Why Skincare Is More Than Vanity For Trans Women

In honor of Pride month, we took a look at why skincare might matter to a woman who identifies as transgender. 

For many trans women, skincare is an essential part of their self-care routine. This is because transitioning can cause significant changes to their bodies, including changes to their skin. Hormone therapy, for instance, can change the texture and thickness of the skin, as well as its oil production. These changes can lead to skin issues such as acne, dryness, and sensitivity.

Aside from these physical changes, there are also emotional and mental implications of transitioning that can affect skin health. Many trans women may experience stress, anxiety, or depression during their transition, which can manifest on their skin. Stress, for instance, can trigger the release of cortisol, a hormone that contributes to inflammation and acne flare-ups.

Trans women may also experience dysphoria, a feeling of discomfort or distress caused by the mismatch between one's gender identity and their body. Dysphoria can take a toll on one's mental and emotional well-being and also affect skin health. For instance, dry or oily skin can feel even more uncomfortable for someone experiencing dysphoria.

Skincare is so important because it can serve as a form of self-love and affirmation for trans women. Taking the time to care for one's skin can be a reminder that they are worthy of love and care, and that their body deserves to be treated with kindness and respect, no matter where they are in their transition.

We believe it is important to support all women on their skincare journey and that is why we've chosen to donate SkinConfidence Kits to Springs Rescue Mission who provide ALL woman with shelter no matter what gender they were assigned at birth.

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