Your Own Personal Border Crisis

Board-certified Endocrinologist Jordan Geller, MD

Your skin is not just a barrier between the inside and the outside world but a metabolically active, highly complex system. The skin is our largest organ and very sensitive to hormonal abnormalities. If you are having a personal border crisis, don’t just look on the outside, but take a peek within to see what may be the culprit.

Disorders in the skin are often the first sign of a hormone condition brewing beneath the surface. Skin changes can occur from issues arising in the pituitary gland, thyroid, adrenals, ovaries and other glands. Examples include break-outs, pigment changes, hair loss on the scalp, dry skin, excess body hair growth, sweating, flushing, wrinkling, poor wound-healing, bruising and more.

One commonly overlooked cause of skin problems are doctors. Birth control pills, antibiotics and topical medications can all adversely affect the skin. If your dermatologist prescribes anything that has Sulfates, Triclosan or Phthalates, don’t walk, run out of there and don’t stop until you find someone that can guide you on healthier alternatives. Educate yourself about the effects of these endocrine-disrupting chemicals which wreak havoc on our hormones. These chemicals are also prevalent in soaps, lotion, shampoos, facial and body creams and makeup. A great place to start is by learning to read sunscreen labels. Only two ingredients are currently classified as safe and effective by the FDA: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Avoid products with Oxybenzone, Homosalate and Octocrylene which might protect you on the outside but cause hormone disruptions on the inside!

Dr. Geller is a board-certified Endocrinologist specializing in hormone disorders and metabolism. He has offices on the island of Palm Beach and in Los Angeles. He can be reached at or [email protected]