. High doses of oestrogen can suppress oil production, then we experience dryness and wrinkles start to appear.

Our sebaceous glands have receptors on them; if there’s more testosterone whooshing through the body in our blood, then these receptors notice and start to produce more oil. Conversely, very high doses of oestrogen will suppress oil production – also a problem.

Oestrogen is key in the production of collagen too – which helps to keep skin smooth, resilient and plump. Ideally, these two hormones, alongside a multitude of others, including progesterone, need to be in balance for our skin to stay balanced, healthy, smooth, and blemish-free. Let’s take a deeper dive….


Higher levels of testosterone and progesterone can disrupt sebum levels in the skin. The excess sebum combines with dead skin cells and dirt and becomes trapped in pores leading to blemishes. Typically, Progesterone peaks during the luteal phase, which occurs during the second half of the menstrual cycle after ovulation – The first few days of a cycle are part of the follicular phase when progesterone levels are low. Reach for salicylic acid which can deep cleanse pores to help prevent breakouts.

Retinol can boost our skin’s natural exfoliation leading to a shorter lifespan of a blemish too, hurray! Our team can guide you through this process, so you have exactly the right skincare for your needs.

Testosterone fluctuations happen during puberty, pregnancy and thanks to some medications; not to mention as a manifestation of stress, so it’s worth speaking to your healthcare provider for advice and support, too.


Huge life changes come in many guises, but let’s face it, both pregnancy and the menopause are up there. Along with redefining who we are, and navigating the mood swings caused by hormones and myriad physical changes, there goes our skin, seemingly randomly developing patches of discolouration.

There are varying types of discoloration, but it particularly shows up on the upper lip, cheeks and neck. It can be down to sun damage and Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation but, if hormonally related, it usually is down to oestrogen fluctuations.

Dry Skin

Disruption to all hormones, and particularly oestrogen, during the perimenopause and menopause, can affect sebum levels in the skin and lead to dryness.

Oestrogen helps to support collagen production, meaning as it naturally starts to wane, the ageing process is accelerated with more wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of skin elasticity (joy!).

Surprising Things to Consider

Synthetic hormones like the Pill or HRT

If you’re experiencing skin issues and taking hormones, there’s a chance there could be a connection & you need to seek help to decipher what is best for you, so make an appointment. We also recommend keeping a diary that details changes in your skin and when they occur in your cycle.

Stress and cortisol

Cortisol is another hormone that increases oil production in the skin. We release more cortisol if we’re stressed and that can lead – in the same way as testosterone – to more blemishes.

Cortisol is a catabolic hormone which means it breaks down tissues. If we have too much, it suppresses collagen production AND starts breaking down our existing collagen as well as causing breakouts (it’s enough to stress us out).

Dealing with stress is key to helping skin, but also to a happier life, so find a way that helps you to let it out, whether that is yoga and breathwork, talking with friends, therapy, or boxing –  whatever floats your boat.


A balanced diet that includes a variety of fruit and vegetables …. eat the rainbow – is important for overall health.

Excess sugar is linked to a variety of hormonal imbalances, alongside processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol. We also recommend making sure you are staying hydrated throughout the day.

When it comes to hormones it can be hard to decipher what’s going on, but if you suspect any issues, come in and see us for a consultation.

Please get in touch or book in with one of our Experts here, if you want to have a quick chat, please do give us a call on 01932 731762


Laser Hair Removal Skin Care

Let’s Talk Stretchmarks…

What are they and what exactly can we do about them?

They’re often a result of the skin stretching rapidly, which can happen during puberty, pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss, or even certain medical conditions.

While they’re incredibly common and natural, many people feel self-conscious about them. There are various treatments and products marketed to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, though their effectiveness can vary widely. Some people embrace their stretch marks as a part of their body’s story, while others may seek ways to minimise their visibility for personal reasons.

What sets these cheeky little lines apart, is their appearance, often standing out due to differences in colour and texture compared to the surrounding skin. They can range from pink to white, sometimes accompanied by thinner skin in the affected area.

