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What Are Androgens And How They Can Affect Your Skin?

You may or may not have heard of androgens, a group of steroid hormones made from cholesterol by the adrenal glands and the ovaries. The most common is testosterone, produced by all genders and needed for reproductive function.

Some of the functions of androgens include stimulating the onset of secondary sex characteristics like hair growth under the armpits and pubic area during puberty.

That being said, problems can arise for all genders if they are experiencing either high androgen levels (hyperandrogenism) or low androgen levels (hypoandrogenism).

Some of the symptoms of both levels are as follows:

High Androgen levels Symptoms

  • Acne
  • Weight gain
  • Escessively oily skin
  • Irregular periods
  • Infertility
  • Hirsutism (facial and body hair)
  • Insulin resistance
  • Amenorrhea (absence of a period)
  • Alopecia (thinning of the hair on head)

Causes of High Androgen Levels

  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
  • High blood pressure
  • Insulin resistance
  • Cholesterol
  • Heart disease

Low Androgen Levels Symptoms

  • Low libido (low sex drive)
  • Bone loss
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes

Causes of Low Androgen Levels

  • Chemotherapy
  • Early meonpause
  • Post menopause
  • Birth control/hormone therapy
  • Adrenal insufficency (Low adrenal levels)
  • Ovaries removed

So, how do androgens affect one’s skin health? Well, androgens are known to overstimulate the sebaceous glands, which produce sebum (the body’s natural oil) and trap dirt, oil, and dead skin cells, causing inflamed hair follicles.

If you experience persistent acne, excessively oily skin, facial and body hair, deepening voice, irregular periods or any of the symptoms above, it’s worth talking to your primary care provider or naturopath about possible hormonal testing and treatment.

Ways to lower androgens naturally

  • Eat reishi mushrooms
  • Consume a high fiber diet
  • Take red clover

Remember, as with any health issue, always consult your primary care provider for diagnostic testing and consultation.

I'm a teacher, beauty/wellness founder, and Qigong Instructor. My work exists to support women and people experiencing the menopausal transition on their health and wellness journey. I believe in the sacredness, wholeness, and expansiveness of well-being and the menopausal passage, and I care deeply about teaching and creating experiences and safe spaces that provide support.

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