I've worked with many individuals who were on some level of transition; two things that they all have had in common are:
- Skin Struggles
The "stress" if fairly obvious. This is what you and I read about on an almost daily basis, from the superficial "Do they look "pretty"?" to the deep, where we read about nonsensical murders.
They may or may not be supported by family or friends, and certainly have political, religious and social (society) struggles that they observe or experience firsthand.
We understand the stress, even if we can't fully relate, because it is in our newsfeeds and newspapers, from celebrities to politics, daily.
The "skin" struggles, not as obvious to the outside world. For the most part, when it comes to the skin, we think of our own skin or skin we wish we had.
We don't think "Transgender" and "Skin Struggles" because it's just not marketable for the news to write about this topic.
We will address it here, in summary at best, as it is a varied and personal topic.
Note that when someone is undergoing transition, one constant is hormone treatment.
Even on a good day, someone born male with testosterone or someone born female with estrogen is going to potentially have hormonal skin struggles, and of course, stress heightens skin dysfunction even more so. Additionally, hormone treatment creates additional emotional responses and unique stressors.
Estrogen reduces sebum/oil and also reduces the growth of facial hair; however, it is also can a bit drying to males who are transitioning to female, as they will have fluctuations of estrogen rather than a steady flow, and if they are already suffering from dry skin, it might be increased.
A few tips:
- Adding humidity into the air (which this won't increase sebum, it will help with itching and the appearance of dry skin)
- Increase water intake (again, this won't increase sebum directly but, may decrease itching)
- Use a stimulating face mask (like our Love Yourself S'more) that will balance the skin and stimulate skin cells - and sebum if needed.
- Use a moisturizer. Our Sea Your Truth Serum is wonderful for dry skin. Use as a moisturizer with wet hands, diluted or, full strength, with dry hands. My suggestion is first diluted for full body, and on dry areas, use full strength.
Female to male transitions bring testosterone to the table, which as you can imagine, is unlike estrogen as it increases oil/sebum, increases hair growth, and can cause acne and deeper cysts.
A few tips
Oddly, you want to follow some of the tips for estrogen therapy!
- Add humidity. As mentioned, adding humidity won't increase sebum per se, but it helps to keep the skin from drying out and producing too much sebum to compensate.
- Increase water to help flush impurities
- Use an exfoliating mask. While Love Yourself S'more is an option as it stimulates the cells and balances, you might wish to use a mask like Gold Reishi or Youphoria, both of which are gently exfoliating and nourishing. Youphoria is also inflammation-fighting in a big way with hemp, and Gold Reishi is nourishing and balancing.
- Using Aloe, Gorgeous as a mask and as a cleanser is also a good idea. This is a gentle yet powerful cleanser that packs the punch of activated charcoal and the nurturing of aloe. Aloe, Gorgeous should be used 2-3x a day, until things clear.
Above all, keep stress down. Easier said than done - but managing stress is what I'm talking about.
Being happy in your own skin will greatly reduce your stress, and increase balance during the transition.