Produced in the pituitary gland, oxytocin plays two main roles in female health. It is associated with human bonding behaviors like trust, empathy, and sexual arousal. It’s this role that has earned it the nickname the “love hormone.” Its other function occurs when it is responsible for sending the message that kicks off labor. During breastfeeding, oxytocin both supports the release of milk and helps with the bonding of mom and baby. Oxytocin may have an indirect effect on skin health through its work counteracting the effects of stress, anxiety, and the cortisol they produce.