Let’s talk about Poop baby…let’s talk about you and me(lasma)..let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that can be. Okay..now that I’ve definitely showed my age by turning a Salt & Pepa rap lyric into a blog intro about poop, let me tell you about some interesting information I found today!
“Estrogen is excreted by the bowel; if stool remains in the bowel, estrogen is reabsorbed.”
This little known fact blew my mind, and hopefully is part of the code in unlocking what is causing my Melasma. As you probably know by now, Melasma is caused by an imbalance in hormones.
According to the Women’s International Pharmacy;
“Melasma is hyperpigmentation of the skin associated with hormone disturbances. The underlying hormone responsible is melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH). This hormone increases the production of melanin, which is responsible for darkening the skin. Extra estrogen stimulation actually increases MSH, which in turn increases the amount of melanin deposited. “
The result of this increase in estrogen in the body is patches of darkened skin on your face known as Melasma. Unfortunately for those of us with excess estrogen, there are many causes for why your hormones may be out of whack. Stress, pregnancy, adrenal fatigue, birth control pills, or leaky gut can be to blame for why you are seeing an excess of estrogen hormones in your body. OR….as we just learned, estrogen can actually be reabsorbed into your body if you do not have a bowel movement regularly, thus leading to an increase in estrogen.
I don’t know about you…but at the risk of being REALLY TMI, I definitely am not as regular as I should be. I mean…REALLY not regular…as in I’m lucky to go to the bathroom 2x a week. Which makes me think that my sluggish digestive system is definitely contributing to my hormonal imbalance….which is, in turn, causing my Melasma.
I do try to take probiotics and drink Kombucha regularly, but sometimes forget or sometimes just go completely off the wagon (which is where I am these days). So I think this little nugget of information (like the pun?) is enough to get me back on a regular probiotic and fiber pill.
If you do not go to the bathroom regularly and have Melasma, it might be in your best interest to see if you can get more regular. Here are a few ways to get into a more regular bathroom routine:
- Take in more fiber by eating starchy fruits and vegetables
- Start taking a daily fiber supplement (These are the ones I like: Vitafusion Fiber Well Gummies)
- Drink lots of water, at least (8) 8oz cups of water per day
- Take a daily Probiotic (I like this one: Hyperbiotics Pro-15 Biotics)
What do you think? Are you regular? Do you think your lack of regularity could be causing your Melasma?