Understanding hormonal skin


We all know that our skin can be affected by hormones. Apart from surprising us with unwelcome breakouts (who needs those!) our hormones can also result in pigmentation or dryness and stressed out skin.

Read on as we breakdown what hormones can do to your skin and what we recommend can help combat the effects.


Hormones control the oil gland activity in our skin, so hormonal changes may lead to acne. Salicylic acid can gently clear up any blemishes without over-stripping or drying out your skin’s protective barrier. Caci treatments such as Light Therapy, Microdermabrasion and particular Murad Facials can help to manage and reduce acne.

Product recommendations: Skinsmiths Blemish Treatment, Skinsmiths Gel Cleanser, Murad Refreshing Cleanser, and Murad Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment

Brown Spots

Hormones can also control melanin (pigment) production. Brightening ingredients like kojic acid, azelaic acid, retinol and vitamin C, along with a tailored plan of Microneedling and skin rejuvenation treatments such as Microdermabrasion and Sonophoresis Skincare Infusions can help to lighten up pigmentation.

Product recommendations: Skinsmiths Vitamin C Booster (paired with Hydration Booster), Murad Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum, and Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel


Hormonal imbalances can reduce the production of our skin’s natural oils and dehydrate the skin. A boost of omega-3’s in the diet work to replenish the skin’s lipids along with keeping hydrated from the inside out. Humectants like hyaluronic acid and urea bind necessary moisture to the skin. Lactic acid works to hydrate and exfoliate. Our Sonophoresis Skincare Infusion is a favourite to help boost moisture levels.

Product recommendations: Skinsmiths Hydration Booster, Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence, and Murad Nutrient Charged Water Gel


Cortisol is a stress hormone. When your adrenal glands release excess cortisol this can result in increased sebum production (acne!) and can cause inflammation making almost any skin concerns worse. Not all stress is bad- it is a physical response that helps us to react quickly when your body is having a hard time. Turmeric, ginger, oats and probiotics are a must in the diet to keep inflammation under control.

Product recommendations: Skinsmiths Soothing Mask, Murad Prebiotic 4 and 1 MultiCleanser and Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer, and Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum.