Whether you’re dealing with period-powered acne or menopausal dryness, hormones have a way of showing up on our skin. Studies show that 80 percent of women suffer from issues due to hormonal imbalances within the body. The skin is our largest organ, after all, which means it’s often the first place that shows signs of the hormonal imbalances within.
You may have a hunch that hormones are playing into frustrating skin conditions—think painful cystic acne that appears during your menstrual cycle, or breakouts that started occurring just after you gave birth. But it can feel daunting to tackle hormonal skin-care issues yourself, which is why Newport Beach, CA dermatologist Zenovia Gabriel, MD poured her knowledge from fifteen years of practicing dermatology into her new brand Dr. Zenovia Skincare.
Dr. Zenovia dedicated her career to a niche field known as hormonal dermatology, and she’s worked with thousands of dermatology patients dealing with skin issues like acne, melasma, psoriasis and aging.
“I began to see a link between hormonal fluctuations at various stages of life—like puberty, pregnancy, and menopause—and overall skin health,” she says. “I saw a real need for a dermatologist-developed, scientifically formulated skin-care brand that addressed these hormonal issues affecting the skin and confidence of so many women.”
Estrogen receptors are found in high concentration on the skin of the face, where (not so coincidentally) the symptoms of hormone imbalance tend to show up. Dr. Zenovia started here, researching whether an estrogen-like molecule, when applied in topical skin-care form, could address concerns like dryness, acne and pigmentation issues. She discovered the power of plant-derived phytoestrogens and harnessed them into her proprietary REG-ulate360 Complex™, a breakthrough technology that helps address the effects of hormonal imbalance on the skin. Then, she incorporated the technology into every single one of her Dr. Zenovia products.
As the first-ever dermatologist-developed skin-care line for hormonally impacted skin, Dr. Zenovia Skincare consists of two ranges: Clear Complexion and Essentials. Clear Complexion is formulated for acne-sufferers and targets active breakouts as well as the scars and blemishes leftover from prior acne.
“The Dr. Zenovia Clear Complexion line is specifically curated to calm skin which decreases acne flares and clears blemishes,” she explains. “In addition, the synergy of all the thoughtfully included ingredients balance sebum production and help to reduce the appearance of acne scarring and uneven texture.” The Clear Complexion range includes an entire skin-care regimen of products: 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Cleanser for morning and evening cleansing, 10% Glycolic Acne Peel Pads for exfoliation, 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment to tackle breakouts, Aloe Vera Blemish Soothing Moisturizer to nourish and soothe, and Advanced Retinol Night Repair Treatment to treat acne overnight.
The second range is Essentials, which consists of everyday age-defying products designed to keep skin radiant and youthful-looking despite any internal hormonal fluctuations. “It’s designed to help prevent and correct signs of aging with powerful, medical-grade age-targeting skin ingredients, including phyto-estrogens that support the aging tissue,” explains Dr. Zenovia. The seven-step routine includes a Bakuchiol Hydrating Cleanser formulated with “nature’s retinol,” Vitamin C Brightening Toner to fight age spots and dullness, Hyaluronic Acid + Peptide Serum to keep skin plump, Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30 to protect from sun damage, Peptide + Ceramide Repairing Moisturizer to restore skin elasticity, Retinol Recovery Eye Cream for undereyes, and Inflam-Aging Night Repair Treatment to reduce inflammation and increase cell turnover. Whether you’re noticing signs of aging now or simply want to ward off future skin concerns, Dr. Zenovia says “it’s never too early to start” an anti-aging regimen.
Choose the best regimen for you—or, because anti-aging and acne aren’t mutually exclusive — mix and match from each range to create a custom routine. No matter what skin concern you’re dealing with, Dr. Zenovia has a cutting-edge product to address it.
Dr. Zenovia Skincare is available now on drzenovia.com and will also be available on Sephora.com beginning October 13.
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