Hormones. 2 innocent little syllables that have such a profound influence on the state of our skin.

It begins at puberty. A time when teenage boys and girls are affected equally by the impact of sex hormones as puberty kicks in. Acne is rife, affecting as many as 85% of teens in the Western world making it the commonest inflammatory skin disorder.

And then, for women, the challenges continue into adulthood and beyond. The skin-related consequences of certain forms of progestagen-predominant contraception (or indeed the withdrawal of the Combined pill), assisted fertility and pregnancy are daily events in my Harley Street clinic. Melasma, breakouts, excess oiliness and big pores… Dr Emma and I’ve seen it all.

So we wanted to do this video to help lend some insight into what might lie ahead for many of you , in order to help you build a strategy to avoid or negate the impact hormones may have on your complexion. This is especially true when it comes to managing menopause. So many of you asked for guidance in managing this phase of your life that I’ve put together a cheat sheet to help you master the menopause - be sure to download it, as it will make a huge difference in helping you build a structured plan to maintain your skin’s collagen stores.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed, after all.