When it comes to hormones, many people will reject them thousands of miles away. In cosmetics, hormones are not allowed to be added, and as one of the most commonly used drugs in dermatology, the rational and correct use of hormones also has a multiplier effect on the treatment of diseases. But in daily life, due to the misunderstanding and abuse of hormones, hormones bear doubts and fears that they should not bear. Therefore, when facing hormones, we should not resist using hormone-containing drugs and abuse cosmetics that add hormones in violation of regulations.
Uncover the true face of “skin opium”
In skin care, in order to pursue faster and better skin care effects, some people often use skin care products containing hormones (such as glucocorticoids) without their knowledge. These hormone-containing skin care products have indeed solved skin problems in the short term. , But once it is disabled, the problems that occurred before will recur immediately. If things go on like this, under this vicious circle of treating the symptoms but not the root cause, the skin will gradually shrink, thin and age, and produce hormone-dependent dermatitis, which is what we often call the hormone face. The title of the hormone “skin opium” is therefore Come. However, the hormone face is only the “tip of the iceberg”, what exactly are hormones? How to treat hormone-containing medicines and cosmetics? The following are answers for everyone one by one.
What are hormones
Hormones, also called hormones, are a kind of compound in everyone’s body. It is a highly active compound secreted by the endocrine glands. It is inseparable from the various functions of the human body. In the human body, hormones are mainly distributed above the kidneys, and the adrenal glands we often say are the “gathering places” of hormones. Hormones can help the human body regulate the metabolism of the three major nutrients in the body: sugar, protein and fat. It is also responsible for transmitting information and signals of various activities in the body. It is one of the necessary substances for regulating metabolism and maintaining normal physiological activities.
Classification of hormones
Hormones are mainly divided into two categories: endogenous and exogenous. Among them, endogenous hormones refer to hormones secreted from the human body, which are mainly divided into steroids, such as glucocorticoids and sex hormones; amino acid derivatives, such as thyroid hormones , Adrenal cortex hormones and pineal hormones; peptides and proteins; fatty acid derivatives.
Our common endogenous hormones, such as melatonin and sex hormones, all have an indispensable effect on our body. Melatonin can improve sleep, shorten people’s awakening time before going to bed and falling asleep time, and prevent multiple waking up during sleep; and sex hormones are divided into male hormones, estrogen and progesterone, divided according to gender, to maintain male or female sex Levy. The classifications of these hormones are different, and their regulatory effects are different. They restrict each other and are indispensable.
Exogenous hormones refer to artificially synthesized hormones. When the body’s own hormones can no longer meet the body’s normal regulation, exogenous hormones are needed to help. Although synthetic hormones can bring strong effects at critical moments, at the same time, side effects such as obesity, osteoporosis, and acne-prone face will also follow.
Hormones cannot be added to cosmetics at will
Because hormone-added products have quick results, many consumers who are pursuing “immediate results” will fall into the “trap” of merchants, using illegally added hormone-added skin care products, causing serious skin problems. As early as 2015, the country has clearly stipulated that glucocorticoids, sex hormones and other ingredients are prohibited in cosmetics. However, in some medical drugs with therapeutic effects, such as dermatitis, hormones will be added in appropriate amounts to treat and repair problem skin. . Common glucocorticoids such as dexamethasone and hydrocortisone have anti-allergic and immunomodulatory effects and are widely used in therapy.
Stuck in hormonal skin care
Hormonal face of “strange circle”
Wrong, excessive, and long-term use of hormonal skin care products can lead to hormonal face. Glucocorticoids are the most common culprit. Glucocorticoids are not concentration-dependent, only time-dependent. The longer they are used, the worse the state of the skin after being free of hormones. Many people have repeatedly used glucocorticoid-containing products after experiencing this condition. After repeated use → stop → reuse, the skin becomes dependent on glucocorticoids.
How the hormone face is formed
Glucocorticoid is a kind of adrenal corticosteroids. The significant effect of using it on the skin is to eliminate acne, increase the water content in the cells, make the skin look hydrated and smooth, and shrink the capillaries to make the skin more fair and clear. Compared with ordinary skin care products, glucocorticoids take effect very quickly on the skin, but if you rely on them for a long time, the most fundamental harm of glucocorticoids will be exposed: only anti-inflammatory, not sterilizing. Even if the acne disappears because of glucocorticoids, the bacteria that cause acne are still alive. At the same time, due to the strong ability of glucocorticoids to inhibit skin immunity, the original protective barrier function of the skin is also a little bit by it. collapse. Once stopped, the face will become swollen, itchy and burning, resulting in hormone-dependent dermatitis, which is a hormone face.
