Your mood, emotions, behavior and even your appearance are determined in part by your hormones. When your hormone levels are off, your body has ways of letting you know. Imbalanced hormone levels can end up causing unwanted changes in your appearance.
Here are eight important symptoms of hormonal imbalance that harm your appearance:
1. Acne-Acne can be caused by a poor diet, improper skin care or changing hormone levels. If you notice a break out here or there, it’s probably nothing to worry about. But if your acne is consistent, it could a sign of a hormonal problem.
2. Excess Weight-If you’re inactive and following a poor diet, weight gain is inevitable. However if you’re exercising regularly and eating healthy and you keep putting on weight, it could be a hormone-related problem.
3. Sweating-Sweating isn’t always related to hormone disorders, but excessive sweating could be a sign of unbalanced hormones. If your sweating is accompanied by hot flashes, visit a doctor.
4. Fatigue-Hormone levels that are off balance can cause chronic fatigue. If you feel constantly tired even after getting eight hours of sleep, your progesterone levels may be too high. Visit a doctor for a blood test to determine the levels of progesterone in your blood.
5. Dark Circles Under Your Eyes-Dark circles under your eyes is often a sign of poor sleep. Hormone levels that are off can end up causing chronic insomnia and trouble sleeping. Sleep problems could be due to a lack of testosterone in men and a lack of progesterone in women.
6. Hair Loss-One of the most common signs of a hormonal imbalance is hair loss. If you notice chunks of your hair falling out, much more than usual, visit a doctor to get your hormone levels tested.
7. Depression-Depression can be caused by a hormonal imbalance. Anxiety and depression are often related to a woman’s menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopause due to hormonal changes. If you’re experiencing depression or anxiety, contact a health care professional.
8. Breast Changes-Low levels of estrogen can cause your breast tissue to become less dense, while high levels of estrogen can cause lumps or cysts. If you notice changes in your breasts or you feel a lump, visit a health care professional.