Spa Business: Skin and the Hormonal Connection

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With all the focus on estrogen and progesterone, it’s easy to forget that women also have testosterone, and it can play a role here too. Imbalances in hormone ratios can result in relatively elevated testosterone, kicking off a stimulation of sebaceous gland activity that leads to acne. How often have you heard your 40-something female clients wailing, “I’m middle-aged and breaking out for the first time since my teens! I have both wrinkles and pimples. How is that fair?” Well, fairness has nothing to do with it, but testosterone does. Even more upsetting is the co-existence of excess oiliness and skin dryness, often a new experience for the client.