Ask An Esthetician: “My Hypothyroidism Is Ruining My Skin!”

Skin: Our largest organ, and also probably our biggest pain in the butt. Managing its temperamental, over-sensitive ways is pretty much a full-time gig, especially if your skin is a delicate Sensitive Sally like mine. Thankfully, we’ve got our new BFF, esthetician Jenna Kulp, to help us solve our skin woes. Jenna’s here to answer all of your troubling skin problems—to offer suggestions and solutions to your skincare needs. If you’ve got a question for Jenna, {encode=”[email protected]” title=”let us know”} (put “Question for Jenna” in the subject line) and we’ll pass it along! And after the jump, Jenna takes on the effects of hypothyroidism and how to handle super dry skin.Q: I am in the process of getting diagnosed, possibly with hypothyroidism, but in the meantime, my skin has gone to hell. It is incredibly dry and flaky, particularly on the T zone and it is beginning to get a bit scaly. I’ve tried lots of different moisturizers on it (keeping them as gentle and natural as possible) to no avail. My skin is now getting so dry that it is starting to crack and bleed. Any suggestions would be gratefully received!

First, no matter what you do to your skin, you need to consult with your doctor so there are no contraindications because a lot of what’s going on with your skin may have to do with hypothyroidism. When you start taking medication for it, the symptoms of your dry skin should improve but the battle will be keeping it up. I happen to have very dry skin as well, and at a lot of times it’s so dry it get’s flaky. Like you, I’ve tried a slew of things and the one thing that’s helped me is going back to using oils. Dr. Hauschka is one of my favorite brands for dry/sensitive skin because of the quality of the products.

For a daily regimen, I would suggest trying:

  1. Dr. Hauschka’s Cleansing Cream to cleanse your skin and remove impurities without stripping your skin of the natural oils it needs. This has calming chamomile, calendula, sweet almond oil, peanut oil, wheat germ oil and St. John’s Wort to exfoliate while soothe any irritations.
  2. Follow up with a moisturizer like Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream Light which has rose petal extracts and wax to sooth and trap moisturize in your skin while sesame, avocado and wheat germ oil condition and nourish. Another option is Dr. Hauschka’s Normalizing Day Oil which has done wonders for me. It’s nourishing and works with your skin to help regulate oil and refine pores. It does say that its preferred for oily skin, but it’s meant for all skin types. This might be something to pick up after you’ve started the medication.
  3. Your nails might become brittle and dry as well because of the hypothyroidism. For this I would use the Neem Oil Pen to help strengthen and protect your nails and cuticles. It’s in a convenient pen so you can use it wherever you are.

Like I said before, it’ll be a battle because of the hypothyroidism but keeping consistent with something will help. If these products still make your skin crack, use a hydrating mask once a week (I prefer masks from Eminence) or try using Aquaphor. I hope you feel better!

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