SKIN REACTIONS - Why does the appearance of skin change?

What can cause my skin to breakout, be dry, oily, have pigmentation - dark spots.
This is a short list of what may cause skin to be dry, oily, or have pigmentaion - 

Skin Reaction to internal and external influences can compromise the skin’s natural barrier function.

Medication and vitamins

  • Birth Control Pills – may affect the skin by causing hyper pigmentation
  • Antihistamines, which are often taken for sinus congestion
  • Antibiotics
  • Steroids
  • Medicines containing bromides
  • Clients having predisposition to acne

Environmental pollution

  • The effects of environmental pollution
  • Sinus problems
  • Smokers
  • Effects of Sunlight

Stress and lifestyle pressure

  • Stress may trigger the pituitary gland to stimulate the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands produce testosterone in women, which may result in an increased production of sebum.
  • Effects of stress on adrenal glands for long periods may compromise your immune system.

Cosmetic ingredients

  • See Skin Triggers

Menstruation, pregnancy and hormones

  • Menstruation may cause the skin’s natural function to be off balance 3 to 4 days before or after one’s cycle.
  • Pregnancy may cause the sebaceous glands to over produce sebum. This may cause additional emotional stress, which contributes to a continued increase in over activity of the sebaceous glands. Any hormone change may cause an imbalance of the sebaceous glands.
  • Hormone fluctuation may cause an excess production of sebum and may cause the testosterone levels to escalate.

Dental Work, X-rays

  • Excessive dental work
  • After dental anesthesia by injection
  • X-rays may inhibit sebaceous gland activity


  • The purpose of this list is not to provide an exhaustive account of skin manifestations, but to educate you the client that much of what is seen on the skin surface is due to a systemic or external reason.
  • Effects show us that we cannot treat a part of our bodies without affecting the whole body.

This information is not to treat, diagnose,or recommend - it is just a list of information for you to fuller research and make the best decision for your skin health - as always it is best for you to contact your health provider if you have any questions to items listed here that is of concern to you. 

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Hi Emily, It is always best to talk to your healthcare provider, especially when yo have noticed a change. In regards to your skin becoming dry - medication may affect your skin.
Have you considered using a heavier creme or a hydrating facial oil for your skin. Often times in the summer our skin can become noticeably dry due to going into A/C building from the hot doors, the fluctuation in temperatures can cause our skin to loose it's ability to retain moisture.
Here are a few suggestions to help increase moisture to your skin:
Try a Hyaluronic Acid Serum, it is an humectant that attracts water, hydrating the skin - with out making the skin feel oily.
Adding a Aloe base Hydrating Masque to your weekly skin care routine to keep increase moisture to your skin.
If you are using an exfoliation more than 2 times a week, you may want to give your skin a break and allow your skin time to absorb the nutrients your applying to it topically.
Please let me know if you would like any samples such as Aloe Hydrating Masque, Hyaluronic Serum or our new Hydrating Moisturizer. Mary Ann Bilanceia

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