Crazy Cosmetic Conditions Connected to your Hormones

By: Dawn Cutillo

Do you experience acne, oily skin, weak nails, or other cosmetic issues? Have you tried cosmetic products or asked your doctor for a remedy and nothing works?  These cosmetic symptoms may be caused by a hormone imbalance!

Below are some examples of skin, hair, and body conditions that can be related to hormone imbalances:

  • Acne
  • Melasma (dark areas on face)
  • Oily skin
  • Thinning skin
  • Thinning hair or hair loss
  • Excess face/body hair
  • Weak, brittle nails
  • Stubborn belly fat and weight

These conditions are all connected to one simple hormone imbalance  –high cortisol (stress hormone), which then causes lower progesterone, eventually lowering our estrogen over time. This scenario can cause issues with your mood and sleep can cause more PMS or menopausal symptoms.

The Breakdown

  1. High cortisol can cause thinning, saggy, lackluster skin, weak and brittle nails, and contribute to thinning hair.
  2. Low progesterone in relation to your estrogen can cause stubborn weight gain (in particular in the stomach area) bloating, and melasma.
  3. Low estrogen in relation to your testosterone can cause thinning hair, excess body and facial hair, and acne.

The Solution
Naturally balance your hormones:

  • Increase your progesterone by applying a natural cream daily on your inner arms. Make sure it says to use on thin-skinned areas and is transdermal so it can be absorbed.
  • Support the stress response of the body with herbs, such as ginseng or maca root. These will balance cortisol and allow a balancing of hormones.
  • Practice “sound-wave” therapy 20 minutes per day. I prefer to use a relaxation CD to help lower my cortisol because it feels like I took a 2-hour nap!
  • Decrease the amount of stimulants you may normally consume, such as caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and starch. This will help you balance your blood sugar and lower your cortisol. I recommend slowly weaning off these stimulants, and you will begin to feel better and have more energy.

You deserve to look and feel your best! Let your hormones work to your advantage, not detract from your inner beauty.  Balancing your hormones can help your skin, hair, and figure be the best they can be! To see if you have a hormone imbalance, take our free hormone assessment survey.  At BeBalanced, our healthy weight loss program has helped over 5,000 women reach their goals by balancing hormones and helping affect wellness in all areas of life! You could be next. Don’t lose hope, find BeBalanced!

For more information on any of the topics mentioned here, you can contact your local BeBalanced Center, or email us at You can also take our free hormone assessment to start your journey to getting back to your best self! Be Slimmer, Be Happier, Be Energized, BeBalanced!

Dawn Cutillo is the author of “The Hormone Shift: Using Natural Hormone Balancing for Your…Mood, Weight, Sleep & Female Health” and has been in the health field for over 25 years. She is also the founder and hormone health consultant of BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Centers and is degreed and certified in health and nutrition. In addition to overseeing the operation of the BeBalanced flagship center in Lancaster, PA, Dawn owns Infinity Health LLC, a national consulting company that advises healthcare practitioners on how to aid patients in balancing their hormones for weight, mood, sleep, and health issues.


The Effect Of Yoga (and other exercises) and Choosing what is Right for You

By: Dawn Cutillo

a man and woman from shoulders down doing a yoga pose

In honor of National Yoga Month, I’m sharing the benefits of yoga and other types of exercise as part of a holistic health plan. It likely comes as no surprise that everyone would benefit from daily exercise. Most of us sit at a desk or are inactive most of the day. This means we need to compensate for that inactivity outside of work, and with busy schedules, it can be difficult. But I am hoping that the benefits of a healthy diet, balanced hormones, and exercise will outweigh the challenges that the day throws our way.

Exercise and Health:
Did you know that exercise helps improve circulation and detoxification while increasing strength and flexibility? Not to mention, exercise can increase your mood and self-esteem! Setting a goal to look “fit” physically can be overwhelming. I suggest focusing on your overall health and wellness rather than just focusing on fitness. While keeping our weight under control can be aided with exercise, the key to overall weight management is really by balancing your hormones, diet, and supplementation. BeBalanced helps to balance hormones that affect a myriad of things, and regular exercise in tandem can help you feel healthy, flexible, and refreshed. Continue reading

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and How Natural Hormone Balancing Can Help

By: Dawn Cutillo

a woman holding her head in pain

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition related to hormone imbalance. Symptoms can have an effect on periods, fertility, weight loss, facial hair, and can cause cysts to form in ovaries, and if untreated, can lead to serious health problems over time. With a steady rise in PCOS among young girls and women in the last decade, it’s become more important than ever to understand more about it. Unfortunately, no single treatment or solution for this condition has been established by the medical community for women to help manage their symptoms. We do know that weight loss can diminish symptoms. Hormones function as chemical messengers in the body that help to trigger the processes of growth and energy production. When hormones are balanced, they work in synergy, and one hormone will signal the release of another hormone. Hormone imbalance disrupts this communication, causing a domino effect of hormones triggering differently than intended. To help treat symptoms manifested by PCOS, medical prescriptions include the birth control pill to aid sex hormone imbalances and blood sugar medications, such as Metformin, to control insulin levels. When pregnancy is desired, stronger drugs like Clomid are used to induce ovulation. It remains unclear whether insulin resistance is the origin of the hormone imbalance that leads to PCOS, or if stress causes the hormone imbalance coupled with the insulin resistance. While we still have a lot to learn about PCOS, it’s important to identify symptoms, which tend to be mild at first.

Symptoms of PCOS: Continue reading

Overcome These 4 Roadblocks to Weight Loss

By: Dawn Cutillo

4 thought bubbles that read digestion, hormones, liver and emotions

Losing weight can often feel like a battle. Yo-yo dieting, strict resolutions, and over realistic exercise goals can lead to feeling defeated. I started BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Centers because I understand this frustration and figured out the solution to help women get to the root cause of losing stubborn weight and keeping it off. Besides your diet and activity level, there may be some other things keeping you from losing weight. While it’s important to move daily for circulation and lymph movement, and to eat a clean healthy diet (that means no processed foods), there are other issues that contribute to making it difficult to achieve your healthy weight loss goals. If you have been struggling with your weight, take our free hormone assessment and consider the following.

During digestion, incomplete breakdown of foods can cause your cells to miss absorbing key nutrients from the food you are eating. This can cause you to feel hungry even after you’ve just eaten, and your body reaches into food stores, starving for nutrients. Though the food doesn’t break down, it is stored as fat in reaction to perceived starvation. This manifests in feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Continue reading