What are the skin problems of the hormone face
Using hormone-containing products for 4 consecutive weeks will cause skin problems such as erythema, peeling, pimples, dryness, atrophy, redness, acne, and pigmentation. After stopping these products, facial skin will become fragile. Unbearable, any internal and external irritation may aggravate skin problems.
In addition to the above skin problems, if glucocorticoids are added to the product, there will be two distinctive features: one is that the skin becomes abnormally good after using the product; the other is that the skin condition quickly deteriorates after stopping. If such a situation occurs, the product in question must be stopped in time.
The difference between hormone face and sensitive skin
The biggest difference between hormonal face and sensitive skin is that hormonal face is caused by long-term use of hormone-containing products, resulting in a series of symptoms such as pimples, erythema, and telangiectasia on the face; while sensitive muscles are different, sensitive muscles are caused by the skin itself prone to allergies. For example, sensitive muscles respond very strongly to external stimuli. Changes in temperature, humidity, or wind and sun will cause skin sensitivity. In this case, if you use some special cosmetics, it is also prone to erythema, pimples or Itching.
How to repair and treat hormonal face
First of all, be sure to stop any skin care products containing hormones, and then seek medical attention immediately. The principle of repairing and treating hormonal face is to desensitize, suppress immune response, improve flushing and repair barriers. The therapeutic effect can be achieved through oral medication, topical medication, skin care products and medical aesthetics.
In addition to some skin care, medication or medical aesthetic treatments, you should also pay attention to your daily diet and lifestyle habits. In the diet, avoid spicy foods, as well as beef and mutton, fish, shrimp, crab and other hair products, should eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Do not take a hot bath for a long time and avoid washing your face with hot water. In free time, you can also perform aerobic exercises appropriately to promote blood circulation in the body, relieve swelling, and increase the oxygen content in the human body. Finally, we must avoid emotional changes, maintain a happy mood and adequate sleep.
8 questions you must know about hormones
1 Can hormones be added to cosmetics?
At present, it is forbidden to add hormones in cosmetics, but some medical ointments will add appropriate amount of hormones as therapeutic ingredients to help the skin with problems to treat, so that the appropriate amount of hormones and medical drugs used under the guidance of a doctor are allowed to be used.
2 Do hormones have only negative effects on the skin?
Improper use or excessive use of hormones can cause serious damage to the skin, but under the guidance of a doctor, appropriate use of hormone-containing medical products can play an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and immune-regulating role.
3 Does a product that works quickly must contain hormones?
Not necessarily. Acne-removing products added with salicylic acid are more effective in removing acne; closed creams with active substances such as vitamin B5 and ceramide have an immediate effect on soothing and moisturizing.
4 What symptoms appear on the face, indicating that the skin care products being used contain hormones?
Skin redness and erythema; densely distributed acne, papules, pustules; facial skin dryness, desquamation, increased wrinkles and other dermatitis manifestations; facial vellus proliferation, which may be accompanied by telangiectasia; facial skin gray; more sensitive to light, even with mobile phones Light, computer light, etc. may cause the skin to become red and hot; the skin becomes thin and the skin texture disappears.
5 Can skin care products be used for hormonal face?
Hormone face mainly uses skin care products with repairing effects, such as skin care products with ingredients such as squalane and ceramide. For cleansing, you can choose mild amino acid cleansing milk, and do a good job of hydrating and moisturizing at any time. You can choose products that have a repairing effect. The skin care steps should be as simple as possible, do not add too many functional cosmetics, pay more attention to sun protection when going out, and protect the skin barrier.
6 What are the remedies for adverse reactions after using hormone-containing products?
Stop any products containing hormones and seek medical attention immediately, and see a dermatologist in a regular hospital. Don’t delay treatment. In daily life, it is also necessary to minimize the irritation to the skin, such as avoiding excessively cold or hot air-conditioned environments, avoiding exposure to the sun and cold wind.
7 How long is the repair cycle of hormonal face?
Due to individual differences, the cycle of repairing the hormonal face is not fixed. Some people have mild symptoms and can be repaired within a few months. Some people have more severe symptoms, which may take a year or even longer.
8 Is the use of hormone-containing products harmful to the body?
The most typical injury is obesity, which can also lead to osteoporosis, increased blood pressure and blood sugar, and induce or aggravate various infections such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Especially after long-term use of hormone-containing products in children, it will affect growth and development, leading to growth stagnation. .