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Hormones for healthy hair, skin and nails

The endocrine system consists of glands that produce and secrete hormones. Hormones function as the body’s chemical messengers, relaying vital information to cells and tissues, and are responsible for growth and development, metabolism, sexual function, reproduction and a balanced mood.

While period pain, breast tenderness and mood changes are the more obvious symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, there is an array of external symptoms such as hair loss, acne and brittle nails that may signify your hormones aren’t happy.

So, what hormones may be causing your hair, skin and nail concerns? Let’s delve into three of the most common culprits.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

One of the most common female conditions resulting from imbalanced hormones is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). A woman with PCOS may experience irregular menstrual cycles, acne, oily skin, unusual hair growth on the face, neck, chest or bottom, thinning hair on her head and weight changes.

The main hormonal imbalances associated with PCOS are insulin resistance and raised androgens, which

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