Looking for advice from anyone who might understand which hormone is most likely to relate to overly oily skin and clogged pores! Tonight is the night I'm going to be starting the Ortho Cyclen! I'm doing some research on which hormone relates to overly oily skin and clogging- and I keep coming across Estrogen dominance. How people with too much bad estrogen will see in increase in sebum and therefore skin issues. Is it possible at all that the increase in estrogen from the Alesse(0.2) and Seasonale(0.3) is what's causing my issues? Or is this even possible because they are both considered " Low estrogen pills". I'm trying to figure out if it's that or the progestrin with high androgen levels in both those birth controls that is causing the issues? I'm also reading that progesterone with high androgenic activity increases DHT levels- which increases oily skin too.
Please share your knowledge on how hormones work and which one it's most likely to be So confused, and I don't want my skin getting even worse with Ortho Cyclen being (0.4) in estrogen if that's what it is! Help!!
Elevated Free testosterone increases sebum production and is exacerbated by insulin.
The endocrine system attempts to maintain balance among the various hormones. When a particular hormone increases or decreases it can cause an imbalance of several other hormones.
Estrogen neutralizes testosterone
Progesterone neutralizes estrogen
Cortisol neutralizes DHEA
Progesterone can amplify the effects of testosterone.
In females, the primary source of free testosterone is DHEA
It's best to do a complete female hormone panel and include 8 am cortisol to understand the problem.
If you do, make sure you go to the lab on day 21 of your cycle.