Reading Your Face: What Can It Tell You About Hormone Balance?
Written by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP – Women’s International Pharmacy
If you know what to look for, the reflection of your face in a mirror can reveal signs of a hormone imbalance. Let's start at the top to see what you might find.
If you are losing hair at the crown of your head, consider that you might have a thyroid deficiency. Thyroid hormone also affects the thickness of the hair shaft and the abundance of hair. Adequate amounts of the sex hormones, such as the estrogens and testosterone, also contribute to hair luster. Another factor to consider is your diet — your hair might need more minerals and proteins. Insufficient intake of these nutrients in your diet, or the inability to assimilate those nutrients, can also contribute to hair problems. Low stomach acid makes it difficult to absorb minerals and protein. Because digestive enzymes are needed to break down protein so it can be absorbed, supplements may be needed.
If you have thinning eyebrows, or you have lost the outer third of your eyebrows, this is called the "Sign of Hertoghe," named after the endocrinologist who first made this observation. This is also typically a sign of low thyroid function.