Thankfully, advances in cosmetic laser treatments offer effective solutions to address both the colour & texture of stretch marks. We can tailor laser treatment plans to target specific concerns, whether it’s reducing the pink hue or improving skin texture. Common treatment areas include the upper arms, chest, abdomen, love handles, and thighs.

By promoting collagen remodeling and skin regrowth, these lasers can gradually blend stretch marks into the surrounding skin after 4 to 6 treatments.

While complete elimination of stretch marks may be challenging, these advanced laser procedures offer some really substantial improvements, restoring confidence and comfort in one’s skin.

Please get in touch or book in for a Skin Consultation with one of our Experts here, if you want to have a quick chat, please do give us a call on 01932 731762

Skin Care

Redness Relief

In Support of Rosacea Awareness Month

Sensitivity. Flushing. Redness. Heat… Does any of this sound familiar?

Most of us experience blushing at some point, maybe because we’re embarrassed, nervous or best of all, in love!

However, persistent facial rouge can have nothing to do with how we’re feeling and everything to do with the condition of skin – and, become a real pain to live with both figuratively and literally.

We would like to share this Blog from our friends over at AlumierMD with you. Read on to discover everything you need to know about rosacea as the skincare community unites throughout April to raise awareness and positivity around this complex condition.

What is Rosacea?

In short, rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition very closely associated with sensitivity, redness and broken veins and capillaries. If left uninterrupted, pimples can show up too. The earliest signs of pre-rosacea include sensitivity and occasional flushing. A compromised barrier means the skin is reactive to external environments (wind, heat, cold) and flushes easily. This flushing can also occur after known triggers like spicy food or alcohol that amplify blood circulation, this process is called vasodilation, FYI. 

This consistent flushing puts pressure on the capillaries that deliver reddening blood to the skin. Like party balloons that have been filled up one too many times, they can eventually “pop” and become a permeant fixture. The skin still needs blood supply, so the body makes replacement capillaries – if they burst too, the cycle continues. This can lead to permeant redness and flushing with stubborn red wiggles across the cheeks, nose and chin, introduce inflammation and hello rosacea.

This complex condition is also closely associated with the delicate balance of the trillions of micro passengers in our body known as the microbiome. Scientists are still scratching their heads about whether a disrupted microbiome is a cause or effect of rosacea, but the link is undeniable.

If you’re recognising your skin in these words, you’re not alone. Rosacea impacts 5% of the world’s population. It’s more prevalent among women than men and while it’s more often recognised in people with lighter skin and therefore common in Celtic regions, this might simply be because it’s more difficult to see redness in darker skin tones.

Things, can only get better….right?

Unlike acne which might flourish and wane (luckily for us, painful pubescent breakouts balance out along with teenage mood swings and desire to slam doors, and even the most volcanic menstrual explosion rarely last all month) rosacea is known as a progressive skin condition, which means with no intervention, it won’t self-soothe.

Taking Action

We believe in skin-positivity around here and celebrate those who feel powerful while living with rosacea. For those whom rosacea is having a negative impact (it can be physically uncomfortable, impacting confidence and aesthetic esteem) there are proactive steps you can take today –

Keeping a skin diary and getting familiar with your flushes is the quickest way to identify and avoid your triggers. These might include alcohol, spicy foods, hot drinks, and of course, stress.

Hot showers and washing skin with water that’s too hot will dry out all skin types including those with sensitive skin and rosacea, so always go for warm instead. The wrong skincare will also impact those with rosacea and all types, so it’s important to consult a professional.

Your medical professional may suggest prescription treatment and skincare to create a holistic plan. Regardless of the route you and your pro settle on, you will need a balanced cleanser, broad-spectrum sunscreen and perhaps a hydrating serum to protect the skin.

Millions of people globally live happily and confidently with rosacea, others seek intervention and support. No matter where you are on that spectrum, AlumierMD’s qualified skincare experts are on hand to help you unlock your skin’s potential and feel truly powerful in your skin.

AlumierMD supports skin positivity and Rosacea Awareness Month.

Please get in touch or book in for a Skin Consultation with one of our Experts here, if you want to have a quick chat, please do give us a call on 01932 731762